Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle (filtered); Regular.

This golden ale is brewed using a pale ale malt from Westminster barley and Sovereign hops which are hedgerow variety originally bred at Wye College from an open pollenation made in 1995. Sovereign hops have a noble English hop quakity defined by a characteristic soft floral, earthy aroma.

leaparsons' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8711) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2420) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Marks and Spencer, Enniskillen [010515]
Dark amber, clear, bubbly frothy white head, some lacing
Aroma of soft sweet caramel malts, dab of sweet toffee, bit of custard, sweet honey caramel
Taste of caramel, sweet toffee, sweet honey caramel, little hops in this, something odd in here, slight plastic note, custardy caramel, maybe a hint of bitter hops. Not keen on the flavour.
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, sweet. Finish of sweet caramel toffee found in a chocolate
Overall - No showcase for the hops, too malty. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3457) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2015
500ml bottle at home, from Marks & Spencer, High Street, Ayr - sweet toffee, floral aroma, clear amber, good off-white head, no lacing, sweet malty, grain flavour, oily

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (4683) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
500ml bottle: BBD 09/2015. Drank at my parents house in 03/2015, cheers Dad. As the name suggests this is a golden coloured beer, the head white. Floral hop notes in the nose and a mild bitterness in the taste, the malty base gives the brew a semi-sweet balance which I found just about right. Pleasant enough all round, if a little unchallenging for the senses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (38082) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2015

Bottle 500ml. @ [ (pre-Christmas tasting ) by chriso - London ].

[ As Marks & Spencer Single Variety Hop Sovereign Golden Ale ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, toffee, grass notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average duration, pale malt, toffee, fruity - grass, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20141207]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2890) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Light gold with a white head. Aroma is straw malt. Flavour is sweet grainy malt, citrus grass base.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gunnfryd (12071) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden colour with a white head. Aroma is herbs, vanilla, grass. Flavour is vanilla, cheese, herbs, honey, grass, malt. Boring beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5719) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2014
500ml bottle from M&S Edinburgh Waverley. Pours clear golden amber, thin white head. Light floral aromas, light honey. Taste has a light chalky note, more floral hops and honey. Sweet finish. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MichaelAwesome (5287) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Mit McTapps geteilt. Etwas an Hopfen, ein wenig Getreide, dazu ein paar Zitrusfrüchte und Nüsse. Trinkbar, mild, vollkommen unspektakulär, aber in Ordnung und zum Schluss hin würzig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
McTapps (5323) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle from M & S in Eastbourne. Pours out in a golden colour with low airy head and medium body. Aroma of hops and straw with some floral hints. Taste of mild hops, light barlley, malt, straw, flowers and mild fruits. Refreshing and easy drinkable, not a bad beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrold (2340) - 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.

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