Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Ashford in the Water, England


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A golden summer ale made with a selection of American and Slovenian hops, Maris Otter Pale Ale and Crystal malts and infused with freshly picked Derbyshire Elderflowers. An initial aroma of elderflower and a clean and zesty flavor. Fresh and grassy hop characters and a light, refreshing bitter finish make this beer the ideal warm weather pint. The elderflower character lingers long after swallowing.

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ladnewton (2055) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2010
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on 2 August 2010. Clear gold with thin white lacing head. Fruity and floral aromas. Notes of elderflower, fruits and a late burst of peanut nuttiness during the main flavour crescendo. Grass and floral hop abound in the finish, on a zingy mouthfeel.

haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
Cask (handpull) at Thornbridge Hall Garden Party, 2009. It’s elderflower and then moreso; so fresh in the aroma that it takes on an almost peppery edge, the flavour is anchored by an assured malt base though the flavour still itches. Sat in the splendid gardens of Thornbridge Hall with the sun on my back, Craven Silk proved itself to be a barnstorming summer beer.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the University Arms, Sheffield 17/07/2009
Hop and some roast aroma. Golden coloured hoppy and floral with a little dryness and roast malt in a crisp finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico 02/08/2010
Hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured floral fruity and hoppy with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Star Inn, Huddersfield, England. @ [ The Star Inn Summer Beer Festival ].Citric hoppy with hints of elderflower aroma and taste. Not that fond on elderflower so not my thing.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2009
A Mes rate: cask at the Fat Cat.
Bright light gold with a thin but lasting white head and lots of condition. Huge elderflower hand in hand with some very good hops and held up really well by some excellent earthy malt. Ian’s right, it’s almost gingery with the excessive elderflower. Typically drinkable for a Thornbridge beer. Good stuff.

DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Cask in the fat cat. Alround rating: Massive elderflower peppery character, dry and grasy, bitter floral pwepperyness. Quite different but its not really my deal.

thewolf (12861) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
[RBESG, Sheffield]

Cask @ The Fat Cat, Sheffield.

Pours slightly hazy golden with a fine, staying, off-white film head. Aroma is sweet, some clear elderflowers and flowery hops. Medium, prickly carbonation, fine and light mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet, lots of elderflowers. Light flowery dry bitterness in the finish. Fresh, but just a bit too much elderflowers for me.

fonefan (51665) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Star Inn, Huddersfield, England. @ [ The Star Inn Summer Beer Festival ]
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, moderate hoppy, grass, citrus, lime, flowers - elderflowers. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090716]

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Cask Conditioned Gravity Dispense Merton BF. A golden coloured beer with a little ring of whitish bubbles. The aroma has lots of elderflower but also spicy pepperiness too. Spicy peppery and floral in the mouth. Clean, crisp and good.

cgarvieuk (26100) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2009
Ok... in a departure from normal rating... due to the INCREDIBLY high number of BLOND ales during the Shefiled trip that all blended into one another im breaking them down into three catagories

Catagory A : Golden Yellow ... light fruity lemon hop nose ... soft dull light lemon hop

Catagory B : Amber ... light dry lemon hop ... soft light lemon hop with a little malt in background

Catagory C : Amber ... soapy lemon nose ... light brigh lemon hop

Catagory D : Amber ... light grassy lemon hop ... dry grassy lemon hop

Catagory E : Amber ... light grapefruit hop ... again light hop with a little grapefruit

This is a Catagory C @ the Star festival Hudersfield

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