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


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mR_fr0g (9252) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2011
Pours very pale yellow colour. Good lacing. Earthy slightly skunked aroma Flavour is metalical and slightly tanic. No honey flavour. Over carbonated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Cask at The Harp off Trafalgar Sq. Pours hazy gold with a bubbly white head. Light citrus aroma. Light pale malt flavor with some mild bitterness. Honey? Donít get that.Finishes nicely bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
invinoveritas (116) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (4366) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. Unfortunately I didnít read Druncanís 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; thereís a light musky, grainy aroma; itís rather thinly bodied with a mix of citrus, honey and herbal flavours; and a clean, crisp, grassy finish. Rather good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
Gusher- wow, didnít see that one coming. Iíve 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 Jacobís cream crackers. Thereís actually a really clean, citrussy pale ale at the bottom of it, conditioned like a volcano. Would re-drink...carefully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7850) - Hšsselby, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25327) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1803) - 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.

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