Brewed by Staffordshire (prev Leek)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Leek, England


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned. Previously brewed at 4.0%.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, lager malt, wheat malt. Cascade hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ungstrup (34634) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
A hazy orange beer with a beutiful head. The aroma is of sulphur, hops, and grass, while the flavor is of sulphur, yeast, and spices. Not really into the sulphur thing - I wonder where it comes from?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13369) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2003
Bottle Conditioned Ale. Golden colour with thin whispy head. There is a pale light malt impact quickly leading on to a floral hop juiciness. Light grapefruit and orange flavours, thirst quenching beer. A very decent package for a 4% beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9923) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2003
Bottled. Light gold in colour. This is a proper bitter in that the malt body isn't what matters - its the dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2003 Clear golden coloured and slightly citrus flavour. Some bitterness in a dry lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle from Duncan Murray Wines. Immediate juicy Cascade aroma like a Rowntree’s Lemon and Lime jelly. Fine silky suds over brassy gold. Discreet sulphur and nutty vanilla in the aftertaste, but mostly about that lovely fresh chew of limey US hop. Perfumey, soapy and good. Another uncomplicated, slightly delicious GA I could happily sit in the sun and glug all day, if it ever shone in England.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2006
Cask (handpump) at the Bulls Head, Leek. Gold, thin and dull. Some inappropriate diacetyl on the nose. Flabby mouthfeel. The Cascade hops make little impact. I would suspect the conditioning but in the brewery tap there’s no excuse for serving beer in dodgy nick. Drinkable, but not impressed. Now 3.8%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (6375) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, the beer is bottle conditioned and the sediment could be clearly seen through the bottle, sat at the base looking up. Best before the end of Jan 2010, drank on warm sunny evening in April 2009. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen). The label claims it is OK for Veggies and Vegans, so no fishy or meaty bits in this beer then! Some of the yeast sediment moved and tried to join the beer in my glass, but I poured carefully and very little got out. The body is a bright golden yellow, almost lagerlike. A small white wispy head sat on top. The beer was very light for a traditional English Bitter, but more and more brewers are producing these golden brews nowadays. Floral aroma with citrus hints to the fore, couldn’t detect any hops, yeast or malts. The taste was a bit boring, no bite or strength of flavours. Just a bog standard bitter, a little flat to be honest. Wheat and barley used in the brew, no suggestion of them in the taste for me. A big disappointment for me, I hate decrying a small brewer, but this didn’t do it for me at all. I have a few more bottles from this brewery, I hope they are better than this effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5555) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. Nice one! After some very dodgy Leek bottled beers it’s nice to have one that works. I think imdownthepub’s comments are spot on: "There is a pale light malt impact quickly leading on to a floral hop juiciness. Light grapefruit and orange flavours, thirst quenching beer. A very decent package for a 4% beer."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured. Very strange and unpleasant. Notes of sulphur and burnt rubber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2004
A bottle conditioned pale ale which pours quite flat with a small head.Slight fruitiness and alround a well balanced beer.

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