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 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 SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles. There appears to be quite a few bubbles rising and the head sticks around for some time.

Aroma: The aroma is really sweet with some noticeable toasty malt. There is a tad of floral hops in here to give the malt some balance. I get some really clean fresh fruit in here along with a little bit of dry grainy sweetness. It smells really nice.

Taste: The flavor is much more hoppy than I suspected from the aroma. Even though it has a hoppy presence, there isn't a bite to it. I like the British malt profile, and it comes across with the malt complexity of many German Lagers. There is no real alcohol noticeable, and the finish is a bit nutty.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. I picked it up in Ohio when I was traveling, and I wish I ad a source of this beer here in Houston. It has a clean flavor profile and is light enough to drink all day, but it is still very flavorful. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pounder glass it formed an easily managed tight white head. Sticky lace with each pull. Golden body with a slight haze and light carbonation.

Very nice aroma coming off this pup. I get some pizza dough meets toasty malts and a light fruity backdrop.

The taste is well balanced amid a flurry of drying hops towards the finish. Nice and toasty towards the end. Doesn't clean up much but it wasn't bothersome as the aftertaste was pleasant. The fruit presence is very much an afterthought but I'd describe it as a vinous backdrop.

Notes: This is a fine English Pale that has survived the journey to my fridge without any evident transpo issues. Very refreshing and full of flavor, excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of lugieman
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of freed
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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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 scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

All the bottle said was that it held one pint. I'm assuming that means an English pint.

Appearance- An aggresive pour yielded only a three-quarter head with non-existant retention. Colro was mix of pale and bright sunshine with some sparse lacing.

Smell- Light hops with some odd fruity sweet malt. Not bad balance between the bitter and sweet.

Taste- Pretty complex for a pale ale. Starts out with some strawberries mixed with flowers. Then evolves into a natural tasting malt sweetness that becomes more subdued as the beer gets warmer. The finish is a grasy hop flavor mixed with some wet bread.

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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 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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is made with organically grown hops and barley and is approved for consumption by vegans. It pours a nice golden color from a brown 500 ml bottle. I like the aroma, you can smell the hops. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink it. It has a nice hoppy taste. I can't quite place the aftertaste, grassy maybe. Overall, I like it, probably not really worth seeking out, but worth a try if you find it at your local shop.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'd never seen this baby before, and it is a very refreshing offering.

this beer is an exercise in opposites...its delicate but chewy...hoppy/grassy but nice malted barley too...smooth and buttery yet crisply carbonated.

it's fresh and slightly caramel-induced toward the end of the pint.

glad i found this and tried would make an excellent summertime sampling on a hot day when i wanted something very clean and light-feeling with some taste and a few nuanced flavors to it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at Well's Wines in Baltimore, Poured cool into a tulip pint from a 16.9oz brown bottle.

A - A gently hazed pale amber w/ a frothy full white head as a result of a vigorous pour. The full inch of head clings to the glass very well and a pleasant looking lace patter appears.

S - A very fruity, pear and apple ester w/ floral notes and gently malty side notes are present in the aroma.

M - Crisp w/ low to medium carbonation and a yeasty creaminess w/ woody dry hop notes and a semi-dry finish.

T - Rich w/ malt, fruity and layered w/ both herbal qualities of hops and complex layers of dry spicy UK malt notes that also have a gentle caramel sweetness. A faint pine note holds into the finish and adds to the woody aspect. Very nuanced a well blended flavors w/ malt as the dominant taste.

D - A nice golden ale w/ sublte malt and nice yeasty bready qualities. One of the best Organic brews I have tasted.

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Photo of inebrius
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks like a lager, kinda smells like one too. Nice rich lush mouthfeel. Very little hopping going on. A very decent beer! I love the thick coating that this beer leaves in my mouth. Very quaffable. I'd get this again, but it was a bit pricey, $4 for a bottle.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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

500ml bottle imbibed at Stoney's Pub

Hazy golden color, almost amber

Smell, very grainy, doughy even. Faint hops yet quite a full nose.

Taste, Earthy hop tastes come across first, but this one is really malty in its body. Finishes with a biscuit aftertaste with a mild hop flavor on top.

Overall a very easy drinking beer, and I'm glad I ordered it as I had never even heard of it before. I think this beer is better than its score dictates, as this is a solid English Pale Ale. My only gripe was when we got the bill. The bottle cost me $10, and that really surprised and somewhat annoyed me. Its good, but not $10 a bottle good.

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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 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 GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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 Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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