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


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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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).

FUNK's rating

   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoneR (31) - - SEP 29, 2015
Simply put, I love this beer and travel quite a distance just to get a pint, (or 2).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1319) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Tap at Alehouse in Reading. Refreshing bitter summer ale. Grapefruit aroma, not over powering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17720) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle, hotel tasting. Crystal clear yellow color, white head with solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper and lemon peel. Taste is peppery straw, citrus. OK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WilltheMoth (8) - Minehead, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
I tried this ale a few weeks back before the summer really started, and didn’t really like it, thinking that it was quite a typical ale. Now that the summer has kicked in, its the first thing that I want to see after a hard days labour. It is golden in color and in taste, with hints of banana and orange. It’s bitterness is of a kind nature, not too sweet and not harsh on the throat. It’s color is quite deceiving, pouncing up on u with 5% of kick. I hope to be able able to walk into any pub this summer and be able to order a pint of this pure gold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hippoman (408) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Cask at The City Hotel, Durham, £3/pint. Packs a lot of punch for a very pale beer with prominent malts and a long bitter finish. Good enough to warrant a second pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1477) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 3, 2015
Cask @Tree Folk’s (Rome). Pours golden with a fine and persistent white head. Aroma is fruity (apple, peach) with floral notes, a touch of lemon, malt, biscuits, nice. Taste is balanced between malt and hoppy, in the perfect british mood. light body, flat, oily texture. Refined.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lello4ever (336) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Una golden ale dal colore chiaro ocra, ha un sapore amaro con una discreta frizzantezza, molto fresca e bevibile e con una punta di agrumi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (7466) - Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle from old notes. Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have grassy, floral hops, pale malts, hints of citrus, pretty bland and not to be repeated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (6249) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
*Old rating. Best before 12.11.2010. Nice fresh, floral. Easy to drink, malty, fresh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBlueSky93 (504) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Booths, Ilkley. The colour of a bodily fluid, 2 finger head. Aroma very skunky, Lemon possibly. Lemon on the taste, Orange, Metallic, Grain, biscuit malt.

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