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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hoppybeer2014 (1) - Barry, WALES - JUL 10, 2014 does not count
Brains sa. Gold in my opinion is a fantastic bottled beer that is most palatable beer Ive ever tried

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stout4stout (31) - neath, WALES - SEP 1, 2014
A spectacular beer. I have tried can & bottle, can is far better. Deeply satisfying hoppy ale. As good as it gets from a can I think!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (4248) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 14, 2012
Dość smaczny ale z Walii. Kolor jasno złoty z bogatą pianą. Smak słodowy i trawiasty. Zapach chmielowy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undercurrent25 (2114) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
Very nice golden ale, nice colour and well hopped, possibly the perfect summer beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (1132) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
I could have sworn I had already rated this, but anyway. 500ml bottle from Waitrose served cool. Golden ale with a dense but receding white head. Floral aroma, tangy citrus flavour. Particularly good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I had the impression that there had been some careful tastings and adjustings of the recipe before unleashing it on the public. Sometimes I think brewers listen to market research too much, and respond accordingly. Id love to think someone followed their heart and palate in this case, lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tampierre (1367) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2009
(Bottled) Huge hoppy scent from far away. Looks golden and without much body. Poured well with a decent foamy head. Thin and over carbonated. Bitter but not overly so and without a dry end. Slightly metallic hint right on the end. Tastes include oranges, peaches, hops and some biscuit malts. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (6370) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2009
Light blond colour with light foamy head. Massive aroma of fresh, citrusy hops. Clean, refreshing beer with a nice floral hop flavour and a slightly dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a clear golden liquid with a medium and consistent white head that diminishes but leaves a nice lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops, as well as citron. It is very refreshing, with a hoppy character and little malt presence. There might be some ripe banana hint. It is a little sweet and tart, being basically bitter but less than an IPA. Softly carbonated, it ends very dry and leaves a pleasant non-astringent hoppy aftertaste. It feels a little watery in the mouth, though. Cool beer for summer; very nice and refreshing flavour. Also good presentation (bottle and crown cap).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6412) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
500ml bottle from Asda, Cardiff. A deep straw coloured body with a loose white head; quite heavy carbonation; intense aroma of hops; strong hop flavours as well; and a clean dry finish with a trace of honey.

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