GoufCustom (615) - HONG KONG - JUL 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle bought at Oliver’s The Delicatessen in Central.
Translucent light golden straw colour with cloudy dusty yeast sediments; Half finger head and thin white foam which last for about 40 seconds; Small sticky lacing with active carbonation; Fragrant aroma of grapefruit, floral and light honey; Light, astringent sweet taste of grapefruit, lemon, molasses, ale malt, orange peel, bitter lime and grass; Light body, watery palate; Taste profile is dominated by quite fresh grapefruit, citrus and light orange peels, wrapped around by astringent hops; Sweetness is quite low and malt taste is low key; Quite strong hoppiness throughout, with decent grapefruit and floral nose, citrusy taste, and pronounce but somewhat low key bitterness. Long astringent finish. Okay; Pretty dry after taste, slightly bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one is inevitably compared to my favourite Celt Experience’s Blonde Ale series: it’s nowhere near the freshness and expressiveness of the excellent Celt Silure, or even match the moderate hoppiness of its 2nd fiddle, Celt Golden. This one is relatively low in hop freshness, lacking in body and taste, and bitterness is more like a Bitter than hopped-up micros. I am in no way saying this is poor, but I prefer something daring, more colourful and more in-your-face micros like those by Celt Ex.
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, hops and malts.
Graham77 (205) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Very slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a white head which retains quite well. Biscuity, citrusy aroma which follows through on the palate. This is a well hopped beer but with a decent biscuity malt background. Very smooth. A lovely blonde ale.
sic1314 (2582) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and soft malt. Medium body, flavour of grapefruit and pine with underlying caramel malt.
ciaranc (708) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straw, slightly dark gold, brilliant rocky white head, smallest touch of cloudiness. Citrus, lemon, zest, sweet sherbet and bready malt in the aroma. Flavour follows the nose, sweet malt, buckets of citrus, big biscuit malt backbone. Decent amount of bitterness towards the finish. Finish gets sweeter as it warms with touches of biscuity caramel. Lightish body, soft carbonation, easy drinking this and very nice.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from The Real Ale Warehouse, drunk 03/05/13. Straw-gold. Pours thick, white head, lasting very well. Med carb. Aroma - Nice, rich, complex citrus. Lots of citrus aromas, as well as grass and bit of spicy hop resin. A sort of fizzy, sherbet lemon aroma too, which is pleasantly interesting. Lightly toasty, grainy pale malt. Taste - Mid sweet, lightly toasty, grainy malt, bit caramel. Lovely, juicy citrus flavours; lemon oil. Tangy citrus freshness & spicy hop. Pleasant, light bitter finish; refreshing, with a slight, spicy lemon oil taste on tongue. Nice balance. Body is mid, with a bit of oilyness & lightly fizzy. A very pleasant, drinkable and tasty pale ale; ideal for summer drinking, with plenty of citrus.
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at CBC Islington. It pours golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is pale malt, pithy citrus, grapefruit and nectarine. The taste is grapefruit, pithy citrus, cereal, hay, light resin, wood and nice level of bitterness with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice hippy golden.
wimpyjoe (2967) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow coloured ale with a very small head. It is extremely well hopped with a very fruity aroma in this respect and the same character for its flavour.
jd543 (362) - SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden looking pint with a one finger white head. Bitter taste, but not enough happening on the palate to make it an exciting beer.
bellinghamd (6) - - APR 2, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy amber orange colour; light hoppy slightly gingery aroma; really gorgeous refreshing taste with some salt, and nice balance of bitter/sweet; soft carbonation and medium-length very dry bitter finish; very refreshing enjoyable pint, served as draught at the Spring cask ale festival at the Zetland Arms South Kensington