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.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 Time again for the always welcome one litre swingtop bottle from Howe Sound. Producing just over two fingers of frothy white head covering a lovely clear copper body, the aroma was giving up some malty notes. Taste was assuredly bitter; no shortage of hops here. Mouthfeel and finish also had some bite to them, thanks again, hops. Thoroughly enjoyable, easily the best Canadian-made bitter Iíve had (maybe the only one?). Good beer, this.
joet (1918) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the folks at Marin Valley Beerworks! Very solid brew, herbal, spicy bitter. White pepper and touch of sulfur. Low medium effervescence. Solid quaffability and coming in at 5% which works for me as a session. Bits of softness at about 50 degrees. Thereís a lot to like about this beer - the sessionability, the quality production, the solid English styling, the swing top packaging (excellent for your homebrew) and the sentiment of beer for hard times.
bhensonb (8979) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L swingtop from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy amber gold with a foamy white head. Light aromas of floral and fruit. Med body. Frothy carb. Flavor is floral, light stone fruit, touch of citrus, light malt, and something that makes me think of matches. Guess the main thing is the hop and malt, which is always followed by a herbiness til the next mouthful. Itís quite dry, certainly bitter. Iíd say they nailed the style. If Iím being a bit harsh, I think itís because I keep thinking ESB, which it isnít. Nice shot at a bit of over the pond.
patricks110 (1212) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great bitter with great session drinkability. I love the 1 L bomber swing top bottle. Pour is bright copper straw with a finger of whitish head. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, bitter, nice malts, toffee, caramel. Great beer.
robforbes (1883) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy yellow-orange with a large white foamy head, some sediment, and great lacing.
smell is of grain, some citrus, a touch earthiness, and dry grass.
taste is dry, a touch of grain, bitter, a little caramel, and some citrus, ends dry and somewhat bitter.
overall the beer gets better as you drink it, very nice.
JoeZasada (265) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L Bottle. pours a dark yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of gains and malt with grassy notes. tastes of malts with a nice firm bitterness. probably one of the best english bitters Iíve ever had...
JoeMcPhee (7620) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale golden beer. Very fresh crackery malt aroma. Light wheaty/spicy notes. Flavour also shows a very clean, crisp malt base with a touch of pleasant fruity estery character. Clean, well-balanced and easy to drink... just what you want in a bitter.
decaturstevo (4075) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma of pepper and lemon. A flavor that mirrors the aroma to a T. A bit thin and foamy but a very decent beer.
mgermani (967) - 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.