Brewed by Brains
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cardiff, Wales


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available in 500ml (pastuerised) bottles.
NOTE: Only ratings for the bottled version should be entered here; the cask version has a separate listing.
SA Gold is a full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden ale, brewed at the home of the famous Brains SA in Wales. Careful use of Target hops creates a satisfying bitterness, perfectly balanced by vibrant citrus aromas and complex hop flavours from late-hopping using Cascade and Styrian Goldings. A deliciously satisfying and refreshing pint!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3796) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle from local Sake Marche. Spritzy lemon nose, with strong caramelly British malt, and rusty water. Pale straw, with bright gold highlights, little head. Moderately tangy initial, with some fruit and graininess / hops come through well and malt get a bit earthy / finish is prickly and bitter. Thin body. Tasty stuff. Hoppier than most in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (6421) - FINLAND - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle. Yellow, clear. Really nice citrusy-green hoppy nose with slightly caramelly toffee malts (feels scottish!). Some slight metallic tones, nutty yeastiness. Body is light, quite soft, some oilyness, a bit stale malty. Pale malts, greenish hops. But sadly, after just 5 minutes most of the gorgeous hoppyness has faded, making me consider dumping this as slightly oily light malty beers isnt my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (2551) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Pours golden with froth. Some caramel, as with most bottled ales overcarbonated and tend to be much of a muchness. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikkopen (1149) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
500 ml bottle. Clear golden yellow colour, thin white head. Fruity, malty aroma with grass, citrus and caramel notes. The flavour is grassy bitter, with fruity and caramel-malty notes. OK session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2013
There is an immediate bitter waft of grapefruit peel coming from a big, light golden pint with the remnants of an off-white head. Closer oganoleptic inspection gives an indication of biscuity golden malt and tangerine. For a golden ale, this has lovely character. There is a dual mouthfeel of prickly carbonation and smooth body that carries the bitterness well. It is almost a little soapy as well, but for that it is pleasant. I could happily have a session on this but I think it would have to be from cask in Wales. Ill put that on the bucket list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tampierre (1365) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 24, 2013
Bottled ; Devon ; UK ; Grass,citrus and floral aroma ; Golden color with bigger head ; Light sweet and medium bitter taste ; Bitter finish ; Medium body ; Very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottled (thanks laiti!). Golden colour with a mediumsized white head. Aroma is a bit grainy with some fruity and floral hoppyness as well. Flavour is quite bitter, floral and a bit grainy notes. Quite standard golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Clear golden with short one finger head and just bit lacing. Aroma has hay, grass, some fruits, caramel-nutty malting. Dry and bitter, nutty, malty, medium body,average carbonation, bitter finish, bit grapefruity. Easy to drink, nice and malty with balancing citrus hoppiness. I liked this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ricardotorero (55) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2013
Better than some are making out, hoppy taste but if you like it is fine. Not very complex but worth a go

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TomCouch (23) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Mmm. A bit too light, and slightly too gassy. Tastes a bit too mass produced. Not particlarly to my taste.

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