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White Horse Village Idiot

Brewed by White Horse
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Faringdon, England


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask; Regular.
A beer well hopped with Challenger/Bramling cross hops with a base of fine pale malt and wheat gives a light straw coloured beer with a lasting fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
witthatsbier (206) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
Cask@ counting house Glasgow pours a golden yellow with frothy white head taste is light bitter with a bit of hop and fruity with short bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frovigalning (2928) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2014
On tap at a pub in Oxford. Very light smell with pale bread. Similar taste. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Cask at the White Rabbit, Oxford. Pours pale golden with a dense little head. Aroma is floral and fruity, the British hops used are noticeable. Taste is light bitter and fairly fruity with some citrus appearing, dry toward finish. The palate is light, slick and drinkable. Simple, easy golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3537) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Cask @ Cross Inn, Heptonstall. Copper-amber with a smooth head. Has a grassy-floral nose with a deeper orange flavour in its taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1342) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
On cask at Red Lion, Kegworth - Orange body, thin loose head. Sweet honey-like malty aroma. Sweet malty body, a bit of Ryvita to it, sweet hops, with sticky bitterness at the back of the palate. Some milkiness, loads of light grains. Not a bad little starter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (3488) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Hand-pulled half-pint in the Royal Blenheim, Oxford: a White Horse brewery owned pub. Or pub crawl was staggering to a conclusion when we reached here (23rd Nov 13) and my taste buds were most likely shot, my notes are a bit patchy and rough but I did enjoy this beer even if it was a little on the ’citrus’ side of the hop scale. Pale golden colour with a thin covering of bubbles. The aforementioned citrusy hops ruled the nose and taste with an undertone of malty sweetness just below the surface. Medium depth of body and a pleasant enough beer, even if the finer points have been forgotten by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy hops and their spicy kick are met by gooseberry-like acidic fruitiness in this quenching, but a tad awkward Golden Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the pale straw blond.
-The finishing bitterness is grassy and pleasant.
-The mouthfeel is slender and conducive to big gulps.
-The acidic touch doesn’t gel with the hop character. The cask was put on a few hours before I had this glass, so I presume this is how the brewery wants it to be?

On cask at The Raven, Bath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5200) - ITALY - APR 9, 2013
Chiara buona schiuma discreta persistenza erbaceo un tocco fruttato sotto bosco terroso discreto corpo per i gradi buon amaro finale secchezza media erbaceo radice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1095) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Pint at the Monk’s Retreat in Reading. Light citrus aroma. Very bitter, dry, citrus notes. Pale orange appearance with a very short lived head. The bitterness and hops are over-done - there’s nothing else to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1524) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Score is average of two rates.
[31/8/2012 initial rate, cask at the Hill House, Happisburgh, Norfolk] Pale gold with a moderate white head. Hefty bitterness up front, then straw and citrus comes through and the bitterness grows on you. Needs a bit more flavour to add something to the bitterness though. Had a good roast dinner at this pub, and then climbed the nearby lighhouse on one of the rare open days - very interesting tour, well worth it if you time it right. 5/3/6/3/12
[11/12/2013 second rate, cask at the Back of Beyond] Golden-amber with a moderate white head. Good malt backbone with a moderate bitterness. Some straw and digestive biscuits. Really liked the malt but needed a bit of aroma hop to add depth. 6/3/7/4/13

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