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Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003)
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Reviews by JanM:
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2008 edition. A sour and fruity smell, some sweetness with a hint of caramel. Poured with little foam, quickly disappearing. The taste was rich with notes of apple and spices, even pepper. Very tasty and refreshing with a pronounced hop bitterness. In fact, it was pretty damned good and exceeded my expectations based on last year's edition.

JanM, Aug 15, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking pour with a golden amber colour and full, frothy head. The nose was soft hops, grassy notes, light honey and mild citrus. The taste was light and again somewhat grassy with slight bitterness of lemon peel....subtle hoppiness....lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was fresh and crisp, a light to medium bodied beer. Low alcohol and fresh, lively mouthfeel make it quite drinkable for the intended summer season. Overall and based on the name (Summer Hop Ale) i might have expected a touch more hoppiness.

Popsinc, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of ricke
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper colored, medium sized good looking head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Not much going on here. Mostly bready malts with fragile hop notes that actually goes quite perfumy and soapy. Not as bad as it sounds though, it smells decent.

T: Again, not much going on. Mostly sweet bready and biscuity malts that is sprinkled with restrained but rather sharp citric hop notes. Some floral notes, carrots and a gentle hint of herbs. The finish is short with a minimal bitterness and some mineral flavors.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: Not much to say about this one. It's a decent British bitter, nothing else. Kind of refreshing, though.

ricke, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV stated as 4.5%. I've held on to this one for a while - but what's wrong with a summer ale in mid-November?

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with strong carbonation. Forms a small head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a decent surface layer. A slightly sweet, fruity aroma with notes of roasted malt, butterscotch and non-descript leafy hops. Not a great combination - it doesn't smell terribly pleasing.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of toffee/caramel and butterscotch blended with a vague fruitiness that's hard to pin down - possibly from the yeast. Also faint aromatic hops and stewed hop bitterness. An unpleasant background hint of stewed veg. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly but watery; an astringent element dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and veg.

Poor - not a nice ale. The aroma/flavour combo is pretty unpleasant; stewed hops and fruity yeast don't mix. Supposed to be a light summer ale, but the character is too fruity and lacking in crispness. The aromatic hops are also hard to discern. In summary - you can do better than this.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bittersweet and hoppy. A bit resiny and sticky, pretty tasty, has some tasty citric floral hops and some bready malts, a bit on the sticky bittersweet side, but bearable, i'd really love to try this cask conditioned, it would probably be so much better. A good example of an English bitter.

rastaman, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of Hammarby
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good two finger offwhite head with yellowish tones.
S: Bread, phenols, hint of sweetness (fudge?), malt.
T: Bitterness, dryish taste of honey, metallic tone, hops.
M: Medium body, good carboration, kind of oily feel in the aftertaste.

A nice little beer, but a bit too carborated for my personal taste.

Hammarby, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour, light brown abundant head, significant lace left in glass. Malty aroma and faint hops. Smooth biscuit mouthfeel, understated carbonation, very quaffable. Mid-sip metallic. Dry hop leaf finish, dry nice bitter aftertaste. Nicely hopped for any hop fan.

Sammy, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite dominating with some distant malt. Taste is hoppier then expected from an English bitter with the distinctive presence of Goldings hops and a good base of malt. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Better then a lot of English import in clear bottle that we get here.

Phyl21ca, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first English beer since a beer trip to Belgium and all that entails (drinking heavy alcohol brews with complex tastes and flavours.

Anyway, this clear 500ml bottle has been sat awaiting my attention for some time, even though it has a long life left (Apr 2009). The label claims it is a 'Summer Hop Ale'.

Poured into my new La Chouffe glass (two and a half times). It was a lovely amber colour with a huge off-white head, pretty as a picture.

It doesn't say so, but I am assuming it is hopped with Goldings. The aroma is certainly hoppy, even when served chilled as requested on the bottle.

Dry and tangy taste with the hops completely dominating the malted barley and whatever the other ingredients that may have been used.

Typical watery English Bitter feel, but it still has a presence and you know it has 4.7% alcohol within. Plenty of hops for us Brits, no where near the amount some US hopheads would prefer, but that would unbalance the beer in my opinion.

Not bad at all. Sheperd Neame produce a lot of 'Supermarket type beers', this is one of their better ones.

BlackHaddock, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

vinicole, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -11%

pin, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Light amber colour, perfectly transparent. A couple of fingers of perfectly white, frothy head. Shows quite good retention until the very last sips, not much lacing but still a decent amount

S- There's a dominant sweet malts base, along with a bit of a soapy feel. Then some delicate but definitely detectable frutiy notes, peach, slight citrus. A touch of pungent, fresh cut grass on the back of things. Nicely complex, not very assertive though

T- Sweet malts base as the smell suggested, but still pretty much on the light/quaffable side. Notes of caramel and maybe honey, slight buttery feel. A refreshing herbal/grassy feel on the tongue and in the aftertaste. Fruity notes of apple, peach, citrus bring some complexity, overall quite subdued but still very nice and somehow refreshing

M- Light body, quite dry (for an english beer). Medium carbonation. Nicely smooth. Nothing really impressive, but it just fits nicely with the beer's character

O- A delicate beer. Feels very light on mouth and stomach, highly refreshing and drinkable, it does what you would expect from a summer beer. Still, it also brings some decent complexity if you pay some attention

Cozzatoad, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml clear bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden to amber colour, big head, slightly off-white. Moderate aroma of floral hops, hints of grass. The flavour has pleasant Goldings hops throughout, on a relatively dry and biscuity background, with just a slight fruitiness. There are definitely worse summer ales than this one around. Highly drinkable.

Sigmund, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of funkengruven
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from an interesting looking bottle to a very pretty gold with a nice puffy head that sits nicely on top. Smell is pretty hoppy, quite nice. Taste is bitter, with metallic notes that slowly subside. It is however fairly easy to drink and not offensive.

This is a fairly nice summer ale.

funkengruven, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy, white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: A mild hop aroma; mostly earthy, with a little grass, floral & citrus.

T: Caramel sweetness with an earthy hop flavour; slightly metallic; a little lemon grass. Dry/bitter, earthy finish.

M: Moderate body (heavy for its strength); carbonation is pleasantly on the low-side of moderate; a little creamyness; dry finish.

D: Plenty of flavour, low alcohol, a good drinker.

Britain's oldest brewer, yet most of the reviews are Canadian! Thanks LCBO!

Derek, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland. Poured into a Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

First things first. This is presented in a clear bottle; what gives? No self-respecting brewer bottles into a clear (or green!) bottle. It's bad form. We all know it.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Clear dark copper colour.

Sm: Buttery biscuity honey and nutty hops. Pleasant and exciting.

T: Too malty. Nutty notes come through. Not quite butterscotch. Poorly balanced and built. No cream. Bittering hops are unwelcome in this beer. I despise how the malt is handled in this beer.

Mf: Sharp coarseness is actually nice alongside the refreshing wetness. It's a shame the flavours of the body don't match.

Dr: Expensive by Irish standards, and far from great.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant deep, reddish gold. Got a big fluffy head by doing an aggressive pour. Some skunk aroma when pouring. Yeasty malt aromas dominate, with some light hop presence.

Taste is caramel malts, dull floral hops, and a little bit of sulphur. Mild metallic notes throughout. Mouthfeel is on the weakish side, with an accompanying watery aftertaste.

Not something I'd buy again.

crwills, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of bark
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is golden - amber; the fine compact pale beige head slowly sinks down to a compact lid, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is hoppy. I found sour notes of diacetyl, mild flowers, some dry notes of soap and an almost pils-like bitterness. Very balanced, as one could expect from Shepherd Neame.

The taste is mild with creamy notes of semi-sweet malt (with a little hint of burned notes), but the focus is on the aromatic hops. I found flavours of butter, camomile, pistachio nuts. The medium-long aftertaste is balanced with a slowly growing bitterness with some (metallic?) sourness.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a mild carbonation, which suits this beer fine.

A hoppy and creamy bitter with high drinkability. . Not that exciting, but a very balanced and refreshing ale for hot summer nights.

bark, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, huge off white head forms, pretty lacing, great retention. Smell is malty caramel, a lot of citrus and floral hopping, metallic and earthy. Taste is very metallic, caramel, honey, citrus/floral, nice clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. I think the bitterness is pretty out of whack, the first few sips weren't too pleasant. But it mellowed a bit, decent English bitter, but I still don't like British water.

Viggo, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear 500ml (pasturized) bottle pours a light copper-amber ale in my pint glass. Sticky 1 finger cap lasts well and laces the glass.

Aroma is pungent perfumey floral peach-like hops over a solid biscuit malt grainyness.

Solid malt spine, medium-light body,.... sticky, mineral mouth feel, rounded mellow fruity character.

Up front you get modest sweetness which turns to a definate buscuit maltiness, this becomes balanced midway with the hop mixture which creates a wonderful peach-grapefuit decernment that compliments the detectable fruity phenols of the ale yeast and rides just above the sweet biscuit maltiness....giving balance and a light fruity-hoppy bias. The Finsh is long and slowly bittering as the biscuit malt is slowly overtaken by light ( not unpleasant) metallic bittering. Light, peach-lile hopiness, biscuity, satisfying, mellow and drinkable.

I'm not usually a fan of the English mild or light bitter ales but, as they go, this is one of the tastiest ones I've ever sampled with a rounded mellow quality....this tastes like it was conditioned long enough to remove the sharp edges short cycle ales are prone to....gives it great drinkability and makes it a good choice for a session ale.

pootz, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a dense head that lasts till the end. Thick ridges of foam coat the glass. The aroma is full of yummy Goldings (Im pretty sure) hops, with bread and fruit around the edges. The taste is hop forward with lots of woody, earthy, herbal flavors. Some malt doughyness and good diacetyl show in the middle. Fruity esters and a bit of astringency are noticeable in the background. The finish is bitter, but delicate. The mouthfeel is light and quite carbonated for a bitter.

I enjoyed this bitter, its hoppier than most and also very light. I think it could use a little more malt 'meat', still its an excellent session ale.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, medium amber colour with a generous, fluffy off-white head from the pour. Decent head retention with some clumpy lacing. Perfumy floral aroma with a bit of biscuity malt and citrus in the background. Moderate bitterness with a pleasant caramel backbone. Hop flavour is lemony and a bit floral/earthy. The finish has some lingering metallic bitterness and a hint of diacetyl. Medium bodied with nearly crisp carbonation. The texture's a bit creamy once the carbonation settles and it dries up considerably towards the end. Not bad at all - I liked this as an easy sipping, sitting around in the afternoon beer.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of DerBayer
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the most enjoyable bitters i ve ever had doesn t really look like one though - too pale.

complex hops all the way and some fruity esters but not too strong just the way i like it

mouthfeel is ok for the tyle but not as refreshing as i like

i will probably revisit this next summer

DerBayer, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a good British ale - clean but slightly clouded colour, at least 2 fingers of foam, great clingy lacing. Aroma is rather vibrant, plenty of hops, lightly roasted. Slightly oaty, grassy, plenty of honey notes. Quite lovely. A great job with the aromatic hops Unfrotunately that lovely aroma would be the high point. Taste is much less interesting, and mouthfeel offers little stimulation. More bitterness could be a good thing. Seems to be a light soapy feature. Flavour falls short of interesting, being largely one-dimensional and this beer's coarse water - which I don't mind (in fact, usually enjoy with British ales) - seems to overrun the hops and flavour. I can easily enough enjoy this, but I was none too impressed.

biegaman, Jul 14, 2006
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Goldings from Shepherd Neame Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.