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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (788) - Calgary, Alberta, - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled. Fresh, spicey and hoppy aroma. Golden in colour with a frothy head. Honey and citrus flavours, quite hoopy. Medium palate and a biiterish finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidtjm (1062) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2016
Cask. Pour is amber with a thin head, aroma is sweet, fruity. Taste is fruity, sweet citrus, light bitter. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2047) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle from local Co-op. Blonde with a hint of orange. Clear and fizzy. Some malt and astringent in the aroma, with a hint of lemon and wheat. Tastes sweeter than expected and there’s a sulphurous hit near the end. Medium body. I think this used to be better?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Don2711 (358) - - MAY 6, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 Golden appearance. A little hazy with honey and malty taste but with sulphur hints. Citrus banana and apple flavours and mild but pleasant bitterness on palate. A little sweet. Good strength.Still overall very drinkable. Will try again.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2516) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6091) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theprof (380) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1519) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjp12 (1273) - 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.

   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.

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