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

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RATINGS: 790   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."


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
Deep golden colour with a solid off white head. Hoppy, citric aroma with fruity notes. Hoppy and bitter flavor with hints of pineapple. Dry and light sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Poured golden and clear with an off-white head. Bitter citrusy hops aroma with a touch of grass. Taste is very bitter and rather plain with a dry finish. Good for what it is, but one-dimensional.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Clear golden body under a fluffy white head. Nicely hopped aroma, strike me as being of the Noble variety. Butterscotch malt underneath. In the flavor the lemony, grassy hops take precendent. They combine with the light mouthfeel and medium carbonation to produce a pretty refreshing beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour, slighlty murky, fluffy white head with thick lacing. Tart, lemony aroma, some grassy notes. Tart flavor, some subtle citrusy notes, a bit of sweet biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but ok for the style. Refreshing, not earth shatetring with flavor, but decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8303) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Golden with a small off-white head. Aromas are floral, sweet pine hops with biscuit and traces of sulphur. Flavours are sweet biscuit malts followed by soft, dry bitter hops. Fairly understated to begin with but supremely drinkable. Very addictive.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Brown stubby bottle holding 500 ml. of bottle conditioned hazy pale golden beer, almost too pale. The head was an inch thick in my Imperial Pint glass, and foamy, but did not leave too much lace.

The aroma was understated, which I find typical with British imports. Earthy, spicy, malty, and hoppy smells were evident, but none dominant, not too powerful. The taste was clean and had a dominant spicy and bitter hop bite. The twist of lemon astringency mentioned on the label was also clearly evident. The malts presented themselves with a biscuit like toasty crispness and a light honey flavor too. The aftertaste was mineralized and dry.

This is an awesome example of a small beer (only 4% ABV) with a punch of big hoppy flavor. Not too subtle like most other British imports, this is almost like an American IPA toned down a bit. If you like hops, this is a nicely crafted Bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear pale gold with amber hues (almost BMC colored) with a thick white head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet, malty and estery with hints of sherryish oxidation. Some earthy hop notes budge through as well. Flavor is wow...this is probably the hoppiest British ale that I’ve tried (though that’s not saying too much). Earthy and grassy hop flavor with just the right amount of complementing bitterness. Bready malt with very little caramel sweetness comes through as well. None of the oxidation aromas come through in the flavor fortunately. Body is average; a bit below what I think a pale ale should be. The lower carbonation gives the mouthfeel smoother. Pretty good beer given the usual mediocrity of most overpriced British ales.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Yellow color with no head. Wow... just piles of grains, grains, and more grains. Little bitterness or malt, but plent of grain silo mediocrity.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Yellow/Gold Coloring with White Frothy HEad. Light Fruit and Hops Aroma. Cardboard Notes Immediate..Bitter..Bad Sweet Malt..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a translucent gold with small white bubbles around the rim. Nose is flowery hops, citrus fruits, tea leaves, and light malt. Taste is surprisingly flavorful! Bitter flowery hops, light tea leaves, citrus fruit, light creamy maltiness and some light herbal notes. Body is slightly creamy and smooth with minimal carbonation. Finsihes with more flowery and citrusy notes, creamy malts, light tea notes and light spice.


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