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

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RATINGS: 562   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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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Also had this at the Chicago RAF. I must admit not impressed, thin and lacking complexity. When i first had it i thought it was a lager or pilsner instead of a bitter.


3.2
luttonm (6562) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Hawley Arms, Camden. Soapy thick white foam, clear gold. Creamy, blonde bitter. Fruity, some citrus. Nice.

4
AcctError487340 (19) - - 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

3
PeatyPete (1108) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2017
Golden colour with white head. Aroma malt a bit buttery. Taste malt and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
GuideDogSaint (1691) - 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.

3.9
thepatrickman (1398) - 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.

3.4
Rubin77 (2402) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 3, 2017
F: thin, white, quick gone. C: gold, hazy. A: malty, caramel, bready, fruity, grassy. T: malty, grassy, caramel, fruity, bready, light to medium body, low carbonation, nice, enjoyed, half pint @ The Half Moon pub near Horsham.

3.1
martpez (266) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Draw coloured beer. Gently bitter and pleasent. Slight malty tinge that’s disappointing. Very little flavour for a 5% beer. It’s okay.

3.1
Camons (12908) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2017
Cask @ The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich. Pours light golden with an offwhite head. Aroma of light malt, light grain, little grassy hops. Flavor is light bitter, grassy, light citrusly hops. Medium body, soft to average carbonation, light bitter finish. 150217

3.3
john44 (3215) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Cask Pint at The Sultan, South Wimbledon, London Aug 2009 - Yellowy Gold in colour. Intensely bitter citrus hoppy beer. Fruity; citrus lemon and grapefruit. Hoppy; grassy hops. Malty base; caramel. Very bitter citrus fruity hoppy throughout. Very dry in the finish. (2009-08)

3.2
Stuu666 (14250) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 2, 2016
Cask at the Stockbridge tap. Pours clear golden, nose is soft toffee, floral, taste is sweet, lemon, toffee, cloying.


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