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Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 41
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 41
Photo of soulgrowl
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ricke
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of baggio
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Hammarby
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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~~

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Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Beersignal
2.84/5  rDev -15%
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...


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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Conrad
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of shamus
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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