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White Horse Village Idiot

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


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RATINGS: 64   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (4896) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7523) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1055) - 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 (1469) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1317) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Tasted this pale ale in Esquires, Glasgow (JDW) September 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear golden straw in colour with a thin white head which rapidly disappeared. Wheaty aroma with a thin mouthfeel. Pale malt base leading to a citric fruit note of tart grapefruit and dry hop resin in the aftertaste. Finish has a slightly malty edge with tart gooseberry fruit evident in the mouth. Well balanced bitter sweet session ale and one for the long hot days of summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2011
Cask. Semi hazy golden body, white head. Nice malty aroma, some piney and resiny hops. Apple and wheat. Fruity aftertaste, some grains and fudge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (12778) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, Wednesday. Clear yellow - white head. Buttery nose, knækbrød, fruity, tobacco, orange, herbal, grape fruits, grassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fairwater (125) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Cask @ Great Expectations. Pale gold. Light aroma of lemons. Fairly bitter without much hop flavour. Drinkable but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
armando629 (2383) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2011
Cask at GBBF.
Blond, yellow beer with a nice froathy white head. Aroma of mild citrussy hops, lively yeast. Easy body, balanced hop flavor with some grapefruit, green apple fruitiness like all the classic ale. Not bad but not a big deal.

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