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Golden - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
82
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
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:
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.

(Beer added by: MrKennedy on 05-18-2011)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly scores some points for classy packaging...

Very bright yellow amber color, lot's of chill haze. Nice thick white faom head, decent retention, lot's of spiderwebs of lace.

No overpowering aroma standout. Faint grains, some citric/lemon and a slightly spicy, slightly floral note.

Crisp grains and some solid citric hop bitterness. Again I felt lemon would best describe the bitterness. Some sweet fruitiness mixes in nicely toard the finish.

For a 4.2% ABV it certainly had enouugh body to satisfy.

A good thirst quencher. Would not be out of place in a ocal fish and chip type restaurant.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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 mjstacker
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lelepat
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
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
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 LathouXaris
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Golden from The Celt Experience
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.