MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
McNeillR (624) - SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mr_h (2096) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
JohnRMurdoch (2701) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ The Society Room (JDW). Pale yellow colour, good head. Citrus & tropical fruit aroma. Biscuit & citrus fruit flavour. Spicy bitter aftertaste. Good golden ale.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Nickls (1708) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
FrankGKarioris (12) - - JUN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SaintMatty (4281) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Hermod (2582) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.