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


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular.
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.

medallaisla's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
medallaisla (91) - - AUG 14, 2012
Cask. Straw yellow, solid white head. Fruits, bread, cereal smell. Taste: light fruits, biscuits, cereal. More of a body and less bland than the Windemere. Excellent blonde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1910) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
On cask at Duke William, Burslem. Pours golden amber with a white head. Well hopped easy drinking gold. Some mango, hint of dry nut. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
witthatsbier (413) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Cask@ Blackfriars Glasgow dark yellow with white head,aroma is grainy with a bit of fruit taste is bitterish with malt ok but not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured a clear, deep golden colour, with a rocky white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and bready malt. Pineapple flavour, with some brown sugar and lemongrass. Finish was cake, oranges and straw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (6036) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford beer festival 2014. Golden colour mostly clear small halo of head. Aroma is green citrus hop, base malt, little resin. Flavour is base malt with little floral lemon citrus. Well balanced and drinkable. Palate is medium light moderate carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2014
On cask in Ambleside at a restaurant cafe type of place called Stiles. Appearance - golden orange with a nice head. Nose - orange and barley. Taste - more orange barley water. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - it’s a style that most of the top UK brewers have managed to capture in at least one of their beers. Nothing new but no need to change it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Cask at the white lady jdw. Pours gold with a light haze. Nice citrus aromas, grapefruit. Taste is bitter, light sweetness at the back. Nice pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2411) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Cask dewsbury train station pub. Amber colour good white head + lacing. Aroma is citrus tropical malts. Taste Is citus hops sweet malts decent bitter finish. Decent stuff

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnCook101 (437) - - OCT 13, 2013
Copper, good white head. Very little aroma to speak of. Slightly earthy, wood and cardboard, citrus, cereal and light honeyed sweetness. Moderately bitter. Smooth with low carbonation. Not bad but not that distinctive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6750) - ITALY - AUG 19, 2013
oro intenso agrumata pompelmo un tocco erbaceo buon amaro finale piuttosto lungo secchezza media

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed base malts share lightly toasted angles, as wooden hops delve into spicy bitterness for a smashing Golden Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam thrones atop the shiny copper-hued golden, lacing beautifully.
-Hops also produce some earthy characteristics.
-Light minerals are tasted.
-Mouthfeel is very comfortable and drinkability optimal.
-This cask is in superb shape.

On cask at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell.

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