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


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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belgo (154) - Kge, - OCT 21, 2010
Cask at The Harp, Covent Garden. Nice golden with an off white head, that, true to it being cask, disappears quickly. For a British beer this has a very distinctive hoppy aroma: loads of classic British hops makes one feel as if taking a stroll in a hop garden in Southern England. On the palate the beer is lively (impeccably handled by the staff at The Harp), bursting with hops and a biscuity malty background. Super beer and one, that Id love to have as my session beer for a night at the pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fullpintofbeer (307) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Tap @The Bridge Inn, Bristol. Medium white head, golden/yellow colour, cloudy. Aroma of grapefruit peel, citrus, herbs. Bitter taste, light body, average carbonation, long finish. Nice, light and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - MAR 31, 2017
Cask at Harp in London. Beautiful clear bright pale golden with a lazy one-finger white head. Aroma is hoppy, floral, elderflower, citrus. Flavor is nice, dry, crisp, pale malt with a good hop punch. Light on the feel and drinkable with a nice soft carbonation. Really awesome for the blond ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantbland (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2017
One of my favourite easy-to-drink golden ales, and as its 3.8% you can easily drink it all night. Not a particularly intense flavour, but a delicious one... although nowhere near as hoppy as the name implies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thejackpacker (327) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Cask at the crown Eastbourne. A really solid golden ale and Im really pleasantly surprised at the abv. Incredibly drinkabls, light, with flavour. Yum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (7548) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2017
Clear golden color with a white layer on top. Moderate intensity in the aroma. Nice body for a 3.8% beer. Soft to average carbonation level. Felt quite fresh and fine to drink. Good condition. Citric, herbal, fruity and malty flavor. Nice session ale!
[Handpull at Orange Tree in Chelsford, England]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (913) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (514) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (597) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2986) - 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)

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