Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. A clear, bright golden ale with a sharp, flowery hop profile. Gentle, soft strawy maltiness does not get too shaken by the hops. They keep a firm palate, but the hops are clearly the flavourís focus. Still, it gives a pleasantly drinkable, well-balanced drink.
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a huge, rocky white head. Citrussy and floral hops aroma as well as some earthiness. Good bitterness throughout, with citrus and some spicy flavours. a bit watery. Nice.
Fin (6641) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Morissons (think) Poured golden in colour with a haziness to it, impressive white bouncy head. Some delicate floral notes wafted off of this beer, but there was also a little citrusiness there as well. Its been a while since Iíd had this last so it was nice to revisit, and it tasted as I expected nice fresh, little bit dry bit fruity (citrusy) and quite a pleasant beer
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.Slightly cloudy and poured rather lively. Some drynes but overall not a lot to recommend it.
downender (5640) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned at the Bag OíNails, Bristol 29/5/07. Unremarkable golden beer. Pleasant to look at, with a slight aroma of hay. Easy drinking with a hint of sweetness and a slightly dry finish.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(cask @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Slightly hazy golden color with a puffy white head. Medium sweet and hoppy aroma. Flavor is nice and light, with a very well balanced hop and malt flavor and a very sweet and smooth finish. A little more hops than malt in the middle which makes it very nice and drinkable. Quite good.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Dilly Deli. Poured golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body. Medium bitter flavor with a small sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask pint at NERAX, opening night, 5/2/07
While 2007 was a remarkably clean year for the British casks as a whole, Wednesday night, while only having six British casks, was ridiculously clean. All of these casks were imported by the Shelton brothers, not coincidentally and included 4 from Hop Back, 1 from Coniston and 1 from Dark Star. As it turned out, this one would be both my first and favorite beer of the fest.
Crop circle didnít have the strong head retention or prominent lacing that many of the other English beers had, but this wasnít an indication of the condition it was in. Its slightly off-white head was a finger high, receding quickly to cover then ring and providing only blotchy lacing. The beer had dropped bright and was a wonderfully clear, soft peachy-gold.
What an aroma! Soft and understated, but everything I could hope for in an English golden ale. Delightfully fruity esters are very soft and deftly combine with the light malts to give almost a peach and nectarine nose. Soft hay-like suggestions emanate from the malt and just a glimpse of the corn can be found if looked for. Hops seem to be a fresh blend of both EKG and an American variety, or perhaps some hybrid. Regardless, it has that soft, very muted floral note of EKGs, complete with the nuttiness and some light hay. But it also has a distinct, lightly bitter citric quality, perhaps like tangerines or light lemons. Of course, to take all of this in, you have to work at it and continually sniff and swirl. And the 3 full pints I had of it didnt hurt either....A slight bit of paperiness, probably some light malt tannin, exposed from the high attenuation.
The flavor is where it really gets fun. Soft pale malt sugars open things up and have a very slight graininess to them. Theyíre brushed across the palate by a gentle, but noticeable, and very tight carbonation. Notes of light creamed wheat appear, but are chased off by fruity hops with a slight edge of bitterness. Then the corn. It comes near the end, and is only lightly apparent, but man is it tasty. Like taking the best corn lager Iíve ever had and then giving it the characteristics of an English cask golden ale in perfect condition. Fruitiness sticks on the finish (nectarines, tangerines, peaches) with more lighthearted pale sugars. Carbonation accentuates the light bitterness one last time as the beer goes down the throat and then the flavors are gone. Light bodied, with some wateriness appropriate for the style. Exceedingly clean, and actually, that may be my biggest criticism of the beer. Iíd like just a little more terroir, shall we say, from the yeast!! A ridiculous complaint, as the beer is what it is, and thinking about it, there is a nice hard water-like flavor towards the end. I donít know, itís hard to imagine a perfect golden ale and I feel like Iím always going to find some fault, though calling it too clean does seem kind of harsh. Anyways, this like the 18th time Iíve said this, but THIS is my new favorite session beer. Too bad I may never have it again in this shape....
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[CASK: The Salisbury Ale House, Manchester 19/09/06] A delicious ale that was very satisfying. Golden and beautifully crisp in taste. Very enjoyable and recommended.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Gold with a short head. Slightly hoppy scent. Thin but with a slightly dry finish. Very hoppy and just a slight sweetness on the end.