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
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a hint of red, a small head, light carbonation, and sticky lace. The smell is of mowed grass, malt and hints of fruit. The taste has a light sweet start and a biting finish. The feel is fairly watery with some cider characteristics, but little effervescence ? not a lot of body. IMHO: A refreshing start and mouth feel, with very unusual balance of characteristics. Hard to pin point, not that distinctive, and not very promising.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 Shovelbum
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin bubbly white head over a light copper colored body. Poor head retention and meager lace. Aromas light malt and earthy hops. Spicy hop flavor up front. Moves to a well-proportioned supporting mildly sweet malt. A metallic character that I’d like to think are those Caledonia copper kettles. Other more earthy and green-apple hop flavors rear their head further into the beer as well. Lean bodied with low carbonation. Slightly crisp with a drying finish.

I prefer Caledonia’s Scottish brews over this more southerly inspired pale. That being said this has a nice balance and simplicity that is satisfying.

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Photo of rastaman
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice little beer, gold in colour, Ok head retention, aromas of tropical fruits, grass, hops. very nice to drink, not to sweet, nice hoppy tea flavours, decent stuff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a light hazy apricot body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is an off-white creamy head with some big bubbles on top. The head last a good while.

S- The smell of soft lightly toasted malt that has some nice depth like floor malted grain. There is a faint green note in the finish after it warms.

T- The soft pale malt flavor has a light toasted malt note with a soft honey malt sweetness. There is a hint of caramel and light fruit as the beer warms. The finish has a soft watery taste and a pine hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the head that adds a creamy texture.

D- This beer has soft flavors and is a bit watery but the flavors that are there are pleasant.

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Photo of javier
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost orange hue with a white head that holds well in a clean glass. The odor is similar to a dutch lager like grolsch. A malty sweetness hits you right off then settles into a hoppy spice aftertaste. Maybe a bit sweet. Previous reviewers comments on the clear bottle are well founded. I recveived a number of bottles from Caley and other scot breweries as a gift and they were all in clear glass.

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry saffron with a tight milky coat.
Honeyed toasted grain, blood, pear, and lemongrass aroma.
Begins with a gentle graininess. Lightly toasty and augmented with honey. Wisps of peaty Scotch tang are evident, but underplayed. Notions of battered pears seep in, along with some rough ferric elements. Bright squeals of lemon rind prelude a generally danker, and duskier grassy hop body.
Medium in build, with a gentle carbonation that does enough uplifting to prevent this from feeling greasy. It thins as it sits.
Not outstanding, but the interplay between farily substancial malt and hops, along with its signature of corroding pennies, is fairly interesting, if not 100% tasty. Could be a bit on the old side, but if that's the case, it has held up pretty well.

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Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Organic, uh-oh. You can taste the copper, the wheat, thin-medium mouthfeel but creaminess, though inconsistent. Off- earthy aroma. Understated carbonation, sweet, and some bitterness at end. Average British brew to me. Drinkable, though better with food.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 Dukeofearl
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation is a 1 pint bottle that has a somewhat different label (a sheaf of wheat being held up by 2 bags of hops). Bottle is dark brown, not translucent as in the accompanying photo.

Pours a hazy, somewhat thick golden color, I promise. :)

No head to speak of, a thin covering of the beer that is spotty at best.

Aroma is first grainy, with a light syrupy sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Smells alright, but very weak.

Flavor, very mellow, semi-sweet, with grainy breadiness throughout. Don't get any hop aftertaste (ok, maybe just a hint). Decent flavor for the style.

Drinkability is a good session beer. Generally easy drinking, with enough interest to want some more, without being overpowering.

This also gets props from my girlfriend, a non-beer drinker, who in very high praise, says "this is one I can drink".

Overall I like this beer, very easy drinking, not challenging. Good for when you don't want to go overboard.

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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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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beige. That's how a friend describes the taste of anything boring. And that describes this beer . . . beige. Poured a nice, bright golden with a tight head. But the flavor never got off the ground. A hint of apples, but in comparison to this, Bass ale tastes like a bushel basket of apples. The malt tried valiantly, but in the end was unable to produce any distinguishing flavors other than a vague hint of orchard fruit. Not nearly up to par with the brewery's other products.

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Photo of StevieW
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this 16 clear bottle at Luevens bottle shop in St. Andrews, wrapped it up and lugged it home, only to find it sitting on a shelf at the local gourmet grocery store. What the hell ? I was bummed.
Dull rusty orange color. Maybe could be called golden without the luster. First noticable smells are a funky, earthy, musty grain smell. Like standing in a barn full of wet animals. Huh ? Yea really.
Taste was dominated by whole grain bread. Nuts, and wet grains everywhere. Some faint toasted malt sweetness way underneath and medicinal faint hop presence. Lots of herbs, flowers and weeds, I thought I might start to sneeze. Once you get over the greenacres feeling, traditional sour beer tastes start to emerge. Almost lager-ish without any sweet buttery tastes. Not good or bad, just more oddly combined flavors. Musty taste lingers on the finish. Light to medium bodied, drinkable but different for sure.

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

I find “Organic” brews to be quite interesting in they’re somewhat musty or is it that the yeast shines through in these beers more than the pasteurized versions? A question to put in the forum I guess.

The beer pours a translucent golden amber color with an expansive head and tons of fine lace to coat the glass. Sweet fruit aromas with malt and light and crisp freshness, and yes that hint of musk or mold, but not unpleasant. Malt mostly at the start and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish is pertinently hopped, cautiously carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and to this old palate a quite quaffable brew.

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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 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 Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A near clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

The aroma is sweet and herbal with an abundant amount of butter scent to it. There is a good toasted grain aroma to this one but it is mostly about the herbs and butter.

The flavor begins sweet and toasty with lots of toasted grain and butter taste. Soft and pleasing are words I use to describe the flavor of this. This is one mild and tasty ale that doesn't taste "organic" by not having any glaring faults.

Good Mouthfeel.

Outstandingly easy to drink beer. There are no hard edges to this beer at all yet it is a cut above most beers. A mild pleasing version of the style.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This drinkable organic brew features a nice meld of butterscotch (or more accurately, a buttery toffee flavor), that classic pale malt apricot fruitiness, light but sweet caramel hints, and a slightly spicy graininess. The hop bitterness is more or less in the background and balances only to a limited extent. The somewhat dry, fruity finish features a noticeable hint of toffee and some fairly rough graininess.

Not bad, but not stunning either. The malt and grain flavors blend well, though the graininess, especially in the finish, is a wee bit harsh. Still, it’s tasty and drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin creamy head that becomes a bare covering.

The smell is of some sweet grainy malt.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt. Buttery. Some balancing earthy bitterness in the finish.

It's light. Rather watery. Somewhat refreshing.

It's okay - nothing special. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First let me say this beer would have received a much higher rating had it not been for the frickin clear glass bottle it came in. Why do makers of fine beer do this? The skunkiness was evident as soon as I popped the caps. It wore off enough so I could take in the rich malty aroma intended for our noses. Color is uninspiring, it looks like a lager. Very white head that thins a bit, leaving minimal lace. A very tasty malty brew with minimal hopping, label says it's fire brewed. I'd buy it all the time if it was bottled properly. Get it together guys!!

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