Golden Seahawk
Cotleigh Brewery

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Bitter - English
Ranked #112
Ranked #36,106
3.69 | pDev: 11.92%
Cotleigh Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: A bright golden coloured best bitter formerly called Golden
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/11/11 (too bad I didn't see this before I bought it)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a very modest head that declines to a ringlet, though it leaves quite a few dots of foam behind

Smell: Fruity, with a subtle hint of honey sweetness; earthy elements, too

Taste: Stone fruit flavor on the front end, with apricot and peach elements; in the middle, the sweetness builds as do the earthy hop flavors; oxidation detected after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Too bad this is not fresh as it is likely a decent English Bitter; I have a hunch that a batch was sent over in 2010 and I just found a shop with some slow moving inventory as I haven't seen this beer elsewhere in a while

Jan 16, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up last year as part of Sainsbury's beer fest - it's been lingering in my fridge for ages.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling on the surface. Evidence of bottle-conditioning. Aroma of grainy malt with a dominant note of stewed hops, followed by dry yeast and a hint of caramel.

Tastes of light, biscuity malt with a dry finish. Notes of stewed hops, earthy yeast and caramel. Mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent body. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops and dry yeast.

An OK bitter, but nothing special. The stewed hops are a tad harsh, and it could do with more aromatic hops to balance it out. Drinkable, but probably better on cask.

May 15, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden body with a few big brassy slightly off white head.

Big aromas, the aromatic hops are right up front with floral notes and brewers mash, a real joy.

Notes of golden syrup hit the mouth before being driven hard into hoppy bitterness with citrus tangs and caramel hints, blimey this is tasty stuff.

Good solid mouthfeel and nice low carbonation makes a champion brew.

May 04, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The day after I review the bottle: I walk into my local and it's on a cask hand pull, what a lovely surprise. A pint was poured for me into a UK sleeve.

The same amber/orangey body, clear and bright, old gold colour as the bottle. Again an impressive snow white head which produced some, lacing and head throughout the tasting.

The smell was, like the bottled one, it's weakest part and although there were hop and malt esters they didn't excite or bother the nose at all.

The last paragraph is almost the same as my bottle review: really liked the mouthfeel and taste, good blend of ingredients to produce a fine beer. A mixed bag of flavours, some sweet malty molasses, but no honey: the hops came behind the sweet molasses in the taste stakes but not far behind: this is nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Nov 08, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, shimmering gold with a creamy, compact white mousse that makes a point of sticking around awhile.

S: Fresh and hoppy on the nose with lemon, bitter orange, biscuit, and earthy, peppery aromas very apparent.

T: Opens tart and hoppy with notes of biscuits, lemon, bitter orange, herbs, minerals, tobacco, and peppery spice. The finish is hoppy with citrus, spice, and tobacco notes.

M: Light-bodied, firm, and dry with very active carbonation. My only knock is that this beer seems to have the ability to dry out your mouth in no time. Should be more drinkable than it is.

O: This is a pretty nice bitter, and is especially welcome for fans of hoppier English beers. In fact, this beer may be best viewed as a means of demonstrating the complexities and power of traditional English hops. Very nice.

Nov 03, 2011
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CwrwAmByth from England

2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #7 of the Sainsbury's Beer Hunt 2011! Poured from a 500ml bottle into a guinness rounded pint glass.

Pours a clear gold colour, nice head and lacing.

Smells fresh and hoppy like an IPA. Not very strong though.

Taste is pretty watery and is of not that well balanced malts and hops. A bit harsh yet weak at the same time.

Overall an alright drink, wouldn't get it again though.

Sep 20, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear light amber hue, a white firm head that leaves some lacing and actually little lacing.

The smell is light, fruity and acid, apples, pears and lemon.

Tasting a bit sweet fruits initially, orange and ripe pears, then more sour, but still fruits, green apples and lemon and lime. Then a pure bitterness, nearly chemical.

Medium carbonation, a fresh and light fluid, but a very dry finish.

A really nice, fresh real ale, enjoyed at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Feb 08, 2011
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 01/01/11 not sure about that...Pours a semi-hazed apricot with a finger of ivory colored head. Stays some what hazed, above average lacing & average head retention

S: Fruiityness & grassy hops

T: Follows the nose, some leafy hops & apricot up front. Apricot, slight dried pineapple flavor, grassy hops, & a bit of honey & some dryness as this warms. Finishes fairly crisp with some leafy hops & apricot

MF: Light bodied, smooth carbonation, decent balance

Easy drinker, wish this was fresher & for that matter on cask... Not bad, but I think this beer could be in better shape. I will give this another go if I can fond it fresher

Dec 27, 2010
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droomyster from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a small white head. Aromas are predominantly of honey, with just a touch breakfast toast. Flavors are far more interesting than the nose, with woody and tea-like hops and a commercial wheat bread character to the malts. Highly sessionable.

Nov 09, 2010
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a merangue hazey amber and copper of gold. Almost no head after a strong pour, but some visible carbonation. This beer looks average compared to most English Bitters I've had before it.

The aroma is of almost stale bread with a little toast and just a splash of earthy hops.

The taste is a simple toasted bread crust with the carbonation and earthy grass and thistle tasting hops on the finish.

This is an easy session beer. Just enough flavor so that it doesn't taste watered down.

Sep 15, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tasty English Ale that has the flavor and delicacy of an Ordinary Bitter but with the strength of a Best Bitter or English Pale (very pale) Ale. This beer kinda straddles the fence.

The appearance of straw or light golden colors give a soft and even glow to the beer. A mild haze tells the tale of dry-hopping or unfiltered character. Good retention and lacing makes the beer intriguing and inviting.

Soft aromas of grain, hay-like maltiness with soft bready sweetness. Spicy, earthy, and grassy hops give a lively and vibrant aroma to the ale. Soft esters of apples, under-rippened pears, and lemon acidity adds complexity to the otherwise simple ale.

Flavors follow suit with a balance of soft cracker-like malts with light breads (fresh baked). A balance of spicy, grassy, and sprucy hops offset the sweetess and breadiness and adding a minty, lemony note that adds zest and life. Otherwise a simple estery-apple character decorates the mid palate while the beer fades into a hay-like grassy taste that becomes more refreshing than bitey.

Medium up front (somehow I wanted a crisper and cleaner start) but the beer eventually fades into that minty dry, grassy, lemony finish with a steady and pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.

I interpret this beer as an Ordinary Bitter (think properly carbonated Boddington's Pub Ale) but with a firmer body and maltier texture.

Aug 31, 2010
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oberon from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a dull copper color with a quick to fade soapy-like head.Aromas are pretty tame with some hard water,and caramel/biscuit mainly,there is a light fruitiness that comes as it warms a little.Light and quaffable with some tartness like others have noted of green apples,a tinge of iron,and a gentle herbal smack of hops round out the palate.Its sociable but a bit underwhelming.

Aug 22, 2010
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed and honeyed gold with a nice cap of white suds.

Fairly fruity with bits of melon, flowers, and citrus. Some biscuity malt lends a honey-like sweetness that is balanced by a decent dose of bitterness.

Certainly not bad. I'd like to try it on cask, but as is it's my least favorite of the Cotleigh range.

Aug 22, 2010
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Brysky from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST- Bottle, poured into a glass.

A- light golden color

S- smells light with a slight hint of honey and malt... bitter

T- slight bitterness, hint of honey, malt is there but takes a good palette to taste it.

M- very easy on the mouth, nothing crazy to the taste buds

D- smooth, goes down easy... very easy

Aug 08, 2010
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 500 mL brown bottle into a becker. Best by date: 01 01 11. The body was a dull, pale tangerine color. The barely off-white head settled slowly.

Smell was a bit metallic at first. Caramel maltiness. Fresh grains came on as it warmed up a little.

Taste was tangy and sweet like apple peels. There was a smooth, gentle bitterness. Very drinkable. Not as good as the Tawny Owl but solid.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth and silky. Lightly carbonated - right for the style.

Jul 24, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw a 3-pack mix of Cotleigh's and had to snatch it up.

Pours a light honey, pale golden color with a small collar of white, medium dense foam. Looks darn good.

Aroma is weak, but not bad. Some honey, light toast, clover and buttery.

Honey up front, very quick taste. Follow by soft caramel with biscuit and lovely floral and citrus finish. Really nice snap to it, too. This may not be the best tasting beer in the world, but it does taste good, and is quite drinkable. Nice session, wish I could try it on cask.

Jun 18, 2010
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3rd bottle of the Birds of Prey series sent to me by TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This one is in a clear bottle, best by 1 Jan 2011.

It pours a clear gold colour, close to a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light, the lightest of the 3. What is there is a nice balance of malt and hops. Sorry I can't expound on that but my nose isn't picking up a whole lot here.

The taste saves the day. Up front, some nice malty notes that brings a good amount of sweetness. On the back end, the hops bring a goodly amount of grassy bitterness. In the finish, the sweet takes on a very honey like character with a touch of biscuit/earthy flavours. 3 English Bitters and 3 different angles at the style and all of them work for me.
Curious to say the least.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation.

Drinkability? Another Bitter from Cotleigh that I could sit down with and have, very easily, more than 1 or 2 or even 3 of. Simply put...they are oustanding when it comes to quaffability. I'm so glad I got a chance to try them. Another BIG thanks goes out to TATTORSO! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Feb 07, 2010
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ADZA from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 500ml bottle into my pint glass and it pours a subtle hazy honey,orange colour with a bubbly two finger head that is well carbonated and leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass,it has beautiful honey,citrus aromas with a slight feint hop background smell,it has a nice easy smooth feel to it with a nice honeyish finish quite smooth actually with a nice mouthfeel which definately isnt thin and totally not bitter at all by a long shot,a very pleasant easy drinking english ale and dont know how its classed as a bitter as its not bitter at all and could easliy drink alot of these on a nice hot summers day.

Jul 19, 2009
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bark from Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber; the low white head is made of big bubbles. The liquid is clear.

The smell got a sour note, some mild malt and fruity hops (Goldings?).

The taste is light with a solid bitterness. I found notes of apricots, plums and dark rum. The aftertaste is very bitter with some notes of bitter oranges, bitter almonds, caramel and a hint of chocolate.

The carbonation is mild with large bubbles.

A very fine example of this style.

Oct 20, 2006
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wl0307 from England

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer by half-pint along with two other summer ales at my local Wetherspoon yesterday, 24/07/05.

It pours a clear, dark orange-golden hue, with a sparse beerhead of big bubbles... minimum carbonation is detected. The nose is a bit too reserved... a tinge of citrusy note and a refreshingly soft, floral aroma of hops is there. Apart from that there really is nothing to write home about. It tastes profoundly hoppy following the initially thin, juicy palate--strong scent of floral hops and a very intensive, herbal kind of flavour are left on the sides of my tongue, balanced by a grapefruit-zesty bitterness and some soft palate of nutty malts at the back of my throat. Jolly nice it is, compared with the timid aroma. On balance it's a Goldings-dominated summer golden ale--actually the understated but consistent flavour of Goldings is the major attraction of this beer, making the mouthfeel refreshingly as well as softly hoppy, helped by moderately dryish mouthfeel which arouses more thirst. But overall the flavour is not assertive enough to be really enjoyable and moreish.

Jul 25, 2005
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