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


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RATINGS: 140   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvciek (175) - - 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 (161) - 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 (231) - 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 (4770) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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 (216) - 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 (2796) - 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 (264) - 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 (958) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (3946) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask at the Brown Hare, Penwortham. Pours clear gold, thick foamy white head. Light malt aromas, caramel mostly. Taste is also lightly sweet, with the merest hint of hop bitterness. Creamy texture, clean finish. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (4009) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Hand-pulled half-pint in The Wheatsheaf at Chetwyn Aston on 11th Jan 2014 during a CAMRA road trip. Good solid golden body with a full white crown of foaming bubbles. The aroma was a pleasant blend of malt molasses: fruity and semi-sweet caramel esters being the main smells. The taste was also malty and fruity, with very little hop evidence throughout: a mild citrus feel however does appear as the beer warmed in the glass. Medium body depth that carries the flavours and alcohol easily: decent, without setting the world alight.

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