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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A bright, golden summer ale brewed with a blend of Belgian pale malt, Cascade and Bobek hops with a late infusion of fresh elderflowers and lemon zest. Fruity, aromatic and deliciously refreshing.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniele (5482) - ITALY - JUL 14, 2012
chiara buona schiuma discreta persistenza fruttata citrica poco corpo dissetannte amaro medio

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivoveskotsku (201) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Dark amber/honey colour, white head. Floral aroma with a touch of hops. Taste is verging on bland (perhaps straightforward is a better word) with citrus and is fairly refreshing if not especially interesting.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
ClubGonzo (4119) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Pours a clear dark honey-hued body with a small white head. Aroma is mild floral tones with some vague, undefined fruity tones in the back. Weak. Taste is no better: pale malts, cardboard and dusty hops. Bitter finish that seems to come from nowhere. Badly balanced, boring and forgettable.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
MadIndian (2414) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Gift from the Scotsman. Very thin yellow pour with corn aroma and taste. Not much of anything going on in this one. A hint of fruit.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ej (750) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
Light golden wet cardboard is the first thing that hits the nose, some hints of fruityness in the back Taste is bland and not very good Light and watery

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
12th December 2009
Clear light gold beer. Lagerish malt nose. Light and neutral palate. Lagerish malt balanced by mild lemon and elderflower bitterness. Mild hop bitterness. A little thin this beer but with interesting flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (965) - SCOTLAND - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle (500ml):
Golden straw colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head at the top of the glass. The retention is good with some lacing.
Light and summery on the nose with a good fruity aroma and a touch of lager like hops as well as some malts and a citrus aroma towards the end.
Light and fruity taste to the beer along with the hops mentioned in the nose. The malts are hidden but the lemon zest and a floral like flavour make an appearance.
Light and quite smooth with an almost watery feel to it but not quite. The palate feel good and there is minimal bitterness to this one which makes it rather refreshing.

Quite nice, light and refreshing beer than would good down well sitting in the sun. The flavours were well balanced and it was easy to drink. I would have this one again depending on the price of a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2012
Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is malt, light elderflower, and citrus. Flavour is malt, elderflower and light citrus. Light bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ration (1949) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2012
Pours light golden with a light head. Aroma light hops, hay, grass, bread. Some caramel typical with cascade hops. All round low palate basic British ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Dec 2010, drank and reviewed mid Nov 2010, claims to be a ’Golden Summer Ale’, should have had it earlier in the year then! Poured into my current favourite tasting glass for pints: an Abbot Ale tankard. Golden it is, with a full off-white head proudly sitting on top. Plenty of carbonisation, as you could clearly see the bubbles rising up to the head. Zesty, yeasty aroma, definate summery smells from the garden, a true floral feel to it. Sharp and crisp in the mouthfeel, the taste being of green hops and citrus fruits, yet not being overly bitter or sour. Refreshing would be a good term to use and it certainly would have been nicer if I’d been sat in the sun drinking this on a warm afternoon instead of the damp and windy day I can see out the window as I write this with the beer before me. The beer tasted fresh and well balanced, the alcohol hidden nicely within the flavours. Not a beer I’d actively seek out, but one I’d gladly try again.


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