Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottle Conditioned, pasteurized kegs.
Inspired by hops grown at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
On tap @ Bayswater arms. This is a clear golden one with a small fading white top. The aroma is light malty with a tone of cellar and smoke. The last part could easily be the guy smoking just outside. A bit anonymous, boring and definitely low. It’s soft on the carbonation and it has a thin almost watery body. Mild malty flavor, some leafs perhaps? Not really much going on her. Low on the bitterness as well. No, this was not something I have to try again, even if it wasn’t any bad flavors here. 20.07.2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfbass (979) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 4, 2012
Alla fine della fiera si fa apprezzare per la sua grande e facile bevibilità, e anche questo è un dato di fatto importante...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerSkull (1366) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
(Bottle). Scent is sweet and malty and slightly metallic. The taste is slightly sweet malt with hops. The taste has a little watery tone and lacks som depth, but othervise a quite drinkable beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
floydian1 (1170) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 17, 2012
500ml bottle from Waitrose. A hazy light golden beer with a medium white head of good duration. Nose and taste is light malts with citrussy and grassy hops. Bittersweet on the tongue. Light bodied with a low carbonation.. An uncomplicated Summer Golden Ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
This was ok. Very normal. Are you normal?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommann (3002) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark gold with a small head. Aroma is bready and gassy with a little grass. Taste has cardboard malt to start. Dry, bready malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1582) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle conditioned ale. bright gold colour with a decent enough head, taste is citrusy and slightly tart

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1679) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle conditioned as Young’s London Gold (4.8%). Medium white head with poor retention. Pale orange-gold body. Nose is sulphur and lots of English hops, oranges and minerals, fruity. Good dose of gentle bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Refreshing and warming. Like a toned down White Shield. Good, but lacks complexity, and the head retention that you would expect from a bottle conditioned beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle 50 cl courtesy of Ott’Biir (Avellino, Italy). Didn’t expecting much from a Young’s one, but this is really terrible. Aroma is floral just a little, but full of rotten eggs (don’t think it’s oxidated, I’m sure enough that it is REALLY like that); just other notes among straw and hops and... Fanta. Yeah, not orange: F-a-n-t-a. That means a chemical character. Body is totally override by carbonation, head is minimal and color totally clear (I can see the phrase print on the other side of glass), intense yellow. Bah. Like a macro-lager with yeasty notes, incredibly watery. Just some hops and dryness in the finish like grass, but tends on metallic. Only merit is the long-lasting, but really boring anyway. London what? Gold of sewers, maybe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Dec 2009: Bottle conditioned, so poured slowly into a vase shaped pint glass, two and a half months before its BBD. What little sediment there was stayed within the bottle. Golden orange colour with not much of a head, the pour might have contributed to the poor head though? Mild citrus aromas along with some hops esters and light malts. Sharp, crisp and refreshing, almost lager-like in the first sip. The hops then take over and a bitterness not found in many lagers comes to the fore. A bit lightweight in the body, lacks depth and complexity. A Mr Average beer, not unpleasant, but not something I’ll look out for again.

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