Brewed by Fyne Ales
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland


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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A pale version of the Vital Spark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pith (160) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Aroma is hoppy with a hint of fruit reminiscent of apples. Pours light gold/dark straw with one finger off white frothy head. High carbonation, at first mildly hoppy with the slighted hint of sweetness that evolves into a stronger hop taste with apple becoming apparent and then being replaced by citrus. Late bitter finish well after swallow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2013
Tasted this Golden Ale in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in February 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale straw in colour with a thin white head. Dusty citrus hop note long in the nose. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Pale malts give a short biscuit base with loads of citrus fruit evident, strong lemon and lime zest giving refreshing bite. Citrusy hop resins compliment the malt well with dusty floral overtones. Finish is tart and dry with grapefruit pith adding astringency to the mouth. A decent session Golden Ale with a cracking name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnCook101 (535) - - FEB 2, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours slightly cloudy light amber. Mild aroma of hops and spice. Slight sweetness and tropical fruits followed by moderate bitterness. Smooth finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barcelonian (67) - Barcelona, - DEC 31, 2012
Aroma: not much, a bit malty maybe. Appearance: nice golden colour, creamy head. Taste: quite bitter, low alcohol, low carbonatation Palate: quite bitter, mint, freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Euggs (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Lovely light ale, and very well balanced - fruity, malty & hoppy and extremely moreish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (10367) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2012
500 ml bottle. L3110. BB Apr 2013. From the Fyne Ales Brewery in Cairndow, Scotland.
Cloudy pale yellow golden colour with small to average sized fluffy white head. ^ Fruity hoppy aroma with some sweetness and mild bitterness. Malty body. Flavour is moderately bitter with fruity and resiny hops. Nice balanced flavour with malty body. Tasty. They really can brew balanced and rich brews even with the low abv. I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Gryphon, Bristol 27/11/2012. Golden with a slight white head. Aroma of grapefruit and mango with some orange blossom hops and a touch of pine. Flavour had more tropical fruit, slightly sweet malts and a lingering dry finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. A superior example of a golden ale. Bright fruit and floral hops backed up with a sweet malt base. Good bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2295) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Beer Ritz Leeds. Pale hazy yellow, minimal head. Nectarine and cardamom aroma with lots of floral hops. Quite carbonated, hits the mouth with a ginger whack. Long dry finish, the citrus ginger keeps building and eventually transitions to a resinous mouth coating syrup. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Bierzwerg.de.
Hazy pale yellow with a green hue. Nice small, creamy, white head. Aroma has pine, resin, fresh cut grass and lemon zest. Medium carbonation, full-on creamy and dry. Flavour is hoppy, some pilsner malts sweetness, resin, pine, grass, lemon, apple peel. Very bitter finish. Extremely easy to drink.

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