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Brewed by Quantock Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Taunton, England

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available bottle conditioned;
A golden ale produced from the finest malts and hops to give a beer that is bursting with hop flavour and aroma. The beer is named after ’Wills Neck’, the highest point in the Quantock Hills.

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3.4
BeardedAvenger (793) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2017
Cask at Swan, Farnborough. Floral aroma, with a bitter citrus edge. Bright gold. Thick but frothy white head. A really hoppy bitter hit, exaggerated by the fact that I was not expecting it. Son sweetness comes through into the finish. Light bodied. Watery but has a certain slickness. Light carbonation. Long finish. Had no expectations so a pleasant surprise. A gold with an IPA streak.

2.7
ManVsBeer (10464) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Cask @ Henry Boons, Wakefield. Golden with a creamy head. Bitter in character with a sweetened hop-maltiness.

3.5
gegwilson (3702) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Cask at the brewery tap room. Golden with a foamy cream head. Hoppy citrus aroma. Nice hoppy citrus flavour with a little marmalade and a long bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good for a golden ale.

3.3
The_Osprey (7985) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
Cask at The Railway, Putney as ’Quantock Wills Neck’, 4.3%. Pale orange, clear, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is a bit cheesy, chutney on bread. Body is fairly light, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is grassy, straw, burnt biscuit, oatcake, fairly bitter. Not bad at all. A pretty decent golden ale.

2.5
tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) on the 14th February 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear straw in colour with a thin white head. Dusty floral hops present in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malt base gives a fresh fruity flavour of green apples but little else. Bitter hop resins impart a fresh zesty citrus note to the long aftertaste which is not astringent at all. Bitter hoppy finish gives a light floral taste in the palate and it reminded me of Copper Dragon Golden Pippin in flavour. A poor Golden Ale which tastes far weaker than the ABV suggests.

3.1
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Cask handpull at County Hotel Spoons Ashford. Hazy gold lasting white head. some biscuit some tart citrus hop bit of Sherbet some ok condition.

2.3
minutemat (5500) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Cask @ Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours amber with a light haze. Aroma is lightly floral. Taste is initially rather bitter and biscuity with some faint marmalade. Doesn’t leave the greatest impression

3.4
kwik-lime (1926) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Cask at JDWs on Whitehall. Floral aroma, nicely hopped with hints of citrus, malt and a slight metallicness. Nice beer.

2.8
Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle obtained through a work-related relationship, cheers Jeremy! New label compared to the picture on the left hand side of this page... Medium sized, off-white, moussy, ’membranously’ lacing head over a lightly hazy, pure and warm golden blonde beer with medium fizz. Aroma is unfortunately heavily impaired by the dreaded lightstruck effect (sulfuric burning rubber, stale cat pee), strangely so as it comes from a brown bottle; this effect almost completely hides more pleasing impressions of lightly toasted white bread, damp straw, dried field flowers, mineral water, faint lemon peel, unripe pear, grass. Neutral onset even for a golden ale, crisp and clean, very lightly sourish and grainy with almost no sweetness, softish carbonation adding a minerally effect, smooth and light body, grainy middle phase, thin and almost watery with just a very light touch of malt sweetness but almost fading away, were it not for the Euro ’noble’ hops coming to the rescue in the end, providing a firm, earthy, leafy bitterness, lasting quite long and providing some herbal and floral retronasal aromas; ends very dry and bitter for an English golden ale. The late hopping tries to save the day: obviously the dominating sulfuric ’lightstruck stench’ ruins the nose completely, but in the mouth, they do create a strong bitter structure around which this beer is more or less centered, as it contains little else for balance. This unfortunate lightstruck odour kept penetrating the nostrils with strong perseverance all the way through the bottle and I would have liked a tad more malt sweetness in this type of beers; still preferable over any English lager of course, the beer style often ’mimicked’ by golden ale. Cannot honestly say I enjoyed this though, I do hope the other ones from this brewery will be better in their respective styles and I expect this beer to be way better on draught too, when light is not allowed to ruin the aroma.

3.5
fellebag (1476) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2015
50cl bottle. Small white layer. Light golden color, normal carbonation. Aroma is hops, tea, flowers. Taste is bitter with distinct hops.


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