Brewed by Otley Brewing Company
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal
Brewed by one of our brewers, Charlie, to celebrtate the visit of California youth rugby team playing Pontypridd youth on Friday 30th March 2007...Initial trial by Cardiff Camra members was extremely favourable!! Golden yellow made with American hops and lager malt.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
19th February 2012
On tap at the Rake. Hazy gold beer. Smells of bad eggs. Light palate with maybe some light hops - hard to tell under the bad eggs which pervade the taste as much as the smell. Grim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2010
cask at the stockbridge tap ... golden yellow ... creamy white head .. light toffee fruit nose ... light sweet lemon and peach hop ... light dry bitter... tasty enough

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2010
Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 29/01/2010 Fruit and hop aromas. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity with a crisp and slightly dry floral malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8517) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 16/07/09. Deeop gold with a slight off-white head. Sweetish malts, some citrus hops and a decent bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
Cask in the rake. Alround rating: Honey pale malts, perhaps a touch of wheat in the mouthfeel?, citrusy floral hop, touch of mandarin but it has a small dustyness. Drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2009
Handpump @ The Rake. Gold with a greenish tint and a white head. Pale malt and grassy hops in the nose. Taste has a crisp hop bite, citrus hints and a nice bitter linger. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
A Mes rate: cask cellar run at the Rake.
Clean gold with a pretty impressive white head. Excellent creamy malt aroma topped off with a generous serving of grassy and aromatic hops. The flavour is similar but there is a unwanted meaty note that is really holding it back. Excellent dry grassy hop finish that has really good length. Other than the oily meaty note this is very good indeed. One of the best from Otley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47943) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Anchor Inn, Digbeth, Birmingham, England B5.
[ As Otley O3 ]. Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grapefruit, lemon. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. Very nice ;o) (300708)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (14312) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2007
Cask conditioned at Brecon Beer Festival, Castle Hotel, Brecon, Powys. Pale gold with fullwhite head. Its not often when going to a beer festival, that the best beer of the day is the last, not the first, so this was pretty dynamic to show above the previous beers. it was beautiful, hoppy throughout, dry,oily and bitter, as fresh as a daisy and, it has to be said, in absolute perfect nick. The finish is juicy and citric and had me quoting from Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet (and boozer) who i was reading whilst in Wales. My tears are like the quiet drift; Of petals from some magic rose; And all my grief flows from the rift; Of unremembered skies and snows. I think, that if I touched the earth, It would crumble; It is so sad and beautiful, So tremulously like a dream.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6535) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Draught half-pint at NERAX on 5/5/07
A very warm-toned honey-orange/yellow body is bright, yielding a medium amount of white head that laces lightly and shows moderate retention.
Citric hops in the nose are somewhat muted by a grainy, almost nutty malt character (could be some yeast in there too). Very papery and dry, seemingly a very high attenuation. Lemon and light tangerine break through, with moderate citric bitterness. Not flawed, just too much blandness/paperiness in the nose.
Hops are strong up front, leading to very lightly sweet malts that recede quickly, allowing for a strong graininess on the end. What could be a crisp, husky, bite from the lager malts really just seems rather bland, grainy and too dry. Using those malts in beers with low carbonation is very difficult, because the carbonation adds back the body and balance that those malts need (one reason why they work so well in lagers). Schiehallion (cask lager) seems to have similar problems.
Dont need to cut it out entirely, but it needs a high proportion of pils malt or an English pale malt.

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