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Golden | The Celt Experience

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Celt Experience
Wales, United Kingdom
theceltexperience.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A zesty body and citrus aroma with a snappy finish. Drink to inspire you to an evening of passion! Circa 500BC, during the Celtic Golden Age, most of mainland. Europe was dominated by the spiritual tribes of Celtic origin.

Added by MrKennedy on 05-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,613
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
80
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Best Before 24.09.2015. Slightly opaque pale gold colour with a towering, frothy, ice cream like head which refused to reduce, wonderful lacing. Assertive aroma pine forest, grapefruit, passionfruit with a malt undertone. Beautiful balance of medium sweetness and a shade more bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture, lively carbonation and a long bitter resin finish. Very enjoyable but left me feeling very gassy. 8.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped 30-09-2013. Sampled on November 2013, which is past the expiration date.

The color is vaguely hazy and golden. I thought it might be darker. White fizzy head that fades.

The aroma is rather malt forward, slightly grainy, buttery, with a hint of pear or apple. The hops I get are earthy but not prominent.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a kind of sugar in the raw sweetness with a decent malt flavor and mild bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of mjstacker
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel Tulip

A - Poured a fairly pale honey colour, looking rather watery but had a two fingered frothy white head that retained fairly well

S - Very grainy citrus aromas in particular lemon with honey

T - Upfront on the taste I get some caramel, slightly yeasty and nutty but then get grapefruit and lemon tart finish that balances fairly well

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Not a bad ale . Initially I didn't think much of it but the more I consumed I liked as it balances fairly well

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Photo of doktorhops
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After last nights drunken debauchery at The Archive I probably should not be reviewing anything and letting my liver rest for a day but what the hell- I love beer! This is one brew that has one of the most unassuming labels I have ever seen, oh well as long as the beer packs some flavour what else matters?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A slight hazy amber body with a boastful 2cm off-white foam head from a hard pour, which settles and leaves a surprisingly sticky lace for such a low ABV.

S: There is a decent toasted biscuit malt backbone with some fruity and floral Fuggles hops thrown in. The aroma is tasty and typical of a quality British ale.

T: For something that is almost a mid-strength the flavour is big; caramel malt, grapefruit and honey with those fruity/floral hops at the back end. The bitterness is more on par with an American pale ale but we wont hold that against them. Nice work The Celt Experience Brewery. It makes one wonder how big the flavour would be at 5% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a light English ale carbonation. Goes down quite easy.

D: A solid effort, which with price notwithstanding, is a winner. Really the only negative one could level at it is the low ABV, but let's not be petty with such a fine ale. This is a surprise beer for me that combines the caramel-ness of English ales and gives it a bit of a hop hit that you would expect from an American brew.

Food match: If you're wanting to have a night out and not get drunk so quickly this is the pick, and the food it would pair perfectly to would be Indian curry, such as a lamb korma or a nice butter chicken.

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Photo of admiral
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

excellent pale ale - I haven't tasted a better one that is under 5% alcohol

big bold flavours, especially considering it is only 4.2%

taste: big grapefruit with honey, spice, citrus and orange peel - the malt balances it out nicely

tasty, fruity and unexpected - will be seeking this out in the future

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Photo of LathouXaris
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drinkinmiles
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fizzy one finger head that dissipated quickly to patchy foam and a thick ring around the glass. Malty aroma with hints of toffee and light grassy hops. Flavor is more dominated by grassy hops with a light bready malt background, finishing with citrus rind and a lingering hop bitterness. Light bodied. Another pleasant, very English Isles style beer from Celt. This one is much less malty and lets the hops shine through a bit more. I miss the light smokiness in some of the others from this brewery, but this is nice example of the style, well made.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hops nose, flavor is honey and caramel with balancing grapefruit hops. Lingering light bitter aftertaste. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Tuscan Market Salem, NH.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Chepe
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Clear amber colour with a creamy stark-white foam head that gradually recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, floral qualities, tart grapefruit, slight balsamic, nuts, faint ginger, and yeasty elements. Very appealing with a bold acidic-like tinge to the overall aroma.

(4.0) T: Dry toasted grains, mellow spices including clove, slight nutty taste, floral hop elements, and honey. Smooth and bitter with a bit of tartness. Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish.

(4.0) D: Very good and very drinkable. Would enjoy having this again.

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Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Pours a transparent deep golden color, bits of white suds for a head.

Smells of light citrus and bold, grassy barley malts. Mild pine hop bitterness.

Dry earth malts with light caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness on the dry side with grapefruit citrus elements. Possibly some honey and light spice like cloves or nutmeg.

Medium to full body with light soft carbonation around the tongue.

Really nice ale, great flavor and body for the abv which makes it highly sessionable. Very easy to enjoy and would love to spend an afternoon with a few more of these.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before April 2013. I don't normally comment on packaging quality, but this one has a pretty slick-looking bottle. I grabbed this because I wanted something milder than all the IPAs and hefes that were already in my shopping basket - and also because I've never had Welsh beer.

Pours a clear golden amber colour, topped with a modest, creamy off-white head roughly one finger in thickness. It disappears fairly rapidly over the next minute, leaving behind a ring of lacing and a thin, soapy cap on the surface. The aroma is enjoyable, with a plethora of different notes to pick out of the bouquet - sweet toffee, buttered biscuits and lemon citrus blend nicely with the leafy, musty English hop aromas. A bit more pungent than your average EPA.

This is a very tasty ale. Biscuity malts, toffee and honey are the main features early in the sip, with fruity notes of lemon zest, pears and apple skin accompanying them. Leafy, earthy hops come forward near the finish, balancing the malts perfectly and imparting a dry, musty tea-leaf quality to the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.92, a B+. Celt's Golden Ale is quite full-flavoured for a 4.2% brew, but it's just as easy to slug back as most other examples of this style. I wouldn't say that this is my new 'favourite EPA', but there's no question that it's relatively high up on that list. It's a highly quaffable pint that would be an excellent session option (if not for the relatively high price). I'd happily recommend this to any fan of English-style ales and bitters, and I might pick it up again some time.

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Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 4.2%.

A - Poured a deep gold with a half centimetre white head. Some lacing.

S - Hops, citrus, earth. Some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Caramel, light fruity sourness, orange peel, hint of spice, hint of tobacco, nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tangy, crisp, nice mouth coating bitter aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. Well balanced flavourful pale ale.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Wordslinger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cammo84
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Golden from The Celt Experience
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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