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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask; Seasonal - Summer.
Golden, with the warmth of stem ginger & spices.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1349) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
Cask at the Harbour Inn, Kirkcaldy. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Spicy nose of ginger biscuits, bit of citrus and grassiness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Slightly dry finish, with the gingerness lingering at the end for a bit. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Some hop bitterness in the finish, the spice and ginger is prevalent in the mouthful. Not that full-bodied though, not one of Dark Star’s better beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Ginger and honeyed malts are well balanced in this quenching, dryish and nicely bitter summer ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear blond.
-Malt personality is again lovely in this Dark Star brew.
-Spicy, herbal hops add complexity.
-Biscuity angles are found as well.
-This is expertly made, as can be expected from them, but it is not a stand out in their otherwise awesome lineup.

On cask at The Rake.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (2655) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Cask at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 19102011. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, grain and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Cask at the Cock Tavern - Hackney, London. Pours clear gold with a soft, creamy white cap. Certainly some spices in here, and the ginger provides a gentle sting. Sweetness provided by light, biscuity pale malts. Also pleasant notes of lemony citrus and dry straw. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Lightly dry to finish with mild spice, straw and more biscuits. Tasty golden ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Cask @ The Cock Tavern. Deep gold pour with a frothy white head. The nose is white grape, some peach. Summery fruit salad. Inviting, simple aromas. The taste is more peaches and apricot. Some honeyed grain. Light herbal hop finish. I can’t say I got any ginger in this. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Cask at the Guide Dog - St Denys (So’ton) - 09/09/12. Clear pale golden in appearance with a thin off-white head. Pale malt aroma, faint hops, nutmeg and spice. Tastes of malt, grain, hops, fruit, citrus tones, a little grapefruit and nutmeg. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a dry finish,

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Cask. Get biscuit and light fruits in the nose, but no spices. The spices and ginger are definitely evident in the taste though, and blended beautifully.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2011
Cask @ The Harp, Covent Garden WC2. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy ginger aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy ginger and caramel finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (3975) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 13, 2011
Cask @ Cloisters. Clear golden colour, off-white head. Nose is massive lemon, medicines, little spicyness. Flavour is lemon, medicines, slightly spicy and peppery. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Really great stuff.


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