Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Pasteurised bottle and can. Also sold bottled (filtered) as Organic Premium Ale for the Co-op.
Golden Promise was the World's first truly Organic Beer. By pioneering the use of Single Varietal Organic hop flowers from Kent and combining them with organically grown Scottish malted barley, yeast and water, we have created a unique and flavoursome beer; Fire Brewed in Britain's last remaining open coppers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottled Hazy, light amber colored brew that poured an average sized frothy off-white head which fell after a few minutes to a thin layer; very little lacing. Moderately malty aroma with some green apple. Flavor started with a delicate maltiness; some fruitiness emerged at mid-palate with a fleeting toastiness toward the finish. Gentle hop bitterness evident throughout. Light bodied with a watery texture and soft carbonation. A servicable session ale, drinkable and refreshing enough but its overall character seemed a bit languid; the flavors came and went without much impact.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (6602) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2017
Aroma and flavor is caramel/malts, a bit of earthiness and a fruit/slightly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle. Orangey Gold. Malty; biscuity malts, caramel. Fruity; light grapefruit-citrus. Hoppy; slight grassy hops. Sweet malty fruity. Quite dry. Drinkable. OK. (2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Imaena (2304) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. This is a decent golden ale but nothing worth seeking out. Straight forward simple brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ulvbane (17) - , SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2012
Light hazy yellow. Aroma of fruit and butterscotch. Taste is thin, a bit sweet, a bit sour, and some bitterness late in the aftertaste. Not much flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4352) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2012
I think that many of the previous reviewers may have had out of date bottles, hence odd aroma and taste. My bottle was fresh (@ Sergios World Beer Bar in Louisville) as it was recently obtained and brought over from the brewer. Pours a hazy dirty orange with a good bubbly white head, big streaks of lace. Yes, the taste is full caramel malt (as are many British session ales), and there is some candied fruit in a mildly hoppy finish, but I could find nothing wrong here. It is a good example of the style, and, as such, I recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6980) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
Claims to be the first ever organic beer brewed (back in the 1990s). Good for Spock and other Vegans I suppose. This 500ml brown bottle had a best before date of 26 Sep 2008, I drank it a month later. Poured into a Batemans pint glass, it was a golden slightly hazey colour with a good sized white head which slowly faded to a collar and a wispy covering. The aroma was of flowers and cut grass, very floral indeed. The beer was spritzy more than fizzy, a twang of citrus fruits in the taste. Unlike most UK brewed beers Ive had. Sadly there was something missing, where was the 5% alcohol, where was the bitterness I was expecting and like? Overall not too bad, it just lacked that bitterness I require in a UK pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle pours a murky dark gold with a tiny off white head. Scent is yeast and earth. Taste is same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2011
Hazy golden color with a small white head. Light malty aroma. flavor is a little better than tha aroma, nice caramel taste. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbanviking (26) - Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2011
Once you get past the dodgy smell upon opening the bottle, which is a bit skunky, it settles into a hoppy fruity smell which reflects on the taste which is very crisp with a smooth aftertaste of fruit with a hint of metal. Plenty of carbonation in this one also. A nice ale. Serve cold.

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