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


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RATINGS: 561   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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Cask. Pale yellow colour, small white head. Pleasant enough, light-flavoured ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (14042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Cask @ The Bell. Hazy blonde. Fruity, maybe earthy mushroomy aroma. Toasty, herbal character. Ok - maybe a bit bland. I didn’t understand this one in the bottle and I don’t understand the appeal on cask either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (13816) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle, 5%. Slightly hazy pale golden with small white head. Aroma is malt and a little hop. Flavour is malt, little sweet, hops, grass, little lemon and medium bitter.>

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13208) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Flowery hop aroma Cloudy golden color, white head and tiny bubbles. Light malty start, biting carbonation (like champagne), and a decent hop finish. Very clean, very fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12729) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Poured clear straw with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body. Medium sweet flavor with a small bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Draught version: Was golden in color with medium white head. Interesting taste, but was not overly fond of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12189) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Cask. Cloudy yellow with a mid-sized lasting white head. Citrus hops and malt aroma. Clean malty flavour with some bitterness. It does a good job as a quenching lager-like ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2007). All-round tasty bitter. Some hops, some maltiness. Had better - was expecting it to be more floral. Will re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12162) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Cask Conditioned. How disapointing that I am marking this, one of the better pale ales, after having it at a local Wetherspoons. O.k the pub has a cask marque but that means nothing now, the Landlord that earned the award for this Macpub has long gone (the power of money I suppose!!) Anyway, it was flat and lifeless as MacP beers tend to be. How is it that a chain like this can promise great beers then serve them so badly? If I were Hop Back I would stop Wetherspoons having any of their beer (is that a pig flying past the window?) que sera.
Re Rate - Horse & Jockey, Bodicote. This is as it should be, Light body but excellent bitterness and biscuity maltiness. Good quaffing beer but with strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12136) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, graininess, light spice and light citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, light spice and a hint of citrus with a dry lingering bitter finish.

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