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


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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30736) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2003
The nose is hoppy. The color is golden and it has a small head. The flavor has a thin start, but then turning nicely hoppy. The only thing bearing this bear thru is the nice hopping - otherwise it is boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - AUG 3, 2003
Nice golden colour, few head. The aroma is fruity (apricots and lemon).Light and refreshing malty flavour with fruity traces, with a good hoppy finish, not too bitter. Really interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 31, 2003
500 ml. brown bottle. Poured out a clear light, straw yellow color. Slight head that stuck around until the beer was gone. Very fine bubbles in the carbonation, indicating a well made beer. Aromas of East Kent Goldings hops, and sweet malts. Slight biscuit aroma as well. Almost lager-like in it's appearance. Tastes very good, actually. I was expecting something more, but it's not bad as is. Sweet, caramel notes at first, then a slight hop tang in the middle. Finishes sweet, not dry at all. A pretty good beer in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (160) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2003
the beer hits you with a nice jolt of bitterness. Very refreshing ale. Shocked that they call this a blond ale. not a bad beer at all, very tasty (bitter and hoppy as all hell.) the flavor had a hint of lemon peel in it. the apperance was amazingly clear with lightning bolts of bubbles shooting for the top(or what they call lacing.) Sat well on the palate, went from bitter to hoppy back to bitter. This was a hard brew to come by, lucky i have a great liquor store in the out skirts of chicago that had it. it was a great beer, that i will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
Very Light.Great with a curry. Suprisingly good session beer.Reminiscent of my Uncle Cliff's homebrew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - JUN 29, 2003
Orangy nose, pale yellow gold color, spongy white head. Very light, citrusy malt body with a dainty pleasant hop touch at the very end. Quick profile, smooth texture. Harmless, goes with just about any pub grub or light fare. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Tried this on cask at My Place in Newtown, CT. Pours a beautiful pale amber, with a creamy white head. Aroma is british, with some goldings. Fairly hoppy, with a good malt backing. Flavor is straight up my alley. Creamy and rich, with terrific malt/hop balance. Lightly bready maltiness, sweet and lightly fruity. A touch of apricot. Body is medium, with nice low carbonation, giving it that cask creamy feel. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2551) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Lemon malt nose with sweet parfumy undertones. Straw golden, little head, soft carbonation. Hoppy, parfumy taste with a short bitter thin and light kick.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Nothing like the description,nothing like a bottle conditioned ale. Looks like a pilsner as poured. White tightly compressed head with a clear light golden body. Aroma from bottled hinted at wheat but as poured smelled more like pils malts and a slight skunkiness. Flavor also like a pils or alt style ale. Poor bitter aftertaste left in my mouth. Big dissapointment. They certainly pulled a fast one here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2003
Fresh, crisp hoppy aroma. Cloudy golden apppearance with a small amount of sediment. Malty taste with slightly toasted tinge. Fairly thin but a very refreshing summer pint.

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