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Brewed by Hop Back
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Terrific straw-coloured beer with a fresh, hoppy aroma and a well rounded, malty flavour with an intense bitterness which leads to an excellent long, dry finish. Winner of numerous, prestigious awards, most notably Best Strong Bitter at The Great British Beer Festival in 1992/93.
Ingredients: Optic pale malt. East Kent Goldings and Challenger hops (The bottled version uses EKG only).

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3.2
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Re-rate. (average of two ratings).
Cask conditioned @ The New Inn, Soton (06/07/05). Lacking hop character. Long bitter finish balanced by quite a lot of sweetness - takes away some of the refreshing potential. Could be better with a more interesting hop character and less sweetness. (4 3 7 3 14)
Cask-conditioned. Citric and spicy hop aromas. Some sweetness balanced by a moderate bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste. Not overly complex but pleasant. I’ve found it to sometimes be a dull and lifeless beer if not well kept. (7 3 5 4 15)

3.3
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Clear sparkiling amber with a large white foamy head. Malty aroma is balanced nicely by a generous hop aroma. Flavor is quite good, brady malt is balanced, again, by the hops. THis is a British beer all the way. British hops and malt yum. Body is medium light and somewhat fizzy. Overall very drinkable but nothing outstanding.

3.4
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
medium amber color with a fairly small head; smell of yeast and hops; very dry, with a bit of citrus; the aftertaste is a little more bitter than I like

3.5
EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Bottled, no best by date. I popped the top and left the beer on my desk for a few moments and the aroma came over and said Hi!. I get a strong metallic tang to this one that fits fairly well with the hop-malt balance. It is quite dry and balanced, not overtly British but well balanced and tasty. If it wasn't for the metallic tang, I would rate it even higher.

4.2
CEZ (415) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
I am surprised at how many people here consider this one an "average" brew, because I found it superb... It's supposed to be a very hoppy beer but it seems to me that it's got a solid malt character, too. Deep, golden body crowned by a gorgeous off-white head. Heavy sediment in the bottle. Fresh, intense aroma. Malt, citrus, flowers, banana. Very drinkable without being too light-bodied. Rather long, dry finish. The flavors are full and crisp and the whole is well balanced.

3.3
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2003
A slightly hazy pale amber with a large/huge head. Aroma is similiar to their Thunderstorm but the hops are more subtle and blended better. Light musty English hop aroma. Easy drinking at first but becomes tiresome. Light body not much bitterness, average.

2.7
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Draught version: Was golden in color with medium white head. Interesting taste, but was not overly fond of it.

2.8
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2003
clear golden with probably the most interesting lacing i've ever seen..almost has a lovely and very consistent pattern to it. aroma is spicy, with a lot of fruitiness...pear comes to mind. flavor isnt as interesting as the appearance or the aroma. dry feel in the mouth with the vaguest hint of the spiciness or fruitiness in the aroma. finishes with a boring dry ever so slight hoppiness.

3.1
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
(bottle) Pale straw-colored ale with vigorous white head. Yeast/grass aroma. Mild flavor with hints of lemon. Hops finish. Not very hoppy, but appropriate to the style.

2.5
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Straw hue with large fizzy head and good lace. Aroma hinted of hay field, aromatic hops, apple, bread, sweat, band-aid. Acidic and tangy taste. Some citrus, mild hop crispness. Moderate bitter and dry finish. Thin-bodied brew has a watery and highly carbonated mouthfeel. This ale has more in common with a pilsner than a bitter ale. Weak and acidic nature makes this an overrated beer.


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