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Golden - The Celt Experience

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrKennedy on 05-18-2011

A zesty body and citrus aroma with a snappy finish. Drink to inspire you to an evening of passion! Circa 500BC, during the Celtic Golden Age, most of mainland. Europe was dominated by the spiritual tribes of Celtic origin.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 47
Photo of SmashPants
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Format: cool bottle. thick, dark brown 500mL with funky shape, classy label. Me likey.

Appearance: as soon as I popped the top off, a veritable fountain of froth burst out. In the second it took for me to stick my mouth over the top, it had run down my desk, paperwork and onto the unprotected hardwood floor which was great (renovations at the moment). somehow managed to get to the bed too. that'll teach me for trusting a cellared beer. Anyway... when finally I get to pour it: a slightly hazy golden colour with just over a finger of solid off-white head that slowly bubbles away to a half-finger. great retention with decent lacing. pretty impressive.

Aroma: a vibrant aroma of floral and herbal hops with some citrus, light malts and a touch of fruit. Nice indeed.

Taste: more floral and herbs, light quality grain, honey, fruits and that citrus. Very easy-drinking.

Aftertaste: very good, the bitterness lingers nicely.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. Decent.

Overall: well, well. The first beer I have had from Wales, and I have to say this is a better quality of English Pale Ale than most of the ones I have tried from England. Add that they are cheaper as well at $6 for a 500mL or $70 for a case of 12, and this is definitely one worth while.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%

A bottle brought back from road trip to Wales earlier this year. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aromas of citrus, lemon and fruits. Tastes of citrus and hoppiness, with a bitter aftertaste. Quite like a American IPA. Overall it better than expected, and as a result easily the best I've tasted from this brewery.

Photo of weirdohappy
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Very light orange pour with a light foamy head. Stamped all o Dr with mentions of organic. Who cares? It's beer. Should have spent more time focusing on the taste. Some kind of bitter aftertaste left me not wanting more. I feel like I have licked some form of machinery, and now all I seem to taste is oil/grease/fuel.

Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured into english pint.
Slightly hazy orange golden beer with decent off-white head, nice laces, good retention. Smell is citrusy, floral, yellow fruits, a bit resiny. Taste is expectedly bitter, that is ordinary for the brewery, grapefruit, yellow fruits, grassy hops. Completely nice and sunny brew.

Photo of JAFoley
3.25/5  rDev -10%

A - Clear pale amber body with bubbly white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Strong apple cider aroma

T - More apple cider. Malts are subtle and weak.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky

O - I now understand why I got it on sale for .99c. This was very one dimensional and week. No bite or complexity of flavors or malts. Tastes like homebrew

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 6B). Bottle 500ml - batch n ?). AROMA: low malt aroma with a nice, intense floral and fruits (passion fruit) aroma. APPEARANCE: médium gold color. a bit hazy. white head with fair retention. TASTE: very slight malt flavour with the presence of esters and floral flavours. high bitterness for a golden/blond ale that lingers towards the end. balance towards hop bitterness. finishes dry. PALATE: medium-light body with high carbonation. OVERALL: a very bitter blond ale that resembles more an IPA.

Photo of wl0307
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 16/06/2015, served mildly chilled in a short-stemmed pint-size goblet (Fuller's ESB branded glass). Notes: 46 IBUs, using US, NZ and UK hops.

A: bright pale golden in colour, coming with a low level of carbonation and a thin off-white foamy head.
S: on the nose it's mainly citric, grassy, coupled with salty notes like kelps(!!), a touch of apple and a light hint of sap, on top of the subtly aromatic pale malts. Well composed, not really assertive but the different elements.
T: the nice biscuity malty flavour comes on a par with tangy orangey-citrus and grassy hops, quickly engulfed by a tremendous wave of really dry and zesty hop bitterness which leads straight to a clean finish with lots of bitter elements and a touch of saltiness to linger.
M&O: on the entry the carbonation comes slightly lively but not in the sense of being harsh, accompanying the medium body that carries through a hop-focused and yet balanced flavour profile in an understated, quietly charming manner. All in all, a very decent product with fairly good drinkability, esp. for someone that cherishes bitterness as an integral part of a Golden Ale.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy, yeast filled golden color, such as the name of this Ale. There appears to be a heavy lacing that is very sticky when it clings to the side of my glass...some of the best I've seen in a beer! The head is eggshell colored and starts out fizzy but gently settles into a nice film over the brew. It's too hard to tell how the carbonation will be by looks due to the hazy nature. A very solid looking Golden Ale!

S- Well balanced blend of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. There is most definitely a citrus note about this beer, perhaps from German hops? Overall it's clean and refreshing in smell with nothing other than a traditional EPA aroma.

T- This is most definitely my kind of flavor! Very well balanced malt sweetness immediately upon tasting, and this is quickly taken over by bittering citrus toned hop cones towards the back of my palate. The only noticeable difference is in the potency of the flavors....this is slightly more subdued than an EPA, but still very British throughout! The finish is bitter and lingers for sometime after the swallow.

M- Medium to slightly light in body, this consumes the palate quite nicely. There is a subtle, yet zesty carbonation that really opens up the flavor profile for me in exploding fashion! I get a sense of the hop cones being freshly picked and immediately used in the brewing process....very leafy, very Earthy!

O- A highly drinkable Ale, that has all of the components that a proper tasty beer should have! Everything balances out well, and goes from sweet to bitter, causing me to grab for that next taste! The alcohol is mellow, yet slightly noticeable, which is nice to notice in something a little lower in volume. I recommend this rich, smooth brew....cheers to this Welsh brewery and I look forward to having this again!

Photo of GarthT
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber in the glass.

Strong aroma of apricot and passionfruit.

Mainly tropical fruit and not too strong on the palate. Seems somewhat nervous and highly strung, as though the malt/hops balance is only just there.

Would happily drink this again.

Thanks to Jeff of Hop Leaf HK for sharing this at a tasting.

Photo of LeeroyAgogo
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer. Great clear amber colour with a consistent upside down snow storm producing a continuous head and slight lacing. An initial spicy and fruity aroma, though not too strong. The taste and mouthfeel is amazing. Fresh full bodied flavour of malt, grapefruit and honey leaving a very pleasant lingering after taste. Very well carbonated. Took a chance on this beer, glad I did, will definitely purchase again!

Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Best Before 24.09.2015. Slightly opaque pale gold colour with a towering, frothy, ice cream like head which refused to reduce, wonderful lacing. Assertive aroma pine forest, grapefruit, passionfruit with a malt undertone. Beautiful balance of medium sweetness and a shade more bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture, lively carbonation and a long bitter resin finish. Very enjoyable but left me feeling very gassy. 8.

Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped 30-09-2013. Sampled on November 2013, which is past the expiration date.

The color is vaguely hazy and golden. I thought it might be darker. White fizzy head that fades.

The aroma is rather malt forward, slightly grainy, buttery, with a hint of pear or apple. The hops I get are earthy but not prominent.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a kind of sugar in the raw sweetness with a decent malt flavor and mild bitterness at the finish.

Photo of PolarBear3
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel Tulip

A - Poured a fairly pale honey colour, looking rather watery but had a two fingered frothy white head that retained fairly well

S - Very grainy citrus aromas in particular lemon with honey

T - Upfront on the taste I get some caramel, slightly yeasty and nutty but then get grapefruit and lemon tart finish that balances fairly well

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Not a bad ale . Initially I didn't think much of it but the more I consumed I liked as it balances fairly well

Photo of doktorhops
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After last nights drunken debauchery at The Archive I probably should not be reviewing anything and letting my liver rest for a day but what the hell- I love beer! This is one brew that has one of the most unassuming labels I have ever seen, oh well as long as the beer packs some flavour what else matters?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A slight hazy amber body with a boastful 2cm off-white foam head from a hard pour, which settles and leaves a surprisingly sticky lace for such a low ABV.

S: There is a decent toasted biscuit malt backbone with some fruity and floral Fuggles hops thrown in. The aroma is tasty and typical of a quality British ale.

T: For something that is almost a mid-strength the flavour is big; caramel malt, grapefruit and honey with those fruity/floral hops at the back end. The bitterness is more on par with an American pale ale but we wont hold that against them. Nice work The Celt Experience Brewery. It makes one wonder how big the flavour would be at 5% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a light English ale carbonation. Goes down quite easy.

D: A solid effort, which with price notwithstanding, is a winner. Really the only negative one could level at it is the low ABV, but let's not be petty with such a fine ale. This is a surprise beer for me that combines the caramel-ness of English ales and gives it a bit of a hop hit that you would expect from an American brew.

Food match: If you're wanting to have a night out and not get drunk so quickly this is the pick, and the food it would pair perfectly to would be Indian curry, such as a lamb korma or a nice butter chicken.

Photo of admiral
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

excellent pale ale - I haven't tasted a better one that is under 5% alcohol

big bold flavours, especially considering it is only 4.2%

taste: big grapefruit with honey, spice, citrus and orange peel - the malt balances it out nicely

tasty, fruity and unexpected - will be seeking this out in the future

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fizzy one finger head that dissipated quickly to patchy foam and a thick ring around the glass. Malty aroma with hints of toffee and light grassy hops. Flavor is more dominated by grassy hops with a light bready malt background, finishing with citrus rind and a lingering hop bitterness. Light bodied. Another pleasant, very English Isles style beer from Celt. This one is much less malty and lets the hops shine through a bit more. I miss the light smokiness in some of the others from this brewery, but this is nice example of the style, well made.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hops nose, flavor is honey and caramel with balancing grapefruit hops. Lingering light bitter aftertaste. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Tuscan Market Salem, NH.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Clear amber colour with a creamy stark-white foam head that gradually recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, floral qualities, tart grapefruit, slight balsamic, nuts, faint ginger, and yeasty elements. Very appealing with a bold acidic-like tinge to the overall aroma.

(4.0) T: Dry toasted grains, mellow spices including clove, slight nutty taste, floral hop elements, and honey. Smooth and bitter with a bit of tartness. Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish.

(4.0) D: Very good and very drinkable. Would enjoy having this again.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Pours a transparent deep golden color, bits of white suds for a head.

Smells of light citrus and bold, grassy barley malts. Mild pine hop bitterness.

Dry earth malts with light caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness on the dry side with grapefruit citrus elements. Possibly some honey and light spice like cloves or nutmeg.

Medium to full body with light soft carbonation around the tongue.

Really nice ale, great flavor and body for the abv which makes it highly sessionable. Very easy to enjoy and would love to spend an afternoon with a few more of these.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before April 2013. I don't normally comment on packaging quality, but this one has a pretty slick-looking bottle. I grabbed this because I wanted something milder than all the IPAs and hefes that were already in my shopping basket - and also because I've never had Welsh beer.

Pours a clear golden amber colour, topped with a modest, creamy off-white head roughly one finger in thickness. It disappears fairly rapidly over the next minute, leaving behind a ring of lacing and a thin, soapy cap on the surface. The aroma is enjoyable, with a plethora of different notes to pick out of the bouquet - sweet toffee, buttered biscuits and lemon citrus blend nicely with the leafy, musty English hop aromas. A bit more pungent than your average EPA.

This is a very tasty ale. Biscuity malts, toffee and honey are the main features early in the sip, with fruity notes of lemon zest, pears and apple skin accompanying them. Leafy, earthy hops come forward near the finish, balancing the malts perfectly and imparting a dry, musty tea-leaf quality to the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.92, a B+. Celt's Golden Ale is quite full-flavoured for a 4.2% brew, but it's just as easy to slug back as most other examples of this style. I wouldn't say that this is my new 'favourite EPA', but there's no question that it's relatively high up on that list. It's a highly quaffable pint that would be an excellent session option (if not for the relatively high price). I'd happily recommend this to any fan of English-style ales and bitters, and I might pick it up again some time.

Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.2%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a half centimetre white head. Some lacing.

S - Hops, citrus, earth. Some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Caramel, light fruity sourness, orange peel, hint of spice, hint of tobacco, nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tangy, crisp, nice mouth coating bitter aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. Well balanced flavourful pale ale.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, tight black plastic around the neck and cap. Pours out a clear light golden hue, with a short creamy white head.

Clean grainy and bready malt on the nose, mild dry leafy hops.

The first impressions of the flavour are neutral and unoffensive. Make no mistake, this is an incredibly clean English Pale Ale, however there isn't much more going on to produce some sort of recognizable personality. Clean, crisp grains up front with very mild dry earthy herbal hops. That's it. Well, some arugula-like astringency lingers on in the aftertaste. A real palate cleanser however.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, with a silky slick texture and moderate carbonation.

An English Pale Ale that holds its own, yet doesn't seem to offer much more personality in the flavour department beyond clean technical finesse, which of course is welcome (especially in lieu of flaws or off-flavours), yet doesn't offer much more to entice one back for more when their are more flavourful peers available to consume. Still worth a try though.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/2/12

A clear golden yellow with some tiny particles being moved around by lots of big bubbles, a nice two finger off white foam sinks to an island leaving lots of random lace

S malty lemon and earthy hops with a little hay

T a nice blend of hops with some biscuit, faint caramel and the fruity notes I picked up on the nose are not as citrus forward

M light and fluffy from the bubbles, mild spicy aftertaste is rather pleasant

O pretty easy to drink and it has decent flavors is a light beer, I could session this under a hot sun

not my favorite style but this is a good example, I'm learning to appreciate session beers and this one makes it easy

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw with a fluffy, white cloud head.

Floral, lemon-y hops. Pale malt background in the nose. A bit upfront with the hops, but this might even off as it warms.

Not as hoppy in the flavour as the scent would suggest. Very nice pale malt taste, a bit of bread and biscuits, light butter. Lemon-y floral hints.

Good carbonation, a bit rough at times but this eases as it warms. A good session beer. Definitely worth trying if you can get it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml capped and sealed bottle, nice black and gold design. BB Dec 2012.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden hue, with some rising effervescence, and two fingers of somewhat thin foamy white head, which leaves a children's mountain vista drawing of lace around the glass as it settles.

It smells of pale grainy malt, some mild aged lemon, and a weirdly floral, musty hoppiness. The taste is more pale malt, the grain maturing to a slight breadiness, with a flinty, ashy edge, a diminished fruitiness, and dusty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, but fresh, and a bit airy, the body on the reserved side of medium weight, a respectable condition for the style and ABV - as is the shy smoothness. It finishes fairly clean, the grainy malt, and timidly zingy floral, weedy hops not prone to phoning it in.

EPAs are like APAs to me (or is it the other way around?). Anyways, the style usually, though it shouldn't, leaves me muttering a hipster-ish 'meh'. This one, like its Bronze sibling, supercedes all that baggage, and comes across as a beer that you just wanna drink, full stop.

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Golden from The Celt Experience
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.