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Golden - The Celt Experience

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BA SCORE
82
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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 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 Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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 andrenaline
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.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of shamus
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Roke87
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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?

Photo of hopsolutely
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!

Photo of AgentZero
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.

Photo of bryehn
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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 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 cyrenaica
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
4.2% ABV
I tried this beer on June 9, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden red colour with a thin creamy off-white head. The aroma is bready malt, a hint of yeast, and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is nicely balanced between the malty sweetness and the bitter hoppy finish. Very enjoyable.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of MasterSki
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.

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
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of liamt07
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.

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 peensteen
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.

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 kwjd
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.

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