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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wheresthepath (2352) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[500ml bottle from Co-Op High Wycombe] Under "Goldminer alias. Beautiful copper colour with a lovely orangey flavour leading into a spicy hoppy aftertaste. However, it’s spoiled by too much fizz.

albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2008
Bottled as Gold Miner from the Co-op. This golden ale has a well-balanced flavour with a nice dry finish. Good but nothing to write home about.

wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle, Co-Op, Hoylake. Best beer amongst the prevailing dross in Co-Op. Deep Copper colour, thin white head, orange jostles nicely with the hops to leave a slightly metallic aftertaste. Definitely worth a try.

HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
Looks the part - a lovely copper gold. I also love a hoppy ale, which this one is, but if anything it is too bitter and dry, which is saying something, plus a tad metallicy. Overall - interesting.

shoestring (419) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2008
(Co-op Goldminer).A cracker. Lively indeed when opened. Lasting soapy, foamy head toppping off a nice orange pint. Citrus to the fore, and plenty of it. Nice little gem.

beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
bottle conditioned as co-op gold miner. shining clear gold with thin white head, strong carbonation. Plenty of citric hops in aroma and flavour, with some solid malt. robust and enjoyably bitter.

sm89walt (2073) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottled. Clear orange and a small, slightly off-white head that deposits a nice lacing. I found this beer quite low in sweetness across the board. The aroma is dry and hoppy, as is the taste. There is a slight initial malt flavour that quickly abates to the prominence of the hops. The finish is fairly bitter and medium in duration.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle (’Gold Miner’) from a Co-op in Nottingham. Pale amber with a small white head. Hoppy aroma with some yeast, pine and autumnal apple. Taste is a bit hop-dominated. There is a sort of resiny tang, followed by a medium bitter finish that is uncompromising rather than refreshing.

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle, pours a lovely copper colour with a large yellowish bubbly head. Caramal malt is foremost in the aroma for me, with the citrus hop notes more in the background. A punchy mouthfeel, the bitterness is good, but there is a tanginess that comes on a little too strong. The citrus comes out stronger in the hoppy flavour, but it is also definitely piney. A good brew to drink in the sun, but that’s about it.

downender (8729) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle from Co-op. Golden coloured with a decent white head. Hoppy aromas of citrus and elderflowers. Flavours of grapefruit and sweet malt with a long dry finish. Good.

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