Freeminer Gold Standard

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


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RATINGS: 139   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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jamesie1857 (2175) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
500ml bottle - a hazy golden body, thin white head. Decent hoppy nose, bitter citrus taste.

JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
Thanks I gethinbeer for this one. Pours a clear amber colour with a tight white head. The nose is quite earthy and woody with a moderately crackery malt base. Fairly simple flavour and there isn’t a whole lot of the typical spice and floral character that I typically associate with this beer. Some light sulfur as well. I suspect this bottle may be a bit passed its prime, but it’s still enjoyable.

pivoveskotsku (201) - SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2012
Golden colour, malty aroma, taste is a bit fruity. Not especially good. I hoped for a bit more, but it just wasn’t there.

dogbomb (1229) - ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Co-Op branded bottle. Pours clear gold with a slow pour, and hazes up a bit with a more rigorous pour. Not a very good head. Nose is malty and hoppy and balanced, but theres a nasty metallic tinge. Thankfully the metals don’t carry into the mouth much and it’s a fruity hop explosion, followed by some malt balancing and a bitter (and slight metallic) finish. But then it kind of fades a bit too quickly. Nice enough, but really nothing to get excited about.

TEJA (3099) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle at omhper, thanks. Bottled, as Freeminer Gold Miner. Thinn white lace. Almost clear with golden color. Tropical fruit aroma. Big bitterness that lasts a long time that unfortunantly gets a litle astringent.

deanso (10150) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 8, 2012
500ml Co-op version in Manchester. Decent white head. Clear golden pour. Nice beer

planky84 (3298) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Co-op version. Amber/gold pour with a white head. Raisin, toffee and caramel aroma. Quite a dark fruit feel in the flavour. Not too bad.

Pudding (262) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Plenty of hops in this one. Strong flavour of orange. Thick mouthfeel. Prolonged bitterness. A favourite of mine.

luttonm (6449) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2012
0.5l bottle as ’Freeminer’s Gold Miner, Bottled Conditioned" from the Co-Op (in the Forest of Dean). Robust golden ale, nice balance of strong drying dark malts and the tart-fruit hopping. Bittering all around is nice, though balanced with malt bill. Strong but refreshing. Wish I could try this very fresh or on cask.

mike_77 (6732) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2012
Hazy blond colour. Lightly hoppy and citrusy aroma. The taste is a bit phenolic and unpleasant. Hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

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