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

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RATINGS: 761   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 HersbrŁcker with Challenger. Late hopped with Styrian Goldings, which gives a sharpness like the twist of a lemon."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle: This pours a pale orange color with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is all citric - orange, orange rind, and a smattering of lemon. Medium to light bodied, this has a light malt backbone with a good deal of juicy orange and lemon tastes along with a refreshing hop bitterness. It finishes on a mildly bitter citric note. Enjoyable. I like this drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a bottle.Hot bronze in colour,small head,a zingy blonde,bitter and twisted.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
I agree that the lower carbonation of this beer is a welcome thing. Somewhat more like a cask drawn ale than the usual bottle. I wouldnít call it a session beer but consider it to be a good beer in warmer weather. To drink this in the London winter is perhaps a bit of a waste. The twist is noted and appreciated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Brownish gold appearance with smallish head, light aroma is of hops/lemon. Light bodied, mild malty with some lemon, hint of spice and a nice blend of hops to bring some bitterness to a dry finish. Very thirst quenching, with enough flavor to keep me interested. An excellent session brew, perfect for the right situation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2779) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Orange golden with a bit of quickly dissipating head. Nose is mildly citric but generally uneventful. Light and refreshing and it does indeed have a twist of lemon in the flavor. Mild bitterness in the finish. A good drinking beer but I wish it was just a hair more assertive.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2004
2004 bottle. A light yellow, pilsner looking beer, with a small white head. Filtered it seems. Pasteurised? Most assuredly. Aroma of hay, hops, pepper, flowers and perfume-like alcohol esters. The hops are very fresh and give a nice zing on the nose, very pleasant floral aroma. Flavor. hmm, wasnt expecting this. I actually took a sip and exclaimed to my friends "what the f**k, this tastes like iced tea with a lemon!" That really stuck and I couldnt get around it. It had a tea and lemon sort of thing going on. I realize the low acid hops probably do resemble a brisk tea, and the light lemony citrus is to be expected, but it just seeme to dominate. No sweet notes. Iím sure this is a much different (much better) beer on cask. But as is, I just donít care for it. Make the lemon go away!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
500ml bottle, label features a mouse nibbling on hops and barley...so, the brewery is insanely unsanitary, is that the picture I should be drawing here? Pours out a clear, bright golden color, with a decent, white froth that slims down to a thin ring, quickly. Aroma: ow! Pine needles up in the nose, spruce, maybe, quite a unique hop profile, reminds me of a ..jeez, I canít think of anything but "fresh-ass hops!" And cannabis, perhaps..and rabbit feed pellets, too, oddly enough, donít know where that came from... Taste: all that continues on the tongue, sharp, pungent, but rapidly smoothing on the palate. Flavor remains singular and strong, great, tasty malt, too, becoming very smooth, the body is about medium, finish is a dry, long, with hoppiness lingering. The helpful label informs us that itís a blend of "aromatic Hallertau Hersbrucker", "spicy Challenger", and Styrian Goldings, and this odd combo turns out quite a kicky mix. The latter hop "gives a sharpness like a twist of lemon", and I suppose thatís what inspired the wicked name, an ingenious selling point on itís own. Very unusual, the dry-hopping and the curious recipe help create a remarkable ale. Iíll return to this one again, someday, despite the price ($5.39 for this bottle).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 7, 2004
very light color, light carbonation a plus. subtle citrus hop, very drinkable. not quite as good as iíd hope, but highly respectable for a golden ale, definitely worth a try

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
Bottle. Golden with small head. Flowery and fruity (elderberry, melon) with earthy and spicy/peppery bitternes. Good from a bottle - must be very good from cask!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Wasnt quite expecting something so flat and bitter. As the description says, a third less carbonation, had to give this a very hard pour to get a decent head which was gone in no time flat. On to the tasting - quite a bit of a bite. Almost citric in flavor, almost like adding a lemon to a standard blonde ale. All in all an interesting beer.


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