Golden Promise Organic Ale
The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #197
Ranked #43,448
3.57 | pDev: 12.32%
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I spied this through the fridge door, and just had to pick it up. Golden Promise from a 1 Pint Brown Bottle, how sensible, either that or I assume 12 fl.oz. Bottles are just too small and effeminate for the tough drinking Scots. Pours with a lovely white tight head that looks like the top of a cloud, but soon dissappears completely. Imposing Golden color, would you really expect anything else?. Feint nose, sweet maltish aromas are detectable – just. Sweetish start, malty middle, the finish starts hoppy but is soon consumed by a soft buttery light toffee caramel in the finish, which reminded me of Digestive Biscuits from McVities in England. The finish is a bit too cloying for me, I woudl have liked a bit more hop-bitterness to balance it out a bit. Still a very good beer.
A beer of Firsts and Lasts. Caledonian Brewery produced the UK’s First true Organic Beer, using the UK’s Last remaining direct-fired (i.e. coal) open coppers. I have had this beer from the Bottle and in Cask form - but I have to be honest and say that I much prefer the citric bitter hoppiness that prevails in the latter.

Oct 05, 2002
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Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2019
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javier from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mar 17, 2002
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Brent from Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Mar 28, 2004
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Mark from California

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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!!

Feb 03, 2002
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inebrius from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wee bit of the organic pours deep gold. Buttery malt nose with hints of earth and grain. More buttery caramel malt in the back that finishes slightly lingering bitter and a touch dry. Medium-bodied and decently drinkable and organic to boot.

Sep 09, 2002
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oberon from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jul 09, 2008
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rastaman from England

3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Apr 05, 2002
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Aug 15, 2005
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StevieW from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Aug 26, 2003
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Realale from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with just a blush of color. Thin white head that quickly dissipates completely.

The nose is all hop (EKG?) with a minor, but still significant, sharp malty note.

The palate is well-balanced and long. Its an absolutely mouth-filling beer, but most of this comes from residual sweetness from either crystal malt or wort carmelization.

A very good example of a Scottish session bitter, but I would prefer more hops to balance the malty sweetness. Makes me long for a pint of cask 80 shilling!

Oct 10, 2002
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Gusler from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Dec 28, 2002
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden blonde pour. Creamy but thin head with solid retention.

Aroma - sweet malted barley with some mild yeast, also to the sweet side.

Taste - distinctive organic barley flavor is mild and refreshing. Some hops are there and though they don't have much character they do provide some pleasant balance. The finish is clean and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel - smooth but with a crisp edge.

Drinkability - a good multipurpose ale, suitable for any season or event.

Apr 05, 2005
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freed from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only Caledonian I can find in the States. The guy at the brewery said it was a gimick. It didn't stand out at the time, but it really stands out when drinking alone.

Wonderful malty flavor and feel that can only be a real Scottish ale, and a body that dwarfs many other craft brews. Nice English/Kent hop flavor that leads to a clean finish.

Had it in both clear and brown bottles - go for brown glass if you can.

Oct 22, 2002
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Cask at the Head Of Steam, Euston.

Bright golden with a nice head of creamy foam. Aromas are pretty straight forward and consist of caramel malt and a bit of buttery butterscotch. Their are also some fresh herbal hop aromas in the mix as well. The taste is quite sweet and malty up front, the middle is a bit hoppy, and the finish is bread-like and faint. Mouthfeel is quite creamy, but a bit thin and drinkability is nice.

Nov 18, 2004
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schrist275 from Florida

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large one pint bottle, nice size for an afterwork beer. Seen coming from the bottle is an almost clear with only the slightest tinge of yellow but as it lands in the glass it settles into a yellow changing into orange color. The head leaves faster than any I've seen this week, and only leaves the ring and a tiny whisp in the center. Carbonation is fair with quite a few strings in the glass, the smell comes of roses and hops, very sweet and flowery with a slight musky undertone. now.. hmm.. taste.. hm, takes that rose flavor and tickles the back on the nose while throwing a little skunk thru out the rest of the mouth, drops into a sweet aftertaste. Interesting. Not your average Pale.. would go great witha pretzel.

Nov 05, 2004
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright orange ale ,good sized frothy white head, attractive carbonation in the glass.
Very nice malty aroma with a good dollop of hops making it seem rather lager like in scent.
The taste is peasing and smooth, yet quite subdued and well balanced, malts being the predominate taste though.
Very nice mouthfeel, exceptionally thick and smooth.
I found thids very easy to drink, could do a few easilly.
NOTE: the bottle i had was Co-Op Organic Premium Ale brewed by Caledonian is the same as Golden Promise.

Mar 04, 2005
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smi69 from New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 25, 2020
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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky tea color (with lemon juice). Soapy head, which was kind of nil. Looking bleakly carbonated. Peat and soil-like smells with spicy, Hallertau hop aromas, honey, butterscotch and vanilla. Malty and rich mouthfeel, carbonation is subtle, accentuating the slickness on the tongue. A bit sweet and diacetyl/butterscotchy, and the finish shows a bit of hopping. Some unique cider and whiskey-like qualities throughout. I'm pretty sure I'm sampling this beer a bit past its prime, I think it is a Sept/Oct seasonal. Good nonetheless.

Jan 27, 2005
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale gold, great clarity, medium layer of creamy froth, good retention, lace

Aroma: somewhat floral hop scent, fresh flowers (carnations?), light malts and a hint of graininess, somewhat pilsner-like

Flavor: mild lagery malt sweetness, hint of apple cider, herbal hop flavor fading into a subtle balancing bitterness, finishes dryish with a hop-green aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, fine carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Just a beautiful Scottish golden ale. Wonderfully soft and refreshing. A true testament to what quality ingredients and pure Highland water can achieve.

Nov 20, 2004
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice brew from this brewery. The packing is very attractive and the look of the beer is not bad either. A clear, rich golden hue with a smallish white head and some level of lacing.

the aroma is light, but has a hint of the malt a some indications of floral hops. The taste is quite mild, hiding the complexity of the formula. The feel is quite good - light-bodied, with just a bit of snap in the finish. A decently drinkable beer.

Sep 12, 2003
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SeanChouffe from New Mexico

3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Sep 11, 2003
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RenoZymurgist from California

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a frothy head that dissipated a few moments after pouring. Aroma is of floral hops and sweet malt. Excellent flavor is of floral hops with a creamy, sweet malt balance that has a sharpness due to the water. Mouthfeel is nothing special and i would buy this beer again if it was cheaper.

Aug 24, 2003
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WesWes from New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a semi-sweet pale and bisquit malt scent. It is well balanced with English hops and some Munich malts. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt flavor with some sweetness and a bisquity finish. It goes down easy with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. There is some fruity character as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent brew. I've had much better, but it goes down smooth; a good drinker.

Aug 15, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Nov 16, 2009
Golden Promise Organic Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 72 ratings