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


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RATINGS: 569   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Amazingly light beer for an English ale. Nonetheless, this straw colored, foamy brew is a good quencher, in the manner of, say, Cooper's Sparkling ale. Aroma is like grass, drying in the sun. Flavor is hop-dominated, crisp and distinctly dry with a grassy hint. I don't mind this stuff, but I think they're paying their label writer extra bucks for hyperbole. Good summer refresher. Yeasty Oberon-like flavor noted also, this is not bad.

redders1974 (1694) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2018 Straw coloured head didnt last long. Slight chewing gum taste hop comes through in the end a bit bland for the abv but fine.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (407) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 18, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2017 Review from memory and notes in my 1001 Beers to try before you die book. No tasting notes.

dave360 (34) - - 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 (364) - 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 (10) - - NOV 7, 2017
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 (571) - 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 (6953) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Hawley Arms, Camden. Soapy thick white foam, clear gold. Creamy, blonde bitter. Fruity, some citrus. Nice.

AcctError487340 (42) - - 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 (1113) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2017
Golden colour with white head. Aroma malt a bit buttery. Taste malt and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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