lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle, beer brewed as a gimmick for the global recession.
Appearance: Bright, transparent, golden colour with three finger white head when poured into 500ml tall central European style glass tankard, receding to heavy ring and thin layer of froth with good lacing.
Aroma: Lots of hops, satsumas, subtle alcoholic warmth.
Taste: What exactly is a golden bitter brewed in the pacific northwest? Answer: basically a very hoppy golden pale ale or smoother version of an IPA. I haven’t come across any other golden bitters before, and this tastes nothing like any bitter I have had. I’m not sure that calling this a bitter is correct; but then Howe Sound already have a hoppy pale ale. All this aside, this is a tasty beer. Crisp, hoppy, fruitiness that you would expect from an IPA, but something is slightly different about the flavour in this beer. A hint of blonde ale and pilsner flavours, a lingering but not overpowering finish from the hops; and also a malty aspect that you might expect from a good central European pilsner, while still tasting like top-fermented ale. Curious beer, but interesting and very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp.
Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, rewarding from the hops and balance of the beer, while leaving you wondering - what style is this? Nevertheless, it’s good. MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 Time again for the always welcome one litre swingtop bottle from Howe Sound. Producing just over two fingers of frothy white head covering a lovely clear copper body, the aroma was giving up some malty notes. Taste was assuredly bitter; no shortage of hops here. Mouthfeel and finish also had some bite to them, thanks again, hops. Thoroughly enjoyable, easily the best Canadian-made bitter I’ve had (maybe the only one?). Good beer, this. joet (2654) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Thanks to the folks at Marin Valley Beerworks! Very solid brew, herbal, spicy bitter. White pepper and touch of sulfur. Low medium effervescence. Solid quaffability and coming in at 5% which works for me as a session. Bits of softness at about 50 degrees. There’s a lot to like about this beer - the sessionability, the quality production, the solid English styling, the swing top packaging (excellent for your homebrew) and the sentiment of beer for hard times. robforbes (2260) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2009
pours a hazy yellow-orange with a large white foamy head, some sediment, and great lacing.
smell is of grain, some citrus, a touch earthiness, and dry grass.
taste is dry, a touch of grain, bitter, a little caramel, and some citrus, ends dry and somewhat bitter.
overall the beer gets better as you drink it, very nice. patricks110 (2552) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
A great bitter with great session drinkability. I love the 1 L bomber swing top bottle. Pour is bright copper straw with a finger of whitish head. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, bitter, nice malts, toffee, caramel. Great beer.
bhensonb (15609) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
1L swingtop from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy amber gold with a foamy white head. Light aromas of floral and fruit. Med body. Frothy carb. Flavor is floral, light stone fruit, touch of citrus, light malt, and something that makes me think of matches. Guess the main thing is the hop and malt, which is always followed by a herbiness til the next mouthful. It’s quite dry, certainly bitter. I’d say they nailed the style. If I’m being a bit harsh, I think it’s because I keep thinking ESB, which it isn’t. Nice shot at a bit of over the pond. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
Pours a pale orange with a nice full head. Aroma is faint but slightly hoppy. Tastes pretty straightforward - a basic bitter, decent malting and balanced but not overly-pronounced hops. On the pale side as far as bitters go, not too much caramel but still well balanced against the hops. Great carbonation, thin but appropriate body. Plain but well-executed basic bitter. LilBeerDoctor (4129) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear deep yellow with a small head. Aroma of grassy hops, sweet fruits, and pale malts. Flavor of sweet pale and toasted malts, with more sweetness in the finish. Decent bitter.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5) JoeMcPhee (9516) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Very pale golden beer. Very fresh crackery malt aroma. Light wheaty/spicy notes. Flavour also shows a very clean, crisp malt base with a touch of pleasant fruity estery character. Clean, well-balanced and easy to drink... just what you want in a bitter. dogfish120love (1339) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle at PPSG. Accourding to my trusty over the top RB rating and tasting sheet:
For aroma I circled bread and very light in terms of hop aroma, pine, orange/citrus flowers