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O'Hanlon's Goldblade

Great British Beer Festival Real Ale in a Bottle Bar 2006; also featured as an ale to win lager drinkers in BEER February 2009.

NOTE: This beer was originally briefly reviewed under an earlier name, Double Champion.

ABV: 4%
Origin: Clyst St Lawrence, Devon, England

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

This is one of several bottle conditioned offerings from this excellent micro in Clyst St Lawrence, Devon. It’s brewed from Optic pale malt, wheat malt and caramalt, with Challenger as the bittering hop, then late-hopped with First Gold and Cascade. Coriander seeds are added, but to subtle effect.

It pours a pale delicate gold with a bubbly white head. A rich and creamy hoppy aroma with definite wheat notes and a whiff of Turkish Delight leads to a dry, clean and quite hoppy palate with a slight banana hint. There’s vanilla and some lightly citric juicy sweetness developing later, followed by a cleansing swallow and a dry, lightly bitter, cereal finish that turns roundedly tangy.

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