Brewed by Ringwood (Marstons)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ringwood, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Cask: Regular. Previously available bottle conditioned.
Brewed since 1978. Ceased being bottle conditioned after Marston took over in 2007.
Ingredients: Marris Otter malt; Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops. Fuggles added after 2007.
The name refers both to the abv, and, by reference to the Californian goldrush of 1849, to the golden colour.

CJGrip's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CJGrip (19) - Greater London, - DEC 20, 2013
Golden crisp, light colour beer. Very easy to drink with a hint of honey. Like a whit wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (8326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear deep amber, nose is sweet toffee, floral, taste is dry, chewy toffee, light floral fruit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Nonic. Supplier: White Lion (Thornbury). Low carbonation with dull fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Cask at The Railway, Putney. 4.9%. Hazy orange, still, decent foamy white head doesn’t endure, light lacing. Aroma is light and biscuity. Body is medium, smooth, very light carbonation. Taste is tea, flowers, biscuit malts, resin, toffee, tangy bitterness. Flavour offers something new with each sip. Great condition. Something to keep you interested over the course of a few pints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (999) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
FTA: seasonal bitter. I just can’t pass on an opportunity to enjoy it again and again. One of the first bitters I ever tried (~10 y.ago). First hand pumped ale ever for my. Goes straight to your head. I really miss it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Don2711 (306) - - APR 28, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Nice one. Malty aroma. Golden appearance. Good strength. Caramel and malty taste with biscuit flavours. . Easy to drink. Very enjoyable. Second pint a year later even better. Another pint a year later and rating continues to improve.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
WilltheMoth (8) - Minehead, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015 does not count
I was very disappointed with this beer. I found it more expensive than some other beers. It is drinkable though leaves an after taste that I would consider to be the same as that of cider which I have a fair amount of distaste for. Its slighlt nutty and can be considered to have a fairly nice palette. Overall I wasn’t impressed. Its probably the least desirable ale that I have tried to date.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (937) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Very mild aroma. Nice golden appearance. Thin and fruity with a punchy spicy aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvciek (209) - - OCT 29, 2014
Tap@Ye Olde Cherry Tree. Golden brown with a white creamy head. Aroma is malty and flowery, with hints of toffee and honey. Fruity taste with mild bitterness. Soft carbonation, easy drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arek (766) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Cask, 1 pint, Sir Percy Florence Shelley, Boscombe, England, UK. Złote piwo o puszystej, ładnie oblepiającą szkło pianie. W smaku pełne i gęste z długotrwałą gorączką na finiszu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mighty_meadow (305) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Flat carbonation bit biscuity slightly hoppy. Small head and lacing.. nice but probably prefer the bottle.

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