Brewed by Elland
Style: Bitter
Elland, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
Previously Known as Best Bitter
Elland Blonde is a dry and aromatic beer made with Maris Otter Pale malt and a blend of English and American Hops. All this goes together to produce a straw coloured beer that is strong on aroma with a pronounced bitter flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (17487) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
<i>Cask conditioned at The Castle, Furnival St., London</i>
Hazy blond color. Nice fudge/toffee aroma. Some malt flavor, with residual sweetness, low bitterness, less interesting than the aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10006) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2008
Half pint, hand pulled cask at The Dagda Bar in Edinburgh. Golden body, slightly hazy. Missing head, fragile lacing. Floral hoppy aroma. Taste of fruity hops and honey sweetness, with a decent bitterness lingering on the swallow [26.10.2008].

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubelknv3 (1068) - Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Golden with frothy, white head. Biscuit and mild citrus aroma. Citrus, sweet malt, and hop bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2008
Cask at Victoria Hotel, Beeston, Nottingham. Gold with a white head. Cardboard aroma, possibly malty. Despite its claim to be ’strong on aroma’, I judged this the weakest feature. The taste was inconsistent: slight sweetness to begin, not much to notice in media res, followed by a pleasant hoppiness in extremis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (32195) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
Cask at Volunteers Arms, GBBF 2007. A golden beer with a huge cream colored head. The aroma is sweet mlaty with light notes of citrus. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of citrusy hops and straw, leding to a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (4852) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Draught quarter-pint at NERAX on 5/3/07
Deep bronze-gold body shows off the wonderful color of maris otter without any caramel/crystal malts. The beer is bright with a medium-sized white head atop, providing moderate lacing.
Some papery, grainy malts show a very strong attenuation and only a bit of the honey character I associate with maris otter is present on the finish. Not very hoppy, with some grassiness and light citric notes, mostly bitterness, it seems. Dry, yellow fruits emerge lightly, with some buttercreaminess coming on as well, with warming. Medium to low strength of aroma. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but not very characterful either.
Sweet, soft maris otter texture gives light honey notes that are interrupted by some scratchy, over-attenuated malt tannins in the middle. Ends with some light residual sugars, an odd butteriness that I cant decide if it is diacetyl or just malt and ester interplay. Loose body, on the lighter side, with stale/nutty/vegetal hop character and minimal bitterness. Strange, I won’t say flawed, but just dosent strike me as a very carefully brewed beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2006
Cask at the Market Porter. Very pale blond. Very little body and lots of hop bitterness but not much hop aroma. Rather dry and an interesting idea of a ’best bitter’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2006
Cask (handpump) at The Market Porter, Southwark, London. Very light coloured for a bitter - pale straw. Quite fresh and a little sharp, but the overall effect lacked body and depth. Didn’t make much of an impression, although you could certainly sup a few of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 1. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 29/05/2003 Light golden and slightly cloudy appearance. Some acidic taste and a strong bitter finish. 2. Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2003 Tried again to see if there was any improvement but unfotunately there wasn’t - Golden hazy and acidic with a slightly dry hop finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 15/07/2006 Now called ’Elland Best’ and thankfully a much nicer drink than it was on my previous encounters. Hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured very hoppy and slightly citrus flavour. A little creaminess and bitterness in a malt finish.

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