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Brewed by Harbour
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bodmin, England

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask and bottle: Unfiltered
A modern interpretation of the British classic with pronounced American hop aromas. This golden ale has citrus characters and robust yet balanced bitterness.

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• Available from February 2012

• Draft 5% ABV

• Bottle 5.2% ABV


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jerd16 (180) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Pours copper orange with small white soapy head. Aroma is a lazy generic template IPA - citrus and earthy, spicy hops. Taste is much the same, sweet citrus and British spicy, savoury hop flavor. Very little malt presence - poorly balanced. Bitterness in the tail is rough and unrefined. For once Ratebeers style classification is accurate: lacks malt presence and body of an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Dagan. Clear golden. Hoppy aroma with overripe fruits, a bit weedy. Flavor has a bit of sweetish english malt, a hint of biscuit and nice hoppy bitterness. Medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Bottled 08/02/14. A massively carbonated beer hence it pours with an enormous rocky white head atop the slightly hazy golden body. It’s very bitter and has lots of hops. Quite sharp with a little sweetish malt in the nose. Pretty tasty but a bit problematic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeebon (168) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys for just £1.50 - Bargain! Upon taking a sniff there is a noticable citrus (lemon and grapefruit), floral, grassy and slightly spicey aroma. Taking a sip these things are noticable in the taste, along with resin and pine leading into a slightly sharp and sour bitterness which lingers in the finish. A very nice beer indeed although the fizzy carbonation is a bit heavy handed. Definitely buying again!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
500ml Bottle: BBD 1st May 2014. Poured into a UK pint sleeve at home on 10th Jan 2014. This is the first beer of a ’random beer tasting evening’ I’m having with myself while the wife is dining with a bunch of other ladies elsewhere. Exceedingly lively, only got about a third of the bottle into the glass on the first pour because the head it produced just kept growing and growing. Below it was a misty, deep old gold coloured body. The huge head left some heavy lacing too. Spicy hop nose with citrus undertones. The beer was refreshing and tasty: bitter and almost sharp on the tongue, the hops ruling the malt contents completely. I’m not fan of golden brews that have a citrus front usually: however this has enough character and depth of spiciness to equal those lemon/lime type flavours and aromas. I thought a peppery taste arrived as it warmed a little too. Most enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle - BCA; some sediment. Hazy Pale Gold in colour. Very Fruity; lemon citrus and grapefruit. Hoppy; grassy, piney and spicy hops. Malty; toasty malts, caramel. Bitter lemon citrus fruity hoppy and quite dry throughout. Decent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Slightly cloudy dark amber hue with a small off white foamy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Glorious aroma strong in hoppy floweryness and citrus. This follows through to the taste which is citrusy and floral with a long bitter aftertaste. A good example of how an IPA should be.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
Cask at Cask Days 2013 at the Brickworks, labelled Harbour Hand Drawn Monkey IPA, served in a tasting glass. Pours hazy golden with rocky white bubbles and some particulate. The nose has notes of flowers and caramel, along with slight citrus and English-style hops. The flavour is moderately bitter up front, and it becomes more so. Resinous notes develop through the middle and it closes out fruity and floral with a moderate bitter finish. On the palate it is light in body with a watery texture and no carbonation. Overall, this is a reasonable English-style IPA, but fairly simple. 2013-10-19

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
(Cask at Holborn Whippet, Holborn, London, 19 Nov 2013) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, citrus, dried apricots and grapefruit. Malty, fruity taste with orange peel, apricots, a touch of caramel, black-currant and a generous citric bitterness. Tasty and well made. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1801) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Gusher when opened. Pours a brown colour with a thick white head, strong citrus aroma, the taste is bitter and hoppy with dry finish.


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