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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JohnRMurdoch (4830) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Cask @ The Drum & Monkey. Orange amber colour, reasonable head. Spicy hoppy aroma. Biscuit citrus hop flavour. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. A really good blonde beer.

thebeermole (14) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Nice floral hop character with grapefruit and peaches thrown in for good measure. Just a hint of malt. Clean and bitter, followed by just the right amount of astringency. Distinctive grainy after-palate. Good session beer.

DanielBrown (4500) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Hand pulled at the British Oak, Stirchley, Birmingham. Very proficient Golden: seasoned, meaty hops, which longer on the tongue developing. A beer to make you love the style again - certainly when fresh on cask.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Cask conditioned air pressure Holborn Whippett London 06/09/12. An orange gold coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. Nice citrussy hops throughout. The Adnams house yeast doesn’t show itself. Orangey flavours are really good. Well balanced and tasty with a spicy edge as well. I thought this was single hop Topaz which would have made it the best Topaz beer I’ve had. Maybe it’s the Summer which gives it a lovely mellow edge.

imdownthepub (14469) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Chequers, Oxford. Gold with white head. There is an initial sharp perfumed bitterness, unripe gooseberry perhaps, however this is smoothed out by a more subtle, leafier note giving quite a delicate flavour. Decent biscuity malts, a pretty decent beer.

Leighton (21087) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2012
Cask at Hamilton Hall, JDW, London. Poursclear gold with a creamy, white head. Mostly dry straw in the aroma. Light sweet flavor with some white sugar, modest lemon zest, creamy pale malts. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Decent condition. Moderately crisp to finish, light sugars, light grainy hay, mild citrusy hops. Very nice beer.

jensgam (159) - , DENMARK - OCT 20, 2013
Cask, pours golden with white head. Aroma is malty with bready notes, grassy hop notes. Flavour is malty with grassy and floral hop notes.

AshtonMcCobb (6513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2014
On cask at the Grosvenor. Appearance - golden with a slight haze and a big head. Nose - oranges just a hint of toffee and biscuits. Taste - more oranges and again biscuits sitting subtly in the background. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - nice ale.

mr_h (5434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear golden, thin off-white head, floral / fruity hop aroma, sweet, hint of resin which becomes more prominent as it warms, no bitter aftertaste, refreshing, easy to drink

tombyars (1683) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2012
Tasted this in 3 craws Anniesland Glasgow. Hand pump dispensed. Clear pale amber with a thin white head. Sweet fruity aroma of mandarin and golden syrup. Pale malt base gives a digestive biscuit base. Strong fruit notes of mandarin, butterscotch and golden syrup. Very slight bitter after taste with dry hop resins present. Finish is malty with sweet fruit present throughout. A decent session blonde ale.

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