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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2005
Very good for a bottle out of the mace(co-op). Mon the beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Straw colored. Good fluff on the head. Nose was tart and lemon zest. Starts real yeasty. Dry hops. Not refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (7655) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 4, 2005
Bottled(500ml). -transparent golden colour, little white airy head, malty and light hoppy aroma with few citric hints, but overall quite weak in aroma, bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained by my lovely wife whilst on holiday with my lovely mother in law in Montrose Scotland. Upon opening the bottle, everything exploded!!!! Beer all over the kitchen. After remainder of bottle was poured and settled rating and analysis could be performed. Appearance is cloudy gold, slightly on the orange side. Fluffy white head, soft and light. Aroma is floral, slight hints of berries or fruit and hoplike bitterness. Flavour has some dominent elements - hop bitterness at beginning, middle and end of taste, slight yeasty feel with only a hint of the fruit like elements found in the aroma. Fairly refrehsing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle from Co-op, Kinlochleven. Bottle conditioned, pors lovely and bright, good persistant head. Drunk at a picnic table at sunset looking out over Loch Leven. Immediately swarmed by midgies and retreated to tent. Anyway, the beer was an excellent golden ale, one of the best Ive had from bottle (the draught ones mostly seem fresher and zestier).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2005
Deep golden color, rich syrupy nose with brandy and herbs. The mouth feels dead. Starts malty then into more hops, but the beer has gone bad so it has an odd mouthfeel. The finish is a huge off puttingly bitter that you get when a bottle condition beer goes off, though I can see the potential there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
Gold Miner bottle. Pours a golden colour with a thin head. Weak aroma of malt and some citrus. Dough and malt in taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle, as Gold Miner. Goldern color, weak head, and not much aroma. Flavor brought to mind sucking on copper with an additional undesired aftertaste. Not that good, but not quite a drain pour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1185) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Odd one this as I had been buying it from a local Alldays and thoroughly enjoying it, classy looking beer with a good bottle conditioned head, very hoppy nose and amazing citrus fruit palate, with a well balanced malty sweetness, a fantastic glass of beer, full of flavour, great finish too! However...Ive also bought a few bottles from a local Co-op and on getting them home and even after letting them settle for a couple of hours, they really frothed up on opening, so I lost about half of the bottle, this has also happened to a mate ( who unknown to me had been buying the same beer from the same Co-op) so it was nothing Id done to the beer, storage conditions at the store? I dont know, but it certainly spoilt it for me. I feel its unfair to mark it down for this as Ive enjoyed it very much in the past, will try again from the Co-op and keep my fingers crossed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
Poured light amber with a lasting white head. Mild hoppy aroma, slightly floral and citrusy. Flavour is a mix of biscuity malt flavours with woody hops. Some citric notes there too. Not bad.

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