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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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 BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although I do appreciate the 'organic' qualities of this beer, it does not ensure that the beer is good. But, the beer is good. Quite malty rich with a sweetness that shows a little lighter in body than the initial sip suggests. Balaced with bittering hops, but still favors the malts quite a bit. The sweetness is tempered with a weakening firmness that makes the beer more drinkable, but less characterful. Rich with flavors of over-ripened peaches, appricots, and pears. Malt profile is typical of English Ales. Finishes a little too malty, but pleasantly sweet. Not quite cloying or tacky. Glad I bought it...even at $6 per bottle.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask locally

Pours with yellowy body, some golden shimmering hints. Fairly tight and dense head, good retention

Smell, some fresh wort, little bit of hops

Taste, typically caledonian. Some crisp hops with and earty malt backbone

Not a bad ale, drinkable and flavourful

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of crookedhalo
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with a hint of orange. The head is cream in color, average in size and reasonably dense with a tight, sturdy appearance. It looks initially like it might form some chunky lace, but what remains is no more than a thin, spidery sheet.

The rather meek nose smells like sweet creamery butter, perhaps edging into what I'd call butterscotch. Does Caledonian use Ringwood? There may be a gentle fruitiness from the hops, but I'm struggling to form any sort of firm impression since the aroma is so weak.

The flavor is nothing to get too excited about, but I do like it. It's lightly sweet, untoasted biscuit malty and I get those same buttery, verging on butterscotchy, notes that I appreciated in the nose. The apple fruity and herbal hops lend a nice counterpoint to the malt and a little pleasant bitterness as well.

This is a simple, straightforward ale that refuses to put on airs and begs you to like it; like a big, slobbery golden retriever. The body is on the light side with a sedate amount of carbonation that still manages to give the mouthfeel a little life.

Golden Promise is 'Britain's first organic beer'. I'm not sure what advantage that confers or how it's supposed to increase my enjoyment, but I found it to be friendly and drinkable with no real faults. There are quite a few English pales that I'd reach for first, but sometimes solid and dependable carry the day.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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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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Golden Promise Organic Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
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