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

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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8672) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Bottled. An orange-gold coloured beer with no head. The aroma is sweet and flowery hoppy with notes of oranges and lemons. There are elderflower tastes in the flavour with more hoppiness and satsumas. It has a nice gloopy APA feel to its body. A very pleasant easy drinking beer from the bottle. It’s been years since I had this on cask (pre CBOB) but i do recall enjoying it. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.4 and 2.7. Average becomes 3.2

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (20302) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2005
Bottled. Golden colour with small white bubbly head. Hoppy and flowery nose with weak hints of malt. Flavour is bitterish but a bit weak to what I waited it would be. Some notes of citrus can also be found. Mouthdrying beer, but it lacks aftertaste almost completely. Nice palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1884) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Slightly darker golden ale with a frothy white head. WOW ,after a week of mainlly Scottish malty ales, the hoppy aroma is VERY evident,refreshing, piney in aspect. Very nice ,flavouful, piney/grapefruit flavours are very up front and the malts take a definate back seat in this beer.Almost like an American Pale Ale. Nice mouthfeel,invigorating. A very drinkable beer..most refreshing after all the malty beers.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotty (1052) - SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2005
Brillant gold in colour, with a most attractive white head. Fantastic flowery, hoppy aroma, but it doesn’t overpower...just sets the tastebuds tingling. A VERY well balanced, smooth palate( less CO2,see description) there is a lovely citrus edge to the finish. A wonderful brew... on draught in the Guildford Arms, off Princes Street, Edinburgh...had FAR too many pints there one night recently, pub is well worth a visit, if only for the architecture.. many other ales on draught, just don’t say you’ll be home early.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5623) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2005
For once the commercial description actually fits the beer - a wonderfull flowery hopp aroma even in the bottled version.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Thin white head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Slightly skunky aroma (initial) but then mellows out to a nice hoppy aroma with a bit of malt for balance. Slight citrus. Color is a medium clear gold. Flavor is slightly bitter and a bit weak. Some grapefruit and malt presence also. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Very abrupt finish. A good golden ale. Nothing special though.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2005
500 ml bottle. Light, very clear amber with a small lasting creamy top....big grapefruity nose, barely touched by honey, pleasant and fresh but quite simple...weak and watery in the body, bit of citrusy hops but mostly very, very dry with painfully skimpy flavor. Quite a disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle: This pours a pale orange color with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is all citric - orange, orange rind, and a smattering of lemon. Medium to light bodied, this has a light malt backbone with a good deal of juicy orange and lemon tastes along with a refreshing hop bitterness. It finishes on a mildly bitter citric note. Enjoyable. I like this drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a bottle.Hot bronze in colour,small head,a zingy blonde,bitter and twisted.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
I agree that the lower carbonation of this beer is a welcome thing. Somewhat more like a cask drawn ale than the usual bottle. I wouldn’t call it a session beer but consider it to be a good beer in warmer weather. To drink this in the London winter is perhaps a bit of a waste. The twist is noted and appreciated.


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