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


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RATINGS: 777   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."

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3848) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7909) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
Poura blonde with little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malt with a hint of citrus. I get mostly malt flavor upfront a touch of pine and grapefruit and more citrus lemony bitter flavor at the end that I like. It is quite carbonated in the mouth and almost has an acidic dry feel to it on the palate. A very drinkable ale and a great session beer and definitely something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2005
This has a lemony, spicey nose with a light, pleasant maltiness; lightly carbonated, nominal head; quick, pointy bitterness, a little musty and malty over some tart citrus hopping; I think this would be pretty good fresh...otherwise, not so much

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2005
Golden colour, not much head. Light citrusy aroma. A very hoppy beer with some cookie-like maltiness in the background. A good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Good beer from beginning to end.aromas of light fruit.Tatses are refreshing but yet a litle spicy.Finish had been slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 17, 2005
Yellow golden colored, heady, spicy and lemony. Sweet and bitter, rocky and twisted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - 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

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