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Dark Star Summer Solstice

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


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Seasonal - Summer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This supremely drinkable Golden Ale juxtaposes three-dimensional cereals and citrusy, spicy hops in the silkiest of bodies. The kind of brew that makes you wish it were summer all year long...

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the clear golden shine.
-The cellaring job on this one is perfect. As good as the Hophead’s I had at The Harp, in London. When Dark Star are well cared for, they can be truly astonishing quenchers!
-All flavours come together in the finish, in case you had missed their interplay earlier on.
-The flavour profile is obviously well balanced.
-This is an obvious brother of Hophead. And that’s far from a complaint.

On cask at The Evening Star, Brighton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McNeillR (976) - SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Clear pale yellow body. Wee dimpled white film head. Orange and Lemon nose, touch of pink Grapefruitas warms up nose. Waterfall of light crumbly biscuit and nuggets of lemon. Chewy. Middle taste wasnt helped by the guy who farted as I tried to start typing this. Eventually brightly bitter mouthfeel shone through and rose above the methane. Quality malt spine keeps things in check throughout. Peppery and zesty finish. A wee bit oily on the linger.

Cask, Bon Accord, Glasgow. Summer Solstice Eve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2438) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
Cask by handpump at Society Room, Glasgow (18 Jul 12) - clear golden yellow, floral hop aroma, earthy, floral, bit of citrus, well balanced, thin body, good temperature, easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (2958) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2012
Cask @ The Society Room (JDW). Pale yellow colour, good head. Citrus & tropical fruit aroma. Biscuit & citrus fruit flavour. Spicy bitter aftertaste. Good golden ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Cask @ Craft. Deep golden color with a small white head. The nose is lemon zest, sugar cookies and light grass. The taste is mild floral hops, more lemon and orange peel, light angel food cake and wheat. Crisp and refreshing. Soft body. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Cask. Golden hue with a frothy white head and nice lacing. Earthy, citrusy, and biscuity aromas. Hay, citrus, and dry bitter finish. Lighter body. Muted overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankGKarioris (12) - - JUN 7, 2012
It has a good floral aroma, the taste is a light hoppyness (owing to it being a traditonal English ale). The beer is well rounded, very drinkable, and is cheap as chips. Will certainly have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Cask handpull, Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. 04/04/12. Misted gold with a fluffy, honeycombing white top. Stunning, sweet spliffy aroma; cat piss, lime zest. Stewed sweaty lime and Darjeeling flavour; husk, mandarin. Perfumed and dryingly bitter at once. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (4742) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2011
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Golden in colour. Grapefruit, tea and hops in the aroma. Very refreshing taste with notes of lemon, tea, pineapple and grapefruit. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (2810) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2010
Cask @Angleterre. poured clear golden with a frothy white head. Lots of lemon in aroma. Flavor is more lemon and some grapefruits also. Ends dry and bitter. Another excellent ale from Dark Star. Very mild, but refreshing and drinkable.

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