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


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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Filtered and carbonated bottle.
Sunburst is brewed using floor malted Maris Otter barley and a blend of Cascade, styrian and Challenger hops. The result is a refreshing crisp beer of considerable depth with a fine hoppy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6422) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle from Pivni Rozmanitost, Prague. Pours clear golden with a big frothy white head, Aroma in coma is lemons and tropical fruits. Taste is fresh, crisp hops, very well balanced lemonade and caramel, pretty good all over. Dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (7633) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle @ DØE tasting. Pours light golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, light citrus, a hint of butter. Flavor is malt, sweet fruity hops, citrus. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. 170713

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This Golden Ale’s superb malt profile takes you into the very center of a kernel, as hops play around with verbena oil allusions and wooden lengths.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam lingers atop the clear golden.
-Dark Star brewers are brilliant with malt flavor definition. This is a ’simple’ Golden Ale and its malt are as three-dimensional and revealing as many brews with twice the alcohol, twice the number of malts, etc.
-The mouthfeel is comforting. Not too dry, but certainly not too sweet either.
-The flavor polished is very polished.
-Malts also share nut skin angles.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Great golden beer. Lovely and fresh with a lovely balance between the floral and the bitter hops. Nice bit of malt, a few crumbs of biscuit and a glob of toffee in there as well. Light, refreshing with a dry finish. Beer garden, ahoy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (434) - - JUN 14, 2013
Nothing particularly exciting about this one. It does go down pretty easily but it’s lacking any strength in the flavour. The malt and hops are pretty dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (748) - SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Clear golden beer with a few bubbles and a frothy head. Smells of hop and slight citrus. Flavour isn’t particularly strong of anything really. The hop is there still with a zesty tang to it but there’s not a lot else going on. The finish is quite dry and pleasant though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3953) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at Cosmic Comic Cafe, Turku. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, hay, fruits, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle from Corks of Cotham. A pleasant golden ale. Smooth, well-balanced between sweet malt and fresh hops, aclean and well-rounded. Not my favourite style, but this is a good example of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22640) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottled (From AbM). Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, nectary and some mild bready and caramelly notes. Flavour is honey, some fruits, nectar, floral and mild bready, caramelly and quite crisp maltiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is butterscotsch, fruit, malt, hop. Flavour is butterscotsch, fruit, malt, hop. Boring beer.

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