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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
WilltheMoth (6) - 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 (665) - - 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 (195) - - 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 (423) - Zielona Góra, 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 (297) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Flat carbonation bit biscuity slightly hoppy. Small head and lacing.. nice but probably prefer the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (5316) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 18, 2014
Tap at the White Swan, Solihull. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt, light citrus. The flavour is light bitter with a yeast medicinal malt hop palate. I fear that the end of the keg wad near. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (331) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
Not bad at all this. Golden brown with a white head, medium bodied with a pleasant toffee caramel taste. Not much hops flavour, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (3398) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2014
On cask at the Stan Laurel. Appearance - amber with a decent head. Nose - toffee and a touch of pale malt. Taste - toffee and apple. Some biscuit and spice on the end. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - not sure it’s an ESB by modern standards but enjoyable despite not having the extra depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (297) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
A little thin for its gravity with sweetish aromas but quite a pleasant beer although not a very hoppy one. A few flavours in the profile that I couldn’t categorise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (1098) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Cask at Spoons, 21st March 14. Not a bad pint, preferred it over Old Thumper. OK bitter

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