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Brewed by County Durham Brewing
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Pickering, Canada

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
Cask. Vibrant flaxen-tan colour. Big, floral, citrusy dry hop aroma is thoroughly appetizing. Perfectly conditioned cask, with a rich, pithy bitterness. Lots of grapefruit, light wood, and scant but breezy malt backing. Very little to complain about here!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9736) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
A lightly hazed golden IPA with a very thin white head. In aroma, pleasant floral hops, with light berry notes and a bit of meaty notes. In mouth, a nice herbaceous floral hops with some grapefruits, a bit light on the malt side, but very decent. On tap at Cíest What, August 7 2010.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2011
On Tap at Cíest What, Toronto 14/11/2010 Fruit and hop aromas. Golden coloured fruity and hoppy grapefruit flavour with a hint of dryness in a bitter malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
One of 5 casks on at Cíest What. Hoppy aroma draws me in. Cloudy orange. Creamy mouthfeel, taking into account this is cask. Very lacey. Controlled bitterness really.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Tap at Cíest What? Pale gold with a creamy white head. Very fresh aroma of Goldings hops. Lots of fresh herbal/spicy aroma. Very fresh and zesty/floral smelling. Lightly resinous on the nose. Flavour shows a soft grassiness and a fresh pale UK malt base. Lots of spicy/herbal hops. Lingering resinous bitterness. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Sept 2007. Cask at Cest What Festival of Small Breweries, unintentionally sampled blind because the tap handle said Scotch Irish. Pale yellow body with a small white head (3+). Hoppy aroma with light grapefruit and lemon notes (7+). Moderate bitterness, flavour is modest but sufficiently hoppy to be quite nice, mild citrus (7+). Smooth average palate is quite good for a cask. 7/3+/7/3/15-16 -3.6 <P>Cask at CW. Yellow body with a smallish creamy white head (3+). Lovely citrusy hop aroma, sweet orange, lemon. (7+) Similar flavours, orange is very nice, lemon in the flavour is very lightly astringent. Light pale malt notes. (7+) Average palate is pleasantly smooth. (3+) This is quite good, and extremely drinkable. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
On cask @ Cíest What?
Clear gold with average white creamy top.
Strong hop presence with creamy malt following.
Quiet bitter, plenty of hops with somewhat creamy textures. Middle clear, decent with feel of some raw green hops blended with citric experience. Hop head is good bitter ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Cask at Volo and Cíest What? in Toronto. Smooth as silk from the handpump. Nice golden malt flavor with caramel and fruit. Great hops all the way from nose to finish. Aromatic and bitter. fabulously hoppy but keeps the balance all the way through. Enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Objectively speaking: A less bright and darker IPA example than the hop addict though I did not try this one from the hand-pull.
I like: Confidently straightforward. Simple, but assumingly so. Citrus oriented IPA of obvious American lineage. Light-bodied and easy to drink.
I dislike: Does not have the pleasant freshness of its hop addict peer. Headless. Rather murky appearance. Rather astringent hop bite. Dull malt base.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
Cask. At Volo. Have had this many times, from its early incarnation to its current thick, acidic cask lovliness. Pours murky orange with a wispy head - Iím sorry, but these days every time I see it I get wood - itís a 5. The aroma - very simple, very much an acidic hop-forward UK-style IPA on double steroids - bitter resin and mild conifer, slightly sweet in the background, but this is all about acidic/astringent hop goodness - not sure my American friends would love it, itís not a west coast clone at all. The taste starts gently bitter, quite herbal actually, and the malt is at its most noticeable - but the acidic funky bitterness that so appealed to the nose starts to build - it never reaches DIPA territory, or even seems ultra aggressive, but after that first swallow youíre not allowed to forget itís a damned fine cask IPA and donít even THINK about not ordering another. This is actually light-bodied, while still seeming thick - it lingers for a decent patch, but eases off your palate well in time for the next sip - while too strong to appel it "session," you could (I have) drink several of these in an hour or two. Good stuff!


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