Golden Promise Organic Ale | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Golden Promise Organic AleGolden Promise Organic Ale

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-03-2002

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of zshaft
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of lugieman
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dmcclurejr
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very malty smell, with traces of grain, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt, a little hops, grain, and a slight bready quality. Not that this style exactly warrants complexity, but this beer had a thin, uninteresting flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, clean finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole this is just an average beer that will neither delight or offend a drinker.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of December 30, 2010 - so only just out of date! The label mentions that this is the world's first certified organic beer.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A nice golden amber colour; quite hazy. The last few drops of the pour are a reddish-brown which suggests live yeast (although the bottle doesn't mention conditioning). A small off-white head that disappears quickly. Smells distinctly of grainy malt and yeast.

Taste is also grainy malt, slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Undertones of yeast. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth; the beer coats the mouth and leaves a cloying sensation. Aftertaste of grain.

Overall, a decent ale and very drinkable. Could have a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer looked like pee with a bad kidney infection. Smelled like a foot and did not have any head at all. The taste was fruity like rotten fruit. These are my and others comments so it was not just me that thought the beer was bad. Not buying again.

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Photo of mikegreen138
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice goldenish with slight hint of amber color with a nice pleasing aroma as you would expect from most english pale ales.

the taste was lacking complexity with only a bland flavor, that didnt stick around after taking a nice big swig. you could taste only hints of different malts, without any strong flavor.

on the other hand it had good mouthfeel and was very smooth and drinkable, but not exactly worth buying.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is truly golden in color with a tinge of brown and a modest but light and fluffy head.

Smell - The rich English pale malts are easy on the nose and very inviting. It's a simple aroma but very pleasing.

Taste - The malt is a tad sharper at the taste. This one is very smooth but no wimp. The yeast is alive and kicking as well.

Mouthfeel - This is shy of medium-bodied but actually has a small bitter bite. The carbonation is just right, enough to tickle the tongue but not so much to interfere with the smoothness of the drink.

Drinkability - This is a classic session ale that I highly recommend.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 500ml bottle. No idea what this beer holds in store for me. Totally blind.

A- Poured into standard pint glass. A bit darker than expected but decidedly golden. Head is strange... almost like the head on an aggressive pour of apple juice. One of the first non-attractive heads I've ever seen. Really not what I'd be looking for.

S- Kind of medicinal... like if you sniffed into a bottle of tylenol gel-caps. Not doing the beer any favors here.

T- Decent, if unoffensive. A nice EPA, but nothing stands out. Mild honeydew melon, perhaps a faint grassiness. As the pint goes, my impressions raise ever-so-slightly.

M- Crisp, if a bit thin. Decent carbonation.

D- Moderate. Wouldn't seek this out, but if it was on tap, I'd have one, and if this is all there was I could do a lot worse. Sessionable to the 10th power.

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Photo of Offa
2.27/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I find this to be a rather bland, one-dimensional and unpleasantly sharp ale.

Hazy gold, it has a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring.

The aroma is yeasty dough with hints of nuts. it's fairly simple but generally good.

The taste is at first a pleasant, but very mild, grain taste with little sweetness, but it becomes bitter and oddly, unpleasantly sharp. It has a sharp bitterness with vague hints of falvour as if one were shewing on bitter grass and really bitter lemon pulp without getting much flavour beyond bitterness. It also has a bland apple cider taste and feel. It's definitely better with food, which causes the bitterness and mute and blend with the flavours, but even then it's not very good.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average English Pale. Pours a bright orange, with a slight fog and upward bubble trails. Thin head that peters out too fast. A white ring and lace is all that's left.

Sweet malty aroma, traces of honey, musty well water. Later it seems to have more of a doughy smell. Buttery feel, sweet malt on the tongue, with hints at fruitiness and tea leaves. Reminiscent of a Czech Pils or similar Bohemian lager, without the crispness. Not very dry, but the bready aftertaste lingers. Fairly low carbonation, feels a little too slick, and could use a drier feel. Overall it's pretty good, nothing exciting, subtlety seems to be it's main theme.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Claims to be the first ever organic beer brewed (back in the 1990's). Good for Spock and other Vegans I suppose. This 500ml brown bottle had a best before date of 26 Sep 2008, I drank it a month later.

Poured into a Batemans pint glass, it was a golden slightly hazey colour with a good sized white head which slowly faded to a collar and a wispy covering.

The aroma was of flowers and cut grass, very floral indeed.

The beer was spritzy more than fizzy, a twang of citrus fruits in the taste. Unlike most UK brewed beers I've had.

Sadly there was something missing, where was the 5% alcohol, where was the bitterness I was expecting and like?

Overall not too bad, it just lacked that bitterness I require in a UK pint.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at MacNivens in Indy.

This beer poured a nice golden amber color with a tight frothy head on it with an abundance of carbonation bubbles. I am getting ripe fruit in the nose like apricots and peaches as well as some fingernail polish. The main flavors are of toasted grain with just a slight hop addition to the flavor. The mouthfeel is good, but leaves quite the dry finish. This was a fairly decent beer, and I would come back to it again.

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Photo of dstc
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a big white head. Head falls to just about nothing with no lace.

Clean aroma. Sweet, floral and a bit grainy. Nice maltiness coming through.

Nice sweet taste and hops are present.

Smooth and medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer. Easy drinking, can't wait to drink again.

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Photo of JamesS
4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great golden color, sunlike, with a really great head and fantastic lacing. It has a great scent, too, a great crisp and clean malty scent with a wonderful butterscotch and banana aroma. Great taste, an extremely well balanced ale between malts and hops, it starts with a great malty/sweet flavor and goes into a great hoppy/bitter finish, with a little tiny hint of spice at the very end. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had, as well. It is outstanding.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The second Caledonian brew I have had the chance to try I had the 80/- up in Niagra on the Lake in Canada on nitro tap and enjoyed it.Enough of that,this organic brew poured into a 22oz nonic a dull light golden with a bit of orange tinge to it a thinner white head dissapated quickly,muted aromas mainly of some butter and caramel malt with a hint of toasted grain.The flavors grew on me after awhile,at first it was pretty dull to be honest but then some biscuit malt and toasty flavor shown thru,a faint leafy presence was felt after awhile along with a decent toasted note.A beer that could be drunk in large quanities,it wont knock your palate for a loop but its decent.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As indicated, golden in color, with orangish highlighting. Head is soapy and white. It doesn't stay tall very long, but the cap never officially receded for me. Not much in the lacing.

Sweet, candy-like aroma of butterscotch and other malt-driven notes. Hint towards some floral, but still nectar-sweet, hops.

More sweet malt on the palate, butter-creamy and a litle bit too sugary, but pleasant. Hops bring a little sour apple with the carbonation, and the whole thing seems very earthy or herbal.

Not a huge body, medium leaning towards thin, although the style is very lenient here. Easy to drink but not much keeping me back for more. For 3.50, I can find better 550mLs, but I'm glad I tried this one.

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Photo of peabody
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy amber color with one finger of white suds which leave some lacing around the glass.
Smell is like a smokey Clove candy. Very malty and some hops but mostly sugars and caramel. The clove is the strongest aroma though.
Taste is a little watery but very strong toffee and caramel with a clovey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is ok at best. It needs more bite and fizz.
Drinkability is OK here but since English Pale Ales are not my thing I could find something a little better for sessioning.

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Golden Promise Organic Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 70 ratings