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Brewed by Hop Back Brewery
Style: Blonde Ale / Golden Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A very clean, flaxen-coloured beer with wonderful thirst-quenching properties. The subtle blend of aroma and bittering hops give a crispness on the tongue which is delicately fruity, giving way to some dryness. The inclusion of flaked maize in the grist subtly hints at crisp corn flavours. Crop Circle bottled condition beer is now accredited as gluten free.

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3.2
tommann (4820) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2019
UPDATED: APR 23, 2019 Cask at the Y Garth, Pennal. Pours pale gold with a small head. Aroma is eggy straw. Taste has lemon and straw. Basic but sesionable.

2.2
Pingaware (41) - Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2019 50 cl bottle (BBD 2019-01-04), bought from The Forest (B93 8JA), drunk at home 2019-04-19. Bottles are gluten free (and have been for several years - earliest mention I can find is 2014). Appearance is a clear pale straw with a thin persistent white head and light visible carbonation. Badly poured by me (forgot it was bottle conditioned) so quite a lot of very visible sediment, but didn't reflect this in the score. Aroma is bland. Some grain, a little malt, but not much else. Similar to a bland lager was my first thought. Taste is similar. Very little hop, bit of grain, too sweet at the end. Palate is very meh. Light bodied, no carbonation in the mouth, little oily. Short finish as well. Overall, dull. Not really unpleasant, but nothing I'd ever bother having again (in the bottle - cask may be better as it is gluten free). More like a pale lager than anything else, and not a particularly interesting one.

3.1
BeardedAvenger (2605) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2018
Cask at Swan, Farnborough. Low key floral aroma. Light gold. Creamy white head, with a thin middle. Light bitter with underlying sweetness. Thin bodied. Slick. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. Perfectly pleasant. Refreshing. Verging on a lager.

0.5
swearydad (1) - Hayes MIDDLESEX, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2017 does not count
Lifeless, light yellow coloured, cloudy with earthy, cardboard-like taste. Two mouthfuls was enough, unable to drink any more.

3
ForlornHope (549) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle at home. Extremely pale with a thin head. Slight aroma of corn and some noble peppery hop. Sweetish with a little bitterness. Biscuity malt and a sweetness leads to a very short finish. Well-carbonated but a thin body.

2.8
john44 (3946) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Yellow Gold. Light-bodied, lemon-citrus, hoppy, lightly malty, lightly bitter beer. Crisp & refreshing. A bit lagerish. Short, dry finish. (2008)

2.6
Palme (5034) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2017
0.5l bottle. A crystal clear looking one with a pale golden color and a huge really lacing and lasting bright white head. It smells kinda skunks and slightly sun damages in the aroma. Grainy also. A tad harsh with wet dog and some vegetables. It’s not super unpleasant but definitely not a gentle or elegant aroma. aroma. Tastes a bit better. Easy to drink with a good amount of hop bitterness. Thin oily in the mouth and it has a below average small bubbled carbonation level. Something dry-ish also here. Soft melon and mild citrus. Was not happy with the aroma but it tastes quite decent for what it actually is. 05.07.2014

2.6
BeerNinjaUK (549) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours pale straw with fizzy head. Aroma bready with hay, leaves, apple and some floral notes. Well carbonated and sweet finish.

2.8
Stuu666 (19593) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Cask at cloisters. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, toffee, lemon, taste is sweet, toffee, cloying, floral.

2.2
Lonick (2701) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Cask @Cloisters, Edinburgh. Pours golden thick-ish white head. Nose is slight hops some biscuit unfortunately big soap. Taste is virtually all soap. I remember this first up as a dark beer many years ago and then the change to a golden beer. If this is the normal beer from Hopback its a real pity.


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