fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Co-Op. Light amber, light carbonation, no head. Stone fruit, a bit of caramel, then a moderate lingering bitterness. Very sessionable!
undercurrent25 (1815) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden colour. Taste is quite sweet and honey like backed up by a nice malty palate. Easy drinking but nothing special
Mr_Pink_152 (3120) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
redders1974 (695) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
DanielBrown (4329) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asda. Really good supermarket fare. Soars above. Glistening, sticky golden taste: soured mango, some piehapple. Crisp, sweet.
Lukehh (8) - - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
uckelman (540) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mR_fr0g (7837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Hippoman (645) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BlackHaddock (5648) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Hanoi (752) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.