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


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RATINGS: 565   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (234) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2003
the beer hits you with a nice jolt of bitterness. Very refreshing ale. Shocked that they call this a blond ale. not a bad beer at all, very tasty (bitter and hoppy as all hell.) the flavor had a hint of lemon peel in it. the apperance was amazingly clear with lightning bolts of bubbles shooting for the top(or what they call lacing.) Sat well on the palate, went from bitter to hoppy back to bitter. This was a hard brew to come by, lucky i have a great liquor store in the out skirts of chicago that had it. it was a great beer, that i will drink again.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
One of my all time favorites. This beer had one of the most incredible heads that I have ever seen on a beer. Very rocky and sustained through out the entire pint. Deserving of the awards.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
This is one of the UK’s best A fabulous strong light beer, full of flavour and extremely moorish. This really is a wonderful ale that is a must try.It is a bit to easy to drink rather too much. This must be drunk on draught from the cask. Forgrt it from the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 On draught. Beautiful staw coloured beer, with a great, white head and good lacing. Hoppy aroma. Malty, bitter, dry, slightly fruity and fantastically hoppy taste. On form one of the best beers around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
A classic summer beer, light and refreshing but with a complex hop character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pale raw color with good hop nose. Light in the mouth with good malt flavor. The end it what was so impressive to me. The hops explodes in your mouth for a very clean dry finish. Loved this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1157) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle conditioned. Bright gold, clean, with a good bead of bubbles producing a fine tight white head. Initially there is a wonderful fragrant hoppy aroma, but that fades rather too quickly for my liking..may be "nose fatigue" I suppose, but it was lovely while it lasted. Lightish in body, packed with a host of well balanced flavours, citrus hops persist on the finish..quite a fruity ale, enjoyed it a lot, bought at my local V.W. but now sadly discontinued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markodm (23) - ITALY - SEP 5, 2012
Pours golden, a bit hazy , with one finger super white head. Very interesting at nose with hints of fragrant bread and herbs, with a subtle frutiness. aroma is well balanced but lovely. First, strong maltiness and bread hints, followed by a long bitter aftertaste that wash the palate for an other swallow. the soft carbonation makes this ale very easy to drink and enjoyable. It remainds me the England country side aroma and smells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Tried this on cask at My Place in Newtown, CT. Pours a beautiful pale amber, with a creamy white head. Aroma is british, with some goldings. Fairly hoppy, with a good malt backing. Flavor is straight up my alley. Creamy and rich, with terrific malt/hop balance. Lightly bready maltiness, sweet and lightly fruity. A touch of apricot. Body is medium, with nice low carbonation, giving it that cask creamy feel. Awesome.

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