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


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1815) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Pours a golden colour. Taste is quite sweet and honey like backed up by a nice malty palate. Easy drinking but nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3120) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from a supermarket in Cumbria. Nice enough golden beer. White head. Aroma light tropical fruit. Taste fruity and slight musty to mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (695) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 Bottle from morrisons nice head and coloring grassy aroma taste slightly sour tropical fruits loads of hops and good mouthfeel. Excellent stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4329) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Asda. Really good supermarket fare. Soars above. Glistening, sticky golden taste: soured mango, some piehapple. Crisp, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukehh (8) - - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
It has a gingery, dark gold, clear appearance with a nice pillowy white head that quickly forms thick lacing around the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, green apples and licorice. The taste is very strong on the cascade hops - lots of grapefruit. The Maris Otter malt has its distinct, nicely bready wholesome taste. All very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, really. It has a fruity wholeness typical of the residual sugars left by the English ale yeast. The taste gets slightly vegetable-y as I drink through the 0.5l, like a cask ale (it’s pleasant enough). I would happily drink this again if I ever came across it in a pub. Possibly wouldn’t search it out in a shop again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uckelman (540) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Pours clear orange/amber, thick foamy head with some structure. Aroma is mostly grassy. Medium sweet, medium body. Crisp, clean finish, with a mildly citrus twist at the end. Quite complex for a golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle picked up at the brewery drunk in a field. Mostly clear golden coloured pour with a lasting frothy white head. Aroma is faint citrus, grassy hop, cascade? Grainy and a little. Metallic. Flavour is composed of crisp zippy citrus, light straw, light grains. Palate is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (645) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
500ml Bottle from Tesco, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. Pours dark golden with mid-thick, frothy white head. Aroma is hops, alcohol and some earthy basement scents. Taste is nothing massively out of the ordinary, hints of tropical fruit sweetness but mostly heavily hopped into a refreshingly long, bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5648) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2015
500ml bottle: BBD 31 Oct 2015. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 25 Mar 2015. Copper hue to the golden body, on top a deep foaming head of white bubbles. Hops all the way in this brew, crisp and refreshing, bitter and yet fruity feel to the flavours. Better than I expected to be honest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (752) - 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.

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