Adnams Topaz Gold

Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Seasonal - Summer.

’A pale golden ale’

Tasting notes & ingredients
A pale golden ale at 4.0% abv with soft apricot and lychee notes, medium body and bitterness but with a crisp finish.
Brewed with two Australian hop varieties – Summer, a relative newcomer, and Topaz, which has been around for a few years.

What’s the story?
Topaz Gold is inspired by one of Fergus’ visits to the hop merchants where he ran into an Australian hop supplier. The hop variety Topaz has been found to have a lot of wonderful flavours so we use it much later in the brewing process so we can extract very small amounts of bitterness and lots of flavour.

Want to know more?
Topaz was initially developed because a small amount can add a lot of bitterness, reducing the amount of hops needed in a beer.
It’s perfect to be enjoyed alongside spicy Thai and Indian food.

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JKaranka's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JKaranka (60) - Cardiff, - NOV 22, 2012
Aroma slightly fruity, mainly grape and some citrus, but dominated by a wine-like and slightly alcoholic hint. Appearance is great, a dark gold that doesn’t reach copper, looks refreshing when poured with its small white head. Taste is slightly disappointing, there isn’t much in terms of malt, it’s light, and some of the fruit is gone leaving a flavour that is reminiscent of diluted cheap red wine or wine yeast. Even a tad vinegary. There is however a nice balanced and clean bitterness left after the flavours are gone. On the palate it is light. Overall it looks and smells better than it tastes. Maybe it wasn’t well kept or I’m just not a fan of Topaz hops for aroma.

The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Cask at The William Morris, Hammersmith as ’Adnams Topaz Gold’, 4%. Pale orange, clear, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, musty apple. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is musty carpet, gooseberry, light citrus fruits, soft earthy bitterness into the finish. Enough bitterness to keep things interesting. Decent.

FatPhil (17080) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 8, 2015
Cask (Castle, Cambridge) (7:3:6:3+:13=3.2+)
Lovely spicy aroma, ginger or galandal, and spicy eastern food. Taste is a bit duller, more a traditional twiggy bitter. Pale, small loose head. Palate is a little drying and with dusty bitterness in the finish. A decent quaff, but a bit disappointing after the aroma.

Parmenion777 (357) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Clear bright gold colour with a thick creamy white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some citrus coming, has a nice mellow malty taste and a good bitter finish. Nice beer.

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daniele (9668) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2015
on tao oro carica limpida un tocco maltato discreta luppolatura un filo fruttato legno buona secchezza

Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Cask from The White Lion, Disley, Cheshire, £3.10/pint. Pours orange/amber with thin white head and good lacing. With more malt than hop it’s a quaffable, inoffensive summer beer, like so many at this time of year, although some grapefruit and apricot notes and a slight and balanced bitterness to the finish elevate this one a little above the crowd.

tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Cask, J D W Ivory Peg, Chelmsford, 4th August 2015. White lacing. Golden appearance. Dropped bright. Clean aroma. Fruity yeast esters. Light clove. Taste is citrus, lemons and moderate grapefruit. Biscuity malt. Served too cold.

fonefan (51126) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Adnams Topaz Gold ].
Clear medium orange - amber yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, light hoppy, light yeasty, earthy, sharp. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, pale malt, straw, UK yeast notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20140812]

Mr_Pink_152 (5550) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
part of my 2013 backlog, and tried at the 2013 peterborough beer festival. Pale golden colour with a white head. Fruity, hop and pine flavour.

Beese (3210) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at The Flag, Watford on 28 Sep 2012. Poured a very hazy golden colour, with a dish water white head. Aroma of flat malt, slight funk and tropical fruits. Soft fruit flavour, with some grass and tepid hop bitterness. Finish was very funky, with apples and cooked fruit. Not good, but in fairness The Flag is a sh*theap of a pub that can’t keep beer.

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy bitter finish.

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