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


on tap

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours honey brown with white head and lace. Smells almost entirely of caramel. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, and yeast with a faint bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle - Cloudy honey brown. Off white head. Low carbonation. Smooth creamy mouth feel. Medium to full body. Sweet, malty, flowery hops. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2010
Cask @ Bon Accord. Dark golden colour, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, slightly hoppy. Flavour is caramel malts, slight hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2010
Clear copper colour with a fairly creamy head. Aromas of malt and slightly caramel. Flavours not too bittter, a hint of almond / marzipan initially. Bitter but not too much so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2012
First tasted this in the Olde George Inn, Christchurch in August 1983. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear garnet red in colour with a thin white head. Dusty floral hops short in the aroma. Thin creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery maltloaf base with juicy sultanas. Short prickle of hops give a floral, citrus flavour to the bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty with sweet vinous fruit notes full in the mouth. A decent ESB and well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2793) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1241) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Light, malty ale. Not too heavily carbonated, goes down easily. I had it with fish - slightly weird combo. Kinda bland to be honest but nice enough drinkable session ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
At Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen, DK. Cask, 160609. Amber with small head. Aroma of ripe fruit and spices. Flavor is malt, caramel and garden fruit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (3679) - GERMANY - JAN 10, 2011
(cask) clear deep golden colour with a creamy white head. aroma of honey and heavy bread dough, with notes of grass, herbal hops and slightly spicy grains. flavour is mostly grain, with light hints of honey and spices and a medium bitter herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 14, 2011
Cask @ The Muckle Cross, Elgin [130911]
Golden brown, clear, thin white head with good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bit of roast malt, fruity, some apples.
Caramel malt, toffee, touch of roast malt, bit of yeast, appley fruit, some bitter hop, but emphasis on sweetness.
Palate - moderate mouthfeel, low carb, finish much the same as main flavour with a lingering moderate bitterness with some toasted malt.
Above average premium bitter. Quite a good bitter, but the fruitness in the beer is a bit over appley.

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