Brewed by Vibrant Forest
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Lymington, England


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
A fine golden ale similar in style to American Pale Ale. Brewed using three different aromatic American hop varieties which give fruity, floral and citrus-like flavours. Fresh and hoppy with a long bitter finish. First brewed October 2011 as a special request.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, - APR 22, 2012
Pale in colour, hazy, golden. Aromas are slightly spicy, very citrussy (grapefruit). Really bitter, hoppy taste - I drank this slightly chilled, which seemed to suit the style well. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle. Bronze with a small head. Lovely grapefruit like flavour with other citrus flavour floating around. Some hoppiness is also there with a hint of bitterness. Interesting with a subtle complexity. Another impressive beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015. Amber clear lasting beige head. it’s a bitter golden ale with some fruit interest. Good condition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
From cask. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is peachy and slight grapefruity. Smooth fruity, crisp hoppy. Bitter, citrusy and smooth fruity. Crisp fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (12156) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons as Vibrant Forest Six Bells. Malty beer then sweetly fruity with a pineapple character, fleshy, juicy, perhaps some citric notes. Light and refreshing. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from Craig’s dregs run. Pours pale gold, light haze, thin white head. Aromas of orange, light fresh fruit. Taste is bitter, light caramel at the back. Clean finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18997) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2015
bottle at home ... golden amber ... big white head ... soft floral fruits nose ... soft fruit ... dry light bitter peel frui linger ... soft zezt

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GlasgowTAD (945) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is weak peach. Taste is bitter, acidic and some tropical fruit. Bottle at cgarvieuks tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (8322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours hazy golden orange, nose is floral, toffee, orange, taste is dry, fizzy, toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForlornHope (285) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours bronze in colour with a thin white head that soon disappears. Powerful hop aroma, lots of pine and resin. The taste is also strongly bitter. Lightly carbonated, the palate remains coated with resin hop. One for the hop enthusiast, the beer is only let down by being thin in body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Platform Tavern, Southampton. This is the third Vibrant Forest beer I’ve had, and I wasn’t that impressed with the previous two (one was a drain pour). This is, thankfully, better, as Vibrant Forest is one of my local breweries; though I suspect that, as the brewery appears to focus on hops rather than malt and yeast, I doubt I will be getting that excited about their output. This, though, was drinkable enough. Sweet citric tangerine. Sweet, refreshing and easy drinking. Perhaps too sweet with a little too much brown sugar flavour. But OK.

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