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Oakleaf Hole Hearted

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Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Gosport, England

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Brewed with 100% Cascade hops. This powerful, floral and fruity beer will surprise with every mouthful.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear pale gold, thick white head. Big lemon drop aromas, light grapefruit. Something earthy too. Taste is quite sharp, more lemon and light floral notes, touch of white sugar sweetness at the back. Decent beer though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2490) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from Beers Of Europe [210115]
Light golden, clear, frothy bubbly white head, light lacing
Aroma - Fresh citrus hops, lemon, soft tropical hops, light sweet malts, soft fruits, clean nose, soft sweet lemon
Taste of soft fruity pale malts, dab of soft yeast, plenty of zesty hops, some peppery hops, lemon zest, good soft sweet light malts that don’t get in the way of the hops, gets a bit more bitter with the drinking
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, soft sweet, zesty bitter. Finish as main flavour, slightly dry, soft peppery, bitter zest
Overall - Very quaffable stuff, easy going, well made

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Gravity disepense at the Happy Man Spring Beer Festival, 14/03/14. Clear golden with a good sized off white head of bubbles. Nose is citric rinf, caramel fudge, soft bread dough, pithy citrics. Taste comprises caramel, big citric fruit edge, peach, tangerine, straw. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, subtle hoppy bitterness in a drying grass laced close. Decent GB.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4234) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Golden and clear with a pleasant medium body. Lovely hoppiness and well bottled. Definitely a find.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
HampshirePhil (214) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2013
On tap at the Hole in the Wall, Portsmouth - light amber ale, clear, no head. Light and watery taste. Very nice but not great

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Floral, citrusy and leafy hops swim within this Golden Ale’s comfortable mouthfeel giving the mildly honeyed malts some depth.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam sticks to the clear golden, lacing beautifully.
-The citrusy fruitiness is present, but not brazenly so like in so many of these New World Golden Ales.
-The nose is intricate and inviting.
-The mouthfeel’s a tad too fluffy, which obfuscates the flavour profile. Surely, the cellarperson’s, or the server’s doing, not the brewery’s.
-Hops could be brighter (Oakham does a better job on that front, for example).

On cask at The Royal Oak, Brighton.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (881) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2013
1/2 at the Tilley Stone Gateshead. Dark gold with a thin white head. Set honey and cereal aroma. Juicy citrus, honey, and dry biscuit flavours. Bitter finish. Lovely thirst-quenching beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (4384) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear copper pour with small tight off white head, floral hop aroma, quite a resinous hop taste, a fruity some herbs, oily mouthfeel, surprisingly good beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2013
Hand pulled cask at the Moon & Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Amber to gold with a lively white head. Full on cascade hops as promised on the pump clip. Good body with juicy malt profile. A really drinkable APA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2927) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Cask@courtofrequests, oldbury. Golden beer with small head. Atom of citrus fruits. Taste is citrus fruits hops and a touch of pineapple. Very soft and smooth. Nice.


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