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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 817   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Pours a four-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear, amber color. Nose is hoppy. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy but is not overbearing, Finish is clean with not much bitter after taste. A tolerable bitter. $4.69 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Golden ale with a thin white head. Fresh hops in aroma, restrained and classy, with good malt base. In mouth, a souvenir of England, with restrained bitter fresh hops, honey notes, some nice little citrus, and those little treacle candies. Very nice. Bottle bought at Knightly Liquors, Orlando, 4.99$.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2006
European style all around, esp in the yeast flavor and hop aroma. the nose is light and i was pleasantly suprised to find a nice heavy bitterness and hoppiness come through on first taste. reminds me of some american craft brews in the style, but definately carries a european flavor. kind of thin body though.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
nice clear golden color with white head. skunky european hop aroma with some citrus and floral aromas mixed in. flavor more bitter than expected. nice hop bitterness throughout with very slight malt sweetness to back it up but on the finish malt disappears and you get a watery bitter flavor. palate is a bit thin and light. drinkable but not something i would go out of my way to get.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
500ml - (Secret Santa cousin Rich) - Aroma is skunky and hoppy with a nice malt back. Pours a transparent yellow-orange with small head and little lacing (lots of floaties). Flavor is bland. Soapy and malty and not much else. Palate is watery and thin. I could see this being better by the pint with friends at a small pub. It doesn’t do much for me by itself.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2005
gold body with a lacing white head. floral aroma with something like an old riope in there too.lemon flavor that hads some more floral notes. a smooth drinker. a light caramel is in here too, but this is a nice mellow hop showcase.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2005
Filtered, gold, nice head. Muted citrusy, floral hops with some caramelly malt and berries in the aroma. It’s fairly subtle, but it smells good. Carbonation’s a bit too prickly which really brings out the hops, which seem very slightly metallic. Malt is nice, but again subtle - perhaps it’s the lack of malt guts that makes it taste hoppy. Some milky, earthy flavours and some astringency. Nice? Yep. Drinkable? Yep. Exciting? Hardly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19167) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2005
Golden colour. Small white head. Citrus and hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy flavor with lots of citrus and a twist of lemon in the end. Very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a note of apple and candy. Light bodied and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Pours a golden yellow. Aromas of pale malt, big hops, some citrus. Flavor of light malts, citrus and some good hop bite.


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