Rune (7218) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One-third pint, cask at Penderels Oak, High Holborn. Crystal clear golden-brown body, Naked surface. Modest malt-fruity smell. Well blended flavour of malts and fruits with notes of resin, lemon and grainy malts. Rounded bittersweet ending. True to the style (JDWs real-ale festival, Greater London 01.11.2012).
tombyars (1302) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted this in Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Warm yeasty dough in the very brief aroma that is hardly there. Thin and slightly resinous mouthfeel verging on watery. Good lacing. Pale malt gives a a very weak digestive biscuit malt that struggles to raise itself above the parapet. There is a faint citric note of grapefruit peel which is very tired and dilute. Wheaty, dry cereal flavour is present in the resiny aftertaste but that too fades fast. A dry bitter finish with a distinct metallic tang right at the very end. Lacking in depth and complexity and would not be on this for a session. It is a poor effort on a Golden Ale, just one to tick off and move on really.
yespr (29418) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask at The Counting House. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light fruity. Mild breadish, sweet, caramelish and berry fruity. Bitter and toasted malty finish.
leaparsons (7661) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Corn Exchange, Leicester. Hazy gold with a white foam. Aromas are biscuit and grain with mellow lemon. Bready yeast with stewed apple. Flavours are sweet lemon and biscuit with some lager malt character. Soft hops to finish with a full mouthfeel. OK.
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Bear and Ragged Staff (JDW), Bedworth, 08/11/12. The finest-named Spoons in the land? Surely. Anyway, clouded orange-copper; fine head and lace. Egg nose mostly; dough, berries. Hints of thistle and lemon easing into an egg custard and aniseed finish. Mistaken for Batemans.
dynamiteninja (1330) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask. medium white head. gold body. yeast minerals dirty hops popcorn spice white sherbet. bitter. bitter finish.
stravale (1801) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ JDW Standing Order, Edinburgh
Amber, clear, dense thin white head with some lacing. Little on the nose. Taste of soft pale cereal malts, some dull citrus fruits, dull zest, hint of grapefruit, rather dull overall. The palate was oily and the finish was dry with some soft zest. Rather disappointing for Hook Norton.
berkshirejohn (4117) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Old Gaol House (JDW), Winchester. A rather basic pale ale; hazy amber in colour with loose translucent head; and a light, malty aroma; the taste is also light and malty with some sweetness; followed by a short burst of nettley hops then a biscuity finish.
fiulijn (13371) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Cockney Pub, Århus
Cloudy yellow color, without head, but with a few stable bubbles in the glass. The aroma in the beginning seems hoppy and citrusy, but it later reveals an unpleasant sourness. Light malt flavor and very strong bitterness; too much yeast; even salty. It’s extra hopped but the result, instead of an aromatic Golden Ale, is a disturbingly bitter Ale, with a very harsh final. Really not pleasant to drink.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden with a small white head. Clean and fresh hoppy aroma of hay, grapefruit peel and fruit. Bone dry crisp and refreshing flavour dominated by citrus and grassy hops, and faint grainy malts. Bitter finish. It may have helped that it has been my only cask golden ale all the summer of 2010, other than Fullers Discovery...