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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (3301) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours orange with a large frothy head. Aroma is soft, bready malt and some yeast and banana. Bready malt start with a very bitter finish. Some banana on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Co-op bottle (as Gold Miner). A re-rate. Latest bottle is very disappointing. Yeasty and metallic, slightly smoky with a harsh palate and lacking any other discernible flavours. Personally, I think there’s an infection here.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2010
Golden colour with a thin white head and lace. Low carbonation. Malt, hopped aroma. Smooth texture. Nice crisp hop flavour with a decent bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanEric (1176) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle fr4om the co-operative. Golden yellow coloured, small head. Somewhat sweety aroma, a bit soapy. Taste is somewhat bitter, somewhat hoppy. Medium-bodied, reasonable finish. With yeast in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4302) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2010
Pours hazy amber with minimal off white head. Caramel, sweet mats, floral and fruits aroma. Full bodied sweet bitter crisp flavor. Crisp and hoppy on palate. Finishes sweet and tart bitter, aftertaste lasting long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2280) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2010
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Slightly browned golden colour, soapy looking head. Citrus and floral aroma, a bit watery on the palate. Some bitterness comes through, with very faint herbal character. Not amazing, perhaps not as bad as the person rating before me thought.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beelsebob (35) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
This is one of the worst beers I’ve ever tasted. Absolutely hand on heart, the only thing I can say smells like this beer is vomit. The taste is barely better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 Bottle.Golden with a medium head,aroma of musty hops citrus,honey and orange marmalade,taste is hoppy,standing in the shed when it’s raining,black treacle,oak,malt,demerara,tangerine,grapefruit,lon dry woody hoppy pine finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Christian (12692) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2009
Golden with a small white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of laquer. Dry and wooden flavour with an unpleasant herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Orange with a low head. Aroma is mildly roasted - like biscuits. Sweet caramel-flavour with a slightly citric finish. Soft and round.

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