Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Oakham

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Paddington, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Bottled, Regular;
The Cambridgeshire Golden Ale is brewed with a blend of English Challenger and American Mount Hood hops, balanced by East Anglian Maris Otter malt. Dry hopping before bottling gives a burst of flavour on the palate and a subtle bitterness that lingers beautifully.
Ingredients: water, barley malt (Maris Otter), wheat malt, hops (Challenger, Mount Hood), yeast, carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1218) - HONG KONG - JUN 18, 2015

500 ml bottle bought at M&S in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Translucent light golden honey colour; One-and-a-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and fairly fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant Ale malt, with strong orange, grapefruit, strong floral, toffee, cinnamon, honey, biscuits, yeast, lemon and sharp grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet light Ale malt, with moderate tartness, light orange, light grapefruits, very light caramel, molasses, yeast, light spices, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Mid to light. Fairly slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good Ale malt base with fairly strong wheaty tartness. Orange and citrusy hops dominates, any sweetness is offset by Challenger’s lemony bitterness. Expressive and colourful throughout. Great!

Hoppiness Orange, grapefruit, strong floral, toffee, cinnamon, honey, lemon and sharp grass; in nose. Orange, grapefruit, spices, strong lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is head strong for a lasting, strong astringent grassy finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Citrusy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is expressive, with Challenger hops in abundance for some very nice orangy aroma and impressive bitter taste. No kitchen sink being thrown in as Mount Hood seems to take a back seat, but bold and expressive nevertheless. An excellent Golden Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2454) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015
500ml bottle from M&S. Pale gold colour thin white head. Citrus hoppy aroma and taste. Fresh and drinkable palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle at home in London - picked up at the M&S on Oxford St. Pours crystal clear yellow-gold, lightly effervescent, with a frothy white head. Bready, crackery malts in the nose, some lemon rind, dough, hay. Light-medium sweet flavor with dry and crispy crackers, more bitter hay, slight grass. Light bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with lightly sugary biscuits, moderate bitterness hay and grass, sun-kissed cereal, lemon rind. Interesting stuff. Pretty drinkable overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
R_Pothuizen (25) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
clean blond beer with a thin white head, has a bitter flavor and some citrus in the taste test your fruit and a delicate bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Marks and Spencer, Enniskillen [030515]
Straw colour, light haze, thin white head, light lacing
Aroma of lemon, lime, sweet citrus, quite fruity, sherbet
Taste of lemon, soft lime, slight floral, light pale malts, touch peppery
Palate soft carb, light body, soft sweet. Finish is very clean, fairly bitter zest, some spicy hop in the liner
Overall - Bit unusual, liked it. Good clean flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4853) - Freising, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2015
(bottle) clear golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of cactus juice and banana, with big notes of pear, some light yeast and gooseberries. flavour is more of the same, pears, some light raisins and mango, with a hint of bread dough and a light-bitter herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from M&S of course. Poured a clear straw colour with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is light hop citrus. The flavour is moderate bitter with a refreshing citrus honey hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle from M&S, Manchester. Yellow-blond with next to no head. Has a light hoppy aroma and dryish hop taste with a touch of fruit noticeable. Decent enough and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1374) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle 50cl from M&S Amsterdam. Clear pale golden, two finger frothy white head, recedes quickly to a thick layer, fair lacing; aroma sweet malty, honey, floral, grass, citrus, bit soapy; taste moderate sweet, light bitter; light body, oily to watery texture, soft carbonation; finish is dry hoppy bitter, bit citrus, bit herbal. Nice one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (1525) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
500ml bottle. pours a very light, clear yellow with thin white head that lasts 2-3 mins. aroma is of weak hops and hay. nice hoppy taste, slightly tangy. but a little watery. refreshing and easy to drink nonetheless.

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