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

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Summer.
Golden, with the warmth of stem ginger & spices.


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissPxx (810) - - MAY 28, 2014
Smells like orange whiskey or mulled wine. Very light honey colour. Really blonde. Very fruity taste. Hoppy taste hits the back of your throat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bombtrack (5) - - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
Cask at friends of ham Leeds. Light, spiced all with aroma of honey shredded wheat, taste of cinnamon and honey. Nice but not amazing

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2247) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Cask at CBC Brixton. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a white head. Light spice in the aroma with some trop fruitiness. Light body, mild carbonation. Cloves, all spice, pear, apple, grape, hint of pine, a little sappy. Quite juicy yet fairly dry. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Sept 2012 - Hazy Yellowy Gold in colour. Spicy; stem ginger & spices. Fruity; citrus orange and grapefruit. Malty; caramel. Hoppy; floral hops. Spicy fruity throughout, ending in a dry bitter finish. Not at all bad. Drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (2110) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Aroma: has spicy nose, maybe some ginger, some fruity hops. Appearance: hazy gold, medium frothy head. Taste: medium sweets and bitterness. Palate: ginger, spices, getting quite intense. Overall: not your everyday beer, but certainly an interesting one! Pint at the Evening Star, Brighton.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
yiannnos (1098) - , CYPRUS - AUG 8, 2013
Golden colour. Citrusy, spicy aroma. Some citrus hop aroma, nice refreshing golden ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1661) - 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 (1489) - 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 Starís better beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - 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 (3951) - 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.


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