Brewed by Happy Goblin Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Mount Kuring-Gai, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
The Happy Goblin's unique Pale Ale is brewed from a blend of traditional ale malt with additional amber and Vienna malts resulting in a full flavoured, malty beer. This ale's mild bitterness comes from the addition of Fuggles hops to the kettle at the start of the boil. This beer typically has an alcohol content of around 4.0%.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
halfbaked (48) - - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a hazy dark amber with a off white fast disappearing head. Quite pleasant slightly floral aroma that doesn’t come through strongly on tasting. Not a strong tasting beer, a bit of toast, a hint of fruit (possibly passionfruit) upfront, very lttle aftertaste with little bitterness. Has an early fizziness that quickly disappears. OK.

TedE (1332) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2017
Ok. I’ve noticed different reviewers have stated different ABV’s for this beer so it must vary between batches. My bottle (bottled 5 weeks ago) has an ABV of 5.5%! 330ml bottle into pint glass. Aroma of smoky malt and dark chocolate, not what I was expecting. Hazy golden bronze beer with rapidly dissipating white head. Highly carbonated. Full body, sticky texture. Caramel malt in the finish then a little hoppy fruitiness right at the end. Funny old beer. Calls itself ’Pale’, is classified as a Golden Ale but reminds me of a strong English Bitter. Must be easy to drink because it’s all gone!

Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2014
Not sure this batch was entirely right, lots of meaty yeast flavours and not much else going on, lacking in flavour in general. Really off aftertaste.

floydian1 (1465) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 19, 2013
650ml bottle (bottled on 18/4/13) at Yulli’s restaurant, Sydney which has a fine beer list to go with the vegetarian food. The ABV is now 4.8% for this batch release. Appears clear amber-brown with a decent off white head. Nose has flowery perfumy hops (English-style) on top of a caramel malt bill. Palate is deliciously smooth and silky with lovely balanced flavours and a firm floral hop bitterness. It is medium bodied with perfect carbonation for the style which is really an English-style pale ale rather than a golden/blond ale as per description above. Excellent stuff - I was reminded of Seven Sheds’ Kentish Ale which is another fine Aussie version of this style. The larger bottle size is appropriate for this very sessionable ale.

ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a muddy brown, with almost no head and no lace. A sweet, treacle-like aroma is noticeable, with some floral hops lurking in the background. Slightly oily pine hops to start, with sweet malt coming in next. Mouth-coating caramel dominates the middle, moving into a floral hop finish. It’s not a looker, but it is a decent, if slightly simple, ale.

mkel07 (5995) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours with a lively crackle as the deep head of big bubbles forms and settles quickly. Passionfruit dominates the aroma and is very pleasing. Hazy sunset colour and quite lively in the mouth with a mild bitterness and a bit of fizz.

ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 average beer, low carbonation. quite florally on the nose, with a heavy bitterness on the finish

Dervock (1347) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle - dated 29.5.09 4.2% Pours a very hazy orange, head disappeared straight away. Almost cidery aroma. As said below hard to get an idea of the flavour as the carbonation really cuts in - dry citrus , not much of an aftertaste. Agree with the homebrew reference

Pyobon (1404) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber (but avoided pouring the sediment in the bottle) with a short-lived very loose white head. The aroma was fairly pleasant: not very pronounced but mostly floral. The palate is wrong, it has a light body but weird carbonation. It froths up in the mouth making it hard to taste and not quenching. It wasn’t obviously over-carbonated in that it did not froth out of the bottle on opening, but the mouthfeel of the carbonation didn’t work. The flavour was disappointing. There is very little foretaste and what there is is rather sharp - somewhat acidic, but not say in a pleasant citrusy way. It shifts gear abruptly to a rather metallic bitter finish, although there are some pleasant floral notes that develop when the initial harsh bitterness subsides. Disappointing.

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2008
This version bottled 11June 2008 is 4.5%abv. Eastery banana aroma. hazy orange color with small white head. May have been infected.

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