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


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RATINGS: 538   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
A classic summer beer, light and refreshing but with a complex hop character.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Golden color, white head. Slight corn aroma, which was a tad unpleasent. There is hardly any malt profile, and seems almost "pilsnery" in nature. Very dry, crisp finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2003
This won awards? Pretty, light, shining clear gold with a considerable puffy head. Not much nose to speak of. Continuing that theme, not much flavor to speak of. Just kind of boring. Very slightly nutty hints and some minor grassy notes, but all-in-all, tasted like a slightly upgraded macrobrew. Just boring, really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Cask at RAF. I echo the 500. I felt this tasted like a skunked beer, and I was not impressed at all. Thin mouthfeel with some popping.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Another big award winner that failed to capture my tastebuds! This is so light and yellow, so bland and hard to taste. Barely dry at the end, just light and watery. Certainly just a session ale, meant to be consumed many at a time with little to no effect on your judgement and no harsh effect on your tastebuds.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Also had this at the Chicago RAF. I must admit not impressed, thin and lacking complexity. When i first had it i thought it was a lager or pilsner instead of a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
On tap at RAF: Soft wheaty aroma and light color. Thin body with moderate bitterness, but lacking much complexity. Another smooth British bitter that is pretty dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
RAF: Pale yellow with a medium white head that lasts. Hop flavors dominate; quite bitter and this perception is strong for the last 2/3 of sip. Residual esters and sweetness in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 cask; 06/02/2006 - unpasteurized, slightly hazy with a solid creay white head and a nice lacing; subtle citrusy hoppiness; slightly oily with a decent malt body; solid bitterness; dry and long bitter fruity finish (grapefruit, citrusy) - refreshing and deeply drinkable (4/7/7/4/15)

bottled (02/2003)clear golden colour, fine creamy head, biscuit, hoppy aroma, full-bodied, smooth with a long dry and bitter hoppy finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Although it poured with a nice head, the color was - as my friend Debbie said "It looks like Miller!" - very yellow/light gold. Thin sweet and bready malts combine with a thicker bitterness and some prickly carbonation. Too light to drink again except maybe in 100 degree weather.

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