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Dark Star Sunburst (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask; Seasonal - Spring and Summer. Also available filtered in 500ml bottles.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; Cascade, Challenger and Styrian hops.
"A classic golden summer ale."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19639) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Clerkenwell. Clear golden colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops and grass. Fruity flavor of hops with notes of grass and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in July 2013 - Pale Yellowy Gold in colour. Very hoppy; grassy hops. Very fruity; grapefruit and lemon citrus, very tangy. Malty; sweet malts. Moderately bitter citrus fruity hoppy throughout. Dry bitter fruity hop finish. Rather like drinking a bitter citrus fruit cocktail. (Note: Don’t remember the bottled version being this good) Very refreshing. Liked this a lot. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Light gold, slight haze, thin dense white head; aroma of peaches, passion fruit; tastes similarly tropical, with a moderate bitterness; a solid golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (2758) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2013
Cask. Clear golden with thin white head. Aroma faint, sweet malt and sugar. Taste is of pale malt, biscuit, sugar and piney and soapy hops. Finish has floral hops and very faint elderflower

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (1450) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Cask at Angleterre. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with hops, grapefruit, salted crackers, toast and fruits. Bitter finish with grapefruit and hops. Very nice real ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1312) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2013
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in August 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale gold in colour with a thin white head. Slight sweet note of barley sugar in the short malty aroma. Thin and resiny mouthfeel. Poor lacing throughout. Pale malts gives a digestive biscuit base with a distinctively sweet golden syrup flavour full in the mouth. Dusty note of floral hop resins with hints of elderflower present in the short aftertaste. Finish is slightly sweet with warming malt and orange peel present. A decent session Golden Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1049) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2013
Cast at 'spoons, Victoria. Pours a light gold, not much sign of carbonation. Thin white head. Sweet smelling, light honey/caramel, slight floral. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Sweet caramel, a bit biscuity, a bit of pear and a nice light grapefruit bitter finish. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Slick honeyed malts lift soft citrus fruit and floral angles in this oily, smooth Golden Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the clear honey gold.
-Spicy hop resins slowly build with every sip, but remain behind the honeyed malts.
-The flavor profile is more delicate than that of their Hophead or Summer Solstice.
-The rendering is of course very professional.
-Drinkability is through the roof.

On cask at The Quadrant Ale House, Brighton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dredd (684) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2013
Light citrus aroma, pour is light straw. Good mouth feel very nice bitterness. Nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Cask at Wheatsheaf, West Brom. Deliciously smooth, more ish UK hop. Perfect bittersweet. Cask at its best.

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