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

bottled
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RATINGS: 812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Bottle: Filtered.
"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."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Clear pale gold, large foamy-rocky white head. Very hoppy aroma, pleasant funky UK hops (I recognize Goldings and others), a hint of citrus tartness, some hessian and iodine seashore notes, old tarry rope and dried boards. Taste is lightly lemony, but otherwise a very subtle and dry bitter, mildly astringent and on the flat side - extremely easy to drink, pint after pint of this would go down smooth and easy on a patio with friends. Nobody does the milds like the brit --- uh, UK --- brewers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2006
Golden, refreshing, loads of hops with an almost herbal flavour, very easy to drink. Fabulous

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours a brilliant pale gold with a snow white creamy head. A small amount of bubbles rising to the top give a bit of shimmer to the beer. Mild herbal hop aroma with a lemon twist. Initial citrus sweetness opens your eyes wide, and an earthy or herbal hop dryness wipes you out. I can see myself on my first on my first trip to Great Britain enjoying myself with several of these. My wife growing impatient with each pint. Oh, I will not be bothered this day.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8280) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2006
Slightly orangeish shine in deep golden beer, small white head. Beautiful UK (!)hops nose, great nose, way more hoppish than most Scottish beers. BIt of grain in the background. Soft sweetness with a typical overlying hops taste; in the background light citrus taste, mainly orange. Refreshing beer, dry hopping is overtly clear and very welcome. In its light style, superbly achieved beer with original streaks.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2006
Nice citrus taste in this drop, medium/light bodied but not too watery, a touch of zest and green apples. Clear orangey golden body with an average size white head. Aroma is all citrus again, not strong but quite pleasant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle, notes from Dec ’05. Golden yellow pour. Lemony and light malt aroma, with some hops. Light malty and lemon flavors, some metallic hop notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2006
The bottle poured a sparkling clear light amber beverage with a small white smooth head that was mostly lasting and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily malty. There was the presence of lightly toasted grain and notes of bread. There was some evidence of hops in the background but it was subtle. The body was medium to full with a nice level of carbonation and smooth creamy texture. The flavor started off lightly bitter. The finish was long and pleasantly bitter as well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14846) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. Clear, golden beer with a white head. Aroma has malt, hops, peach and lime/lemon citrus notes. Flavor has some pine-notes, and malt, citrus and hops. Medium body with a bit stickyness, and a long dry finish. A good beer, but certainly not worth the £12 asked for here in Kristiansand. (060213)

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Light sweet citrus fruity aroma and a dry fruit, hoppy taste. Medium body with a very dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours to a brilliant, deep golden color, with a tight, white head that fades, and a soft to moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer has very good herbal/gassy hop aroma. The palate has good pale malt flavor, with light estery fruit, followed by more pale malt flavor. This beer finishes with malt up front, then ends with a vibrant, but short burst, of herbal/grassy hop bite that lingers. The bitterness in this beer is good. A good dose in the nose, and some good lingering bitterness on the tongue.Great session brew. I’d have no problem plowing through a few pints of this one.


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