Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle filtered; Special
The Sovereign Hop was released to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. This refreshing ale has a pleasant floral hop aroma with a wonderful hint of honey

leaparsons' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8032) - Leicester, Leicestershire, - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle. Golden with a thin head. Aromas are caramel and honey with leafy, earthy notes and blackberries. Floral with cookie dough and brown sugar. Flavours are sweet caramel and biscuit with stewed apple and honey. Earthy and lightly fruity with bitter lemon on the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrold (1214) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Clear gold. Filmy, white head. Unusual aroma, something like raspberry ripple ice cream. Quite floral, with an extra edge, something along the lines of bay. The taste follows a similiar route. It’s light dry and light bitter, with just too much sweetness. Creamy palate. Finish is light dry and short bitter. An oddity. Not one I’d have again. Edit: just as I finish this I see the label states honey flavouring as an ingredient! I wouldn’t have bought this if I’d spotted it. Marks adjusts accordingly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6200) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle from the Broadmead, Bristol branch as part of a 6 UK beers for £10 deal, which proved to be excellent value. Deep gold with a decent, white, head. Easy drinking beer, with a touch of citrus fruit, crisp, cereal, malts and pleasantly bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some fruitiness, caramel, butter and honey. Flavor is sweet and malty with some floral notes, vanilla, caramel and fruitiness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. A lightly hazy dark golden beer with a small, dense, white head leaving some lacings. The aroma is herbal and grassy, with a faint cheesy touch. Some peppery notes too. Some sweetness in the mouth, honey-notes and flowers, butterscotch hints, grass and a little bitterness. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Pretty decent this one, but quite far from impressive. 140608

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (7385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle 568ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, honey, butterscotch and grass/floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (3722) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Amber-gold with a thin frothy head. Lightly fruit hopped, seems to be some orange amongst the floral notes. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10133) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottled, 568ml from M&S in Banbury. Gold to amber with gushing white head. It took a while to pour as it was so lively but when it settled it proved to be quite light on the palate. There is a floral, quite herby hop note to it, a touch of Thyme and Basil perhaps along with a honeyed sweetness. Reasonable enough and remained fresh through the pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle, from Marks & Spencer. Gold, thin short lived white head and gentle condition. Delicate sweet grain, some low fruitiness and a floral hop resin note, quite oily mouth feel with an insistent hop bitterness, some fruity berry notes and a touch of spiciness. Finish has a lingering spicy hop bitterness and gentle malty sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Deep Orangey Gold in colour. Malty; lots of honey and vanilla, sweet malts, caramel. Fruity; orange citrus. Hoppy; floral and earthy hop. The honey rather overwhelms the beer. Sweet honey malty and fruity throughout; becoming bittersweet in the finish. Rather odd; a single variety hop beer with honey. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (757) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Gold with a slim white lid. Floral honey aroma. Mal had a bottle with me, and we agreed that marzipan was the predominant flavour. Some set honey and underlying nuts. Creamy mouthfeel. We both enjoyed this one, and agreed to revisit sometime.

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