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


on tap

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
BarossaLuke (549) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2009
500ml bottle. Very light pale colour with almost no head. Fruity hop aroma and light easy drinking palate. This is the first time I’ve tried this beer and its very different from most bitters I’ve had, almost lager like. I could enjoy this on a hot summers day over most bland aussie mega-lagers. Would drink again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mkel07 (4343) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2009
500ml bottle. Golden amber colour with a soft white head and citrus and hop aroma. Full flavoured with a taste of lemon rind coming through. Light in the mouth to start with but develops a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (1891) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - SEP 6, 2009
Aroma is noticeable but not easy to identify - hops, breadiness? Slight fermentation in the nose. Looks quite nice however, though a very light colour, but that seems intentional. Taste is again very light - very hoppy, very simple flavour here. Decidedly average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2009
Sweet malt aroma. Pale amber with little head. Flavour is sweet with grass, bread and a hint of lime. Very sweet for a bitter. Thin body. Finishes bread and yeast. A curious one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle. Pitchers Pub Västerås. Golden colour with a white head. Fruity, honey, grassy hops, citrus, white bread. Rather sweet, but more dry and bitter towards the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (1809) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 [15/8/2009 - 500ml bottle shared with Dad - cheers!] Pours gold, slight white head. Pleasant soft fizz. Light malt and grassy flavours with floral hints. Relatively sweet for an English bitter. This is a decent, easy-drinking, refreshing summer picnic or barbecue ale. 6/3/5/3/12 (2.9) [3/6/2012 - 500ml bottle, gift from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] Pours gold, slight white head, soft fizz. Biscuit. Flowers. Bit of grapefruit. Dry finish, but with some sweetness. OK. 5/3/5/3/10 (2.6). Rating is average of both tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (3252) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2009
500ml bottle, head vanished quickly yet the body remained too fizzy for my liking. Hoppy aroma with a bit of malt and citrus, a little dry and peppery on the palate, OK but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3668) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle conditioned, from Morrisons Grimsby. Gold, good fluffy but shortlived white head and low condition. Slightly sulphurous and yeasty initial nose soon dissipating to leave a gentle hoppy citrus note, quite thin and metallic in the mouth but still with some underlying citrus notes, dry bitter hoppiness in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
500ml bottle into a half pint glass. Barely hazy gold, white fondant foam. Super sulfury, like a skunked Grolsch. Sweet and metallic with caramel malts and berry. A tad "chunky" with an iron and grapefruit-lime character. Medium-plus heft, sugary, "wet". Neck label accurately describes hop character. Lagerish, similar to a confused bopils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewC (338) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2009
Pale gold. Bit lemon and grass flavours dominate. Very drinkable beer and didn’t taste at all like a bottled beer. I guess being cask conditioned helps but it did taste like a cask beer. Rock n Roll.

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