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

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RATINGS: 810   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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18767) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2005
If this is the future of Scottish brewing, hand me a kilt. This won Champion Bottled Ale at the 2004 Brewing Industry International Awards. It’s a very untypical Scottish brew in that it’s dominated by hop rather than malt. And it’s a lovely drop. It poured an intense gold with a tall souffle head showing great length and leaving dabs of lacework. There’s a nice summery floral aroma here, like Princes Street Gardens in June, with some underlying caramel and spicy hops dominating. (This manages to avoid that ghastly pasteurised boiled sweet odour that spoils so many bottled British ales.) It seemed a little lean in the body at first but nicely carbonated. It’s all tangy citrus, similar to an APA, with a long puckering finish. This is a very fine beer with a lot of bite. (500ml bottle, Megabeers, bb Dec 06)

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Drank this one out of the bottle. It poured and looked like your average lager beer. The smell was sugary but still rather bland. However, once this Scottish brew splashed in my mouth i was amazed. Very citrusy, a lot of orange flavors in there. High on the carbonation level which is not a bad thing for this style. The name speaks for itself.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 I have to admit it is a good beer, but my palate just don’t like beers like this, it is like too hoppy, I do not know at all. But defenitley, in cask is better, cool rodent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
The aroma of fruit was appealing. The taste had a citrusy tone (I actually prefer the aroma) with some malts/hops thrown in. This isn’t like the other British ales I’ve had over here. It has a the carbonation but the lemony angle sans a bitter aftertaste was a nice change. However, it could use more spunk in the long run.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle... Clear, light golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Citrusy aroma with notes of lemon and green tea. Perfectly balanced and very drinkable with hints of lemon and Tetley’s tea. Light-bodied, but satiny with lively carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nonicman (6) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2005 does not count
Purchased in London from Saliburys Golders Green. Small head, low carbonination. Pleasant citrius aroma. Good hop spicyness with citrus bending with the sweet malts, a lingering bitter finish. Really enjoyed this bottled beer served at around 15C, nice to taste the hops.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Very pale golden, with a small head. Rather low in carbonation. Very delicate and spicy hop character from no less than 4 hop varieties. Very refined and lovely. 040803


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