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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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 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A 500ml bottle with a BB date of December 30, 2010 - so only just out of date!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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay then. We've got ourselves a vegan friendly beer here. Organic, of course. I love the cap too. Definitely a keeper.

Pours a foggy gold. No lasting head after a quick hit of some, but nice lacing on the top before I have taken a sip. Nose is odd. Woody and oddly antiseptic. Kind of the character I have pulled off some lambics, but never an EPA. Weird. Flavor is okay. Kind of tastes like wet wood, but not in a good way. Seems almost cask-ish, but no real level of maturity that a cask could deliver. Hmmm. I get a touch of vanilla all of the sudden. Feel has a decent but fairly low carbonation to it. The liquid feel is not very good. Overall this is just an okay ale. Sure it might go over well with the less informed vegans, but for real ale lovers, I doubt this is going to make an impact. If you pass on this one, don't feel bad.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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