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Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Kendal, England

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Pasteurised bottle.
Golden Ale. Hoppy and uncompromisingly bitter with complex fruit flavours from the blending of a modern English hop, First Gold, with the outrageously fruity American hop, Cascade. A hopheads’ beer... with balance. A real beer drinkers beer.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (974) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, - JUN 6, 2012
Golden brown pour with small head out of a 500ml bottle, full of flavour, hops, toffee and a touch of fruit. Really good carbonation as well gives it a nice feel on the palate. Very good ale.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (462) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Nose is strong butterscotch, slight floral note. Taste is butterscotch, leading to light pine, toffee, slight floral and herbal notes, with a sharp grapefruit bitterness. It’s a decent golden ale, but it does feel like it falls between two stools. It’s not the full on hop hit of a modern IPA, but feels to divorced from a traditional English bitter and never transcends either style.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1796) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is hoppy, caramel. Taste is bitter, bit watery, caramel, grapefruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (5095) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Amber color with medium thick white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma. Hoppy bitter taste with grapefruit, grapefruit zest, pines.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fajry (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
Fľaša. Zlatá, jemne jantárová farba, biela pena. Vôňa ovocná, sladová a jemne bylinková. Chuť sladová, bylinková, korenistá, jemná chmeľová horkosť.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle from morrisons. Golden amber beer with large frothy head and decent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits and floral hops. Taste is same with pale malts. Good beer.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
christhoel (196) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
golden, clear, white foam, very bitter after taste medium body, average carbonation, bitter, . to be fair this was the worst tasting thing ever to enter my mouth its horrendous !!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fairwater (135) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Co-Op. Light amber, light carbonation, no head. Stone fruit, a bit of caramel, then a moderate lingering bitterness. Very sessionable!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle at Christmastime 2013. Orangey and well carbonated appearance, with not much of an aroma to speak of - suggestive of a light bottled ale with little taste. Looks can be deceiving. Sweet initial taste gives way immediately to a wonderful blend of hops that manage a balance of tastes between American and British without succumbing to a pastiche of either. Fantastic bitter palate. A great weeknight mood lifter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Hoppy, floral, citrus, zest in the aroma. Fantastic hoppy bite accompanied by notes of lemon, oranges, grapefruit, caramel and some peppery notes too. Really well balanced, very drinkable and some really lovely flavours. Blown my expectations right out of the water.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1551) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bursts onto the tongue with sharp zesty bitterness. Orange and passion fruit flavours, long dry finish, with extra bitter notes on the back of the throat. Cracking bottled beer.


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