Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
Cask at The Newcastle Beer Festival.
Attractive golden-amber pour with a decent sized, frothy, white head even with no sparkler used. The aroma is fairly sweet, creamy and a tiny bit buttery. Fruit flavours open up the taste, particularly orange and banana with the threat of a buttery beer sadly realised too. There is some balance from more bitter, crisp cereal grains before biscuit malts blend with the buttery character to leave it tasting like shortbread. Drinkable but not great. mt_hall (211) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Bottled. Very hazy gold colour with a very small white head. Slightly citrusy, hoppy aroma. Very dry flavours; a citrusy start then a piney finish. As I got through the bottle a sweeter orange flavour developed. Refreshing, clean, and with surprisingly complex flavours for a golden ale. Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Gravity dispense at the Happy Man Autumn BF, 10/10/14.
Clear golden with little in the way of a head.
Nose is citric peel, orange, vanilla essence, grassy notes.
Taste comprises citric rinds, orange pith, faint bread, straw.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with light bitterings.
Acceptable enough Golden Blondeathon. sdmmb (1975) - BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Bier Huis, Ossett. Creamy golden ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jamesie1857 (1975) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
On cask at Coach and Horses, Dronfield - Pale golden body, thin white head. A bit of a floral nose, very light citric hops coming through too. Rather thin tasting, not much character and rather wishy-washy, with a bit of a soapy finish. Not too good, but have had much worse.
ManVsBeer (10927) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
UPDATED: APR 27, 2015 Cask @ New Delight Inn, Hebden Bridge. Golden with a thick creamy head and a nice smooth texture. It’s not huge on flavour but some sweeter fruits are evident and maybe a touch of spice in the palate. berkshirejohn (6611) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
Cask at the Henley Brew House, Henley-on-Thames, at stated ABV of4.3%.. Amber with a ring of white head; simple malty aroma; caramel malt flavour; and a lightly bitter, dry, finish. A straightforward Yorkshire bitter. mr_h (5840) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2013
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow - clear golden amber, thin off-white head, floral hop aroma, pale indeterminate malt, medium meadow herbal hop finish ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
Purchased at the New Delight Inn near Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge, Bridestones’ brewery tap, during my recent beer trip to West Yorkshire. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BBE May 2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: according to the barmaid at the pub, this is the bottled version of the cask-conditioned “Bottleneck”.
Appearance: pours a clear, lightly-fizzed pale golden hue, coming with a well-lasting light beige froth on the top.
Aroma: bitter-sweet citrus fruits abound as opposed to a super light, slightly grainy body of malts; a close sniff gives away hints of floral & earthy hops and a fine whiff of wheat malts. Not particularly aromatic – understated even.
Flavour: the foretaste is surprisingly full of strongly flavoured wet-earthy, stinky-muddy English dried hops (ringing a bell of Challenger to me), with interesting phenolic notes lagging behind, while a stream of dry bitterness follows closely along with just a mild taste of light, wheat-ish malts. Pretty clean in the finish, as well as a little dry and spicy(?).
Palate&Overall: like the other bottled ale purchased from the pub, “Coiners”, the carbonation at first comes somewhat lively but soon settles to a minimally-carbonated palate, quite suitable for the bitter hop profile. I tried this ale on cask at the pub, and it was undoubtedly superior. But the flavour sealed in this bottle still rings true of the clean hop-malt profile that I enjoyed so much at the pub through a sparkler pour – in a sense, the flavour elements here are free from complication by an aerated mouthfeel! A decent example of Blond Bitter overall, but maybe not for those who do not fancy English hop mixture!