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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
"Bottled with approximately 1/3rd less Carbon Dioxide than most beers. This results in a fresher more natural tasting beer. Combines Hallertau Hersbrücker with Challenger. Late hopped with Styrian Goldings, which gives a sharpness like the twist of a lemon."

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2.7
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2007
The aroma certainly meets the commercial description, the twist of lemon zest was apparent as well as a certain spicey element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The taste was thin, but surprisingly very fresh. The finish, as is normal for this style, was overly bitter for my tastes. It just seemed so darn simple, which is probably what appeals to many, just not me. Definitely not a bad beer, just not a great one.

3.7
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2007
Tasted 21/08/2007. 500ml bottle, filtered. Rumble’s. Pretty happy to see this on the shelves, after loving the Schihallion and Old Engine Oil. That excitement is balanced with the trepidation of knowing these guys have sold to Caledonian - and that this 4.2% beer has travelled halfway around the world to the warm sheld in front of me. Pours a pale gold, with a white head that rises tightly and then languishes limp. Bright. Surprisingly pale. Bready caramel malt and a surprisingly mild hop aroma on the nose. Slightly spicy, slightly lemony - certainly a little continental or new world in style. Nice hard water brings out a lot of subtle hop flavours in the mouth (spicy, citrusy, a touch herbal) with a very decent firm bitterness from middle through the the lingering finish. I certainly get the lemony zing in the end. Light-medium bodied and slightly more carbonated than I expected. A touch of honey comes through, from the malt and herbal character. Well balanced and superbly drinkable.

3.2
blankboy (7780) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with an average size mostly-lasting white head and decent lacing. Aroma of spices, a variety of hops, bread and some mild sweetness. Somewhat refreshing, yet slightly watery flavour of spices, hops, citrus, caramel malt and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Easy to drink, it’s probably better on tap but as is it’s decent enough.

3
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, pours golden with a soon to go fluffy white head. Strong aroma of lemon citrus and hops. In the mouth there is a lovely dose of fruitiness and hops, dry texture, very smooth and a nice long finish

3.5
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours a reasonably carbonated golden with a small head. Both the aroma and the flavour are a lovely mix of hops and citrus, orange peel in particular coming through. The palate is light and refreshing. A good summer pint :-)

4
nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Clear golden with a small disappearing head. Aroma is lemon-pine, honey and bitter herbs. Flavor is a delicate balance of bitter herbs with pine resin and a nice malty body underneath. Palate is smooth, light-medium bodied and slightly tingly.

3.3
thewolf (12737) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle @ Cockney Pub, Aarhus. Pours a very pale yellow with a medium foamy white head. Aroma is mild with a good dose of flowery hoppyness. Round and surprisingly full mouthfeel (compared to the ABV). Flavour is well bitter with a good malty caramel base - there is some surprising chocolate hidden in there as well...?

3.7
joe19612 (3020) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2007
500ml Bottle. The aroma is full of citrus fruits, especially orange. Poured a lovely amber colour with a white head. This beer has plenty of fruit and hops. A very good beer

3.6
robozni (7) - USA - JUL 9, 2007 does not count
Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and malty. Initial flavor is moderately malty with some light bitterness, finishing bitter. Palate is light and dry. Overall, a good ale.

3.7
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
500ml Bottle. Aroma of citrus fruits, especially orange. Pours a fine amber with white head. Fruity, hoppy, with overtones of orange peel. Has a pleasant bitterness. No sweetness coming through. Dry and crisp on the palate. A good choice for a lovely summer day - serve chilled.


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