As you would expect from a golden beer, this is a perfect light molten gold colour with a thin loose white head that disperses to a thin film. On opening, there is a very strong smell of hops but also a hint of sweet fruit that made me think of pineapple. I also got a strange whiff of dirty water like you often get with Shepherd Neame ales.
I was really surprised by the depth of flavour: an initial smooth, sweet taste mixed with fresh cut grass and straw is followed by a strong hoppy aftertaste with a hint of liquorice. The aftertaste reminded me of strong hoppy beers like Stones.
It's so softly carbonated that it tickles the tongue and the beer itself has good body and isn't too thin. I loved the beery taste but the dirty water smell put me off a bit and knocked one pint off what would have been a five pint rating.
Brewed by Marstons, Wolverhampton