Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered - Regularly available.
Single Variety Hop
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 quality 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 (9674) - Wigston, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1692) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle from M&S. Light golden colour, thin foam. I quite like the hop, some earth, wood, herbal. Not an aggressive hop level. I don’t mind the decent malt level, although there was a slightly odd sweetness in there. But overall a pleasant ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3468) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle from M&S. golden Amber colour with a white head. Fruity hop and berry aroma and taste. Light sweet taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nick998 (15) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle : Orangey gold in colour with a medium white head, malty - toffee aroma. Sweet flavours biscuit, small hint of liquorice. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13255) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 7, 2015
500ml bottle (M&S, Stansted)
Rich sweet malty aroma, some toffee. Full smooth palate. Lots of toffee in the taste and great full fruity hops. Packed full of esters. Great start to the day, a really characterful golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9110) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2015
bottle from M&S Exeter. Amber-golden colour, mid-sized white head. Malty start with some caramel and roasetd malts, earthy background with some fruity bitter flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (568) - - AUG 1, 2015
Golden amber colour. Strawberries & apricots on the nose. Sweet with light caramel flavours. Reminds me of a light barleywine with a good bitter ending. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mahkus (107) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Big well-retaining head. Golden colour with lots of bubbles. Smell is dominated by added honey-flavour. Hop taste is longlasting but not too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6259) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle from M&S New Oscott; hazy amber pour with a thin off white head, aroma has pale malts and honey, taste is quite perfumed, with some pale malts, definitely get the cocoa that has been mentioned it other reviews, crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5526) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2015
500ml dark bottle, filtered. Marks & Spencer Sovereign Golden Ale 5%. Gift from Marie. Vague dry pale malt - fairly dry and lager like. Hops have an interesting earthy, nettle, vanilla and rosemary flavour, but on the whole this is a dull beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2723) - 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.

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