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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong & Bitter

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3.8
The_Osprey (9698) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
October 2017 - Cask handpull at CBC Clerkenwell for DonMagi's party. As 'Dark Star Hophead Extra'. Great to catch up with this one. Pours a dark golden yellow, still and clear, foamy off-white head. Aroma is grassy, straw, apple. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is grassy, straw, lemongrass. Great cask condition. Lovely golden ale. (7-4-8-4-15=3.8)

3.8
Smithld1 (350) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
As a fan of the hophead. I have always thought that it was too weak although good. This effort hits the spot but perhaps loses some of the subtelty of the original

3.3
nimbleprop (8935) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Cask at CBC Clerkenwell, pours a clear gold with some white head. Nose has lemon, malt, lime, a touch green, some honey. Flavor is sweet, malty, green grass, green grape, lemon. Finishes dry.

3.8
Leighton (22821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Cask at CBC Clerkenwell - London. Pours clear gold with a small, foamy white head. The nosebhas some citrusy hops, melon and tangerine, crunchy hay. Light sweet flavour with bitterness of grass and citrus rind, some orange. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation; good condition. Finishes with more citric notes, crisp pale malts, more grassy and rindy bitterness. Solid.

3.6
MrTipple (6991) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Grain and cereal malts, fragrant flowers, sweet citrus fruits, orange, tangerine, light honey. Slightly hazy gold, small, frothy, white head. Medium bitter. More grain and cereal malts, floral hops, bitter, wet straw, grass, orange peel, marmalade, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice, quite bitter on the palate. Cask at CBC Covent Garden, Covent Garden.

3.6
Scopey (16274) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2017
Back from the dead! Cask at Craft Holborn. It pours clear golden - amber with a medium white head. The aroma is rich, sweet, oily, juicy, peach, melon, gummy bears, piney resin and bread. The taste is dry, bitter, oily, resinous, melon, greengage, peach, spice, pithy, white bread, cracker, grass and straw with a lingering bitter - dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty good fun. Lacks the chuggability of the regular version.

3.5
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cask at The Rake 3rd Anniversary Stone Tasting, 6th August 09. Bright clear yellowish amber with a diminishing white head. The extra 2% doesn’t add anything to the flavour really, maybe a little more malt, but it beefs up the palate. I prefer the usual version - it’s got enough Cascade for me.

2.8
Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2009
Golden with a thin white head. Grassy aroma ith a touch of sulphur. Sweet caramel flavour with fruit and grass notes. Quite bitter

3.4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 15/08/2009 Floral hop aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy and slightly fruity with a little bitterness in a crisp and dry malt finish.

3.6
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2009
Looks fine, transparent clear golden, big fluffy head that quickly dissaperas leaving a fine lacing. Aroma could be better in my opinion, grassy and floral hop notes, but not much depth or complexity... Flavour is very nice, hits up front with good citrusy hops, moves through to grass and then some subtle grapefruit, all the time balanced by a good sweetness stemming from a mixture of alcohol and a hefty barley streak that cuts right through the beer, the latter giving quite a fullnes and richness to the flavour as well as adding a slight warmth. Palate is good, soft and pretty lush. Finish is dry offset by alcohol sweetness. All in all a very good brew.


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