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Freeminer Gold Standard

Formerly brewed at Freeminer
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cinderford, England


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (4065) - 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 Swanson’s (American brand) salisbury steak TV dinner, and some spice. Very astringent. I don’t get any really obnoxious things, like urine (as others did) but the decent aroma gives way to a less enjoyable flavor/palate experience.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
lemon and corriander notes that are quickly overtaken by a urine scent. tastes like lemon scented cleaning products smell. geuze like plastic taste that has an odd powdery mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwoodin (44) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
Tangerines in the taste. Syrupy, lasting mouthfeel. One of the better bottle-conditioned ales from the UK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle Conditioned as Co-Op Gold Miner. Bright amber with white head. Nice looking beer, poured well. Spicy, coriander seed notes in the aroma and flavour with a sweetish malt base, perhaps a little too challenging for a long beer. The hops last the distance with a few honeyish and green nuances but just couldn’t lose the overwhelming peppery notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
Nice 500ml dark brown bottle, b/conditioned from Glynneath Coop.Poured a crystal clear chestnut with gerat carbonation & creamy head. Crisp citrus orange nose. The first flavour is yeast followed by well balanced roast malt bitter hops. Rounded mouthfeel with crisp bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
[Bottle] A hazy amber beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of coriander and yeast and so is the flavor.I should think this was a Belgian beer - or atleast a Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
Dark golden coloured. Fruity aroma. Fruity and rather hoppy flavour with a bitter finish.

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