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


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Bottle unpasteurised 5.6%, cask conditioned 4.0%; Special
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. Says head brewer Richard Frost, “According to brewery records, Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it our oldest Classic Collection beer to date. Although we’ve rejuvenated it by using the modern hop variety Cascade, we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
c0fein (180) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16456) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty weak grassy hoppy aroma. Fruity malty weak hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tedvard (22) - - JUN 24, 2014
See Golden straw. 1/4 finger white head. Smell Hoppy aroma. Hint of fresh citrus fruit. Taste Hop up front then mellows into a malty end. Tangy, hoppy after taste. Pallet Light carbonation. Slightly thicker mouthfeel compared to normal. Pronounced bitter aftertaste as session continues. Crisp but not overly dry. Very nice and refreshing. Definite emphasis on the bitterness but a nice balance between hops and malt. Definitely worth a visit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rok1024 (1059) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 18, 2014
Clear deep yellow golden appearance with medium head. Mild typical Golding citrus and grassy notes, balanced hops, not overly bitter, low sweetness. Overall satisfying Golden Ale style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mauritsio (386) - FINLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle from drink shop Tallinn. Beautiful golden/Amber with medium head. Fresh hops with caramel. Some bitter. Crispy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle at Ølfestival 2014. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and flowers. Fruity flavour of hops and grass with notes of flowers. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (3561) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Paler golden coloured with a small carbonation. Has a light hop character and is tasty for it, including a good aroma. A touch dry in its texture this is more than palatable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30753) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is peachy and light citrusy. Smooth fruity, peachy and light citrusy. Crisp hoppy. Dry, bitter and smooth fruity. Bitter far finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7276) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle from ?Jacks? Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, Wednesday 30th April consumed at home Sunday 5th May 2014 Crystal clear gold heading maybe to a lighter dark straw colour, with white sheen of bubbles. Fairly safe golden ale, a little minerally maltiness, soft mouthfeel, the cascade are not really asserting themselves, I guess they have been used sparingly. Some biscuit in the mouth, a little metallic twang, its ok. A5 A4 T6 P3 Ov11 2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (944) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear golden amber with 2 finger thick white head. Aroma: Citrusy, floral, biscuit/bready malt, musky pepperiness. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweet and sourness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, malty, citrusy, peppery finish. Comments: Good and glass lace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
campbega (68) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Honey and floral aromas and somewhat sweet. Hints of spice and a citrus. Mellow finish.

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