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


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RATINGS: 264   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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IlanMan's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle. Pour was light golden with some yeasty fruitiness in the aroma. Body was light, slightly sweet, and thin. Decent bready malt character with no hop character. Decent brew.

Grumbo (4116) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

gripweed57 (2912) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2017
From old tasting notes. Bright yellow gold color. Big creamy white head. Assertive sweet malt nose. Soft malty flavor has buttery notes. Light dry finish. Nice lacing as well.

wlajwl (7120) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2017
Aroma and flavor is caramel/malts, a bit of earthiness and a fruit/slightly hoppy finish.

john44 (3429) - 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)

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. This is a decent golden ale but nothing worth seeking out. Straight forward simple brew.

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.

rondphoto (4494) - 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I think that many of the previous reviewers may have had out of date bottles, hence odd aroma and taste.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 (@ Sergio’s 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.

BlackHaddock (7746) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
Claims to be the first ever organic beer brewed (back in the 1990’s). 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 I’ve 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.

beernovice39 (3269) - 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.

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