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

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RATINGS: 790   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."


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, - SEP 26, 2009
Light, clear golden ale with a small, fizzy head. Lemon citrus aroma with notes of green tea?. Perfectly balanced and very drinkable with hints of lemon and Bushell’s. Light-bodied, but smooth with good carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. I’ll be having some more of these this summer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (353) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Pours amber, absolutely no head. Quite clear. Lots of fruity notes, especially orange peel. Malty undertones. Pretty solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4030) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is fruity and grass hops, some biscuit. Flavour is quite malty, biscuit and caramel malt. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5686) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. decent white head. Clear golden pour. Nice bitterness. A good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonathonsti (29) - - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a nice clean amber. Aroma of biscuit, malt, floral hops. Good mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (8256) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2014
Das Bier hat eine goldene Farbe und eine fingerbreite weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch ziemlich fruchtig, hopfig, Citrus, blumig. Geschmack fruchtig trocken, dezent gehopf, blumig citrusartige Aromen, ok!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (461) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
I would session the heck out of this doozy from Scotland, so tasty t’is! Beautiful blonde bedecked with a buxom white bonnet and with lovely aromas of honey, cereal, light grass, pepper, some citrus and earthiness. The relaxed carbonation and slightly chewy body make this lower ABV feel bigger than it is. It’s got a hint of bitterness, grassy and citrus that linger but are subdued by sweet pale malts. A great full-flavoured beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. I’ll paste my 2007 review of the beer on cask: Clear golden and still, except with a 50% head <<not as much head as on cask, obviously>>, which is pretty. This has the aroma of celery which stuck around. The flavor is similarly like a fresh salad ... green and crisp, light and fruity. This would be an AWESOME summertime beer. God, I love beer.. <<Holds true, but certainly better on cask.>> (#5872, 11/23/2014)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (254) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy amber, similar to a brown oak leaf. Normal head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of light sweet citrus (pear with lemon notes) over biscuit with a mild caramel note. Light medium body with a hint of slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The taste profile, while nice, is average in intensity, very well balanced and above average in complexity. Where it excels, is in the flavor profile that surrounds the bitterness, especially for a low 4.2% alcohol content. It begins with a flood of hop flavor (citric, rind and Noble) over light biscuit. Mild bitterness follows in the middle from the classic English Bitter profile coupled with a citric rind twist. As the bitterness diminishes, biscuit with caramel notes come forward. The finish has just a hint of dryness that leaves you with a light grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers and leaves the tongue tart with a distinct mineral note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1447) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from a Glasgow ASDA. Amber with a off white head. Pleasantly bitter and citrusy with marmalade notes. A little biscuit in the background too. Nice easy drinking ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (966) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2014
500ml bottle, light caramel & biscuit malts, nuanced citrus over grassy, pilsner like notes. Well crafted, balanced very nicely with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nothing original, classic aromas. Good stuff.


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