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Brewed by Downton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask; Regular (as Honey Blonde). Also available bottle conditioned (as Chimera Honey Blonde).
A golden straw coloured bitter. A superb blend of spicy and floral hops, added to the smooth sweetness imparted by Flaked Maize and Mexican honey, make this a beer that never hangs around for long! Champion Beer at the Alton Beer Festival 2008, and also available in bottle.
Honey Blonde is a light and refreshing blonde/golden ale, with subtle hints of honey and softly sweet malt. The finish is crisp and refreshing.


2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
invinoveritas (39) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2011
Pint from cask. Pours a lively golden yellow with a fair head and an unfortunate but not overpowering smell of rotten eggs. Quite effervescent. A touch of honey on the taste, but bitter and not sweet. There are some difficult to place, ever-evolving notes. Perhaps bacon, a touch of flora (not the brand!) and a handful of raisins - stewed in Perrier water. A definite honey aftertaste though. Interesting, not outstanding.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3172) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2011
Cask @ The Drum & Monkey. Golden colour, good head. Slightly sickly sweet vegetable aroma. Biscuit flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Average golden ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. Unfortunately I didn’t read Druncan’s review before opening this, because it behaved exactly as he described. Still I managed to get most of it into a pint glass in the end.

The end result is pale straw in colour with a billowing brilliant white head; there’s a light musky, grainy aroma; it’s rather thinly bodied with a mix of citrus, honey and herbal flavours; and a clean, crisp, grassy finish. Rather good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7099) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
Gusher- wow, didn’t see that one coming. I’ve never had an English beer so badly behaved- bonus point. One of those bottles that pours itself and just keeps on pouring like a locomotive chimney puffing out steam. What you end up with is a billowing glass of foam....with some gold at the bottom. Decent JHB-like Fairy liquid aroma emerging. Flavour of coins (the foam), galangal and Jacob’s cream crackers. There’s actually a really clean, citrussy pale ale at the bottom of it, conditioned like a volcano. Would re-drink...carefully.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (6042) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
(Cask at Priory Arms, Stockwell, London, 7 Aug 2010) Pale golden colour with brief, white head. Fruity, slightly malty nose with citrus and honey. Fruity, floral taste with notes of citrus and honey. Light body, fairly sweet with low bitterness. Definitely drinkable but hardly exciting.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
15th July 2010. Chelmsford Beer Festival. Clear light gold beer, no real head. Dry palate. Semi tart orange hop but with a fair dash of apple as well. Finishes over dry and is way too dry in general.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2010
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is fruits, mild bready notes, quite nectar and some mild notes of herbs. Flavour is bready malts, some fruits, mild nectar as well as some slight citusy notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1375) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2010
Cask at the Priory Arms, Stockwell London on 4th August 2010. Clear gold with white thin foamhead and no lacing. Rather sweet aroma; bitter hoppiness rounded by a honey-sweetness. Grapefruit hop and touch of peach. Dry finish with zingy mouthfeel. Well-crafted beer, pleasant drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2293) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2010
Cask, pours hold with a light white head and aroma of honey, biscuit and peach. More honey and fruit on the palate plus a happy bite and a gentle bitter finish. Firm bodied and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (5083) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2010
Cask (Waterloo Arms, Southampton) - Golden in colour. Malty aroma with honey and citrus. Malty and slightly sweet taste with honey, grain, hops and malt.


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