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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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"Bottled with approximately 1/3rd less Carbon Dioxide than most beers. This results in a fresher more natural tasting beer. Combines Hallertau Hersbrücker with Challenger. Late hopped with Styrian Goldings, which gives a sharpness like the twist of a lemon."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (926) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2014
500ml bottle into a nonic. Pours a slightly hazy light copper-ish gold with a very thin white head. Just the smallest bit of lacing with a bit of soapy head retention. Aroma of toffee and pear with a hefty note of grass and flowers. Almost a bit of a tartness in the aroma. The flavor is dark bread, caramel, and some toffee and toast. More grass and floral notes along with the same tartness I picked up in the aroma. Fairly high and sharp bitterness for this style. The beer finishes clean, however, with a thin and watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good English Bitter but it also doesn’t have much to make it stand out. I do enjoy the bitterness which I feel is a little more than in other examples of this style.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Hoppy aroma, fruity. Cloudy golden colour with good head. Definitely bitter, but has a smooth citrusy finish. Light body with low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (204) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 1, 2014
the aroma is malty with citric and herbal notes... the taste is well-balanced - of malt, fresh grass, didderent kinds of citrus fruits... nice hoppy bitterness... dry and bitter aftertaste...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1743) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
More than averagely hoppy golden ale with Challenger, Styrian and Hersbrücker and intended lower carbonation than usual for the style. Stable, sticky, off-white head, colour a warm ’old gold’ with quiet sparkling, cristal clear. Malty aroma of caramel and walnuts, bread, unripe peach, young cheese, freshly cut grass, orange zest, lime peel, thyme, carrots, tonic water. Nicely rounded taste with citrus freshness and indeed mild carbonation, smooth palate, caramelly and bready maltiness, ending in a quite assertive, rooty and peppery hop bitterness, long and dry. Interesting ale, quite refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Not so bitter, light caramel sweetness. Aroma is a bit hoppy but taste is kind of sweet. Malt dominates. Maybe past its best?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zoret (76) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Aromes de flor blanca, gra cuit, pa, briox, galeta i sofre (DMS). En boca es una mica salada amb tocs de blat i citrics (Llima), final sec i metalic.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3548) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUN 24, 2014
Simple appearance, bubbly head. Grainy, zesty, herbs, simple. Taste is better, nice and bitter. Overall a bit boring, although the palate is excellent. Especially a well made but boring aroma. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TTBADGER (5) - - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Bottle: Sharp taste, although sweet start. Great colour and reasonable head retention. Pleasant, sweet aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorm (1196) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
Klar gyllen farve med lite lyst skum som raskt avtar. Lukt av fersken, sitrus, malt og humle. Smak av fersken, sitrus, malt og humle. Fruktig og noe bitter avslutning.


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