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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (148) - Chicago, 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 (2626) - 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 (2540) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Have had a few of these and wonder just how it is that it built its fame. Not really bad at all, just not commanding. A decent hop bite, but rather thin in the body and short on the finish other than the tingling of the effervesence and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2003
From a brewery which has won over 70 awards in sixteen years, I'd have expected better beer. My bottle-conditioned sample was akin to an English Bitter, but looked like a Blond Ale due to its extremely light color. It's pleasant enough to drink, and has considerable crispness, but there's little complexity to the malt character. Ho-hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2003
I loved this beer, however I may be the only one on this site. This was exactly what I needed cutting lawn on this unbearably hot afternoon. My bottle had different labeling than shown on this site. This Summer Lightning is a blond Ale at first, but when you roll the remnants in the bottle and muddle up the sediment, then poor it into the glass, the beer becomes a light strawberry color. This beer is crisp, dry, and light tasting, with a fruity aroma. I will be drinking it again soon.

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