Barnsley Gold – Twin brother of Blonde?

We still remain in Acorn Brewery. Lately we hosted here blonde – this time Barnsley Gold, beer in the style of golden ale.


Barnsley Gold is another bottled beer from Acorn Brewery, that I present on the blog. It is golden ale, which is produced almost from the very beginning of the brewery.

Beer may be proud of the title of finalist in the competition Champion Beer of Britain 2004, title of Champion Beer of Yorkshire 2004 and bronze in SIBA North Beer Competition 2007 in Best Bitter Category.

So it appears that we are faced with not just any player.


Let me explain why such a title of today’s post.
Well, looking at the specification of the ingredients used to produce Barnsley Gold, I can not resist compared to the previously reviewed Blonde.

Were used here the same malts: Maris Otter and caramel Crystal.
Also in this case we have three varieties of hops, two of them are the same – English Challenger and Goldings. As a third variant was used American Crystal, which brings notes of herbal, floral.
The alcohol content slightly higher than in Blonde – is 4,3% ABV.

I write this because on the occasion of tasting Barnsley Gold it will be worth to do a small comparison with blonde.
Fact that beer won the award in the category Bitter already gives some idea of what you can expect.


Name: BARNSLEY GOLD (Golden Ale / Blond Ale, alc. 4,3% ABV)
Brewery: Acorn Brewery (Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England)

Expiration date: 10/2016

Barnsley Gold from Acorn Brewery
Barnsley Gold from Acorn Brewery - labels


test-look-small Light gold colour.
Foam white, medium and small bubbles, medium high, falls remaining in the form of a ring.
test-sniff-small Aroma mainly hoppy and citrusy.
In the background notes of melon and bread.
test-drink-small Mostly noticeable is citrus-hoppy flavour.
Further, we feel the presence of mild sweetness (cereal, malty).
Fruity and grassy notes.
Bitterness is clear, with citrus character (grapefruit) – in bitter style.
Aftertaste leaves a bitter accent.


Barnsley Gold it’s very drinkable and refreshing beer – similarly as Blonde. While that ale was more fruity and spicy with bitterness at medium level, that today’s Gold is slightly different.
Tasting them we feel at first citruses, further mild sweetness to then remain already impressed with bitterness – a relatively intensive. In this regard it resembles beer in bitter style. Bitterness is citrusy, pleasant to feel – like refreshing grapefruit.




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