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


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RATINGS: 551   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11901) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (11872) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11463) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11421) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11313) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours pale yellow with very big foamy white head. Aroma is slightly metallic and hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter with a clear woody character. Quite bitter at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Cask at the Happy Man, Englefield Green - 08/09/12. Clear pale blonde with a thinnish white head. Nose comprises pale malt, citrus and faint orange. Taste follows nose, a little summer fruit. Medium bodied and carbonation. I used to drink this beer regularly in the late 90’s and held it with high esteem. Doesn’t seem to be the same, or could be my taste buds crave a stronger beast!?! Pesky yanks and scandos!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10974) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: December 10, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: gushey, hazy gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet and bready aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, bready cereal character, light balancng floral hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (10791) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle, shared with Savad and jbrus. Hint of blackcurrant in the aroma. Earthy hoppy flavor. Thin and a bit watery. Touch of blackcurrant in the aftertaste. Hint of peach fruit. Drinkable, but not convincing in any way.

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