ALLOVATE (2719) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cap explodes off with a gush of pent up fury, but luckily the beer remains intact. Into a snifter at just on cool it goes and a heady, honeyed papaya wafts up to greet me. It settles more head than beer. A looming, noisy, two inches of rocky foam atop a hazy orange copper body. The nose seems more Belgian Tripel than Golden ale. Yeasty, fruity, spicy with bready undertones and a hint of dried herbs. Quite rounded, sweet and tangy on the palate. Again yeasty and bready like the nose, but fuelled by high effervescence which sees it slip passed the tonsils with radical ease. Dries out in the swallow showing big, bold papaya and guava notes, a light orange zest bitterness and just a little lemon rock candi. This seems a bit hit and miss by the look of the ratings but I find it approachable and refreshing. The flavour profile is still more Belgian than not, but it works. Good stuff! (50cL, BBE 08/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Isles Inn, Portree. It pours hazy gold with a thick white head. The nose s is sweet, doughy, grainy and light toast. The taste is toasty, doughy, grainy, cereal, underlying sweetness and lemon with a dry, sort of bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A fairly ho hum golden, from a brewery that I know can do a lot better.
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pours a clear medium gold, with a very large white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Crisp, spicy pilsener hops lift the aroma, but doughy yeast drags it back down again. Spicy, mildly peppery hops up front give way to white bread malt and doughy yeast in the mid-palate. Crisp, pilsener hops finish it off. Overall, this would be a decent sessionable light ale, were it not dragged down by too much bland yeast flavour. I had the same problem with Stewart’s Hollyrood, and I really think they need to sort it out.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with Rockley. Medium gold, average white head. A solid golden ale with light fruity hops, biscuity malts, low bitterness.
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Guildford Arms. Pours clear gold with a good white head. Light biscuit malt aromas, some toffee and citrus. Good balance of sweet and bitter on the taste, more biscuit coming through. Gentle carbonation, good mouthfeel. Nice, solid beer.
batneil (520) - - SEP 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pale golden colour as advertised, but the taste was rather disappointing. There was a vaguely fruity taste, but otherwise it was more like dish water.
SaintMatty (6132) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the brewery - Golden in colour. Earthy aroma with hints of dried fruit. Slightly metallic taste with notes of grain, lemon and dried apricot. Not bad, but a bit ordinary.
reebtogi (5071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles slowly to reveal a few spots of lacing. Aroma is light fruits and grass. Taste is a spicy grass hop bitterness with a big malty sweetness. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. A nicely done lighter brew which is easy on the palate and makes a good session ale.
jfb (4853) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(cask) pours a clear golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of yeast, straw and marzipan, slightly perfumed, with a hint of strawberries. flavour is heavy cooked vegetables, very sweet, almost undrinkable. light to medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
mzaar (2281) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaska. Bärnstensfärgad, lätt dimmig, med ett generöst skum. Citrus, örter och gräs i aromen. Söt citrus-smak, tillsammans med smörkex och gräs. Rätt enahanda smaker i längden.