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Hop Back Summer Lightning

Brewed by Hop Back
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Terrific straw-coloured beer with a fresh, hoppy aroma and a well rounded, malty flavour with an intense bitterness which leads to an excellent long, dry finish. Winner of numerous, prestigious awards, most notably Best Strong Bitter at The Great British Beer Festival in 1992/93.
Ingredients: Optic pale malt. East Kent Goldings and Challenger hops (The bottled version uses EKG only).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (264) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2016
Cask at the Station, West Byfleet. 26/07/16. Sharp citrus aroma. Bright golf. Thick blotchy head, with good life to it. Soft bodied, slightly bitter. Crisp citrus. Exactly what you want from a golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4133) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2016
Cask@longhorns, Walsall. Golden beer with medium head. Aroma of pale malts and light lemon. Taste is same with some perfume hops. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LazyPyro (599) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with a one finger white head. Aroma is mildly hoppy, malty, biscuity. Taste of sweet malt, bitter hops, lemon zest, slight biscuity and slight grassy flavour to it. Pretty good, refreshing beer, though not one of my favourites.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1919) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2016
Cask at The Duke William, Burslem. A clear golden colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemon, some honey, slight biscuit and subtle floral hops. Taste of lemon, a little honey, a hint of banana, some biscuit and slight floral hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, slightly biscuity, floral hop bitterness in the finish. Quite a basic, strong golden ale. Quite balanced which I like but not as hoppy as I want it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Halfling_4132 (90) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
Unusual pale lemon appearance, unfiltered with a white foam. Aromas of honey, lemon, banana. A very fresh beer. Surprisingly bitter malty taste with medium body. Grassy and fresh. Would be great on a summers day as a refreshing beer, not my usual style but would recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lokis333 (409) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - DEC 16, 2015
Very different than ussual appearance. Hazy light lemon/honey color with lively frothy white foam. Aromas of malt and yeast, lemony, banana, fresh and saison like? Palate, medium body with thickish texture with hoppy finish. Taste is bit hoppy bitterish, but still it has its golden lightness and grasseness to it. Overall, nice refreshing, standart hoppy golden beer. But it looks really nice to me appearance wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoneR (31) - - SEP 29, 2015
Simply put, I love this beer and travel quite a distance just to get a pint, (or 2).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1502) - ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Tap at Alehouse in Reading. Refreshing bitter summer ale. Grapefruit aroma, not over powering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle, hotel tasting. Crystal clear yellow color, white head with solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper and lemon peel. Taste is peppery straw, citrus. OK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WilltheMoth (8) - Minehead, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
I tried this ale a few weeks back before the summer really started, and didn’t really like it, thinking that it was quite a typical ale. Now that the summer has kicked in, its the first thing that I want to see after a hard days labour. It is golden in color and in taste, with hints of banana and orange. It’s bitterness is of a kind nature, not too sweet and not harsh on the throat. It’s color is quite deceiving, pouncing up on u with 5% of kick. I hope to be able able to walk into any pub this summer and be able to order a pint of this pure gold.

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