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


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RATINGS: 370   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Greavsie (8) - - JUN 1, 2013
A classic. Remarkable depth of flavour for such a low gravity beer. Nice malt and hop balance start leading to an extended hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (1286) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Pint on cask. An excellent golden ale. It lives up to its name, with a good amount of hop flavor at the end, but its also balanced and never overpowering. Great flavors of grapefruit and flowers that really come out at cellar temp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_head (44) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Cask, Mariners Great Yarmouth. Pours golden amber with thin frothy lasting head. Decent aroma of hops, grapefruit and some hints of malt. Initial taste of grapefruit and a slight hint of grass leading to a slightly bitter, but somewhat refreshing aftertaste. Light carbonation. Not at all bad and easy drinking. Plenty of flavour for 3.8 ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros IX (303) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
2016 catch up - Bottle at home - A nice easy drinking light bitter. Light hops and malt and very thirst quenching. I served it on the cool side and that was perfect. It is one of my favourite summer beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
47574xeCD (1093) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2017
Cask at JDW gatwick north terminal. Golden clear pour with white head. Citrus grapefruit hops biscuits light malt. Good solid stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fullpintofbeer (322) - 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 (4598) - San Francisco, California, USA - 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 (376) - 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 (7716) - 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 (989) - 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.

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