Brewed by Frog Island
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Northampton, England


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: English Marris Otter Pale Malt, Wheat Malt and Crystal Malt; Phoenix hops.
Silver award at the Beauty of English Hops competition in 1997.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester. Burnt copper colour, small fluffy head. Rather tasty, sweet sugary aroma. Surprisingly flavoursome beer: very smoky, especially during the long, dry finish. Any sweetness evaporates into a dry leafy, autumnal bitter, which is quenchingly hoppy indeed. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2005
GBBF, 2005: Touch of toffee. Fragrant and sweet golden beer. Lovely. Nice enough to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Slightly hazy orangey amber colour with a thick cream head. Aroma of hops, oranges and spices. Nice dry hoppy taste with some good late and long bitterness. Medium bodied, softly carbonated. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Bottle.Amber in colour with a medium head,aroma of citrus and hops,taste is of hops some sweetness and a great bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
Cask Conditioned & from a hand pump in The Swan in Liverpool. With a Sparkler. Mid / Light brown in colour. Hoppy & dry-ish, with a slightly harsh (but not unpleasant) after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2007
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2007. Orange/gold colour with disappearing beige head. Citrus orange/tangerine aroma, like Robinson’s tangerine jelly. Little bit gingery in mouth, more tangering on end. Rather a drinkable orangey strong citrus beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1288) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2008
Gravity cask at Ealing beer fest. Pale gold with lacy white head. Huge hoppy aroma and very juicy resinous mouthfeel. Great crisp bitter finish..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2008
[500ml bottle ordered direct from brewery] The third beer of a triple pack from the brewery (the other two were Natterjack and Croak & Stagger). The other two had been great, but possibly just a little too sweet and syrupy. This one poured a slightly hazy yellow-brown with a large, dense, lasting head. Smell is malty and hoppy. Tastes orange with a citrus bitterness, and some biscuit behind. Aftertaste is a refreshing hoppy bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Less sweet and therefore far more drinkable than the other two I’d tried; my favourite of their beers so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle from Duncan Murray Wines, Market Harborough. Orange mist with a sudsy pile of head well at home in Octo’s weizen. (4,4) Bag of mouldy clementines, Pink Lady apples and limes sluiced around in the urinal aroma. Fat and balanced like Beowulf; robust earthy malts, applepeel and orange citrus, pine, gooseberry. Some pineapple emerging as it warms. Impressive from 1 variety of English hop (Pilot). Bracing, hairs-on-your-chest stuff with a dollop of farmyard about it. If it said ’Belgium’ and ’7.5%’ on the bottle Octo wouldn’t be whinging and reaching for the Brugs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a viciously overactive murky goldish brown (the same colour a stewed apricots). Aromas of basement and a little bit of lemon, a little bit of grapefruit. Actually, if sniffed blind, you’d think it was Belgian. The flavour is a little more mild with good malt, carbonation and gentle hopping coming through. When I opened the bottle and had to rush to fill the glass with foam I wasn’t terribly happy, but I put that down to it being a beer that is alive and has had to travel to the other side of the world. I like this. I like that someone in England regards their beer so highly to send it to me in New Zealand. As I mentioned, this beer has a definite Belgian ale character of greenish white wine and yeasty basement and it endures. Calling it a Golden/Blonde Ale does it a massive disservice. It’s better than that.

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