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

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RATINGS: 783   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."


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
badgerben (4490) - 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 (5309) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14016) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury, Ashford, Kent Golden beer with a surprising wonderful aroma with the late addition of hops. Flowery hops dominate throughout with citrus lemon coming in. Superb example of a beer of this type

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] nose isvery fruity, apricots and a little plum are sharpened by some citrus notes. body is slightly thin, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9674) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2005
bottled - clear blond colour, few foam, floral hoppiness with notes of lemon, robust malt body with a strong bitterness, sparkling, dry malty finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Not as good as the draught, obviously but a very good bottled version. Zesty citrus hop aroma aroma, mouthfeel not bad considering the carbonation. Good long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3894) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys, Selly Oak, Birmingham. Lemon drizzle cake aroma. Big, soft head. Very fresh and clean lemon, orchardy citric flavour. Nice, crisp hops on a slight leather malt base. Very good balance. Not the biggest in terms of agression or crunchy hops, but a very proficient Golden and rightly revered.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
According to the label, this beer beat 186 other beers for the title "Champion Bottled ale 2004". Well, it IS very nice. Close to excellent, but I wouldn’t call it a champion though. It lacks a bit more aroma and palate in my opinion. It is, however an ale with a very promising aroma, a nice, small head and a bitter, rounded flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pours gold with minimal white head. Aroma of pale malt, big hops, some citrus and female taint. Tastes malty, hoppy, with some apricot, coriander, and lemongrass elements at the finish. Smooth, crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Not as bitter as a woman who finds her husband getting a happy ending from a Japanese masseuse or as twisted as a woman who is into golden showers, but damned close.


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