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Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Staveley, England

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Pasteurised bottle.
Golden Ale. Hoppy and uncompromisingly bitter with complex fruit flavours from the blending of a modern English hop, First Gold, with the outrageously fruity American hop, Cascade. A hopheads’ beer... with balance. A real beer drinkers beer.

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4.4
Grzesiek79 (4300) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Jak na piwo z Anglii to mocna nachmielone cytrusowymi chmielami chyba. Mnostwo grejfrutow w zapachu i smaku. Dominuja na podniebieniu totalnie. Wyglad to mala piana ale jakosciowa, srednio sie utrzymujaca. Kolor pomaranczowy lekko mglisty. Lekkie przyjemne i poterzne chmielne. Malo slodowe. I like That Grapefruit Aroma.

4
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle Traci brought back for me from her trip to Cumbria. Thanks baby! Warm copper pour, shiny buttercream colored head with good lace. Very pretty floral hops with a fresh citrus edge, just a hint of vanilla caramel below. Brisk grapefruit hop bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Light palate with just enough weight to be satisfying. Clean, bright and refreshing. In a blind tasting I’m not sure I could tell this from SNPA, and in my book that is high praise!

4
sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle at Christmastime 2013. Orangey and well carbonated appearance, with not much of an aroma to speak of - suggestive of a light bottled ale with little taste. Looks can be deceiving. Sweet initial taste gives way immediately to a wonderful blend of hops that manage a balance of tastes between American and British without succumbing to a pastiche of either. Fantastic bitter palate. A great weeknight mood lifter.

3.9
leaparsons (10554) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. Golden with a bubbly head. Aromas are biscuit malts with lemon. Lots of pine bitterness. Fruity and very hoppy. Flavours are biscuit with citrus and sweet fruitiness. Resinous pine hops with grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Very good.

3.9
johndoughty (5452) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Golden, hoppy with a gentle bitterness.Poured with no head and no carbonation. An excellent beer.

3.9
foxo82 (900) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle from Ambleside Wines. Looks good - clear auburn with a sizeable head. Smells like ale should smell - hops, treacle, currants. Bitter hops with a finish that lingers for a fair while afterwards, yet avoids being too dry. Very well balanced with some bittersweet notes, perhaps some grapefruit hidden in there somewhere. Active mouthfeel - just the right amount of carbonation on the tongue. Excellent ale.

3.9
spacecube (1723) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Golden brown pour with small head out of a 500ml bottle, full of flavour, hops, toffee and a touch of fruit. Really good carbonation as well gives it a nice feel on the palate. Very good ale.

3.8
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle. Amber with white head. Hoppy floral and grapefruit aroma. Taste has more of the same with caramel and a biscuity finish. decent body for it’s abv and a bitter finish. Enjoying this .

3.8
Lukehh (12) - - FEB 8, 2016
It has a gingery, dark gold, clear appearance with a nice pillowy white head that quickly forms thick lacing around the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, green apples and licorice. The taste is very strong on the cascade hops - lots of grapefruit. The Maris Otter malt has its distinct, nicely bready wholesome taste. All very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, really. It has a fruity wholeness typical of the residual sugars left by the English ale yeast. The taste gets slightly vegetable-y as I drink through the 0.5l, like a cask ale (it’s pleasant enough). I would happily drink this again if I ever came across it in a pub. Possibly wouldn’t search it out in a shop again.

3.8
redders1974 (1473) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 Bottle from morrisons nice head and coloring grassy aroma taste slightly sour tropical fruits loads of hops and good mouthfeel. Excellent stuff


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