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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Unfiltered; Keg & Bottle: Filtered. Regularly available.
An extremely clean-drinking pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes from the Cascade hops. This beer is full-bodied and full-flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (13560) - Croydon, Greater London, - MAR 3, 2011
Cask at the Green Dragon, Croydon. It pours hay yellow with low carbonation and a thin white head. The nose is citrus fruits, hay, grass and farmyard. The taste is bread, earthy, grass and citrus towards the finish (lemon, lime and orange). Its light, crisp, smooth, uncomplicated and makes for easy drinking.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (790) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear golden appearance with a thin white head, poor retention, no lacing. Aroma: surprisingly malty, caramel, some citrus fruit. Taste is again quite malty, sweet caramel, citrus fruit, floral, hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body, smooth oily texture, quite well balanced. Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.
When you call your beer "Hophead" this is not at all what I expect - a little misleading and disappointing in that respect because hops just arent prominent enough to warrant such a descriptor, I mean its actually nicely balanced, anyway its not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dsmith4 (50) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle bought from Marks and Spencers, delicate hop edge, citrus favours. Very refreshing summers day session drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (481) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2017
500ml bottle from M&S. Pours a very hazy straw colour. Aroma is sweet caramel and yeast and the taste is medium sweet with pithy and elderflower notes. Very good light ale.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (493) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Cask at PoW, Farnborough. Hoppy floral aroma. Light gold. White head is on the thin side. A hop bitterness, although there is sweetness seeping through the cracks. Light and watery. A softness to the mouthfeel. Long, if muted, mouthfeel. Decent enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2698) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Cask Pint at The Trafalgar, South Wimbledon, London in Mar 2010 - Pale yellowy gold in colour. Very Fruity; grapefriuit citrus. Hoppy; grassy and flowery hops. Malty base; caramel, sweet malts. Strong, citrus flowery, grassy, hoppy aroma and taste. Refreshing and flavour packed. Good fruit/hop/malt balance. Sweet leading to a dry hoppy bitter finish. Another great Dark Star beer. (2010-03)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (1079) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2017
Couple of pints at the Old Fox Telling. Bright Gold with a white mousse of head. Citric and tropical aroma. Grapefruit and tropical flavour, hint of cat pee, digestive biscuit. Zesty palate. Very refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (1303) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2017

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, honey, fruit, hops and citrus.

Appearance:
Clear/hazy golden/amber beer with a slight/medium white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, honey and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with hops and citrus.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Decent beer overall that does nothing wrong, but does nothing great at the same time. The aroma could have been stronger though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5190) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle. Golden with a small head.Clear appearance and slightly bitter. Not a lot of hops presence which is surprising considering its name. Typical CAMRA type session beer. Boring and bland.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2449) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body. Aroma is grains. Taste is lemon bitterness, dry overall. Texture is softer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3081) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - NOV 2, 2016
Big bottle from ales by mail. Almost clear gold to orange color. Thin white head. Medium bitterness, light sweetness. Thin body. Aroma is very floral, hops, malt, caramel.


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