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


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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
Bottled version. Light amber, mostly diminishing head. Citrusy, spicy aroma. Creamy feel, low carbonation. Definitely bitter for a blonde ale, but don't expect an IPA or anything. The malts and hops are very well blended. Exceptionally smooth. Liked this immediately, but it seemed to get even better as I drank more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
salvador (10) - London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2004
Bottled. Slightly less malty than typical Scottish beers, and instead has a strong, but not overly bitter, very aromatic hop profile. Very fragrant, and pretty smooth for a bottled beer, and not far of what I'd expect from cask (thanks to the low gas).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
Clear, golden appearance with a small head that left little lacing. Aromatic, spicy, hoppy nose. Dry, bitter flavor with some grass/straw/hay notes.Earthy, vinous finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
Golden color with a nice white head. The taste is wellbalanced hoppy notes with a resulting slight bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (11917) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 Bottled
Fresh grassy hop aroma. Off-white white creamy head with big bubbles and some lace. Clear copper color. As expected very hoppy taste but bitterness come just in the finish, very interesting and complex bitter (has to sample cask conditioned someday ...)! (8/4/8/4/17 4.1)
Re-rated: Bottled (BB 09/2005)
Clear dark golden color and nice steady white head. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced crisp mouthfeel with good late bitterness. One of my favourite UK beers. (7/3/7/5/15 3.7)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Clear sparkling light amber body topped by a frothy white head. Aroma is a balanced mix of fresh hops and bready malt. The flavor is a nice mix of bitter and light malt. Goes down very easy and must be even better from a cask. Body is medium-light. Overall a nice bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Light amber colour, very little head. nose is lightly citrus and malt. Flavour is malty with good bitterness. Finish is pleasant and dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 (Bottled) Clear golden with a small, partly lasting head. Pine-citrus-hoppy aroma. Smoothly lemony-hoppy, mild but delicate, fruity and balanced flavor with a short, bitter finish. Very smooth-carbonated and balanced palate. Feels a bit like the hoppiness had been cut somewhat since last sampling. (Bottled, rated Sep 24, 2006) Clear golden color with a smallish, lacy head. Crisp, piney-hoppy aroma with some lemony soapiness and sweet berries. Crisp, flowery-piney-hoppy flavor with a bitter, sharp finish and a long, dryish-hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated and refreshing palate. A nicely hopped, crisp and refreshing brew with a pleasantly low ABV. Very nice one to sip during and/or after sauna!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Clear straw, small white head. Semi-sweet nose with diacetyl notes. Nice noble hop flavor over sweet malts; grassy, tangy. A great session brew that surprisingly reminds me of Prima Pils' hop profile (and that's a good thing).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Amber body with white head. Aroma had some citrus tones. Flavor citrus bitterness.

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