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Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 41
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer. Clear dark amber colour, active carbonation, mid-sized head with some staying power and good lacing.

Nicely hopped nose, with a hint of burn. Smells appetizing, though somewhat sharp. Quite bitter to taste, with a sharp bitter-dry finish. Strong metallic note is off-putting, as is harsh carbonation.

I enjoy strongly hopped beers, but this one is missing a depth of character. Too one dimensional, metal too prominent. (445 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of shamus
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

IIt's a really hot and humid day so I'm serving this nice and cold. This is the same brewer that does Bishop's Fingers so I was afraid that this brew would be overly sweet for my palate and it is.

I do like the colour a deep copper/gold, but the head is thin and snappy. That means the bubbles pop to soon in my lingo. It smells too malty, and for a beer that calls itself a "Summer Hop Ale" there isn't much of a hop smell to this. At least not the hops I like.

The taste is far too sweet for me. I don't like sweet in my beer.If that's a characteristic you enjoy your going to appreciate this more than me.

I'm not enjoying this one much. it's not gruesome but I'm ready to move on to something else. (711 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light copper in colour with surprisingly strong carbonation. A good amount of grassy and mild floral hops on the nose, with a bit of caramel on the back end. Quite fruity in the mouth, with more grasses. Dries out quite quickly, with a faint woody note on the brisk finish. The carbonation seems to wash all of the character and interesting flavors away. (354 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stunning presentation with the clear bottle and a mouthwatering deep amber brew sitting proudly within. The label shouts summer as does the scent of the striped rodent escaping as I decapsulate this sample. Thankfully the odor does not carry into the glass too strongly.

The beer pours into the glass with just as much allure as when it sat in the bottle, with a diminutive cap of off-white foam garnishing its surface. Sadly, no lacing or staying power... which means no foaming agents within.

Aromas are velvety and complex with a spicy honey malt signature up front leading to mild ripened peach notes and a balancing dose of leafy hops in the finish. The whole is fragrant but not overdone allowing for the possibility of a very sessionable beer.

Flavours are not nearly as complex as the aromas and lack the depth and smoothness as well. Bone dry as it enters the mouth it yields a grainy metallic taste up front and leads almost immediately to an astringent bitterness with barely any malt or fruitiness expressing themselves. The finish is just as dry as the beginning with a long clinging bitterness. Not what I expected.

I knew I was taking a chance with this one when I saw the clear bottle under the fluorescent tube at the LCBO and I crapped out. Just like fruit, you take a chance...

Santé (1,319 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Conrad
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the bottle design. Had this one on a warm summer evening.
A: Bright honey/copper colour with a nice rich head that settled with big bursting bubbles, and had fine lacing.
S: First, I was hit with big pungent hops upfront, then a bit of floral and citrus. There was a tartness that made me salivate, like when you open an pickle jar.
T: A bit disappointing. This has a clean taste, with a good malt/hop balance. No, on second thought, the hops come through a bit more, with a light honey flavour. Best I can say is it's inoffensive.
M: Smooth, moderate body. The big carbonation resulted in big beer burps.
D: A good session ale. Nice to have on a warm summer evening, and yes, I would have another. (710 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle, BB 04/07, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: bright reddish amber, fluffy off-white head settling slowly to cob-web like foam sustaining on top of lightly carbonated body.
S: balanced profile b/w Goldings’ spicy and citric hoppiness and a rich, juicy, brown-sugary maltiness, laced with a touch of marinated plums; very simple but quite nice.
T: plenty of juicy orange-citric and aromatic-floral hops upfront, with a touch of spicy taste peculiar of Goldings; brown-sugary malts prevail in the aftertaste with a faint touch of plums, leaving just moderate bitterness to linger in the finish with residual spiciness.
M&D: the soft fizziness and the spicy edge of hops both contribute a bite to the mouthfeel. Overall this is a light-bodied Best Bitter with a traditional taste of Kent's hops~~ (846 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of thepeter
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Sparkling head that went to a film fairly quick. Clean clear amber, looks nice up against the light.

S - Not too much here. Hops, bread, apples, all very faint.

T - Bland and dry. Soda bread, hay, yeast, and a bit of hop bitterness at the back end.

M - Smooth but effervescent, foams up a bit in my mouth but not too much and the feel is very nice overall.

D - Refreshing, The kind of beer I could drink all day if I didn't enjoy flavor! It's just a bit too bland for my tastes.

Would be a good transition beer for someone easing their way into craft beer. (565 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of baggio
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (376 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (309 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (256 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  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. (464 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (313 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (569 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (488 characters)

Photo of Hammarby
3.66/5  rDev +7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (456 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (266 characters)

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Goldings from Shepherd Neame Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.