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


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RATINGS: 559   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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Straw colored body with a thick, rocky, off-white head. Some lacing. Some floaters that don't look like yeast.
Hoppy aroma with some hints of malt.
Corn or adjunct like flavor dominates. Hoppiness of the aroma doesn't translate to much hop flavor. Not much here.
Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2003
an attractive spectacle occurs as cascading beverage meets glass: slightly hazy trumpet golden, with a creamy lager-like porscelaine head-- one that, when briskly swirled, explodes like ocean surf with a fresh froth. aroma is moderate but that's a blessing--more of it would make matters worse: pencil shavings, very sticky grainy effect, like kellogg's rice krispies marshmallow treats, and a kind of puree´d mulchy fruitiness akin to baby food. watery, and the bitterness is tinny-- like sucking on bottle caps. crap floating inside becomes evident by bottles end: more like bits of crumbled cork than yeast residue. sweet vanilla- grasses, with finally a very soft carbonation and a slightly washed out cinammon-bark spiciness. could find redemption as a functional back-yard summer beer, but for me, those corn-grain malts too closely resemble an american malt liquor. doesn't entirely suck, but puckering physiognamy suggests it would like to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Pours cloudy light golden-yellow in color with some large chunks of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, has a good frothy white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lacing, bready and flowery aromas. Decent grainy and bready malt flavors, light rounded mouthfeel that finishes with a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30964) - 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 (161) - 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 (2646) - 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.

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