O'Hanlons Yellowhammer
Hanlons Brewery

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Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Pale Mild Ale
3.68 | pDev: 14.13%
Jul 27, 2020
Jun 21, 2007
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Ratings by StJamesGate:
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Pours burnished yellow with a slight haze and soapy head. Honey papaya flower and lemon nose - succulent. Nectar malts with a bit of shortbread followed by bright citrus hops. Dry finish. Soft, crisp, light to medium.

Hoppy yet easy-going golden ale. I could stay on this all day. The blonde of the Festival.

Note: Fairly ridiculous that this, at 4.7%, is a Pale Mild while Castle Rock Harvest, a nearly identical beer at 3.8%, is an English Bitter. Many English beers need style help on BA.
Dec 02, 2010
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Rated: 3.87 by steverx8 from England

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by jonb5 from England

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint at the King Charles I, near Kings Cross Station.

A: Golden, slightly hazy, small thick head which gave way to some lacing.

S: Citra hop, lime.

T: Grapefruit, lime, wheat, cooking apples.

M: Smooth, not much carbonation, slipped down quite well.

O: A very well made Golden Ale, subtle, good character and didn’t get undrinkably bitter after a couple of pints.
Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by beer-drinker-since1970

4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A lovely light golden ale. Uncomlipacted but delicious. I would suggest this as a great session ale but its grav is perhaps a little high. Overall, simply a great pint. Enjoyed at the Royal Oak, Rusper, West Sussex and served to perfection. If you see it at your local free house, don't hesitate!
Jun 18, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Feb 11, 2012
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, fruity malts, yeast, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, light bready malts. Slight bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this one a lot. Some slight bitterness from the hops in the taste but very drinkable. Would like to have again.
Jan 28, 2011
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to drabmuh for this bottle.. Served in a snifter.

Pours a nice golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is nice and gentle with a slight hoppy character and a nice amount of backing bread. Lightly malted with a sprinkling of hops, this is nice and mellow and works really well. Some floral and herbal characteristics linger throughout. Body is pretty light with good carbonation. Nice and drinkable; this was an enjoyable brew that I'd certainly have again.
Jan 26, 2011
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Reviewed by drabmuh from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle sent to me by a friend in the UK, thanks! Beer is yellow and hazy with a big soft white head and a lot of lacing. Moderate carbonation looks good.

Aroma is really bready with healthy yeast and floral hops. Smells really good.

Beer is thin and has a nice floral bitterness to it. There isn't as much yeast on the palate that I expected from the aroma. Beer is flavorful and really nice. A hop forward pale mild from England. I'm super impressed. I'd have this again if it were available to me. A very exciting beer in my opinion.
Jan 22, 2011
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Served in my new Cantillon tulip. Thanks again Matt!

A: Hazy yellow hue with a thick, fluffy white head of just over an inch. The head fades to half an inch and leaves considerable lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma consists of spices, floral scents, hops, yeast. It smells very nice.

T: The taste is bready and floral, with the hop character being more subtle than the aroma indicated. This beer tastes quite fresh. It's refreshing and light, with a healthy amount of complexity about it.

M: Thin bodied, with a bitter hop presence in the finish.

D: My first beer of this style, I rather enjoyed this.
Jan 22, 2011
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
4.2% ABV in a brown 500ml bottle, best before 9th July 2010, drank 4th June 2010. Poured into my vase shaped pint (Old Speckled Hen badged) glass. This is a beer that is conditioned in the bottle and it was poured slowly to ensure it looked its best, without anything effecting its appearance.

Dull golden colour, firm snowy white head on top, didn't see any sediment leaving the bottle, there was a small covering in the base of the bottle.

Lager type smell (meaning not much going on), a late addition of Cascade hops are supposed to give off an aroma, these failed at first. As the beer warmed in the glass the hops began to assert themselves in the smell.

Crisp and refreshing taste, almost lagerish in its carbonisation feel and flavours. It is however an ale and a bitterness is never too far from the surface (First Gold along with the aforementioned Cascade).

A summer beer and a good one to boot.
Jun 04, 2010
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Reviewed by soulgrowl from England

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Hazed pilsner-yellow with a fizzy, soapy white head that doesn't retain particularly well. Pleasantly sharp and pilsneresque in the aroma as well, bright with noble, lemony hops, white wine, faint lime and lemongrass, and even fainter honey. On the palate it is clean and crisp, perhaps a bit too light, but nice and zesty with quite citric hops - in fact this is almost like American lemonade. Quite bitter for such a light mouthfeel, and parchingly dry. I'd recommend having this one well chilled, as it's more of a refresher than anything and I don't think its flavor benefits much from a warmer serving temperature.
Jan 08, 2010
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Reviewed by PartyBear from England

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Yellowy gold colour, slightly hazy, with a clean white head that fades fast. Average level of carbonation.

Aroma: A sweetness that has a kind of plasticy scent, strangely pleasant though. Lemony citrus aromas, providing a sharpness on the nose. There are also biscuity malts.

Taste: The initial taste of biscuity malts is beautifully balanced with a slight bitter hoppiness behind it. The finish is citric, providing a mildly sharp bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium, lively, and dry at the finish.

Drinkability: A brilliantly drinkable beer, wish I had another one. Very enjoyable, I will now endeavour to find somewhere to try this beer on tap.
Aug 31, 2009
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Reviewed by Shadman from Canada (AB)

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Another bottle built to survive a nuclear war. Sucker probably weighs a pound @ least.

Has a pale straw color, slightly opaque, lot's of floaties. Bone white head that quickly receeds into a white cap that sticks around.

Grassy hop with a hint of citrus, sage.

Grassy, with some definite cirus & sage in the flavour. Malt is very weak IMO. Finish is slightly dry with an herbal character.

Light body which is to be expected. A bit on the fizzy side.

Seems like a light lager with a bit more happening flavour wise.
Jul 07, 2009
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The colour is yellow-gold-orange; the low head is white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is fruity and a little bitter with hints of butterscotch.

The taste got motes of dried fruits and a fresh, rather generous bitterness (more then expected from a UK ale). Notes of dry hops, some lemonade and a mild sweetness. The aftertaste got notes of apples and a dry hoppy flavour.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid smooth.

A very good example of the English golden ale style.
Dec 11, 2008
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Reviewed by IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Best before 23-10-08. The label on my bottle claims 4.2% abv, yet the import sticker declares 4.5%. Pours out a hazy, cloudy straw hue due to the bottle conditioning. Frothy off-white head that settles to a foamy ring.

Aroma is mild, light sweet malt, some spicy phenols, along with faint white grapefruit from the Cascade hops.

The flavour is tart, yet from several different factors: from what seems like a wheat twang, from the yeast itself, and an herbally hop finish. A warming spiciness in the middle, and the finish is quite dry, the aftertaste has an even more drying effect. After a while a citrus zest cuts through in the finish, in fact it becomes a whole new ale the closer it gets to room temperature (not like I started it off ice cold either).

The mouthfeel has a bit more body for what I expected from this style, has a decent lift to it, but all in all is pretty light.

I appreciate the fact that this is bottle-conditioned, yet the end result doesn't really blow my skirt up when all is said and done, no real need or desire to revisit this again. Seems like everything else gets swamped by the yeast itself.
Jul 20, 2008
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Best before 06/02/08.

A: Hazy, brownish-yellow; white head; very little retention, slight lace.

S: Lemony citrus rind, hints of biscuit and pineapple.

T: Subtle flavours of biscuity malt with lemony hops.

M: Dry and over-carbonated.

D: Too gassy.
Apr 17, 2008
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Reviewed by elricorico from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Hazy, medium gold in colour with a half finger of white head.

Malt sweet aroma, almost a honey impression and a little bit of flowery smell. Pretty pleasant to the nose.

Hints of wheat malt in the flavour. Somewhat grassy and lightly hopped. Not bad, different from what I expected.

A little thin with medium carbonation. Works well enough for this beer, as it seems to be aimed most towards drinkability.
Apr 04, 2008
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A malt experience, though not too sweet. 4.7% by volume stamped by LCBO, 4.2% on the bottle. Another off-beaten-track found at Smokeless Joe's. Lightly hopped, club soda carbonation, little head. Thinnish, other that that there was taste and it hit the spot on a hot Summer day.
Jun 21, 2007
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