Freeminer Gold Standard

Formerly brewed at Freeminer
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Cinderford, England


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Seasonal - Summer & Autumn. Also available bottle conditioned exclusively at the Co-op as Gold Miner.
Winner of two awards in the 1998 beauty of hops awards, this beer was especially brewed to use the "first gold " variety of hops, it has been described (by the award judges) as "orange peel and apricot blossom blended together beautifully" we prefer to say that it is an incredibly hoppy golden beer well suited to all "hop heads" everywhere.
Ingredients: Water from natural sources under the Royal Forest of Dean; Barley grown in the Cotswolds and malted by Warminster Maltings; First Gold whole hops grown in the "Three Counties"; Yeast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from the Co-op. Hints of grapefruit and piney hop in the snout. Pours with a slight haziness and keeps its head well. Smooth and tangy. Zesty mandarin fruitiness with a punchy hop finish. The award judges werent making it up. A better beer than I expected to find in the Co-op, if Im honest. (Re-rate 17/04/08). Big woody/fibrous hop snout with grapefruity citrus and sweet malt backup reminding me of Youngs Double Choc. Solid. Dab of ratpiss. Bronze Impressively pillowed with froth. Still a better-than-average GA, stinking deliciously.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (616) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle, 500ml. A golden colour with an average-sized head. Floral hop aroma with some citurs and yeast noticable. Taste is more floral hops with nutty roasted malt. Maybe a touch of fruit. A strong bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (23879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
golden orange colour, with a citric hop nose, tart bitter hop flavour thats quite juicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6407) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2006
Gold Miner bottle. Attractive amber colour with an off-white head and some light carbonation; aroma of hay and hops; tastes of grapefruit and apricot with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14725) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, apple, malt. Flavour is fruit, hop, apple, caramel, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16973) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2006
Bottled as Coop Gold Miner. Pours clear, dark golden with a dense off-white head. Some roasted notes, caramel, malt and hops in the aroma. The flavor has bitterness at first, then theres malt. Medium body and a hoppy finish with some anis. Decent beer. (061027)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Gold Miner Bottle - Co-op. Pours a copper gold with thin head. Perfectly clear and well fined. Aroma is sweet berries, flowers, and a little malt. Flavor is more resinous and vinous. Something smokey somewhere, and an off cheesey note the only downer but this is maybe the bc nature. Has a good tang which mellows to a lasting bitterness. Long finish. Very little sediment (almost none but great carb).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Co-Op. hmm... bottle conditioned booze with a Co-Op label, whowouldathunk it? Not only that, its actually quite tasty. Good selection Co-Op. Interesting nose with some nice fruity fresh hops and plenty of sweetness. Treacle or golden syrup almost. The syrup character follows on in the looks too. If this was a thicker consistency I could be persuaded to pour some on a pancake. Head settled quickly to a thin film and then vanished all together. Boo. Flavour is all hops and spruce with a large chunk of grapefruit. Its like an assault of hops, but a polite one. Finish has a strange kick of malt which provides some unexpected balance that makes it so much better over all. Eventual bitterness brings on what you expected (get in Paul Scholes) Overall pretty damn impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Light orange with a small layer of white head. Citrus, dried fruit, sweet pastry aromas. A solid bitterness with a touch of leafy smoke, delicate malt, and a lingering pithy finish. A nice hop-forward ale that comes across just a little harsh. Not that there is too much bitterness--it just feels like it needs a little more refinement. Still, it was very pleasant to run into a golden of this ilk, where hopping is done with a generous hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (25806) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma, with some hints of citrus. Malty and fruity hoppy flavor with some citrus hints. Malty and bitter aftertaste.

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