Brewed by Phoenix (Oak Brewing Co.)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Heywood, England


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
Cask@Kingston Beer Festival, London. Initially malty, but finishes quite dry and hoppy, citric, lightly floral. Lightly lactic off sourness which put me off, tastes a bit funny.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2005
Cask conditioned and on hand pump at The Exeter on 19/02/05. Pale straw brown colour. Bit washy, not overly dry, pleanty of hops. Iíve had this before & it was better...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DanielBrown (4007) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2005
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham, "Dry as the desert" apparently - err actually, not that dry. Very soft, watery finish. Malty really and if being polite, itís very subtle; if being impolite, itís plain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - Head Of Steam Euston (RB London Xmas Crawl 2004). A hazy appearance and a green flavour to this golden beer was not an auspicious start to the day for me. There was some hop in the background of the aroma and a slight apple taste to the beer. Not in the correct condition but there were signs the beer would be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2004
Cask conditioned at the Head of Steam, Euston Station, London
Served before it was ready, slightly cloudy. Lagery look to it, over carbonated (again, served before it was ready). Forgetting that this was served too early this is a poor golden ale with some sharpness in there. There is a lot better.
Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o & Maeib

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1961) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Cask at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Golden coloured with reasonable white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity taste, with nice underlying malts and dry hops. Medium to thin bodied. Excellent summer session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2004
Cask at Devonshire Arms, Sheffield. Amber/gold body, thin aroma, pencil thin white head. Quite a creamy taste - certainly not as dry as the pump clip suggests! Gentle fruitiness with a dry bitterness that seeps through the cream in its finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2004
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Probably the palest ale I've seen. As a v pale lager, head included. Definately they're looking at the summer ale market. Light in body, refreshing citrus/Cascade taste. To be served slightly colder than the "norm". Short aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10986) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
Cask Conditioned at Banbury Beer Festival '04. Orangey gold, sl haze, big white head. Highly aromatic sweetly hopped beer, somewhat a Phoenix trademark. The base malts are subtle and do the job of delivering a dry orangey grapefruit flavour. Very good drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2004
Cask at the Anvil, Wigan. I love Phoenix beers. They have a lovely sweetness and use some big bagfuls of hops including Cascades. No idea which ones are in this beer, but there's quite a lot of them, high alpha at a guess. The beer comes out golden with a slightly hoppy nose, and the sweetish peardrop and hop taste is well balanced. "Dry as a desert" says the clip - well, maybe compared to their other beers it is, but not in the wider scheme of things. This lingering sweetness gives it a smooth malty body to balance the dry bitter hops and results in a lovely session beer. It stood up to Roosters Zulu, so it must be good.

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