Golden - The Celt Experience
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United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
05-14-2014 18:17:51 | More by wl0307
4.34/5 rDev +20.2%
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!
05-06-2014 03:24:39 | More by ChrisCage
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
12-24-2013 09:28:19 | More by GarthT
3.71/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
12-01-2013 10:08:17 | More by LeeroyAgogo
3.31/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
11-03-2013 19:37:48 | More by puboflyons
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
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
09-22-2013 10:42:26 | More by PolarBear3
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-21-2013 11:58:22 | More by doktorhops
4.14/5 rDev +14.7%
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
09-19-2013 09:50:29 | More by admiral
3.71/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-28-2013 03:28:59 | More by LiquidAmber
3.43/5 rDev -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.
05-06-2013 22:33:51 | More by jdhilt
Golden from The Celt Experience
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