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


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RATINGS: 553   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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (483) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Appearance- golden, hazy, big foamy white head which takes a while to settle. It nearly escapes the bottle. Aroma- quite a bit of malt, yeast, slight fruity notes, bit of zest, bread. Taste- lots of maltiness, hop undercurrent, a bit of zest, some orange and lemons. Quite a full mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3960) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2014
Cask @ Angleterre. Golden hazy, white head. Leathery, fruity, citrusy, slightly yeasty aroma. Flavor has citrus, wheat, sweet fruits. Very dry, bitter finish. Some yeasty, baking soda like in the flavor as well.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1873) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Cask in the Station Inn, Whitby. Golden with a white head. Light and refreshing with biscuit malt underlying citrus and marmalade hop notes. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1670) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Grumpy goat. Drunk as part of a long afternoon session. But this on stood out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (1215) - SPAIN - MAY 3, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, en Cerveceria Internacional. Color dorado. Sabor a lupulo, amargo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1256) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Cask @ Glue Pot, Swindon. Pale yellow, just a bit of head. Light floral aroma with some astringency. Taste is a honeyed sweetness with a big bitter hit following on quickly. Mouth-puckering aftertaste. Fuller mouthfeel than one would expect. Good but maybe slightly overrated in the grand scheme of things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (756) - - APR 15, 2014
Fruity nutty aroma. Very light golden colour. Slight head. Quite hoppy taste and very well rounded. Quite drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
AndrewC (337) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
A bottle of, "That There". Only one man in the world will know what I mean. Smells odd. Smells of caster sugar and a bit of bleach? Pale gold colour. Tastes reedy, kinda farmyard-like with strong hints of candyfloss. Really weird. The cask versions of this I had in the 1990ís were ace but this is just like fizzy farmyard candyfloss. Itís so unlike what I recall Iím going to throw it away. Sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Colour of varnished pine. Some citrus hop. Fairly oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vladivostok (312) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
Good-looking pale beer which can be over-carbonated. Initial flavor is immediate and dry-biscuity. Bitterness level is high and continues throughout. Malt is there somewhere but tends to get overpowered by the hops. Has the right credentials but rather too heavy-handed for me.

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