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 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 zshaft
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 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 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 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 charlatan
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly anaemic looking beer. This is very slightly darker than PBR and in appearance terms has nothing in particular to commend it, certainly nothing in the way of a sizable or impressive head. The nose yields little more than a touch of apricot and fig for me.

Has a very sweet malty flavour and is richer than it appears but rather one dimensional. After the first sip the hops all but disappear. You would call them understated if you were being kind. The beer is fairly well carbonated but with relatively small bubbles. it is easy to swig but isn't interesting enough for me to want to revisit.

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Photo of dmcclurejr
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 bark
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The brass-coloured liquid is somewhat cloudy; the large white compact foam sinks slowly down to a firm three finger thick head. Looks nice!

The smell is lightly bitter with a notable flavour of diacetyl. The very hoppy notes include hot butter, toffee, spices (pepper?) and a slight chemical finish.

The first taste is loaded with buttery diacetyl. It develops into a more complex blend of semisweet-fruity malt and a growing bitterness. The aftertaste is short and lighter than I had expect; it is rather simple in its bitterness with some diacetyl and apricot flavours.

The carbonation is, frankly, a bit too strong with lots of small almost sharp bubbles.

Why does always those “organic” beers have those odd and unbalanced flavours?

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Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second time to try the bottled version of this ale, a good five years since my first encounter. BB 03/10/2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a 95% clear pale amber hue, topped with a foamy white head settling to a thin blanket; carbonation is constant, consisting of both large and tiny bubbles.
S: burned sugar, a lightly syrupy note of malts, prune jam, sticky orange and an intriguing tinge of freshly-cut baby tomatos(!) lie on top of a much more muted aroma of hayish hops; overall, the nose is a tad too sweet for me and lacks a balance.
T: marinated prune like salty-sour fruits, floury and honeyish malts gradually give way to a bitter-sweet aftertaste of herbal hops and crunchy oat-biscuits with a little peated-smoky hint as well as burned sugar. The finish shows a slightly dryish edge, but is still overwhelmed by the predominantly sweet malty undertones.
M&D: the mouthfeel is hampered by the abundant fizziness throughout, which comes quite weird for the otherwise slightly heavy palate full of syrupy malts. Compared with the cask version, this bottled version still falls behind in both departments of palate and complexity.

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

Poured a slightly hazy medium gold with a small head which stayed for a few minutes. Medium amount of lacing remained in my glass.

Sweet smell with mostly a malty aroma.

Very hoppy flavor and to my taste buds also a fair amount of alcohol is present. Somewhat bitter aftertaste remains.

Quite lively, maybe even too much so with abundant carbonation. Light body.

All in all it was a decent beer which is worth trying at least once. It's not the first beer of it's type I'd go back to, but wouldn't refuse one if offered.

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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 schrist275
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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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Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

500 ml bottle at Irish Pub in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Shady golden color, apparent chill haze.
Small tan head.
Fruity and hoppy scent.
Medium bitterness and mouthfeel.
Hoppy taste, but not as much as the scent promise.
Fruity aftertaste.

It's quite ok, but nothing really special that I'll try to find again.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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