Sigmund (6382) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml clear bottle, from Vaaland, Bryne. ABV is 3.6%. Very pale golden colour, moderate white head. Typical clear bottle "skunky" and Heineken-like aroma. Sharpish hoppy bitterness throughout, but little hop flavour besides the bitterness. No body to support the bitterness. Not a very nice beer, the poorest Iíve had from Hobsons so far. Wonít buy again.
MustangMarkF (239) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml. Its aroma imediately reminded me of Badgers Hopping Hare. Its nose is hoppy with a slight hint of spices, citrus and apple. It pours a slightly cloudy light straw colour. Id like to say what the head is like but it vanished before i got this far - actually that an exaggeration - there is a thin white head of tight foam left. Taste is honey and bread with a slight hint of apple and cinemon with a dry citrus aftertaste. This is not a Blonde beer by any shape of the imagination but it is a refreshing if somewhat simple decent golden ale. Id buy again as I think this would make a good session ale.
RichardGretton (4589) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy golden beer with a brilliantly strong and smooth white head. The aroma is toffee and hopped, as is the flavour that also has a high amount of bitterness. Overall a really drinkable well hopped golden beer with plenty of dryness and toffee.
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jmgreenuk (7093) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the brewery. Clear straw pour with a frothy broken white head. Yeasty malty aroma. Clean fresh malty flavour with some sourness on the palate. Nice to taste, but I won't be buying a crate.
deanso (8285) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50.cl bottle shared with jmgreenuk.
Decent white head. Slightly hazy blond pour. Quite nice and refreshing .
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ The White Horse On Parsons Green. The pourís medium gold with a medium white head. The nose is light white bread, some syrup, golden delicious apple and pear, hints of orchard fruits and honey. The taste is crisp apple and pear, more honeyed bread. Light zesty citrus on the smooth finish. Light body, nice soft texture. Overall, a really nice, refreshing golden ale. Simple, but very well executed stuff.
AshtonMcCobb (4993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Tannerís, Shrewsbury. Pours cloudy, amber to orange in colour with a nice head. The nose is of chocolate biscuits with grapes. The taste is of biscuits and apples. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a tangy finish. Overall a solid bitter.
joe19612 (2469) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow colour with a good sized white head, plenty of citrus fruits in the aroma, the taste is all citrus with a hint of grapefruit, with a crisp dry finish.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear bottle from Nuneaton Asda. Brilliant gold beneath a fluffy, undulating white foam. Decent, hands-that-do-dishes aroma with soap, lime and an underlying oatmeal note. Refreshing limey hop on the palate finished with an oatmeal creaminess. A bit throwaway but pleasant.
BlackHaddock (5849) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear 500ml bottle, best before 25 Oct 2010, drank as my first beer on returning from Las Vegas (I needed a simple English beer to wind down with) 15 May 2010.
Poured into my new Abbot Ale glass mug. Classed by the brewery as a íVibrant Blonde Aleí, Iíve slotted it into the English Pale Ale.
Light blonde body with a large white head which soon fell away to a wisp and collar, looked fine, it would have been a bright golden blonde if the sun had been out.
Wheat and hints of honey and summer gardens make up the aromas, pleasant more than powerful or pronounced.
Refreshingly dry from the first sip, crisp and sharp. A citrus semi-sour aftertaste (pink grapefruit?) with a hop bitterness that overturns the floral/honey thoughts which the smell indicates towards.
An ideal beer to bring me back to earth after all those American over hopped/over priced/over cooled beers Iíve had over the last two weeks. The 3.6% ABV didnít take anything away from this well crafted ale, impressed.