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


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Previously 3.9%.
A pale generously hopped session beer. Hints of sweetness, and a subtle elderflower aroma, provide a terrific balance to the hops. A real thirstquencher!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Cask at Charlies. Clear golden coloured with a white ehad. Aroma of fruits, caramel, malts and hops. Flavour of malts, fruits and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. A golden beer with a slight haze under a white head. The aroma is sweet malty with flowery notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of toffee, malt, flowery hops, and elder flowers. Nice but not a winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 27, 2007
Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki) Clear yellow, thin head. Dark sticky hop aroma. Also sticky bitter in the mouth, but with sweet, almost floral component, which briefly transitioned (for me, not my g/f) to something savoury, perhaps gravy, and then back to a resiny bitter for the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2007
Really hopopy nose, citrus and very drinkable, would like to have again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 freebie on cask @ the rake. Pale gold, thin head. Floral aroma with some citrus notes. Taste of flowers, lemon and hops. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2007
Cask, Derby Winter Fest 07. Golden with a white head. Aromas are spicy and dry with bitter hops. Peppery and woody. Flavours are dry lemon with bitter hops. Spicy and peppery with nuttiness. Elderflower floral notes with grapefruit bitterness. Hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2007
Cask Handpump at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 05/01/2007 Hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Golden coloured floral hoppy and a little sweet with some dryness in a lasting bitter and wheaty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2006
Pint pulled at The Bricklayers Arms in Putney (London), a very pale yellow with a white frothy head. A surprising earthy aroma with a touch of hops. An earthy bitter palate, not much elderflower to speak of. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Guide Dog, Soton. Not the best elderflower beer I’ve had. Seems to accentuate the vanilla, floral, bodily fluid smell elderflower can take on. Other than that light with mild grassy hops. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2006
Cask (handpump) at the Wyndham Arms, Salisbury, Wiltshire. I’m guessing this is a variant of Downton Quadhop, with the addition of Elderflower. However, compared to, say, Cheriton Village Elder (now sadly no more), the impact of the Elderflower is very subtle. It has a light, herbaceous nettley aroma but could hardly be described as hugely aromatic. On the palate its quite dry, fresh and clean. More grassy and modestly citric notes. The flavours lack a little depth and the mouthfeel is quite thin. Nonetheless, its a decent, refreshing drop. Very attractive rich golden colour.

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