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

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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).


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
minutemat (1569) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Cask at The Three Fishes, Shrewsbury. Mellow hops, smooth citrus with a nice chilled out taste. Nothing too adventurous here.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gueuze (352) - - OCT 10, 2013
Extremer Cara Geruch, zeitgleich leicht malzig. Stark karbonisiert, aber leerer Geschmack. Leicht trüb.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CWarnes (10) - Kings Lynn, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
pale ale wee colour , caramel malty aroma ,no really a session beer, poured by an amateur keg uses ,soft carbonatied,

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jd543 (397) - SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Golden with a white head. Highly sulfurous aroma, some hops. Sweet with a sour finish. Slightly thin on the palate, with light carbonation. Not great.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2817) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Cask by air font at Geordie’s Byre, Ayr - clear pale golden, thin bubbly white head, subdued malty aroma, sporadic lacing, earthy, sweet malty, citrusy flavour, low to moderate carbonation, mild bitter hop finish

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1686) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear light gold with a white foamy head. Aroma is light malt with a stale earthiness. Light body, medium carbonation. Citrussy, malty, OK.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (2763) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Cask at Old Contemptibles; light amber pour with frothy white head, sweet malt aroma, sweet honey taste, bitter hop, troublesome carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Originally rated 21042012. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, hops and some malts.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Had at the Blue Posts in London. Might have been a bad cask - it was very warm. But tasted lots of alcohol especially on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2935) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
On cask at the White Friar (Coventry)
Stopping back into this excellent pub after a day of sightseeing I went straight for this clip. It was not a bad choice at all as the reward was a well balanced cask selection that I could have drunk all day in the heat.

Aroma / Appearance - The semitransparent golden body and thin white head are hallmarks of a well kept beer. Lemons, orange peels, and melons give it a summery fruity feel. The sweetness in the base aroma ties it all together nicely.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy mouthfeel is soft on the tongue as it provides bursts of lemons and orange juice. The dry transition is a bit like drinking watery marmalade. Finally there is a nice bitter finish that hangs on the throat like cloudy mist. This is a solid release for the summer months.


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