lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 litre bottle, beer brewed as a gimmick for the global recession.
Appearance: Bright, transparent, golden colour with three finger white head when poured into 500ml tall central European style glass tankard, receding to heavy ring and thin layer of froth with good lacing.
Aroma: Lots of hops, satsumas, subtle alcoholic warmth.
Taste: What exactly is a golden bitter brewed in the pacific northwest? Answer: basically a very hoppy golden pale ale or smoother version of an IPA. I havenít come across any other golden bitters before, and this tastes nothing like any bitter I have had. Iím not sure that calling this a bitter is correct; but then Howe Sound already have a hoppy pale ale. All this aside, this is a tasty beer. Crisp, hoppy, fruitiness that you would expect from an IPA, but something is slightly different about the flavour in this beer. A hint of blonde ale and pilsner flavours, a lingering but not overpowering finish from the hops; and also a malty aspect that you might expect from a good central European pilsner, while still tasting like top-fermented ale. Curious beer, but interesting and very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp.
Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, rewarding from the hops and balance of the beer, while leaving you wondering - what style is this? Nevertheless, itís good.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L swing top. Very thick, spongy head. Caramel notes paired with pleasant malt bitterness. A slightly lemony note that is quickly buried under a funky, leafy taste that lingers in a less than ideal way. Decent but not great.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(1 litre swing-top bottle) Purchased at the BCLS at Fairfield Plaza, Victoria, for $6.95. Large frothy, white head with a clear, mildly carbonated golden body. Nose and diacetyl flavour. Bitter, yes. Lemony, okay. Buttery, yuck no. Decent spice but all in all this is a pretty poor follow-up to their ESB. 5/3/5/3/12
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant floral and lightly citrus notes with sugary sweet malts in the nose. Cloudy orange-gold coloured body is topped by a large-bubbled white head that reduces quickly to a partial cover. Flavour offers a mild but balanced blending of caramel and toffee-like malts with mild floral and citrus hops. Decent bitterness keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Somewhat grainy in the aftertaste. Very dry and somewhat thin medium-light body with rather underwhelming carbonation despite the switch to capped bottles. This one really fills out as it warms and by the time I got to the end of the bottle, I wouldnt have been upset if there was another in the fridge waiting for me... Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Mar-09.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Corn-y aroma, yellow with a foamy head. I know itís micro brewed, but I get a lot of that macro flavor.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale orange with a nice full head. Aroma is faint but slightly hoppy. Tastes pretty straightforward - a basic bitter, decent malting and balanced but not overly-pronounced hops. On the pale side as far as bitters go, not too much caramel but still well balanced against the hops. Great carbonation, thin but appropriate body. Plain but well-executed basic bitter.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Moonrakers: The first sip delivers a massive unclean dirty line taste. I donít get this often at Moonrakers, so it must be the beer.
Hazy gold, stark white head. Neutral nose.
The unclean taste aside, this is a well hopped beer, but lacks malt backbone.
Not something I will have again.