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


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered
Start with malted barley grown in the fields of Scotland where wind and rain meet a strong brewing tradition. Then hops lend that full flavor and distinctive fragrant aroma of well-hopped beers. Then, add in the fact that the ingredients are organic. Notice the golden color and signature clean, crisp taste of this world-class pale ale. The fine pale ale in this beer is not only recognized as one of the finest organic ales in the world, it is also vegan friendly. Slainte!

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Tmoney99 (14766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, Cincy. Poured clear golden color with large white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate grainy and small malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable session brew.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
50cl bottle, thanks peregrinari. Medium white head atop lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, grain, vegetal. Taste is medium sweet, earthy, peach, light grain, vegetal. Light-medium body.

Drake (14045) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
16.9 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Glen Allen, VA. Pours a golden-copper color with a medium head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is very corny with some grainy and grassy influence as well. Taste is very sweet with honey, bread, slightly bitter hops. Medium bodied.

DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with a big frothy white head. Aroma is sweet cereal, faint fruit. Flavours of cereal, hay, cooked peaches, and a little earthy/dried-leafy edge. Low bitterness. Reading my words, this doesn’t sound like it would be appealing, but it was actually quite nice.

bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Bready, malty aroma with light grass and light woodsiness. Caramel and malt flavor with grass and light earth. Medium bodied. Caramel and light earth lingers with some light woodsiness.

JoeMcPhee (9456) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Pale golden pour with a thick, sticky white head. The nose is quite crackery with a little bit of light orange peel. There is a really nice marmalade-like sweetness. A kiss of earthy hoppiness with a lingering cologne-like spiciness. Nice balance with a touch of soft fruitiness mingling with the crackery sweetness. I quite like this.

nimbleprop (8594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle sampled at the DC Local tasting. Pours a pale yellow with a frothy white head. Someone at the tasting said, "it smells like rotting vegetables." Earthy, musty in the nose too. Flavor is a little better, citrus hops, grass, a little honey. Finish is watery. Kinda terrible.

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours with an average sized off-white head, over a clear deep gold body. Head fades in about 45 seconds, leaving little lace on the side of the glass. Aroma of corn, sugar, bread, grain and soil. Not much character, but not real off-aromas either. Taste is dirt, honey, bread with a somewhat bitter finish. Fizzy and dryish.

Sledutah (7759) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2010
500ml bottle from Trader Joes
Appearance: Pours clear yellow/gold with a nice foamy white head and nice lacing in the glass
Aroma: Honey, pale malts and some citrus
Taste: Stale malts and hops, skunky flavors
Not very good.

Strykzone (7490) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bought at Trader Joe’s. Clear amber gold with a nice frothy active 2 finger head. Lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is grain, caramel malt, and honey. Despite the commercial description hops are not noted in the aroma. They are tasted and add bitterness and only a small amount of tartness. There is more caramel, cardboard, and grain. A bit of biscuit as well. Finish is dry and just a bit soapy. This is probably classified correctly here. It is crisp and refreshing.

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