Craft beer advent calendar 2: Heart of Gold

This entry is part 2 of 24 in the series Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Well, it got a bit late on day 2 of the advent calendar but the wait was worth it. Time for my next craft beer. This one got into the fridge for a couple of hours before drinking.

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The beer was called a golden ale and though the picture doesn’t do it justice, it was golden. The aroma was rather sweet – honey or lychee, and rather inviting.

The first taste was rather watery, though. This was confirmed on second and further tastings – it never felt like it had much body. There was no hop to it but it wasn’t unpleasant, either. I just couldn’t get away from the feeling that I was being served watered down beer.

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Reading the label, it was a 3.8% CAMRA-approved ale by Oakleaf Brewing. This wasn’t a brewery or a beer I’d heard of before, and unfortunately it’s not one that I’m going to seek outagain. It could have used some hoppy bitterness or some deeper barley flavour, but overall this wasn’t as good as the Meantime from yesterday. Still glad I tried it! I think I’ll wait until tomorrow’s beer before starting scoring.

Edit: After a couple more days, I’m giving this a 5/10.

Kat was absent from today’s tasting.

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