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Brewed by Great Oakley
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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Cask; Regular.
A straw coloured bitter with a unique bitterness derived from New Zealand hops. Very drinkable and refreshing.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (747) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Cask @ the Cock, Hanslope. Light yellow. Aroma is sharp with Amarillo(?) hops. Buttercream. Bittersweet, clean and balanced. Great beer. Great brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2445) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Gravity at Battersea Beer Festival 2012. Pale golden brown with lasting coarse head, floral and spicy nose, hoppy body with hints of peppered honeydew melon. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7379) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2010
Cask handpump at The Bell, Banbury, Oxon, 22-03-10 Banbury Beer Festival Meeting. Pours mid gold, the clarity is excellent and despite being on for 3-4 days its held up very well. The aroma is a little subdued and I would have imagined that the NZ hops would have offered more but as mentioned this is understandable for a beer slightly past its prime. The flavour is sublime ok so its maybe not as crisp as it was a day or two ago but the tropical fruits and also grapefruit noted were still there and then there is a lovely bittersweet flurry, still excellent but had I have had it when Glen did then I’m sure we would have been talking another 4+ score. A6 A5 F8 P4 Ov14 3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10170) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
Cask conditioned at The Bell, Banbury. Gold with white head. This punches well above its weight, a chunky light body with a biscuity malt then loads of fresh, bittering hops, dry, grapefruity. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009. Mid gold colour. Excellent flowery hop presence throughout. It may be fairly straightforward but it has just the crisp, fruity, aromatic, refreshing character I’m looking for in a Golden ale. In a sea of similar coloured beers this one stood out from the pack (or should that be shoal?).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8006) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2009
A British Golden ale that delivers more than average. Crystal clear golden appearance. Shinning surface. Appealing tropical fruit to the nose. Herbal, dusty hops in flavour and a touch of honey sweetness. Rounded bitter ending. Everything in fine harmony. Medium to thin bodied. Has got great session potentials (Cask, GBBF 05.08.2009).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Kings Head, Huddersfield, England.
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, creamy to frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, toasted, nutty, caramel, keller - earth notes, moderate hoppy, hop cones. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090716]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13632) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2009
Cask handpull at The King’s Head, Huddersfield. Gold, lasting beige head. Sweaty hop aroma. Dry sticks on the hop. Good herby hop on finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
Cask, Northampton Fest 09. Golden with a small white foam. Aromas are biscuit malts with floral, herbal notes and some citrus. Flavours are sweet biscuit with spicy, light pine. Woody and bitter with grapefruit on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7160) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2009
Cask, Leicester 09. Headless gold lacing with white. Loving those Kiwi hops pumped with passion fruit and grapefruit juiciness but raspingly dry in a tastefully understated, very English way. BALANCE, and bags of it. The trough is getting NONE of this. Late lean malts delicate with vanilla and peanut hints; not clinging or mushy, letting the hops breathe and sing. Delicious beer, my silver medalist at Leicester, my honorary 2000th rate until I stumbled into Brewdog V2009, and runner-up in my imagined miniature Beer of Britain contest. Respect.


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