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


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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
Supreme Champion 2003.

HogTownHarry's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, - MAY 22, 2009
Cask. At The Rake, Borough Market. Admittedly, this was very near the bottom of the cask - it went off shortly after my pint. Cloudy orange pour with a very large fluffy off-white head. Pungent spicy/grassy aroma - lemon grass, to be exact - unexpected and very appealing; the dreg can be loverly. The taste ... erm ... not so much; started soapy, the waves of dry grass/floral bitterness, spicy, dry and overpowering. Incredibly thick mouthfeel for a Golden (again, bottom of the cask), not much carbonation, extremely spicy and dry - yeast for days, this really stayed on my tongue. Quite a ride - I loved it, frankly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1956) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
Cask at the SixBells, Cambridge. Mid- to dark gold, with a small pool of loose white head. Decent amount of lacing. Grapefruit, grass, a bit of butterscotch. Nicely bitter taste, not much to it but pleasant enough. Full body for the ABV. Massive bitter finish and long aftertaste, with some woody astringency right at the end. Simple and not one to remember but decent enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3808) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Cask at the Lamb, Chiswick. Dark gold with a thin white head. Light citrus and malt nose. Biscuity malt, a hint of caramel and a firm dry bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (515) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pint into shaker from cask at Scotish pub. Clear with a fluffy creamy white head with great retention and lacing. Smooth body, full, and creamy. Nose is mild, a little nutty, a little grassy. Taste is lightly bitter, slightly herbal, a little grassy. Very nice, easy to drink, enjoyable pub beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (683) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2015
On hand pull rochdale beer festival 2015 lovely bitter with dark fruit caramel and a good hoppy finish well rounded

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
weordie (648) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2015
Pours golden with a white foamy head. Aroma is a little non existent. A very smooth beer but there’s next to no taste, a little bit of bitterness I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5095) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
11/17/2010 1:21:56 PM On cask at Wildeman. Nice golden body with plenty of pop. Medium head. Citrus and hoppy nose. Taste is quite sweet with citrus notes. Gets bitter. Nice and filling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (8982) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2015
tap - great English bitter. Still a style I won’t go crazy about but the lightl bread notes and floral and earthy hops play off each other well. Sessionably good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2237) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Tap at scotts, troon harbour. Clear deep golden color, smooth white head. Aroma has smooth sweet malts, creamy notes, also fruity notes. Smooth as silk, sweet malty, bitterish, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1504) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2015
Real ale@Jacobite Lounge, Fort William. Golden color, creamy white head. Fruity hop aroma. Smooth flavor with citric hops, rich malts. Medium-full body, very low carbonation. One of the better real ales I've tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2015
Maker: Harviestoun, Alva, Scotland. *** Beer: Bitter & Twisted (Cask, at The Standing Order, Edinburgh) *** Style: Golden Ale *** ALC.VOL.: 3.8% *** Colour: Bright golden yellow, clear; medium, fluffy off-white head. *** Nose: Lemon, honey, grass.*** Texture: Medium body, strikingly non-watery considering the low ABV. Creamy even! Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Lemon, cucumber, floral hops, some herbs. As usual, floral hops increase towards the middle, while fruit flavors disappear. Agreeably malty background for balance. Lemon returns and then dominates the finish, along with floral notes. Bitterness actually increases in the hoppy aftertaste. *** Impressions: A far more interesting beer than its low ABV suggests. Refreshing, eminently quaffable, but not bland. These qualities are rarely found together in a light golden ale. Good beer.

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