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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1148) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5541) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrat (1330) - 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 itís raining,black treacle,oak,malt,demerara,tangerine,grapefruit,lon dry woody hoppy pine finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pudding (229) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Plenty of hops in this one. Strong flavour of orange. Thick mouthfeel. Prolonged bitterness. A favourite of mine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoestring (357) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2008
(Co-op Goldminer).A cracker. Lively indeed when opened. Lasting soapy, foamy head toppping off a nice orange pint. Citrus to the fore, and plenty of it. Nice little gem.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undercurrent25 (1949) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2008
Really strong aroma and very hoppy taste, can see this givingg you a massive hangover if you had a few too many

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2002
Pretty good aroma, but a little too normal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3799) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Gold, good lasting fluffy white head with good condition. Initial aroma of citrus and grapefruit becoming hoppy with a low Orval type note, some pine needles and a gentle underlying honeyed maltiness.Citrus and pine resin hoppiness in the mouth with good balancing grainy malt and a long dry chalky hop bitterness lingering long into the finish. Worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4380) - 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.

   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.

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