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

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (3666) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2065) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
Tangerines in the taste. Syrupy, lasting mouthfeel. One of the better bottle-conditioned ales from the UK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10022) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29171) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
Dark golden coloured. Fruity aroma. Fruity and rather hoppy flavour with a bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Bottled conditioned. This one grows on you through the glass. It has banana and sour fruit aromas. The appearance is a hazy golden almost orange colour. The taste starts a bit sour in an unpleasant way but mellows out towards the bottom of the glass, and again there are banana notes. Drinkable but not as good an experience for me as others (unfortunately).

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2004
Bottle conditioned as Gold Miner - BBE March 2005. Awesome. Quality throughout! A beer made with love and attention to detail. The First Gold hops take control and deliver a huge burst of tangy citric delight, but the buttery malt keeps everything in place. World Class!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3748) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Co-op, Birmingham. Cloudy yellow colouring, with a fairly thin, white wafer head. Very crispy beer, big hop beer. The hops kick in right from the off, and the dryness settles in up to a peppery finish. The hops are large, but not harsh, and the beer remains light. Refreshing and satisfying. Excellent stuff.


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