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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 792   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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nonicman (6) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2005 does not count
Purchased in London from Saliburys Golders Green. Small head, low carbonination. Pleasant citrius aroma. Good hop spicyness with citrus bending with the sweet malts, a lingering bitter finish. Really enjoyed this bottled beer served at around 15C, nice to taste the hops.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Very pale golden, with a small head. Rather low in carbonation. Very delicate and spicy hop character from no less than 4 hop varieties. Very refined and lovely. 040803

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Hoppy aroma, lemony and herbal. Some hint at skunking, weird because its a brown bottle, but it may not have been lightstruck but a hop-related herbal note. Golden color, small head faded to nil. Fresh hops flavors are spicy, with a somewhat oregano-like herbal quality as well. Malts not special. Clean, surprisingly. Light palate. Strong hop finish. I can only imagine the cask version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoestring (285) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 lovely..very refreshing. different and tangy.recommended on a hot day...didnt really know what to expect..but lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11280) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2005
Golden beer with a little, white head. Very fresh aroma, lemon, hops and flowers with a hint of malt. The flavour is initially dominated by lemon, some herbs and has a very long hops aftertaste. Full mouthfeel considering the alc content.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Golden, sparse head. Citrus aroma. Hoppy flavour with grapefruit. Taste of dry hops remains for a long time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Bright and refreshingly bitter. Surprisingly intense citrus activity in the aroma and flavor, with lemon and orange predominating. All this on top of a lighly sweet malt base. Very well done.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Medium gold, little head. Lightly floral hop aroma. Flavor is slightly bready, a touch of floral, a touch of lemon on the finish, and decidedly thin and watery overall. Really not very good. These types of beers rarely survive bottling well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 A better scotish ale, light and hpy and citruisy, better on cask though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2005
Poured with a good, white head. The aroma was subtly delightful: aromatic and floral. Taste had citrus and sweet malts. The intense bitter finish made this a beautifully refreshing beer.


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