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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).


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2003
This is just a very smooth light bodied hoppy ale. Almost clear with only a hint of blond color. Zero head. Nice hoppy aroma. Very clean finish. Definitely a keeper!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobBestwick (586) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
orangey/malty aroma, cloudy yellowish hue, hoppy and quite bitter, bitter finish, so so.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2003
Pale golden colour, good head and texture, nice descent amount of hop, with light fruity malt aroma. This was built up to be a very special beer, so it was the my first pick at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, (it also helps that its at the front door) only to be disappointed. Revisited regularly and find its really a fine beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Amazingly light beer for an English ale. Nonetheless, this straw colored, foamy brew is a good quencher, in the manner of, say, Cooper's Sparkling ale. Aroma is like grass, drying in the sun. Flavor is hop-dominated, crisp and distinctly dry with a grassy hint. I don't mind this stuff, but I think they're paying their label writer extra bucks for hyperbole. Good summer refresher. Yeasty Oberon-like flavor noted also, this is not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10170) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Cask Conditioned. How disapointing that I am marking this, one of the better pale ales, after having it at a local Wetherspoons. O.k the pub has a cask marque but that means nothing now, the Landlord that earned the award for this Macpub has long gone (the power of money I suppose!!) Anyway, it was flat and lifeless as MacP beers tend to be. How is it that a chain like this can promise great beers then serve them so badly? If I were Hop Back I would stop Wetherspoons having any of their beer (is that a pig flying past the window?) que sera.
Re Rate - Horse & Jockey, Bodicote. This is as it should be, Light body but excellent bitterness and biscuity maltiness. Good quaffing beer but with strength.

4.4
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5134) - 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.

2.4
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaymobrown (1658) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeM500 (1905) - 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.


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