BREWER: Butcombe Brewing Co., Bristol, England
STYLE: Golden Ale
VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 13th June 2021
Gold sits in a competitive golden ale market, which has had some strong hands played over the last few years. Will it stand up to the market? I hear you ask.
Straight off, it has floral botanic nose, which is light and incredibly pleasant. This conjures up thoughts of freshly mown lawns on a spring day. It’s simple but effective.
Fuggles hops are evidently present and the malt tones are easily identifiable. All in all, this makes for a lightly bittered golden ale that packs a good sweet aftertaste. The grassy notes are pleasant upfront and these then give way to a caramel creaminess.
Gold has a great mouthfeel, which is light bodied making it a refreshing brew.
Despite not being complex and quite light, It’s well balanced and a pleasant drink overall.
Let’s be clear, this is a good beer, which is surprisingly floral for a British ale. It would sit well in any beer line up and would satisfy many a thirsty palate. However, as previously mentioned, Gold has many competitors for the golden ale crown and while it might not disappoint on any level, it’s not the best there is.
Sammy’s Rating: 73%
To be honest with you Butcombe have never really put a foot wrong with the beers of theirs that I’ve sampled. Whether it was pint in pub, a bottle at neighbours house or testing for Muse on Booze, Butcombe have always nailed it.
Now for me with Gold they have still not put a foot wrong but not necessarily hit their normal dizzy heights.
Gold begins with a cracking though relatively simple Lemon nose. That nose immediately transfers through to the taste in the mouth. The aftertaste is then very pleasant but certainly short lived. And you know what. As for the drinking experience there really isn’t much more to say about this Golden Ale. It’s simple and to the point. It tastes good and you could while away an afternoon quite easily with it as your companion. Even with the weather warm sitting outside or cozied by a fire indoors Gold would work.
Don’t expect fireworks, this a just a decent beer.
Jymi’s Rating: 77%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 75%
MOB review next weekend: LEMON & LIME FRUIT LAGER by KOPPARBERG
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze since 2017