Butcombe Gold | Butcombe Brewery Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-04-2003

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a golden orange colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to thickish covering with good thick edging that creeps up the glass.... barely any carbonation bubbles.... some good lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Good juicy fruits to the fore (oranges, apricots, some light strawberry traces), caramel and biscuity malts, some toffee, quite grassy hops, peppey notes, some toasted nuts, light marzipan traces...

Taste - Good peppery and grassy hop bitterness up front followed by caramel and some spicy fruits (bitter oranges (marmalade?), grapefruit, apples), lightly toasted biscuit malts, toasted bread notes, buttery, faint metallic traces, floral...

Feel - Sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and thirst quenching - one of the most quaffable ales i've had in a while...

Overall - An excellent example of a British session bitter... definitely recommended...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-pulled pint in the excellent 'Railway Buildings' on Codsall railway station: 17 Nov 2012.

Cracking looking beer: bright body of golden amber colour with a good head that stayed the distance as the beer level slid down my UK sleeve glass.

The aroma was thin and although there was a mini-blend of malt and hop notes there wasn't enough to pick out any clear smells to pontificate about.

The taste is a well balanced mix of semi-sweet maltiness and a woody, nutty feel with a mild hop bitterness under the surface at all times and rising towards the end of each sip.

Pleased I found a cask version: thought it might be better than the bottled one and I was right.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich copper colour, clear, with a minimal off-white head. Subtle hops and caramel on the nose. Sweet caramel flavour at the start then a drier, refreshing, clean finish.

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Photo of Mark
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very lager like gold which kind of threw me off, however it had excellent head retention and left excellent lace. Not much aroma, but it leaned towards malt. Malty taste with subtle hopping. Smooth, mild, and drinkable. Did anyone say cask conditioned? Not a bad choice, had it at a Wetherspoon pub.

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Photo of Justhead
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


An easy ride. Glorious familiarity of a hoppy classic. Setting a basic standard for a decent pale ale.

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Photo of Ty1607
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Richardp
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Brewed originally for the Bristol balloon festival. Now widely available.

Poured into a tall glass, from a bottle bbe not noted, but this was very young. Less that one week from bottling date.

Aroma is primarily sweet malt and fuggles hops. Not as complex as older versions. Very crisp and new. Clear golden appearance, more so than aged versions.

Mouth feel crisp, quite dry and refreshing. Not as smooth as aged versions, the bitter hop flavour leaving a furry feel.

Flavour dominated by fuggles hop, and golden malt. Not having had time to mellow these where separate. The hop flavour very pronounced, and deep, clearly English fuggles.

Personal preference would have me look for a version that had been in the bottle longer. This review posted as this is a somewhat unusual example.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Trizzle
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Couldn't give less than a 5 for appearance. Crystal clear honey body with a generous 1 finger medium density just-off-white head that retains beautifully and leaves loads of lace.

Subtle aroma is earth and cereal malt. Not
Much going on.

Flavour is fascinating. Advertised as being loaded with fuggles, it is neither bitter or even overly dry. A lot of grapefruit and pine hop notes (for a british ale) on a big sweet-ish malt body. Some metallic astringency in the finish. Almost dry and almost moreish but not quite either. I've needed to drink the while pint before deciding whether or not I like it. And I do.

Body is big for an English bitter. Great creamy smoothness all the way. Love it

The metallic finish a touch too much sweetness drop the drinkability a wee notch but 2 pints would be perfec.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh on tap in a Liverpool pub. On the '1001"

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at a wetherspoons pub close to the tower bridge. It was a nice golden ale with a small white head. The aromas were of slight hops and malts. The taste was well balanced but not too complex. The mouthfeel was light and the drinkability is very good. A good session "quaffer"

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Royal Oak pub, Bath, England, while watching the Olympic torch being brought in

A: Golden sunset with a half finger head that dissipates. Some lacing.

S: Hoppy, malty, pepper

T: Follows nose. A good balance of malts and hops; semi-sweet with a bitter finish. Fuggles, whatever fuggles are supposed to taste like.

M: Medium with light carbonation.

O: Not bad; one of the better cask ale offerings I've tried.

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Photo of Murray367
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Butcombe Gold from Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 17 ratings