Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd
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4.05/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
06-29-2006 23:22:21 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
08-15-2008 20:03:41 | More by JanM
3.9/5 rDev +15.7%
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
09-03-2009 15:41:28 | More by DerBayer
3.88/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-23-2009 22:19:20 | More by Sigmund
3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
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
08-08-2012 08:03:07 | More by Cozzatoad
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev +13.6%
Pretty nice, poofy head on this one, with solid retention, too. Body is a pristinely clear, brick red-orange. The nose is nice, too, full of that distinctly herbal-grassy-floral aroma of Goldings hops - mint, hay, thyme, maple leaves, carnations, and even roses are all here. The malts are nice, too, although one-dimensional - they pretty much only smell of toffee. Crisp yet mild with a maltier flavor than anticipated, with nice toasty and nutty notes to support a taut, zesty hop character of lemon, herbs, and grass. Light and clean with sparkly carbonation that accents the snappy hops nicely and dries up the malts well. Looks like I've used the word "nice" a total of five times already, but that's what this beer is. Nice, and probably my favorite from Shepherd Neame so far.
Good with Cheddar, fair with Shropshire Blue, awful with Camembert, and very good with aged Gouda.
06-27-2009 19:01:20 | More by soulgrowl
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev +12.8%
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!
07-03-2006 20:15:37 | More by Derek
3.8/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
08-26-2006 20:29:32 | More by DrJay
3.78/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-18-2006 19:30:51 | More by bark
3.75/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
07-04-2006 18:09:42 | More by funkengruven
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
06-09-2007 20:03:04 | More by Hammarby
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-30-2006 22:40:56 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-08-2006 21:24:46 | More by pootz
United Kingdom (England)
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
07-22-2008 18:20:22 | More by BlackHaddock
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
A: This beer pours amber, with a high white even head that leaves nice lacings when it dissipates.
S: A very fruity smell at first; there is both green apples and citrus. Then there is floral notes to this very fresh beer.
T: Dry bitter hops with some fruity notes (citrus) and very refreshing.
M: Dry, and more bitter and bitter as time goes. There are some wormwood-notes.
D: Very refreshing - served cold in the summertime. This one I may buy again.
07-28-2009 15:33:17 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.63/5 rDev +7.7%
A_Light bronze with a full cream head. Very clear.
S_Lemony aroma up front followed by a bit of grass and wheat.
T_Lightly malty sweet up front followed by a nice bracing bitterness from the goldings. Grass comes through the most with hints of lemon. The only detracting quality is a slight metallic aftertaste. Otherwise quite nice
M_lighter bodied with more carbonation than you would typically get on cask.
O_A really nice summer time brew. Crisp and refreshing for hot weather.
07-30-2013 14:05:08 | More by sleazo
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
A - 500ml clear glass bottle. Pours a clear copper with a very stiff, mammoth head. The head takes forever to drop, leaving patchy lacing on the side of the glass.
S - A touch of skunk, citrusy hops and fruitiness.
T - Toasted grain and hop bitterness right away. Not a lot of fruity flavour - very crisp and dry, with some citrus.
M - Carbonation is too hard, but there is some body and drying finish.
D - Not a bad drinking beer, but low-ish in terms of flavour. I think I see where the brewer is going with this - refreshing on a hot summer day for sure.
06-25-2006 21:25:21 | More by allergictomacros
3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-07-2006 00:37:56 | More by Popsinc
3.46/5 rDev +2.7%
Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Le comptoir Irlandais, and tasted in 2013.
Appearance : clear amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : flowery and hoppy aromas (Goldings).
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and caramel flavor, with moderate hoppy finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English Bitter.
02-15-2013 18:10:06 | More by thierrynantes
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-14-2006 00:59:30 | More by biegaman
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Copper coloured beer with a limited head and a rather sweet nose with a hint of pine resin. In contrast it doesn't taste sweet at all. Herbal hops are to the fore here with a rather faint citric twang. Nothing special is going on but this is a worthy brew.
09-07-2009 22:16:18 | More by charlatan
3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-30-2006 22:37:46 | More by Viggo
3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
Light copper colour, with a thin head. Decent smell of crisp malts, grassy and bitter hops, and a slight skunk. Clear bottle. After a few minutes, the skunk smell faded. Very mellow taste. Dry cracker taste and bitter. Not much sweetness. Mouthfeel seems a tad oily. Good session beer, drinkable on a hot day.
09-07-2006 04:44:39 | More by slitherySOB
3.33/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Copper with a quite nice lace that to my disappointment vanishes all too quickly.
S: Not too much smell...mainly malt and bread.
T: Citric notes, malt, honey, metal notes.
M: Smooth, medium carbonation, medium-bitter aftertaste.
Not a bad beer but lacks body and aftertaste. Still, goes down quite easy
and was quite pleasant to drink during a hot summers day.
06-28-2007 19:00:27 | More by baggio
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-24-2006 15:46:03 | More by crwills
Goldings from Shepherd Neame Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.