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Brewed by Freeminer
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cinderford, England

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - Summer & Autumn. Also available bottle conditioned exclusively at the Co-op as Gold Miner.
Winner of two awards in the 1998 beauty of hops awards, this beer was especially brewed to use the "first gold " variety of hops, it has been described (by the award judges) as "orange peel and apricot blossom blended together beautifully" we prefer to say that it is an incredibly hoppy golden beer well suited to all "hop heads" everywhere.
Ingredients: Water from natural sources under the Royal Forest of Dean; Barley grown in the Cotswolds and malted by Warminster Maltings; First Gold whole hops grown in the "Three Counties"; Yeast.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle from Co-op, Kinlochleven. Bottle conditioned, pors lovely and bright, good persistant head. Drunk at a picnic table at sunset looking out over Loch Leven. Immediately swarmed by midgies and retreated to tent. Anyway, the beer was an excellent golden ale, one of the best Iíve had from bottle (the draught ones mostly seem fresher and zestier).

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2005
Deep golden color, rich syrupy nose with brandy and herbs. The mouth feels dead. Starts malty then into more hops, but the beer has gone bad so it has an odd mouthfeel. The finish is a huge off puttingly bitter that you get when a bottle condition beer goes off, though I can see the potential there.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
Gold Miner bottle. Pours a golden colour with a thin head. Weak aroma of malt and some citrus. Dough and malt in taste.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle, as Gold Miner. Goldern color, weak head, and not much aroma. Flavor brought to mind sucking on copper with an additional undesired aftertaste. Not that good, but not quite a drain pour.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1032) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Odd one this as I had been buying it from a local Alldays and thoroughly enjoying it, classy looking beer with a good bottle conditioned head, very hoppy nose and amazing citrus fruit palate, with a well balanced malty sweetness, a fantastic glass of beer, full of flavour, great finish too! However...Iíve also bought a few bottles from a local Co-op and on getting them home and even after letting them settle for a couple of hours, they really frothed up on opening, so I lost about half of the bottle, this has also happened to a mate ( who unknown to me had been buying the same beer from the same Co-op) so it was nothing Iíd done to the beer, storage conditions at the store? I donít know, but it certainly spoilt it for me. I feel itís unfair to mark it down for this as Iíve enjoyed it very much in the past, will try again from the Co-op and keep my fingers crossed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
Poured light amber with a lasting white head. Mild hoppy aroma, slightly floral and citrusy. Flavour is a mix of biscuity malt flavours with woody hops. Some citric notes there too. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of cider, sourness, and urine. Flavor of malt and mild hops.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Nose is strong of bran, wet horse, and urine. Super, super astringent. The urine taste and smell makes this impossible to enjoy.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pour is yellow and fizzy with a small white head...smell is dentist office, latex gloves, tooth paste...taste is bitter and astringent...finish is dry and unpleasant...

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
A bottled version under the Co-op "Gold Miner" label. Orange/yellow with some head, aromas of pear, apple cider, and notable sweetness. A flavor like the old Swansonís (American brand) salisbury steak TV dinner, and some spice. Very astringent. I donít get any really obnoxious things, like urine (as others did) but the decent aroma gives way to a less enjoyable flavor/palate experience.


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