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Golden - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
82
good

76 Ratings
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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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Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

doktorhops, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of admiral
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

admiral, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of LathouXaris
3.5/5  rDev -3%

LathouXaris, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of drinkinmiles
3.5/5  rDev -3%

drinkinmiles, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -3%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, May 06, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Chepe
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Chepe, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -10%

SFC21, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Clear amber colour with a creamy stark-white foam head that gradually recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, floral qualities, tart grapefruit, slight balsamic, nuts, faint ginger, and yeasty elements. Very appealing with a bold acidic-like tinge to the overall aroma.

(4.0) T: Dry toasted grains, mellow spices including clove, slight nutty taste, floral hop elements, and honey. Smooth and bitter with a bit of tartness. Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish.

(4.0) D: Very good and very drinkable. Would enjoy having this again.

Digimaika2, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Vyronian, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
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.

Cylinsier, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -3%

WeissBoy, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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: 3.93, 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.

thehyperduck, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.2%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a half centimetre white head. Some lacing.

S - Hops, citrus, earth. Some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Caramel, light fruity sourness, orange peel, hint of spice, hint of tobacco, nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tangy, crisp, nice mouth coating bitter aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. Well balanced flavourful pale ale.

decimator, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RedAleMan, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
Photo of cammo84
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cammo84, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of JoeyRamone
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

JoeyRamone, Mar 25, 2012
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.

IronDjinn, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
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.

BDTyre, Feb 06, 2012
Golden from The Celt Experience
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.