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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (128) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle thatís been in the fridge for over a year. Very lively when opened, had to pour in two goes. Clear, light gold with big and persistent head. Floral aroma. More flowers in the taste, with honey coming at the end, leaving a fairly well lasting light bitterness. Very tasty and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1373) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13182) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
Cask conditioned at Reading BF 2012. very pale gold. Lasting white head. Hoppy slightly sweet. I liked it. Really hoppy easy drinking pale ale. Its good slight honey sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Festival Bar at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 15/02/2008 Very hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy floral and slightly sweet on the palate. Some dryness in a crisp malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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.

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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3850) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Golden and slightly cloudy. Subtle sweetness and a bitter finish. Not very interesting and another disappointing one from this brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (5082) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2009
(Cask at Kittyís, Helsinki, on 2009-03-13) Pale golden and clear. Medium sized, dense and long lasting white head. Strong honey aroma with some hoppy notes. Medium bodied and dry palate. Honey, fruitiness, grass, bitterness and quite strongly hops in taste. Honey and bitterness in aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8996) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 17, 2009
Cask (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Very pale, small head. Dry savoury hop aroma, a bit dusty and bitter. Despite the looks, this has a pretty full palate - loads of light malts, and pleasant noble UK hops. Finish is fairly bitter, and quite long. Very good for a blond, but still a blond - doesnít really go with the wintry weather and snow outside. (6-2-7-3-13=3.1)
Rerate: (7-2-7-3-13=3.2)
Cask (Kittyís, Helsinki)
Honey and black tea aroma. Black tea and hoppy taste too. Pleasant but a touch milky. Hoppy finish.


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