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Brewed by Arran
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Isle of Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in 500ml pasteurised and filtered bottle. Also available in 330ml bottles as "ab Blonde" .
"Nose: Floral hop and new mown grass aroma.
Palate: Citric fruit with a well balanced finish with good hop character.
Comments: A pale golden beer, clear tasting in a continental style."

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3.5
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle. The liquid is cloudy; the colour is dark gold. The finger thick white foam is slowly dissolving.

The smell is loaded with robust aroma hops. There are notes of smoky whisky, bitter grapefruit and a complex malty sweetness. I found this smell nice and pleasant with a distinct “micro brewery-touch”.

The carbonation is potent, giving it a refreshing feel.

The taste is dominated by the hops; I noticed Cascade and maybe Saaz, giving it a flowery – bitter taste with sour hints of grapefruit. The sweetness is rather low giving it a very refreshing taste. There are also notes of some yeast and diacetyl. The aftertaste is rather mild and long with notes of sour apples and white bread.

I found this ale a refreshing alternative to lager for those hot summer days, probably suitable for barbeques too.

3.7
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2005
The Scots are having a go at Continental beers, and it works. A fasntastic Blonde Ale.

2.7
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
syrupy pour. pale gold. not much head. kinda thick, citrusy. little of vanilla as ompher notes and bitterness, i swear i tasted the alcohol. and i didn’t much care for it.

3.8
scotty (1208) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Fresh hop aroma,satifying malt & hops flavours. A very attractive beer, gold in coluor with a good firm head that lasts. A fine beer from a lovely part of Scotland...well worth a visit.

3.5
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Golden color, middle head. Sour and fruity aroma. Taste, fruity, bitter and malty, sweet finish. Nice beer.

3.2
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Not a bad wheat - very dry, and no obvious traditional wheat spicing (coriander, orange peel), but fresh and tasty.

3.4
Ungstrup (37625) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
A slightly hazy orange beer with a beutiful white head. The aroma is very spicy and flowery, with notes of elderflowers. The flavor is sweet and very spicy - again elderflowers shines thru - the end is dry both from the spices and hops. A very refreshing beer.

3.2
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Crystal clear, straw yellow color, with finely fluffy, if soft and evanscent, head of foam. Aroma is largely clean, even vacant, except for a significant outpouring of lemon zest. Nice texture, good play on the tongue, but this affair is all lightness. body is minimal, as is taste, mostly citric zing, with small hop content, little malt, beyond the most perfuntory part. Crisp and dry, ultimately. A sweetness shows now and again, but it’s mostly light and lemony all the way through. i believe that this one is miscategorized again, for there’s nothing like a Scottish Ale in it, in fact, the label never mentions "ale", only "beer", and beer it is, some sort of lager...if it’s an ale I’m missing something in my understanding of the term.

3.3
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottled.This beer is most memorable to me as the ale served at Jamie Oliver’s bar/restaurant in Old Street, Fifteen. Repurchased for this rate its better now then I ever remember it at Jamie’s bar. Yellow/bullion gold colour. Fine rising condition but no forming head. Musk, elderflower and banana aroma. Subtle juicy musk flavours. The full range of Arran beers has been available from The Bottle Shop, Pitfield.

3.8
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Poured from the bottle an oat straw color with a whiter head. The aroma was honey, fruit and earth. The flavor was of candied orange, biscuit, malt and spicy and earthy hops. Who would have thought a Scottish bitter?


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