Lark's Foot Golden Ale | Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery

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Lark's Foot Golden AleLark's Foot Golden Ale

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Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by doktorhops on 10-31-2012

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste is a mild malt sweetness with a bit of citrus.Very mild bitterness with a clean dry finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear amber with a quickly fading head.
Pretty macro-like aroma of cooked vegetables, grainy malt and some faint spicy hops. There's some caramel but that's it.
Pretty similar flavours. A bit bland but there is some caramel and clean malt later.
Watery body. Too much carbonation.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium brownish golden color with no head, even when poured right down the middle of the glass. No lacing or anything. Smells yeasty, with faint sweet aroma. The taste is of light malt and water. There's a tiny bit of hops on the back end. Mouthfeel is also watery with just enough carbonation to remind you that it's supposed to be beer. Overall, it's pretty easy to drink, but so is water.

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of rjimlad
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pretty drinkable but unremarkable pale ale. Clear amber colour with thin head. High carbonation. Very subtle bready aroma but that's all. Flavour is bready as well with a mild hop finish. There is also a bit of a metallic taste that isn't about to ruin the beer but hides any other interest. All in all it's a barbecue beer Australians will be familiar with and generally like. Other than that, it's kinda boring.

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Photo of soju6
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a dark golden color with a small head that fades to bites of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness with a bit of citrus in the background.

T: Taste is a mild malt sweetness with a bit of citrus.Very mild bitterness with a clean dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and quite boring. Decent drinker, but nothing to get excited about.

O: A bland non-offensive beer.

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Photo of Breeza
3.58/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich clear caramel colour, light beige head, moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet, malty with hint of toffee, caramel and fruit.

T: Sweet, slight taste of fruit and caramel. Mild bitter aftertaste.

M: A smidge watery but overall pleasant.

O: Quite a nice beer! Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of doktorhops
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sail & Anchor popped a few new beers my way to review and whilst I'm never one to begrudge a free beer it is still going to get the same scrutiny as anything else that passes my palate. First up is the Lark's Foot Golden Ale, of which there is a semi-interesting semi-fictional story about the term 'lark's foot' that is hopefully not a poised distraction to a badly crafted brew.

Poured from a 345ml (where did Aussie craft brewers get that extra 15ml in their bottles from? not that I am complaining) bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear amber body with little carbonation action going on and a millimetre thick white lacing on top.

S: Slight, for a Pale Ale at least, herbaceous hops with a caramel malt base and a hint of musty yeast. There is a twist of lemon as well in the hops.

T: Watered down, with a heavy-handed malt base shining through a non-existent hop finish. There is a note of that lemon twist and a minor interplay between the caramel malts and the musty yeast but there is little remind you of anything remotely American Pale Ale.

M: Body is mid to light and watery as previously mentioned. The carbonation is neither sharp nor flat as a tack.

D: Far too light on flavour despite the back label describing both 'rich' and 'beautifully balanced' in the same sentence. Another weak on flavour Australian Pale Ale, I'm not sure why we have such lacklustre Pale Ales whilst America has a veritable cornucopia of excellent examples... almost considering moving to the US just for a decent beer. Comparing to James Squire Golden Ale; they're both pretty average-at-best but I think the Squire edges this out just a little in flavour.

Food match: Beer-battered steakhouse chips with aioli.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Danno's

Pours 100% clear amber. Heads fades quickly. Little lace.

Aromas of faint grains. Sweet.

Taste has minimal hop presence, and lemonade like notes.

Mouthfeel is ok, we'll carbonated and light.

When this beer grows up it will be a Fat Yak or Chancer. Oh dear. Given moderate flavours it would make a good hot day session ale.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: interesting 345mL brown bottle with a funky and unique 'Lark's Foot' label with a story on the back.

Appearance: looks pretty much the same as the Monkey's Fist, except the one-finger head hung about for about 30 seconds instead of 2. Still pretty ordinary though mainly due to the lack of head or lacing.

Taste: really not much here - just a touch of grains, some herbs and hops. Particularly unbrilliant.

Aftertaste: some light malts and a touch of hops. Easy to drink, but very little flavour. Okay, I suppose. But hey, why not just have a better (and much cheaper!) beer?

Mouth feel: again drops away pretty quickly - easy to put down quickly.

Overall: not quite as good as the Monkey's Fist due to the lower flavour profile. There are far better beers than this for $10-15 a case less. These 4 Sail & Anchor beers appear to be of a 'craft for the masses' style. Not a bad idea, but I don't think they've quite pulled it off. Certainly worth it at present with the $10 for a 4-pack, but I don't think it'd be worth too much more than that.

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber colour with a thin off-white bubbly head that diminished quickly to a thin bubble line and didn’t lace. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste of slightly sweet malt followed by a very mild bitterness. Light body with watery mouthfeel. Average at best.

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Photo of Mosant
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Lark's Foot Golden Ale from Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery
Beer rating: 2.78 out of 5 with 15 ratings