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


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Seasonal - Summer.
Golden, with the warmth of stem ginger & spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9033) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
From the cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen. Deep golden, with a fine, thin, head. Citrus, cream, honey and ginger aroma. Nice and inviting, spicy. Quite spicy ginger flavor, hoppy and with warm, creamy malts. Very nice. Pepper ginger is crisp and spicy, a bit much, but good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10919) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
Cask, half pint served at the right ambient temperature at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico. Pours a near-clear golden body under a tiny, lacing head. Subdued smell of ginger and fruits. Peaches and dry lemon to the taste buds added by mild chili-like spices leading to a prolonged spiced bitter end. Slightly oily palate. A summer treat, indeed (London, 29.07.2011).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (12909) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Charles Lamb, Islington, London. Pale gold with white head. This is a hoppy, dry, bittersweet beer with a lemon rind character. Refreshing and light, really pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2011
Hand pulled at the Harp, Covent Garden. Golden colour, fresh fruity smell. A beautifully balanced mouthful, with sweet, lemony hops and a touch of hiney sweetness. Faintly reminscent of honey/lemon cough medicine. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9674) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2011
Cask, Slug & Lettuce, Leicester. Hazy gold with an off-white foam. Aromas are dusty hay with toast and lemon marmalade. Next is lots of herbal, peppery & ginger notes. Some underlying floral aspects. Flavours are sweet lemon squash followed by ginger ’burn’ and lots of spiciness. Almost chilli hot but far better than the dreaded Cave Creek Chilli beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Cask at the Red Lion, Isleworth, Bank Holiday Festival, 27th August 2010. Weak gold colour. Coriander and ginger on the nose. Lots of ginger in the mouth, which leads to a lingering burn on the aftertaste. Not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13266) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2010
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
6 Sweet lemon soap and honey aroma - points to lemongrass most.
2 Pale orange, tiny head
6 Mostly lemongrassy taste, some sweet light malts.
4 Big citrussy retronasals, aand a ginger finish which is pretty hot.
14 Relying on a thin body to be the "summer" part. The spices are hotter than expected, so less summery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1934) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2010
Cask - Cask Pub & Kitchen, London. A pencil-fine, lasting, creamy white head sits atop a clear, golden yellow body. Warm herbal, ginger, spicey hop aromas. Ginger & lime, perhaps a bit soapy with a sweetish malt kick and dry bitterness. Light to medium body, good carbonation bite with a gingery warmth and mild, short bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2898) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2010
Cask at cask pub and kitchen, Pimlico, London. A golden coloured pour with a medium white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Tastes hoppy, grapefruit, slight ginger, spice. Quite refreshing but Dark Star knock out better ale than this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6620) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2010
Cask (Harp, Covent Garden) - Golden in colour. Tea, grapefruit and ginger in the aroma. Hoppy and spicy taste with grapefruit, peach, tea and warming ginger kick in the finish.

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