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Golden Promise Organic Ale - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-03-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Organic, uh-oh. You can taste the copper, the wheat, thin-medium mouthfeel but creaminess, though inconsistent. Off- earthy aroma. Understated carbonation, sweet, and some bitterness at end. Average British brew to me. Drinkable, though better with food.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Bright gold with a hint of orange. The head is cream in color, average in size and reasonably dense with a tight, sturdy appearance. It looks initially like it might form some chunky lace, but what remains is no more than a thin, spidery sheet.

The rather meek nose smells like sweet creamery butter, perhaps edging into what I'd call butterscotch. Does Caledonian use Ringwood? There may be a gentle fruitiness from the hops, but I'm struggling to form any sort of firm impression since the aroma is so weak.

The flavor is nothing to get too excited about, but I do like it. It's lightly sweet, untoasted biscuit malty and I get those same buttery, verging on butterscotchy, notes that I appreciated in the nose. The apple fruity and herbal hops lend a nice counterpoint to the malt and a little pleasant bitterness as well.

This is a simple, straightforward ale that refuses to put on airs and begs you to like it; like a big, slobbery golden retriever. The body is on the light side with a sedate amount of carbonation that still manages to give the mouthfeel a little life.

Golden Promise is 'Britain's first organic beer'. I'm not sure what advantage that confers or how it's supposed to increase my enjoyment, but I found it to be friendly and drinkable with no real faults. There are quite a few English pales that I'd reach for first, but sometimes solid and dependable carry the day.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Although I do appreciate the 'organic' qualities of this beer, it does not ensure that the beer is good. But, the beer is good. Quite malty rich with a sweetness that shows a little lighter in body than the initial sip suggests. Balaced with bittering hops, but still favors the malts quite a bit. The sweetness is tempered with a weakening firmness that makes the beer more drinkable, but less characterful. Rich with flavors of over-ripened peaches, appricots, and pears. Malt profile is typical of English Ales. Finishes a little too malty, but pleasantly sweet. Not quite cloying or tacky. Glad I bought it...even at $6 per bottle.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

The second Caledonian brew I have had the chance to try I had the 80/- up in Niagra on the Lake in Canada on nitro tap and enjoyed it.Enough of that,this organic brew poured into a 22oz nonic a dull light golden with a bit of orange tinge to it a thinner white head dissapated quickly,muted aromas mainly of some butter and caramel malt with a hint of toasted grain.The flavors grew on me after awhile,at first it was pretty dull to be honest but then some biscuit malt and toasty flavor shown thru,a faint leafy presence was felt after awhile along with a decent toasted note.A beer that could be drunk in large quanities,it wont knock your palate for a loop but its decent.

oberon, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Slightly above average English Pale. Pours a bright orange, with a slight fog and upward bubble trails. Thin head that peters out too fast. A white ring and lace is all that's left.

Sweet malty aroma, traces of honey, musty well water. Later it seems to have more of a doughy smell. Buttery feel, sweet malt on the tongue, with hints at fruitiness and tea leaves. Reminiscent of a Czech Pils or similar Bohemian lager, without the crispness. Not very dry, but the bready aftertaste lingers. Fairly low carbonation, feels a little too slick, and could use a drier feel. Overall it's pretty good, nothing exciting, subtlety seems to be it's main theme.

emerge077, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Okay then. We've got ourselves a vegan friendly beer here. Organic, of course. I love the cap too. Definitely a keeper.

Pours a foggy gold. No lasting head after a quick hit of some, but nice lacing on the top before I have taken a sip. Nose is odd. Woody and oddly antiseptic. Kind of the character I have pulled off some lambics, but never an EPA. Weird. Flavor is okay. Kind of tastes like wet wood, but not in a good way. Seems almost cask-ish, but no real level of maturity that a cask could deliver. Hmmm. I get a touch of vanilla all of the sudden. Feel has a decent but fairly low carbonation to it. The liquid feel is not very good. Overall this is just an okay ale. Sure it might go over well with the less informed vegans, but for real ale lovers, I doubt this is going to make an impact. If you pass on this one, don't feel bad.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Purchased this at Well's Wines in Baltimore, Poured cool into a tulip pint from a 16.9oz brown bottle.

A - A gently hazed pale amber w/ a frothy full white head as a result of a vigorous pour. The full inch of head clings to the glass very well and a pleasant looking lace patter appears.

S - A very fruity, pear and apple ester w/ floral notes and gently malty side notes are present in the aroma.

M - Crisp w/ low to medium carbonation and a yeasty creaminess w/ woody dry hop notes and a semi-dry finish.

T - Rich w/ malt, fruity and layered w/ both herbal qualities of hops and complex layers of dry spicy UK malt notes that also have a gentle caramel sweetness. A faint pine note holds into the finish and adds to the woody aspect. Very nuanced a well blended flavors w/ malt as the dominant taste.

D - A nice golden ale w/ sublte malt and nice yeasty bready qualities. One of the best Organic brews I have tasted.

Slatetank, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a semi-sweet pale and bisquit malt scent. It is well balanced with English hops and some Munich malts. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt flavor with some sweetness and a bisquity finish. It goes down easy with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. There is some fruity character as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent brew. I've had much better, but it goes down smooth; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin creamy head that becomes a bare covering.

The smell is of some sweet grainy malt.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt. Buttery. Some balancing earthy bitterness in the finish.

It's light. Rather watery. Somewhat refreshing.

It's okay - nothing special. Easy enough to drink.

jwc215, May 21, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -7%

Claims to be the first ever organic beer brewed (back in the 1990's). Good for Spock and other Vegans I suppose. This 500ml brown bottle had a best before date of 26 Sep 2008, I drank it a month later.

Poured into a Batemans pint glass, it was a golden slightly hazey colour with a good sized white head which slowly faded to a collar and a wispy covering.

The aroma was of flowers and cut grass, very floral indeed.

The beer was spritzy more than fizzy, a twang of citrus fruits in the taste. Unlike most UK brewed beers I've had.

Sadly there was something missing, where was the 5% alcohol, where was the bitterness I was expecting and like?

Overall not too bad, it just lacked that bitterness I require in a UK pint.

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

This is my second time to try the bottled version of this ale, a good five years since my first encounter. BB 03/10/2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a 95% clear pale amber hue, topped with a foamy white head settling to a thin blanket; carbonation is constant, consisting of both large and tiny bubbles.
S: burned sugar, a lightly syrupy note of malts, prune jam, sticky orange and an intriguing tinge of freshly-cut baby tomatos(!) lie on top of a much more muted aroma of hayish hops; overall, the nose is a tad too sweet for me and lacks a balance.
T: marinated prune like salty-sour fruits, floury and honeyish malts gradually give way to a bitter-sweet aftertaste of herbal hops and crunchy oat-biscuits with a little peated-smoky hint as well as burned sugar. The finish shows a slightly dryish edge, but is still overwhelmed by the predominantly sweet malty undertones.
M&D: the mouthfeel is hampered by the abundant fizziness throughout, which comes quite weird for the otherwise slightly heavy palate full of syrupy malts. Compared with the cask version, this bottled version still falls behind in both departments of palate and complexity.

wl0307, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a light hazy apricot body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is an off-white creamy head with some big bubbles on top. The head last a good while.

S- The smell of soft lightly toasted malt that has some nice depth like floor malted grain. There is a faint green note in the finish after it warms.

T- The soft pale malt flavor has a light toasted malt note with a soft honey malt sweetness. There is a hint of caramel and light fruit as the beer warms. The finish has a soft watery taste and a pine hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the head that adds a creamy texture.

D- This beer has soft flavors and is a bit watery but the flavors that are there are pleasant.

rhoadsrage, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +14%

A near clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

The aroma is sweet and herbal with an abundant amount of butter scent to it. There is a good toasted grain aroma to this one but it is mostly about the herbs and butter.

The flavor begins sweet and toasty with lots of toasted grain and butter taste. Soft and pleasing are words I use to describe the flavor of this. This is one mild and tasty ale that doesn't taste "organic" by not having any glaring faults.

Good Mouthfeel.

Outstandingly easy to drink beer. There are no hard edges to this beer at all yet it is a cut above most beers. A mild pleasing version of the style.

Zorro, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

I find “Organic” brews to be quite interesting in they’re somewhat musty or is it that the yeast shines through in these beers more than the pasteurized versions? A question to put in the forum I guess.

The beer pours a translucent golden amber color with an expansive head and tons of fine lace to coat the glass. Sweet fruit aromas with malt and light and crisp freshness, and yes that hint of musk or mold, but not unpleasant. Malt mostly at the start and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish is pertinently hopped, cautiously carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and to this old palate a quite quaffable brew.

Gusler, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

All the bottle said was that it held one pint. I'm assuming that means an English pint.

Appearance- An aggresive pour yielded only a three-quarter head with non-existant retention. Colro was mix of pale and bright sunshine with some sparse lacing.

Smell- Light hops with some odd fruity sweet malt. Not bad balance between the bitter and sweet.

Taste- Pretty complex for a pale ale. Starts out with some strawberries mixed with flowers. Then evolves into a natural tasting malt sweetness that becomes more subdued as the beer gets warmer. The finish is a grasy hop flavor mixed with some wet bread.

scruffwhor, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -16.2%

The brass-coloured liquid is somewhat cloudy; the large white compact foam sinks slowly down to a firm three finger thick head. Looks nice!

The smell is lightly bitter with a notable flavour of diacetyl. The very hoppy notes include hot butter, toffee, spices (pepper?) and a slight chemical finish.

The first taste is loaded with buttery diacetyl. It develops into a more complex blend of semisweet-fruity malt and a growing bitterness. The aftertaste is short and lighter than I had expect; it is rather simple in its bitterness with some diacetyl and apricot flavours.

The carbonation is, frankly, a bit too strong with lots of small almost sharp bubbles.

Why does always those “organic” beers have those odd and unbalanced flavours?

bark, May 06, 2006
Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -14%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very malty smell, with traces of grain, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt, a little hops, grain, and a slight bready quality. Not that this style exactly warrants complexity, but this beer had a thin, uninteresting flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, clean finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole this is just an average beer that will neither delight or offend a drinker.

avalon07, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance - This is truly golden in color with a tinge of brown and a modest but light and fluffy head.

Smell - The rich English pale malts are easy on the nose and very inviting. It's a simple aroma but very pleasing.

Taste - The malt is a tad sharper at the taste. This one is very smooth but no wimp. The yeast is alive and kicking as well.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied but actually has a small bitter bite. The carbonation is just right, enough to tickle the tongue but not so much to interfere with the smoothness of the drink.

Drinkability - This is a classic session ale that I highly recommend.

RoyalT, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

On-Cask at the Head Of Steam, Euston.

Bright golden with a nice head of creamy foam. Aromas are pretty straight forward and consist of caramel malt and a bit of buttery butterscotch. Their are also some fresh herbal hop aromas in the mix as well. The taste is quite sweet and malty up front, the middle is a bit hoppy, and the finish is bread-like and faint. Mouthfeel is quite creamy, but a bit thin and drinkability is nice.

francisweizen, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

I spied this through the fridge door, and just had to pick it up. Golden Promise from a 1 Pint Brown Bottle, how sensible, either that or I assume 12 fl.oz. Bottles are just too small and effeminate for the tough drinking Scots. Pours with a lovely white tight head that looks like the top of a cloud, but soon dissappears completely. Imposing Golden color, would you really expect anything else?. Feint nose, sweet maltish aromas are detectable – just. Sweetish start, malty middle, the finish starts hoppy but is soon consumed by a soft buttery light toffee caramel in the finish, which reminded me of Digestive Biscuits from McVities in England. The finish is a bit too cloying for me, I woudl have liked a bit more hop-bitterness to balance it out a bit. Still a very good beer.
A beer of Firsts and Lasts. Caledonian Brewery produced the UK’s First true Organic Beer, using the UK’s Last remaining direct-fired (i.e. coal) open coppers. I have had this beer from the Bottle and in Cask form - but I have to be honest and say that I much prefer the citric bitter hoppiness that prevails in the latter.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Blurry saffron with a tight milky coat.
Honeyed toasted grain, blood, pear, and lemongrass aroma.
Begins with a gentle graininess. Lightly toasty and augmented with honey. Wisps of peaty Scotch tang are evident, but underplayed. Notions of battered pears seep in, along with some rough ferric elements. Bright squeals of lemon rind prelude a generally danker, and duskier grassy hop body.
Medium in build, with a gentle carbonation that does enough uplifting to prevent this from feeling greasy. It thins as it sits.
Not outstanding, but the interplay between farily substancial malt and hops, along with its signature of corroding pennies, is fairly interesting, if not 100% tasty. Could be a bit on the old side, but if that's the case, it has held up pretty well.

cokes, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -19%

Beige. That's how a friend describes the taste of anything boring. And that describes this beer . . . beige. Poured a nice, bright golden with a tight head. But the flavor never got off the ground. A hint of apples, but in comparison to this, Bass ale tastes like a bushel basket of apples. The malt tried valiantly, but in the end was unable to produce any distinguishing flavors other than a vague hint of orchard fruit. Not nearly up to par with the brewery's other products.

Brent, Mar 28, 2004
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Golden Promise Organic Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.