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

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RATINGS: 540   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).


AlphaOne's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlphaOne (142) - - APR 17, 2005
Slight chill haze, golden with nice lacing. Aroma is musky, citrus, pear, apple skins and light honey. Flavour is honeyish, with pearish fruitiness, piney, citrusy, woody hop bitterness. Light body lets it down a bit.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (274) - - JUL 27, 2014
Solid fare for a summer afternoon in a beer garden. Either a hoppy golden ale or a light pale ale. Good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Japalo (1136) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2014
Cask@ argyll arms London. Colour and texture just like filteret Apple juice. East Kent golding hops used as dryhopping but need more. Some Earthy notes. Taste smooth gentle not much bitterness. Dry finish not soho but soso.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snowdog140 (34) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Nice golden colour with little head, quite a distinct sweet citrus aroma. Refreshing palate and a fruity taste with a slightly bitter hint. Nothing majorly special, but a very good option for a summer evening drink.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (2520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Cask at the Henry Addington. Light straw coloured pour with a fleeting loose white head. Aroma is grassy berry hop with some sharp citrus. Flavour is grainy, straw and rough grassy bitterness. Palate is rough and grainy dry on the tongue. Fairly refreshing but too rough round the edges.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TTBADGER (5) - - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Bottle, 500ml. Grapefruit and hops on the nose. Straw coloured in appearance, with a bright white persistent head. Deep malty complexion, with a fresh and subtle fruity finish. A lovely beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2014
Cask at The Haymarket. Pours clear pale yellow gold, thin white head. Light straw and hay aromas, light floral lemon notes. Taste is light bitter, light sweet. Medium body, clean finish. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (226) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Appearance- golden, hazy, big foamy white head which takes a while to settle. It nearly escapes the bottle. Aroma- quite a bit of malt, yeast, slight fruity notes, bit of zest, bread. Taste- lots of maltiness, hop undercurrent, a bit of zest, some orange and lemons. Quite a full mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3078) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2014
Cask @ Angleterre. Golden hazy, white head. Leathery, fruity, citrusy, slightly yeasty aroma. Flavor has citrus, wheat, sweet fruits. Very dry, bitter finish. Some yeasty, baking soda like in the flavor as well.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (983) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Cask in the Station Inn, Whitby. Golden with a white head. Light and refreshing with biscuit malt underlying citrus and marmalade hop notes. Decent.


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