OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear light gold with a tight fluffy white head. Exceptional sweet toffee aroma with a hint of mineraly character, interestingly earthy citric hops only seem to appear as the beer warms. On the palate there is heaps of sweet malty toffee, hints of nuts and earthy hop ending in a satisfyingly bitter finish. Awesome beer not nearly as hop driven as the name would suggest but a top pint.
mgbridges (15) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle, thanks to Kieran in Wellington. Lovely golden colour. Moderate hop aroma. More body than I expected, which was nice. Excellent bitter orange marmalade character. Refreshing, pleasing.
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Toni Flükiger - cloudy orange colour, little irregular foam; aroma of fruity hops (orange marmelade, citrus) and gingerbread; respectable malt body and with a fair bitterness; quite dry and logn fruity hoppy finish - straightforward and very interesting
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden appearance that left no lacing. Low carbonation with a lingering bitterness Long after you have finished drinking. An above average bitter.
Fin (8181) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, picked up at Saltaire Wines, Saltaire, West Yorkshire 04-05-07. Poured a dark golden colour, good bitterness showing and quite a hoppy beer but otherwise lacking a little something.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 02/11/2007. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines.
Pours a brilliant pale gold with a soft white head. Rich but clean aroma of cookie dough and caramel pervades at first, followed by a dusty floral hop notes with hints of old oranges. I’m surprised intensity of the Vienna malt - it really sticks out. Slick through the mouth, a combination of the torrified wheat, dough-like Vienna and big oil hoppy flavour. Big bitterness, lingering, very enjoyable, with more of the bitter orange character and a touch of unwanted grainy astringency. Extra points, without doubt, for the fantastic descriptive labels. A nice bitter, well-travelled.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from ASDA, Shipley. Quality bitter - pours light amber with small diminishing white head, brisk hoppy aroma. Flavour starts malty with a little toastiness, giving ways to typical Goldings hop flavours. Aromatic and smooth on the palate, finish dry, hoppy and lingering. Not bad at all.
RichardGretton (4388) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a good head. The aroma is lightly malty and hopped, and the flavour is very hopped and deeply bitter at the finish. Overall a very nice bitter.
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 500ml. From Taste Buds, Adderbury, Oxon. Gold, hazed with slight head. Quite a sharp, lemony, orange flavoured beer, hoppy with touches of doughy yeast. Light, almost insignificant malt, a touch of grain. It’s fine without reaching the heights.
JorisPPattyn (8331) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small to medium dirty-white head, fed by fine but lively pearling in metallic chromate-yellow beer. Faint ammonium smell upon opening, then dry sweet malts. Some fruity aromas indeed (fresh peach, lemon, honey,...) but as to hops... Grasping bitter flavour in the taste, the hops are there, now, superposed on distinct corn flakes. Quite metallic finish. Light body, well-carbonated - lively but not fizzy. Pinch of saltiness in the aftertaste. The difference experienced between nose and flavour proves an adagio I’ve long cherished: UK or EU aroma hops, as Goldings or Saaz, are actually unsuited to be used in very large quantities, as they get too easily metallic. If agreable bitterness AND aroma are needed, use USA C-hops or NZL ones. Txs to DeanS!