Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A pale, golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale, brewed with 100% pale malt and the choicest East Kent Golding hops. This was a hugely popular ale in its day and has now risen Phoenix-like for the modern drinker to enjoy.
There is a legend at Shepherd Neame that Brilliant Ale was inspired by the vision of the bright early morning sun sending its golden shafts of light through the brewhouse window and onto the oak mash tun, inspiring the brewing team to brew a beer that echoed these hues. Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt and was bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale which has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of time for the modern drinker to enjoy.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (392) - Helsinki, - OCT 25, 2013
500ml bottle @ home. Bought from Tallinn. Nice foam but disappears fast, golden and light appearance, malty and fuggy aroma. Despite the nice text above this is overall pretty boring beer and not my thing..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11964) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from Waitrose in Cirencester, Gloucs. Gold with white head. There is a sweet, light malty character to this, thin lemonade notes with a leafy, grassy hopped note. Simple and easy drinking. Reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Desverger (5077) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle from Meny (Amager), Copenhagen - golden pour with white head. Aroma and taste is malty and light fruity, medium sweet with some honey notes, light hoppy, citric lemony, bitter finish. Ok. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2458) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle from Asda. Pale gold colour with a white head. Light hop aroma and taste to be honest a rather dull beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnase (252) - Kronoby, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle 500 ml, from Alko, Pietarsaari. Pours golden brown with an off white head. Aromas are sudsy with earthy apple and grain. Dusty lemon with light black tea. Flavours are sweet grain with lemon and soap. Light honeyed sweetness with a cardboard finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2015
Flaska. Klar guldfärgad med ett stort frostigt skum som lämnar spår på insidan av glaset. Citrus, smörkola och vitt bröd i doften. Bröd, blomster och citrus i smaken. Mjuk munkänsla, lätt beska i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1432) - FINLAND - SEP 18, 2015
.5l bottle from Alko minimani. Pours clear golden with low head. Aroma is hops, malts, butter, cookies and breadnotes. Flavor is mostly same but a bit flatter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2015
Bottled (from Prisma Alko, Vaasa). Golden colour, small white head. Kind of typical SN housearoma and flavour through it all. Otherwise the aroma has some Kentish hops, mild grassy and some bready notes. Flavour is quite similar, with some minerals, grassy bitterness and slight metallic edge to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14786) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle 500ml (Alko)
Clear copper color, small off-white head. Typical Shep Neame aroma with nuts, mentholic hops and toffee. Medium-bodied. Flavor is also toffee, English hops, menthol, spiceyness, nutty maltyness. It is like Bishop’s Fingers with extra malts and extra hops. Shepnerd Neame house flavor is strongly present. It is not a bad thing anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
k0mpsa (1928) - Tuusula, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma has light malts and sweet notes. Sweet malts, some hoppy notes and hint of fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kingi (555) - - SEP 5, 2015
Aroma and taste is pretty bland. Easy drinking and has a bit of hops, but notjing special. Short finish and lagerish overall feel.

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