Bitters share their history with Pale Ales, stretching all the way back to the 18th century when the use of coke for fuel in malt kilns allowed brewers to consistently produce pale malts cheaply enough to use in batches of common beer. Golden Ales as we know them today were developed to compete with the all powerful Lager, with the first example likely rolling off the line in 1986.
Gladstone’s Golden Bitter is a brilliant clear, pale gold, with aromas of tart fruit and mild citrus apparent on the nose. Brewed in collaboration with Doan’s Craft Brewing Company out of East Vancouver. On the first sip, flavours of peach, nectarine, melon, and orange lie comfortably just beneath a clean, pleasantly bitter hop character that is complimented by a subtle malt sweetness. This maltiness works with the relatively low carbonation to create a body that is pleasantly full but not overly filling.
ABV – 4.6%
IBU – 32
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