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


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RATINGS: 364   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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DIBBLE (103) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
500ml bottle from Tescos. Clear light golden beer with a nice lacey white head. Sweet citrus, grapefruit aroma. Carbonation is spot on making it enliven on the tongue. Well balanced flavours of pale malt backing the citrus, sprucey hop overtones. Slightly astringent dry sprucey, citrus rind finish. Refreshing and delicious.

harrisoni (18977) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Cask at County Hotel JDW, Ashford. One of my favourite all time beers. Golden in colour with wonderful citrus, grassy, hoppy flavours. The malt gives it some red berry notes and the finish is long and hoppy and dry. Simply fantastic session beer I can drink all night. 4.7/5 Re-rate, gravity dispense cask at Butcher’s Arms, Herne. The grapefruit sherbert hop is stunning.

rdsh (9) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
Excellent session bitter that’s bursting with flavour. Strong floral aroma with a hoppy, slightly bitter taste. Very refreshing.

WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
Cask Conditioned @ Reading Festival and elsewhere. A modern American style bitter that bursts the floodbanks, breaks through the heart and bleeds citric juice all over the place. High and mighty and standing proud as a wounded soldier.

MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
On the softest cushion of straw-like cereals converse citrusy, leafy and coniferous hops, a harmonious moment which is so comfortable you don’t want it to ever end.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mole hill of white foam produces lots of lacing around the misty gold.
-The mouthfeel on this one is a 6 out of 5. The amazing cellaring job at The Harp and The Evening Star helps too.
-The flavour dosage is just perfect for a quencher. Subtle enough to make you want more and more, intense enough to make you smile after every sip.
-Drinkability is through the roof.
-The finish is to die for. All ingredients converge, a tightly-woven tapestry of flavour that lingers on the palate until you are compelled to the next gulp. And a large gulp it’s going to be…
-From a North American’s point of view, the name of this beer may be misleading. This is not a hop bomb or a low gravity version of an American IPA. It’s just the perfect conceived quencher, from both the malt AND hop fronts.
-Is this Unetice 10 of England? It may very well be…
-The pints I had at The Edgar Wallace and The Evening Star were still excellent, but not the world beater I fell in love with at The Harp. Went back to The Harp three times over the course of 2 weeks and it was a world-beater every single time!

On cask at The Harp, The Edgar Wallace and The Evening Star.

rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Light golden colour, light hoppy nose, intensely refreshing and totally drinkable. Always a winner this beer.

omhper (25349) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2003
Sampled cask conditioned at Akkurat, Stockholm.
Golden colour. Strong citrusy hop aroma. Sweet and light bodied. Soft and gently rounded, flowery, very bitter finsih. Very elegant with malt profile. Packed with flavour, oh god is this beer really only 3.8%? A glorious beer served in perfect condition.

ladnewton (2000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
Cask at the Evening Star, Brighton England on 29th August 2009. Pale golden with a white effervescent head of foam. Exquisitely hoppy with floral aromas and well balanced grassiness in the main kick - this being offset by soothing feelgood malt. Refreshing and easy drinking on a crisp, mildly textured mouthfeel. At the Evening Star, Hophead is served on its absolute best, and always knocks me sideways with its flavour at such a low strength. Superb and one of my favourite beers of all time.

ekstedt (6932) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2016 Cask at Akkurat, Stickholm, Sweden. Shady golden, small white head. Herbal and floral hop aroma with a light fruity/bready maltiness. Light bodied, soft carbonation. Dry with nice long bitter finish.

SmartYin (2) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010 does not count
Wonderfully quaffable ale. Great hoppy aroma, citrusy but not over powering. I’ll have another please.

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