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Golden - The Celt Experience

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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: 47 | Hads: 79
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of weirdohappy
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthT
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of JAFoley
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Roke87
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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?

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of MrKennedy
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just came to the LCBO in Ontario as part of the summer release. pours a clear orange colour with thin white head. Small streaks of lacing down the glass. Smells of bready malt with some earthy and citrus hops. There seems to be a bit more bitterness than the aroma lets on. Smooth mouthfeel. A nice pale ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden orange with a big frothy white head that receds fairly quickly leaving lots of lacing.

Smell - brown bread, dusty and fruity English hops, orange.

Mouthfeel - spiky carbonation, still smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Taste - bread, honey, orange, and bitter hops, especially on the mineral-accented finish.

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Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blonde, minimal white head with spots of lace showing up. Smell is malty, bitter hop, spicy citrus and touches of lemon zest gives this a clean and approachable nose. Taste is biscuity, malty, bitter up front that gives way to a slightly sweet lemon finish, earthy notes with citrus and grapefruit present in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel has a medium weight, dry, med carb with good body. Solid stuff, nothing mindblowing but very good and would welcome this again gladly.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of shamus
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked the typography on the label and it's from Wales so I thought why not try it. It's a nice golden colour as described on the label and has a misty lacy head. Smells of malt, almost whiskey-like as well as some butterscotch and faint cinnamon notes. Very mild taste with some of that butterscotch to it and very smooth. Not at all offensive but not a miracle in a bottle either.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celt Golden sports the same colour and complexion as apple juice (and has barely more foam atop it). Its gleaming appearance is dulled only slightly by the faint fog that blurs its transparency and the beer still gives off a bellowing shine when held into the bright afternoon sky. Bubbles are constant but impotent; head won't even form on swirling.

We've all stepped foot into a friend's place before and noticed their house to have a distinct smell - not necessarily a bad smell, but a definite smell. Beers are no different - different styles from different countries each have a unique 'house' smell too. For many English ales, their smell is often identified as being bready and grainy with trace leafy hoppiness.

Indeed, this bottled beer is a fair approximation of the kind of low-strength, high-character ales traditionally found on cask throughout the British Isles. The beer's sweet, bready malts are wholesome and have a slight scratchy graininess to them. They taste as though they've been dolloped in citrusy, bubblegum-y hops, the kind that leave a dry, earthy finish.

The hops' spicy bitterness is choked back enough to fly under the radar of those mainstream drinkers with easily overwhelmed palates but it, along with soft-pressed floral and fruity notes, rattles long enough into a gently-woven aftertaste that less casual drinkers should notice and appreciate it. Despite a low alcohol strength, it has a weighty body. Pleasant.

In highly saturated markets like the U.K or North America, the best game to play depends what everyone else is up to. This new brewery could have imitated all the other obnoxious, ravenously-hopped ales out there but I think they were wise not to jump on that bandwagon and, instead, revive the wonderful world of mild, sessionable, characterful ales.

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Photo of LeeroyAgogo
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Golden from The Celt Experience
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.