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


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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 This one pours a clear, golden color with a medium sized, lingering, creamy white head. Light aroma of grass and hops with a touch of malts. Light body with lots of carbonation and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. The flavor is lemony and hoppy with just the right amount of malts to balance the bitterness. The finish is crisp and dry, and has a nice lingering hop flavor. A great beer, very tasty and refreshing. Very clean.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bgreene (4) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2003 does not count
Medium high carbonation, easy taste, somewhat vibrant at times, but ultimately a little disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Pours clean golden. White head, nice lacing. Lightly metallic nose. Starts mild, light to medium bodied, light biscuit, pale malts. A tad thin finishing with light herbal hops in the back. A very drinkable English session brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
8/17/03: bottle.
hay-yellow body with a thick white head. some lacing. faint hop nose. watered down honey taste with a light hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Straw colored body with a thick, rocky, off-white head. Some lacing. Some floaters that don't look like yeast.
Hoppy aroma with some hints of malt.
Corn or adjunct like flavor dominates. Hoppiness of the aroma doesn't translate to much hop flavor. Not much here.
Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2003
an attractive spectacle occurs as cascading beverage meets glass: slightly hazy trumpet golden, with a creamy lager-like porscelaine head-- one that, when briskly swirled, explodes like ocean surf with a fresh froth. aroma is moderate but that's a blessing--more of it would make matters worse: pencil shavings, very sticky grainy effect, like kellogg's rice krispies marshmallow treats, and a kind of pureed mulchy fruitiness akin to baby food. watery, and the bitterness is tinny-- like sucking on bottle caps. crap floating inside becomes evident by bottles end: more like bits of crumbled cork than yeast residue. sweet vanilla- grasses, with finally a very soft carbonation and a slightly washed out cinammon-bark spiciness. could find redemption as a functional back-yard summer beer, but for me, those corn-grain malts too closely resemble an american malt liquor. doesn't entirely suck, but puckering physiognamy suggests it would like to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Pours cloudy light golden-yellow in color with some large chunks of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, has a good frothy white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lacing, bready and flowery aromas. Decent grainy and bready malt flavors, light rounded mouthfeel that finishes with a mild bitterness.

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