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Brewed by Oakham
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Peterborough, England

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Cask: Regular (previously Occasional). Also available bottled at 4.8% - filtered but unpasteurised.
Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness thatís as sharp as a macawís screech!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thechobgoblin (10) - - JUL 26, 2012
One critism I have of Oakham is that when they make an ale of this ilk, unless Iím having two types consequtively, I canít tell them apart. However, when they taste this good, who am I to moan?

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardW (1528) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Bottled from Glug Newcastle. This is stunning. Beautiful tropical fruit aroma and flavour, soft semi sweet palate with light caramel. Peppery traces give a fine tang at the back of the throat and thereís warmth in the finish. Lovely amber colour, one of my favourites this year.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiscuitMalt (1) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
It stuns me that people donít rate this beer. On cask it has a wonderful velvet mouthfeel that instantly lets you know the brewer cares. It is packed with aroma hops giving tropical fruits, peaches and gooseberry; it is perfectly bitter and has a solid pale malt backbone. One of the ten best sub 5% beers in the world.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1439) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2011
Cask at the Cambridge Blue, Cambridge on 3rd June 2011. Clear, amber-gold with thin white patchy film head and a little lacing. Rich grapefruit aroma, then rich and intense hoppiness in mouth - thick complex grapefruit and grass blend, and a grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. Full, whole-mouth engaging texture, and lingering grassy finish. Exquisite.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mentalmind (33) - FINLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Very nice head with good belgian lace. Golden color. Good aroma with some citrus. Good bittery bite in the end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2011
Cask, gravity at The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge, 03.06.11 Pours golden with a bubbly white head, the first from the cask (I waited till this went on) it was just so fresh and crisp and it looked quite marvellous. Wonderful hoppy nose with a little malty sweetness. Crushingly bitter in the mouth with little stalactites forming little bitter droplets onto to the tongue to explode in a exotic fruity bitterbomb there is also a pithy grapefruit vein running through this, is this good? Not arf mate, stunning stuff once again from Oakham. I also had this again in the Live and Let Live, Cambridge, 03.06.11 just twenty or thirty minutes later it was just great. A8 A5 T9 P4 Ov17 4.3

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10460) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Anchor, Birmingham. Gold with white head. It does appear that Oakham love letting us taste the best of the hops and this is a perfect example. There is a light, sharp malty body, just a hint of baked biscuit, then a grapefruit peel, big hop flavour, tongue cleansing, bitter and dry. A wonderful beer and a great pub to drink it in.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFastard (3) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2012 does not count
Golden colour with a sweetness yet the distinctive Oakham grapefruit bitter finish.More subtle than some of their pale brews,but just as enjoyable.Cask in The Mermaid ,St Albans

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (812) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2013
Bottled ; Devon ; UK ; Clear amber color with smaller head ; Malt,caramel,floral,fruit and citrus aroma ; Lighter sweet and heavier bitter taste ; Bitter longer finish ; Medium body ; Superb Ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Fresh leaves and dew-covered pine needles are fraught with citrusy brightness before taking this engaging Golden Ale into a resinous hop finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the misty gold, drawing plenty of lacing on the pint glass.
-The mouthfeel is on this one is just perfect. Slick and slender, with superb drinkability.
-All flavours are clearly expressed.
-The aroma is not as revealing as the flavour profile.
-Drinkability is very high despite the intensity of the flavour profile.
-Stone-like minerals were present in the cask, but not nearly as much in the bottle. The filtering took care of most of it, I guess?

Bottle and on cask at Old Fountain.


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