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


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RATINGS: 801   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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
I like the lower carbonation in the bottle - would probably have enjoyed a firkin even more. other than that, though, it was fairly average. pleasant mix of light citrus hops and earthy malts with a hint of bread. Light aroma and flavor, but with pleasant nuances."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rodrigo_Prado (4) - BRAZIL - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Bread, cheese, herbs, leaves, earthy, cooked vegetables, butterscotch, smoke, vanilla, woody, ginger, clove

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (4905) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle brought home from England. Pours out in a deep golden colour with steady low head and medium body. Taste of bitter hops, spruce, pine, herbs, citrus and flowers. Hoppy finish. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4904) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Not a bad one containing some citrus aromas and few hops in the back. Easily drinkable, balanced bitterness and carbo. Not a great but a fine brewed and quaffy piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
AtronSeige (772) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 28, 2014
Aroma: Medium malt, biscuit, caramel, syrup. Medium hops, citrus, . Appearance: Body: Clear gold. Head: Thin, white, frothy. Flavour: Medium sweet upfront, then a high hop flavour kicks in. This is replaced with a lingering light sweetness with medium hop flavours and light bitterness. Medium bitterness, medium-light sweetness. Balanced towards bitterness. Hop flavour is very fruity, citrus with a bit of spiciness. Dry finish. Too bitter and slightly too dry for a blond. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Refreshing and crisp. Easy drinking and flavorful. Although a great tasting beer, I think it would score better as an American Pale Ale. 330 ml bottle, poured. 6B. Blonde Ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 21, 2014
Weak white head. Golden colour. Aroma is malty with grainy and light fruity notes. Flavor is malty too with grainy tones, ending in a moderately hoppy finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budedou (466) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - AUG 20, 2014
Aroma :clove and dough aromas Taste : bitter taste up front with some tarty finish . Malt flavors can hardly be detected Appearance : cloudy gold body with thin lace head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (80) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours clear light amber with minimal head. Heavy citrus note dominates the nose as expected, leaning towards lime rather than lemon from what I can tell. Some malty side notes of caramel and honey are also present, as well as hints of grass and something floral, but a bit one dimensional aroma-wise. Citrus notes are thankfully much less dominant in the taste, with them blending in well with the now more prevalent sweet malty notes initially, and then coming to the forefront again for the quite bitter finish, balancing things out nicely. Couple more fruity notes arise here, perhaps pineapple. Inoffensive on the palate with low carbonation and a thin to medium body that isn’t too watery. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (974) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danev76 (506) - 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.

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