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Golden - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
82
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:44:46 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 19:41:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:07:33 | More by biboergosum
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Wales, baby! Birthday gift from my aunt. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Transparent golden body.

S - Floral hops, some herbs, touch of skunk, pine, faint citrus zest, honey and toasted malts, and fruity English Ale yeast.

T - Taste is largely honey and bread, with some fruity yeast imparting apple and pear notes. A hint of grassy hop appears as well.

M - Crisp carbonation, clean dry finish, and a slightly watery light body. Could use a bit more heft, but not too bad for the lower ABV.

D - A largely palatable and inoffensive English Pale Ale. Would probably make a very good session ale on cask. I can think of far worse ways to get a Welsh tick.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 16:42:57 | More by MasterSki
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 18:17:51 | More by wl0307
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 22:33:51 | More by jdhilt
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 20:18:34 | More by biegaman
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:23:09 | More by liamt07
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:47:40 | More by wordemupg
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:28:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:58:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:33:16 | More by AgentZero
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 16:54:19 | More by spinrsx
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-06-2013 23:47:05 | More by Haybeerman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 19:37:48 | More by puboflyons
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 06:12:39 | More by andrenaline
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 08:37:52 | More by IronDjinn
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-10-2012 21:44:51 | More by Molson2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:19:28 | More by kwjd
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 17:18:51 | More by peensteen
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-11-2012 00:40:20 | More by cfalovo97
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:00:34 | More by BDTyre
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant surprise.

Pale golden colour with amber highlights. Limited head, no lacing, but decent carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel. Aroma is light, but malty and grainy. The flavour is more complicated than I expected and would make this a decent session ale. Sweet maltiness with hints of tea and some nuttiness, followed by the bittering hops and a dry finish.

Not personally my favourite style, but a nicely balanced, British-style low alcohol pint. Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 20:34:18 | More by hopsolutely
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:44:13 | More by Cylinsier
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-24-2013 01:45:24 | More by pin
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Golden from The Celt Experience
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.