Golden Valley | Breconshire Brewery

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Breconshire Brewery
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our biggest selling and best known ale – the CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales 2004/5. A deep golden coloured ale, brewed with Progress hops - this single varietial ale has all the characteristics of this ‘soft’ hop making it a very drinkable, thirst quenching beer.

Added by cypressbob on 07-16-2007

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
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3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, served chilled in a pint glass

Pours with a hazy yellowy body. Almost no head to speak of, a hard pour equates a small whisp of head but the carbonation seems to be very very low, almost cask like. No lacing

Smell, some buttery diacetyl noticeable, fresh wort and spent grains. English hop aroma, quite coarse and a little bit rough and metallic. A few off aromas too

Taste, harsh english hop bitterness, some thin bready malt. A hint of diacetyl once again, some slight lemony zest on the finish along with some lasting dry yeast character

An odd one. Very low carbonation and a very one dimensional hop flavour, I wonder if this is hopped with a single varietal?

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Photo of kojevergas
2.08/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle into Grolsch pint glass in low altitude Cork, Ireland.

A: Five finger head, thin and without cream. Retention is good but not exceptional. You can see floating yeast. Non-transparent gold.

Sm: Very floral. Lots of flowery hops methinks. A bit musty. Yeast. Light to moderate strength scent.

T: Very floral, but the yeast astringency is a limiting factor. Almost ends up a bit stale. There's some nice slight cream lurking beneath the surface, but it never quite adequately surfaces. Poorly balanced. Terribly built for the style. The bittering hops are poorly handled. The flowery notes are too limited for its own good.

Mf: Pretty coarse, with an awkward wetness/dryness balance. This factor ruins the beer. It doesn't match the taste at all.

Dr: Pretty affordable by Irish standards. It's not a great beer by any means. I think CAMRA at times actually damages beers by insisting on a set of ideal criteria for beer. This beer is a good example. Lose the damn yeast and do the style properly. It isn't helping.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright fizzy tangerine with fluffy loose eggshell head that fades to a half inch film with some trailers. Lemon marmalade and butter on multigrain toast nose. Toast and lychee up front with soft wood oil and clementine hops. More fruit (gooseberry? pear?) on the finish and spicy linger. A bit thin, fizzy, with some chew.

Single hop Progress, which is pleasantly understated - a toned down Fuggles, with orange and spice. The body lets this one down. Still a good pint, though.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle as a "Real Ale in the Bottle" (RAIB - bottle-conditioned); served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: the ingredients include floor-malted Optic barley and (only) Progress hops.

A: pours a light amber hue with fine haze (due to yeast sediments) and moderate input of med.-sized fizz, topped with a fast dissipating beige foam.
S: lightly sweet grainy notes come with earthy hops, boiled sweet root veggie and a fine tinge of a type of Chinese herbed-prunes; a swirl brings out faint rusty/metallic notes and a slightly more focused aroma of fruity hops. Not bad, so far as the yeasty side is concerned, although in the end the yeastiness does manifest itself a bit more with the sour bread-ish & pear-ish notes.
T: medium-bodied, or quite a mouthful for a low gravity bitter, the flavour is rather mixed and mild, showing random sour fruits+prunes, boiled yum, and light bready malts in the middle. Just slightly chewy in the finish in terms of hop bitterness, coupled with relatively faint hop flavour and a wee bit of phenol, while overall the yeast sediments are not such a menace to the enjoyment as many other microbreweries' RAIB, thankfully.
M&D: very lightly carbonated and definitely not flat, this bottle-conditioned ale has retained a pretty decent body and texture, but fails to score higher due to a mediocre flavour profile and aroma. All in all, it's still the yeast sediments that stand in the way of clearer manifestation of potentially enjoyable elements, which I'm sure can be much more pronounced when served on cask.

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Golden Valley from Breconshire Brewery
3.14 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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