While much of British brewing history goes back centuries, there is one quintessentially British style that is fairly modern (in the wider scheme of thing— the Golden Ale. Dating back to around 1986, the first Golden Ales were brewed as homemade competition to Euro-Lagers.
Taking inspiration from English bitters but brewed with paler malts for a golden, straw colour, they are more hop-forward and fruity than most lagers, but just as refreshing. Indeed, many also know them as Summer Ales since they are so thirst-quenching. 🍺
It is no surprise, therefore, that lager masters and lovers all all beers British Isle de Garde have a Golden Ale in their extensive repertoire. Recently recanned, its a perfect summer sipper at only 4.3%. ☀️ 😋
Extra Golden Ale delivers some wonderfully lemony hop notes atop a bed of deliciously bready, honied malt aromas. Bright orange and lemon follow on the sip, mixing with deliciously sweet cereals and some soft honey notes throughout that lend an exceptional fullness of body for its low ABV.
All the sweetness is balanced in the back end by a surprisingly sharp, crisp, resinous bitterness, once again showcasing some great hop character. Everything about this beer is just excellent, so do yourself a favour and grab some can or, better still, several pints on their terrasse! 🍊 🍋 🌾
Originally from England, Mike Davis came to Quebec ten years ago to study history. During this time he fell in love with the microbreweries of Quebec, which reminded him of English pubs. Now, he holds a Ph.D in History from McGill University, but works in the beer world as the Brand Ambassador for Microbrasserie 4 Origines.