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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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the LCBO, shared with a friend on a hot summer's evening.

Poured into a nonic. Has all the appearance of a standard English pale ale: light copper, little visible carbonation, slight murk, thin head with a thin ring. Not that visually striking, but about right for the style.

Caramel, mild earthy hops, cracker, a bit of peat or bogmyrtle.

Not a bad little English pale ale, pretty flavorful - all the usual notes of caramel, earthy hops, tea, as well as a bit of peat and pine. Unique, but I have to admit its not something I'd want to drink too much of. Thin, watery and with surprisingly strong carbonation.

Worth trying, certainly enjoyable, but I'll probably just have the one.

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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colour, crystal clarity. It's one finger head is somewhat poorly retained and leaves very little lace. Predominantly earthy aroma also contains muted notes of bread and flowers. Starts with unsalted soup cracker and moderate hop bitterness , with a little bit of lemon. Some citrus pith and tea in the finish, with the bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. The boldness of this comes as a surprise after recently trying tasty but far more delicate golden ales by Dark Star and Fuller's. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels slick but light. Good beer.

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 Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very ordinary beer, yellow to golden colour. Fast disapearing head. Neutral aroma, though a tad unpleasant. Average mouthfeel.Trace of hops, lots of malt. Drinkable, but not very. A lot of beer made the drain.Not a big fan, there are better blond beers in the U.K.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from the Sackville Hotel, Rozelle. Poured into a Redoak globe glass.

Pours a glowing golden orange colour with an off-white head of foam that forms well, but subsides quickly.

Smells of bread, with spice, nice consistent aroma of british hops.

Biscuity malt flavour, slight hint of marmalade and orange citrus.

The finish is a little tangy and that can irk as it seems to lose the balance that the rest of the beer has built up. The body is pretty well suited to the style.

Overall, a decent golden ale from a new brewery. Take away the noticeable tangy finish and you have a quite good all-round beer for the style.

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 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 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 paxkey
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to review this as it appears to be quite fresh to BA.

clean bottle design with black and gold label.

poured in a Duvel tulip aggressivley.

nice clarity to the beer. golden ale with some loose bubbles on top. very attractive in glass.

malt and mild hops with some honey sweetness. heather, lavender, vanilla. grainy malt sweetness. complex and interesting.

very nice in the mouth.buttery dryness. tingly hops. so tasty.

if you find some you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clean golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt and some light floral undertones. Taste is a nice enough mix between some semi-sweet malt notes with some light floral notes. Clean cereal notes are pleasant but not earth shattering. Body is average with good carbonation. Quaffable and clean with limited complexity.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Light amber/straw colour with a small amount of foamy white head that slowly disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a hint of caramel sweetness and a crisp hop presence. Light and refreshing nose.

T - Bready malts with a nice crisp hop bite and a slight sweetness to balance it out. The hop bite becomes more and more noticeable as I continue to drink this one. Tastes more like a pale ale.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable ale.

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 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 Roke87
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pint glass.
Best Before: 09.12

Appearance- Pours a light amber to dark golden colour that is mainly clear with a very slight murkiness to it. Average pour yields about a half a finger of white head that quickly resides to a very small bubbly top and bubbly ring around the glass, which leaves

Smell- The aromas are not all that inviting to this one, starts off with some very mild earthy hops, bready malts, a touch of sweet honey, all in all a very “English” smell to it.

Taste- Just like the aromas, nothing too special really going on here, the bready malt and cracker taste comes through on the forefront, mixed with the earthy hops, again a very mild touch of sweet honey. Even the tastes scream british ale.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with average carbonation, very low ABV almost goes down like a light beer with a mild touch of british craft brewing in there, finishes somewhat dry with lot of bready malt and earthy hop flavours.

Overall- Very average, nothing special about this one what so ever. The smells are rather blah and they come through the same on the palate, to be honest I was not really impressed. Tastes a lot like any other adjunct lager that you can find here in North America with a bit more malt and hop presence than your average lager or ale. Would not pick this one up again and not really sure why it sold out so quick at the LCBO, minimal supply I’m guessing?

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Mostly clear copper/amber colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, tangerine/lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some dry hops. There is also a tiny bit of a citrus flavour - either tangerine or lemons. It finishes with a malty dry hop slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – It is very similar to their bronze ale - but a little lighter and with a splash of citrus. A decent beer that is very drinkable and has a nice balanced taste. However it isn't really anything memorable and for the price, I'd buy something else.

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Best before September 2011, intoa tulip.

Pours a pale golden orange, fluffy white head settles to some splotchy lace and decent layer of retention. Nose has a nice hoppiness, some citrus, orange, and some grassy/floral. Bready grains are prominent as well, and compliment nicely. Taste is bready and orangey, with an undefined citrus hop attack initially, before dividing into these two identifiable entities (bread and oranges) and yielding a significant bitterness. Some mild citrus is retatined throughout the bitterness which hangs around for a bit. Bitterness is amplified by the lighter body it seems. Low medium carbonation and a decent body. Quite drinkable and was nice on the scorcher of the day I enjoyed this on.

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 AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

A - Pale golden colored beer with a white head that had moderate retention and left some lace on the sides.

S - Sweet, honey, pale malts, cracker, maybe some mild hops but not much.

T - This reminds me a lot of Grainbelt Premium. Nothing offensive, but boring, sweet pale malts, not really anything going on.

M - Crisp, carbonated, light.

O - Easy drinking beer that is on the sweet side. Nothing that I really cared for very much, reminds me a lot of a macro brew.

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 bryehn
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey colour with a small amber hue. A small, frothy head reduces to a collar after a few minutes leaving moderate lacing.

Smells like light malts, honey, tea and ripened light fruit. Bit mild even after warming.

Bitter and crisp with a peppery spiciness. Caramel sweetness on the tongue. Bit of baker's chocolate comes through after warming.

A bit thin, but with a malty backing and a creaminess from the everlasting collar. Goes dry on the back of the tongue, leaves a bit of resin-y after taste.

Decent, but wholly forgettable English session ale. Well-balanced and keeps the fruit tones in check. Nice refresher but I won't go out of my way for it 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 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 andrenaline
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

A - Pours a nice golden copper colour, finger of beige head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Caramel notes dominate, slightly metallic, a touch of all spice and some pepper and earthy bark.

T - The caramel notes continue to dominate though are a tad mild, some fruity citrus hop notes with caramel corn and some pepper and toffee on the finish.

M - No complaints in this department, with a solid carbonation level and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - For the style, I was pleasantly surprised with some fitting flavours. Worth a try if you can get your hands on a bottle.

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