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


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RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle, notes from Dec ’05. Golden yellow pour. Lemony and light malt aroma, with some hops. Light malty and lemon flavors, some metallic hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2006
The bottle poured a sparkling clear light amber beverage with a small white smooth head that was mostly lasting and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily malty. There was the presence of lightly toasted grain and notes of bread. There was some evidence of hops in the background but it was subtle. The body was medium to full with a nice level of carbonation and smooth creamy texture. The flavor started off lightly bitter. The finish was long and pleasantly bitter as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15630) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. Clear, golden beer with a white head. Aroma has malt, hops, peach and lime/lemon citrus notes. Flavor has some pine-notes, and malt, citrus and hops. Medium body with a bit stickyness, and a long dry finish. A good beer, but certainly not worth the £12 asked for here in Kristiansand. (060213)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Light sweet citrus fruity aroma and a dry fruit, hoppy taste. Medium body with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours to a brilliant, deep golden color, with a tight, white head that fades, and a soft to moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer has very good herbal/gassy hop aroma. The palate has good pale malt flavor, with light estery fruit, followed by more pale malt flavor. This beer finishes with malt up front, then ends with a vibrant, but short burst, of herbal/grassy hop bite that lingers. The bitterness in this beer is good. A good dose in the nose, and some good lingering bitterness on the tongue.Great session brew. I’d have no problem plowing through a few pints of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (24032) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of malts. Perfumed flavour of hops and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2006
On tap, but not cask @ the Brew Kettle 10/13/05: Hazy light amber w/ a lasting tight off white head. Herbal hops w/ a bready malt; diacetyl as it warms, medium high fruitiness w/ some green apples and apricots. Well balanced w/ buttery and herbal notes up front. A bit of caramel green apple flavor w/ a medium sweet finish and herbal hop aftertaste. Lighter body, but not watery, low carbonation, and a bit of a dry m/f. Drinkable enough, but diacetyl sort of takes over and becomes a bit overwhelming at some points and distracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2006
Amber with a good, white head. Grassy and somewhat fruity hop aroma. Good bitterness, some grapefruit on a slightly caramel background. Light body. Quite nice, though not memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3686) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle, from Sainsbury’s. Gold, good initial white head but shortlived, moderate condition. Low honey and grassy hop notes in the aroma, Gently fruity in the mouth with slightly citric grapefruit hoppiness, some tinny metallic undertones, a touch of caramel and distant chalky yeastiness. Quite honeyed in the finish with the hop bitterness giving it a slightly Bohemian feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Clear gold. Small, short lived white head. Looks crisp. Aroma of piney, resinous hops and strong malt backbone. In the flavor some citru joins the hop party and a bit less malt than expected by the aroma. Medium/light body, lighter carbonation makes it incredibly smooth even with the big hops. Crisp, clean brew with dry, bitter, citrus finish. Great brew, could drink a ton of it.

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