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


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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2161) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle from the Bitter End, Bromley. Bright golden pour with a white head. Grapefruit, pear, peach, mango and a little caramel aroma. Quite fruity. Fruity hop laden flavours with a bit of a sharp citrus bite. Nice fruity finish. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. Golden with a white foam. Aromas are sweet zesty lemon, apricot and grapefruit with sweet, addictive hops. Flavours are equally hoppy and fruity with more grapefruit bitterness. Quite light in the malts department but no worry. Dry and bitter on the finish. This was supposed to last one hour - its gone in the time it took to write this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Begins with a nice garden hop bouquet mellowed by slight fruit tones and finishes with a slight bitter tone. Overall, its pretty well balanced with the mix of hops stealing the show. I love those cascades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewC (333) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Now Dark Star Hop Head on cask (preferably at the Butcher’s Arms in Herne, Kent) is in my top 5 favourite session bitters of all time. The rest of the Dark Star range is good but not something I would search out. So, to the Sunburst... Smells like proper beer i.e. cask - bottle beer just isn’t proper beer imo. Good mouthfeel, not too fizzy. This is a juicy beer; lots of fruit salad and grassy lemon and lime rind flavours. Nice citrus rind and hay finish. A tasty beer, and in a bottle - well I never.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (135) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle from Morrisons. Pours clear light gold, very little head. Initial aroma has a maltiness to it, with light fruit, elderflower? Sharp bite of bitterness fades slowly to a more mellow but tongue-coating bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit. Good beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
A very pleasant drink. Grapefruit and orange, with a honey aftertaste. A summery drink as per description.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3635) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Bottle, from Waitrose in Lincoln. Gold, lasting white head and good condition. Excellent hoppy aroma with hints of elderflower and grapefruits. Fruity in the mouth with more hops and grapefruit but less intense than the nose. Quite dry and sharp in the finish with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2004
bottle, thanks duff. golden with a big pine and lemon barley aroma. very fresh and apa-ish, plenty of bitterness and really drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7707) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle picked up at SH Jones Bicester. Pours pale golden in colour, aroma is lemony and hoppy.Flavour is citric but also hoppy again and very, very nice a real summer beer. Nice bitterness and overall a great very flavoursome beer that slipped down a treat.

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