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Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The latest shining addition to our cask ale range, SA Gold was launched in 2006. Its refreshing and clean taste instantly proved popular with both consumers and industry experts winning awards only a year after being launched.

SA Gold is a full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden ale. Careful use of hops creates a satisfying bitterness, perfectly balanced by vibrant citrus aromas and complex hop flavours from late-hopping using Cascade and Styrian Goldings. A deliciously satisfying and refreshing pint!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2006

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and sadly clear glass
Golden clear body with splattered white head
SMells of slight skunking slight hops slight malt slight syrup
That's the flavour too
I think given a bit more care this would be a half decent ale

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Photo of 123321123321
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I’m back for more Brains, like the incessant beer zombie I am, this time I received a recommendation from a Welshman (those people from Wales), and I work in a bottleshop now - imagine that - the bottleshop attendant receiving a recommendation from a customer! Anyway I thought I would give it a go as I have a tendency to neglect Wales (don’t we all) and her lovely names with multiple consonants like: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which is the second longest place name in the world after: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (in New Zealand, I kid you not).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy light honey coloured body with a nice compact 2cm white head on top, tis a Pale Ale in more than just name. 7/10.

S: Light citrus (lemon drops) mingles with a broad toasted biscuit base and some tea leaf in the background, it’s a very Oxfordshire Pale Ale aroma then, and quite strong for a 4.7% ABV brew. Nice, not outstanding, just nice. 7/10.

T: Not as sweet as expected, that lemon drop flavour is more bitter than sweet and the toasted biscuit provides a hint of sweetness with a dry cracker note. Finishes with that much expected, and perhaps maligned - depending on your stance on tea, black tea leaf character. Hint of sour in there from the citric note gives this brew some intriguing complexity, but ultimately there are some outstanding English Ales out there, and competing against them is a challenge. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light English (or should I say “Welsh”?) pub carbonation. 6/10.

D: It’s a good drop this, not Bishops Finger or Landlord great, but nonetheless decent. I did however keep reminding myself that I have the new and exceedingly well-priced cans of Bishops Finger beckoning in my fridge (from Plonk)... Plonk also have Hobgoblin cans, a different style yes but also excellent (and on my mind)... too many great English Ales, too little time. Oh and the flavour of this is a little more dry than I like. 6/10.

Food match: Label says: White fish and cheese, obviously not together on the same plate, I agree with this recommendation.

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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mdavidson
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Kirk
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with apparent carbonation on the walls with a three finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Lemon citrus aroma and biscuit malt notes.
Taste follows nose, lemon citric, biscuit malt with some earthy notes. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Very refreshing taste, being very citric, lemon like. Needless to say it has a huge drinkability and it is more than welcome one a warm day.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of biscuit malts in the nose along with faint hints of citrus. The citrusy hops become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some subtle hints of citrus. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thick and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of American hops imparts interesting aromas and flavors to this beer, which is also very easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy white head that quickly reduces to a mottled extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malt sweetness in the beginning of the smell (primarily grains) which reduces as the beer opens up. There is also a very light amount of citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out a little sweet with some adjunct malts (grainy) along with a light presence of biscuit malts. A very light amount of citrus hops are present but so light as I cannot distinguish exactly which citrus fruit that would be. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: First Welsh beer that I have tried and it arrived via a friend who travelled from England to Ireland to NYC area. Easy to drink and definitely sessionable. Interesting introduction of US hops in a rather traditional UK style of beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colour as the name would suggest and topped with a large, creamy looking head to begin with before turning bubbly white head that has pretty good retention and only slowly reduces in size over the course of a few minutes.

Biscuit like hops and some light malts along with an earthy hop aroma and a sweet, clean smell that is slightly yeasty but quite light overall and a touch skunky.

Light and malty with some sweetness and a nice helping of hops following this as well as a slightly biscuit and some grassy hops. Nothing too exciting but a solid and enjoyable taste and one that was fairly easy to drink.

Smooth and medium bodied with a malty, earthy base and low carbonation with a very slightly dry finish.

Standard fair for a golden ale, a little more malty than usual perhaps but nothing out of character for the style and nothing to exciting but still an interesting enough beer and one that is worth a try.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Leura Cellars.

Pours clear from the clear bottle, bright and golden in colour, with a fine and rather resilient head of white. A second pour releases some of the sediment, leaving a slight haze to it. Large bubbled carbonation, and the body looks relatively heavy, despite only being 4.7%. Not bad.

Nose is crisp, but rather earthy—despite the non-English hops used, it still has a rather English tenor to it. Some sweet light malt gives a touch of caramel, but the hops give some green tea and undergrowth organics. That's about all the freshness they impart.

Taste is clean and crisp, with tea tannins again the only note from the hops. Very sweet on the finish, with some round watered-down molasses and mild, slightly pickled fruit. Feel is lovely and smooth, without feeling flat.

A very decent brew. A non English style, brewed in an English style. This of course means that all the big, bold flavours are muted, but it also means that everything is smooth and well-integrated. Not bad.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB date of Dec 2011. Not sure how this ale fits with the style of american blonde - it's from Wales.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a finger of white foam that lasts for a minute or two. Smells faintly of bananas and dried fruit, with a hint of solvent. Little in the way of malt or bitterness.

Taste is light and slightly bitter. A distinct note of alcohol/solvent. Undertones of ester and bananas. Not particularly good. Mouthfeel is astringent and coats the tongue. Mildly bitter aftertaste with solvent notes.

A disappointing ale. The label promises much, but it fails to deliver. Lacks malty or hop flavours, but has unpleasant off-notes. A lesson in how not to make beer. Avoid....

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Photo of fullsweep
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle.

A: pristine, clear, deep amber beer with foamy white head.

S: has that nice pale/blonde bitter-sweet scent that really gets me excited about ale. A mellow sour-ness with hoppy hints overall. Good stuff.

T: This seems to be one of those beers people either love or hate, and I'm certainly in the former category. I could drink this repeatedly (though not all at once, hehe).

M: goes down smooth with just enough fizz to make it interesting

D: Love it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle, BB 28/01/10, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a bright golden hue, faintly translucent (due to a little bit of yeast sediments left in the bottle), coming with a slowly retreating off-white puffy head and moderate carbonation.
S: the flowery notes of Cascade hops first come in abundance, but are gradually overtaken by a fine and clean, sweet honey-ish maltiness; also added to the complexity is a mixed scent of white pears and citrusness as of Golding hops. Not complex, but soothingly pleasant.
T: very light in flavour, showing a mild semi-biscuity and semi-grainy malt base carrying a floral hoppy theme and clean grapefruity citrusness on the top; lightly dry, salty, and even chewy/spicy in the aftertaste, where the floral undertones of Cascade hops yield a restrained but lingering bitterness in the end.
M&D: the texture is clean, fine, but not thin, and while the carbonation comes slightly sharp in the beginning, it does soften a bit as the drink goes and overall renders a refreshing palate to pair with the light body and moderate flavour. This Golden Ale is not very pronounced in flavour of hops but nonetheless keeps some charm as a clean and easy-drinking light ale (with a hidden depth, of course).

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : clear amber color, with a medium white head.
Smell : hops in the aroma
Taste and mouthfeel : rich malt component with little sweetness, with a dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the golden blond ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

You're Welsh and you know you are!

Clear 500ml bottle, poured into a straight sided sleeve pint glass.

Light, pale golden in colour with not much head to start with, no head after about a minute. Clear and lager like, without the bubbles rising through the body.

What smell? A hint of yeast, a fart of hops? Srangely it also has a sweet aroma to it, but can't put my mind to what it is.

Oh dear, not a lot going for this beer, dry tasting and boring. The label claims it is refeshingly hoppy, well I can't find any hoppiness at all. Target hops in the brew, late hopped with Cascade and Styrian Goldings, again according to the label.

Fizzy and uninteresting, this is a nothing beer and i can't think what the brewer is trying to do here. The normal SA is a wonderful beer, this is far from that.

If this is a typical American Blonde Ale (which I doubt) I'll not be having another one in this life.

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Brains SA Gold from Brains
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 24 ratings