Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, out of my Maudite glass. Good old Maudite glass. Shared with Cole. Good old Cole. Pours clear yellow, with a straw-green hue; thin white head, though remarkably long-lasting considering how thin it started out; lacing is spotty to good. Nose is tropical fruit: Bitter melon, some lemongrass, lovely fruit esters just all over the place with this one. Also clean malt, and some earthy spiciness deeper down. Flavours of tart lemon, tropical fruit, and like the other Fyne Ales, very grassy. A shade on the thin side, but at 3.8%, perhaps one of the greatest session beers Iíve ever had!
Leighton (13855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours pale yellow with a fine, white cream head. Crisp pale malt nose, straw, dry lemon. Light sweet flavor with dry crackers, biscuits, mellow citrus. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Clean, dry finish, more pale malts, biscuits. Solid. Very mild grassy hops at the end. Super drinkable. One of the best widely available British golden ales.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from The Real Ale Warehouse, drunk today. Light gold, clear. Pours thick, fluffy white head, which lasts very well. Good lacing. Mid-light carbonation. Aroma - Very fresh, very zesty grapefruit & a bit of sweeter citrus (tangerine). Lots of juicy, aromatic citrus rind oil. Very fresh, tangy & clean-smelling, and grassy. Also a touch of floral-ness & some lemon. Fresh hop oil - bit spicy. Behind that, a nice, crisp, cereal-ish, grainy, unobtrusive pale malt. Lovely, complex, but citrus-dominated aroma, that isnít OTT or perfumey; just appetising. Taste - Balanced & light, with lot of citrus. Very lightly sweet, cereally pale malt: Fairly standard pale malt body, for a blond ale; bit understated, malt is inoffensive & very much secondary to the aromatic, dry citrus flavours. Quite a lot of citrus flavours going on, but perhaps unsurprisingly, they donít quite live up to the intense aroma, though still good. Lemon, sweet grapefruit & grass. Lightly bitter hops. Bit of floral. Lightly dry, lightly bitter finish, with some dry citrus zest flavours left on the tongue, leaving you wanting more. Light body, with a bit of creaminess for mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with lovely citrus aromas & flavours, with a crisp & refreshing finish.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[3278-20100803] Cask sample. Sweet lemon hops aroma is fragrant and fresh. Slightly hazy, light orange yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Light bitter lemon hops flavour has a great citrus hops profile and just a hint of lime zest. Light-medium body is bitter. Great aroma, wow.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)
downender (6890) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Cave, Glasgow. Pale gold with a big, billowy white head. Massive grapefruit hop aroma with a touch of green tea. Flavour had plenty more grapefruit, some soap and sweetish malts, with a dryish finish. An excellent bottled beer.
stravale (2490) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Old Mill, Brodie
Very light straw colour, clear, frothy 2 finger white head, good lacing.
Aroma of citrus grapefruit and grassy hops. Much stronger aroma than usually expected at 3.8%
Taste - hoppy grapefruit and grass hops, bit of resin, excellent flavour for the abv
Palate - soft carb, thin watery body. Finish - lingering hoppy finish, rather bitter with grassy hops
Overall - technically brillant beer by Fyne Ales to get so much aroma, flavour and a good finish for such a low abv.
Beermack (722) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Pours a lovely hazy gold with bright white head. Big citrus notes in the aroma, bit of pine & slight peppery notes in there too: very fresh. Taste is full of citrus fruit, lychee, a little pine and a very smooth buttery sweet malt backbone. Satisfying bitter finish. A perfect session beer, a real summer afternoon drink.
kwik-lime (1472) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly strong aroma for the style, really strong citrus with grass and hops. Taste is a lovely dry bitterness with some citrus and good hop character. Full of character for the low ABV. Exceptionally good example of the golden ale style.
RichTheVillan (4384) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pours straw yellow minimal head, feint hoppy aroma with a bit of lemon, quite thin in mouth feel, tastes superb citrus hop slight tobacco. Only 3.8% Fyne have done a great job with this.
ianwelby (733) - SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 (Bottled) Very pale golden ale with a thick, frothy head and a light, hoppy aroma with a citrus edge. A very bitter, hoppy flavour with a bitter, lemony backtaste. Enjoyable but I?m keen to try it on tap.
(Cask) Aroma is more distinctive in the cask version and I think the citrus flavour comes through more strongly as well.
Rating is for the cask.