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

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RATINGS: 527   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).


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Cask (handpump) The aroma has grassy hops, yeast, and bread dough. The appearance is golden with a small head. The flavor is lighter than I was expecting but still very good. It has plenty of malt and just the right amount of hops for bitterness. The palate is thin but ok for a summer beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours almost clear yellow with a lacing white head. Aroma is mild hoppy with minor fruity note. Flavour is mild fruity, mild bitterness and subdued malt base. Light fruity and light bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (28448) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Slightly hazy golden beer with a creamy head. Appears desperate to leave the bottle as soon as the cap is removed. Soft, malty nose. Very light body with discreet notes of malt and a rather subdued bitterness. Very refreshing while cold, but gains more character as it warms while the hops start to leave a mark. 121205

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Casked. Yellow golden colour, small white head. Barnyard, fruitish and malts in aroma. Grassy and fruity flavour. Aftertaste is fruity and candyish. The grassyness in it sucks. 5 3 6 3 11

Bottled. Golden colour, foamy mediumsized head. Vegetables, sweetness and otherwise weird aroma too. Juniper, hops and malts in aroma. Luckily a bit better flavour than aroma. More harsh overall than the casked version. (4 2 5 3 10)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
Cask at Charlies. Clear golden coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma of hops with malty notes. Fruity flavour of hops and grape fruits with malty notes. Hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Golden coloured. Flowery aroma. Medium bodied. Rather sweet, clean. Salty and remarkably bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15545) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
Cask @ Waterloo Arms, Southampton. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Fruity malty hoppy caramel flavor with hints of citrus. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with some hoppy aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<i>Cask Conditioned at The Bree Louise, London, with nitro to the cask (?)</i>
Blond color, with creamy head. Quite poor aroma, reminds me mass beers. Some malt flavor, medium round body, still reminding me not-so-good beers. Nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, flowers, malt and citrus. Nice bitter finish.


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