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Brewed by Springhead Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Laneham, England

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Was available bottle conditioned at 5.7% until 2006, when it changed to a cold filtered 5.5%.
Launched 1990.
‘The Big Blonde’ – a classic IPA style beer and Springhead’s flagship brew. A smooth golden beer with a sweet, citrus honey aroma and a long dry finish.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MustangMarkF (238) - Coventry, West Midlands, - NOV 19, 2013
500ml Bottle. This pours a tightly laced medium head of medium duration: slightly off white over a light golden body. Its aroma is weak but of citrus fruits and honey with a slight malt biscuit undertone. It tastes malty with a medium blast of orange before edging towards a hoppy bitter finish but that is surpassed by a sweet honey end. A decent enough honey ale this - not sure its a blond in anything else but colour tho.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.45/pint. Mid-amber in hue with a small, bubbly, white head. The aroma is quiet but does have some sweet, ripe fruitiness to it. The taste is sweet and full with loads of banana, peach, pear, orange and even strawberry flavours. It commendably doesn’t taste close to its full ABV although there is a certain warming bitterness to the finish. The malts flirt with getting sickly - I only had a half which I enjoyed but I suspect I’d struggle to drink a lot of this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2479) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2016
On gravity at Conqueror arms in Ramsgate. Pours a clear golden color with a cream colored head. The smell is earthy, hint of sulfer, some grass. The taste is fruit, mild citrus, touch of mild caramel ending dry and crisp. Light/medium in body with fine carbonation...smooth and silky. Not complex but very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2015
Fra cask på Admiral of the Humber Hull 23 Nov 15. Gyldenbrun. Lavt tett skum. Litt lacing. Tynne filigranser. Aroma av blomster. Smaken lik men med hint av tørket frukt etter hvert. Avslutter tørt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theprof (359) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Cask. Aroma of honeyed malt and grapefruit. Pours golden brown with lace top. There is a pleasing mix on the tongue of bread, citrus fruit and medicinal herbs. Full bodied on the palate with great dry finish on the palate. One to savour

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1456) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear deep golden colour with a creamy white head. Aroma of honey, some caramel, slight grapefruit and medicinal, herbal hops. Taste of honey, caramel, slight red berries, grapefruit, some orange pith, a little biscuit, maybe some cream and subtle grassy, herbal hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, citrusy bitterness. Tastes more like a English IPA than a golden ale. Not very hoppy but really smooth. Not exciting but good.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjp12 (1243) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Malt heavy aroma , with a thin malt taste, doesn’t drink like a golden ale, rather heavy tasting.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gairym (47) - Les Houches, FRANCE - AUG 20, 2015
Sadly a bit irrelevant in this day and age. Reminds me of a 90’s ’real ale’ in that it is infinitely better than pub lager but lacking and watery and certainly not a patch on the new school craft ales available.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Abibush (1) - Newark, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015 does not count
Amazing beer, very refreshing and great taste, 10/10 for this beer, strongly recommend, you seriously need to try it!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oddant (5) - - JUL 1, 2015 does not count
Understandably popular. Particularly palatable with a finish to die for. Let’s get this on tap everywhere please!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ashok01 (1) - - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
Really good, very very drinkable. Only had it up North though, still yet to find it on tap in London :(


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