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