renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
cask at the sultan. light hops in nose, straw gold in colour and then... tastes of wet leather, mouldy cheese and chalk. and a bit metallic. good mouthfeel if you can stand the taste. Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2008
Cask/gravity at Battersea Beer Festival 6 Feb 08. Golden brown colored. An OK soapy tanned head. Modest fruity aroma. Dry paperish flavor. A dry finish with hints of biscuit. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Gravity cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 6th Feb 2008. Rather yeasty aroma gets things off to a bad start. Golden yellow in colour, tastes like you’d expect a golden ale to taste. Flat palate however. Decent enough, but flawed and a bit uninspired. daniele (9219) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2008
spillata a mano in italia schiuma poca ma ben compatta e decisamente persistente colore chiaro gaatura minima in bocca morbida finale abbastanza secco ma ben bilanciata molto leggera luppolo presente senza sovrastare downender (8691) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol 4/1/08. Deep gold with a slight white head. Aroma of hay and floral hops. Flavour had some sweet malt, apricots and a decent grassy hop finish. An enjoyable bitter.
fonefan (49568) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ New Smithy, Wolstanton ST5, UK. Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, moderate hoppy, flowers, grass, lemon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily / creamy and very smooth, carbonation is soft to flat. (150108) Fukito (1059) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 24, 2007
Cask at The Market Porter, november 07. Shinny golden color with a creamy, bubbly white head. Grassy, lemony flavor with some hay malts at the end. A bit watery with a dry finnish. Light mouthfeel. Some dryness but a bit empty and watery. Nice and drinkable. Some very shy grainy notes on the nose and mineral too but very restrained. Nice, refreshing ordinary bitter/ golden ale that could do much better with more aroma and body. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2007
Half pint at the Great British Beer Festival, a clear and bright gold with a large frothy head. Lots of fruity hops in the aroma (peachy) with juicy malts. A smooth palate at first, fruity with earthy malt. An earthy bitterness increases towards the finish. A good easy to drink bitter. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2007
Cask handpump at Cambridge BF, ’07. Golden amber with a frothy white head. Herby aroma (could that be coriander?)with an interesting almondy taste and short bitter finish. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Draught pint at NERAX on 5/2/07
Small, manageable white head is creamy and retained modestly well. Beige-golden body is fully bright. Little/no lace.
Very malty nose delays the presence of the hops, which are very, very soft and lightly floral at most. Some nuttiness, not really a crispness and light pepper-like notes sit on the finish, with a very clean yeast presence adding very soft, fruity esters. Mostly, it is a medium-sweet, creamy malt full of baked white bread, light barley grain and some biscuits. A deeper streak of buttercream runs through it, though is distinctly not diacetyl. Medium strength of aroma, some light paperiness and tannin on finish. No alcohol or flaws.
Very malty flavor up front has vanilla, buttercream and bread dough all providing a fair complexity, but a slightly seltzer-like finish, almost like a hard-pretzel, stemming from the yeast, nuttiness and dry malt tannin, seems rather bland and not really crisp. True, there is some hoppiness, but EKGs are never very crisp and the bitterness is extremely minimal. Still, it’s well-done to style and flawless. I guess I’m just not crazy about the malts and the slight hardness/graininess. Not enough balancing softness nor a supple enough texture. Medium-low carbonation.