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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlphaOne (142) - - APR 17, 2005
Slight chill haze, golden with nice lacing. Aroma is musky, citrus, pear, apple skins and light honey. Flavour is honeyish, with pearish fruitiness, piney, citrusy, woody hop bitterness. Light body lets it down a bit.

dave360 (28) - - DEC 8, 2017
Got from Morrison’s tasted cheap smelt cheap did not like this beer at all ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

eastkenttom (154) - herne bay, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2017
Bottle from off licence.
Lovely golden ale. Everything is right, the carbonation, mouth feel and taste. It's great. The perfect beer to convert lager drinkers. Thought the 5% abv might make it taste boozy, but it wears it well.
This is highly sessionable, and I'll be buying this stuff often. 8.5/10.

deepdrinker (317) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 found this gem many years ago in a JD wetherspoons. floral aroma , light golden in colour , small white head , refreshing taste

l33 (7) - - NOV 7, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 500ml bottle. Lovely summer light golden beer, although equally acceptable In November, doesn’t taste as strong as 5%, very drinkable

Davros IX (532) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle at home. I used to love this beer and it is still my sister's favourite. It poured with minimal head and I have to say that it was a fairly bland golden ale in terms of flavour. I admit that I have a cold and that doesn't help matters, but I remember that this used to have much more flavour. It slipped down well while finishing making the roast dinner, but beyond that it was not memorable.

luttonm (6841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Hawley Arms, Camden. Soapy thick white foam, clear gold. Creamy, blonde bitter. Fruity, some citrus. Nice.

AcctError487340 (26) - - JUL 31, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2017 Cask at the Bear & Staff, Leicester Square. Clear light gold, white lacing. Floral, citrus dry, plenty of flavour and highly drinkable. Cracking pint, like it says on the tin, ideal for summer

PeatyPete (1111) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2017
Golden colour with white head. Aroma malt a bit buttery. Taste malt and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GuideDogSaint (1767) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 26, 2017
Cask pint at the Marquis of Granby, Epsom. Pours clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of malt with hops with something not great, unclean lines? Some butter. Dry bitter finish. Times have moved on since I first had it.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2017
Cask at the Eight Bells beer festival in East Sussex. A classic example of a British golden ale -- it’s light with a bit of honey sweetness but not much more from the hops, and there’s a great hop profile that shows off earth, pine, and citrus before finishing with a long bitterness. Very, very good stuff.

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