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Sainsbury’s Blonde Ale

Formerly brewed at Meantime (SAB Miller)

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Holborn, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottled only.
Brewed in small quantities by the Meantime micro-brewery in Greenwich using malted Lincolnshire barley and Kentish Hops, this unpasteurised ale has an exotic fruit aroma, fresh hoppy flavour and a long complex finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (21830) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
A Golden coloured ale. wth a light citrussy hop nose, with a light gentle hop fruity flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
660ml bottle from Sainsburys. Dark gold in colour with thinnish white head. Excellent hoppy nose with some biscuity malt plus loads more green hop tang on the end. Reminds me of an APA but far less sweet. The fruits are peach and lemon and the hop flavour is superb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
Bottled, Filtered. Yellow with an orange flush, thin head, natural low carbonation. Pleasant light fruity ale with a touch of lemon, though a dominating sweetness tends to mask some flavour. Late hoppiness improves the mouthfeel though it remains a little on the sweet side. Pleasant blonde ale, true to its style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9939) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2005
Deep golden with a persistant off-white head. Aromas are sweet and aromatic hops with a fruity citrus twang. Flavours are biscuit malts with lots of juicy, citrus and floral hops. Nice fruitiness near the end. Dry on the finish with a gentle, not aggressive bitterness. Very good for a supermarket beer - Spa and the Co-op should take note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5557) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2004
Bottle. Filtered, but unpasteurised. BBE 05/04 Natural carbonation - very soft and fresh tasting. Surprisingly soft, delicate and fresh fruit aromas - hoving around citric, but slightly sweeter - passion-fruit, melon, gooseberry, etc. Very pleasant. The beer dies down very quickly, becoming quite lifeless, so it's best to drink this one quickly. The malt is vague, like a lager - just a bit grainy. It's the hops that do the work, so thank goodness Hook hasn't pasteurised the delicate floral flavours. Finishes dry with a lingering soft but full bitterness. I have to admit, this is actually very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle. Nice floral, lemony hops in the nose. Nice, dry and bitter palate, with some orange rind and flowers. Long dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4996) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Some of the Meantime beers produced for Sainsburys have been dissapointing but this one was not-in fact it was a pleasure to drink. Very hoppy with a bitternesss that lasts just long enough to leave a flavour that is nice without being overpowering.Maltiness is also there but its the hops that grab your attention.A very refreshing and pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4652) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
Good looking amber beer with a nice fruity, dryly hopped aroma. The flavour is nicely dry and quite refreshing. Overall a particularly good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Bottled. Gold colour, moderate head and condition. Orange citrus hop aroma with some fuity malt. Good level of citrus hops in the mouth becoming spicy and finally dry and hop bitter in the finish. Good session/summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
660 ml Bottle (16/07/05). PEachy, floral citric hops with a tasty malt balance. Low bitterness but refreshing and balanced.

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