Box Steam Brewery Golden Bolt India Pale Ale 3.8% abv.
Golden Ales were developed in the 1980’s by British brewers who wanted to offer an alternative to bland lagers but not something as bitter tasting as a traditional bitter ale. These are British, top fermented ales brewed with pale malt which gives them a lovely golden colour. Golden Ales are now one of the most popular styles of British ales. They are available in pubs as keg, cask conditioned ale, or in bottles (3.5% -5% abv) and pour a lovely golden colour with a balanced hop and malt taste. Golden Ales are best appreciated at cellar temperature (10º – 12º) but can be drunk cooler.
Although described as an India Pale Ale (IPA) this is more like Golden Ale with a bit more flavour. There are so many different micro-genres of beer it is difficult to be able to categorize beers with any degree of accuracy. At 3.8% it is certainly a session ale. It pours a lovely golden colour and has a pleasant citrusy aroma. The ale is hopped with New Zealand Wai-iti hops which were first developed in 2011. The taste is like marmalade with a touch of nectarine and a good balance of malt. This is not an astringent US style IPA but a refreshing Golden Ale style beer- an easy drinking session ale that would go with most foods and be a pleasant drink on its own.
Box Steam Brewery was originally founded in 2004 but was acquired 10 years ago by the present owners. They are based in Holt, Wiltshire where the brewery is equipped with a Fulton steam fired copper. Box own two local pubs and supply their beers to over 100 outlets. They brew a range of British style beers including bitter, golden ale, porter, IPA and a Mild. Box beers are available on draught at selected pubs. Golden Bolt was launched this year and has already won a number of awards. It is available in bottles or on keg at selected pubs.
One artist who is not around to appreciate Golden Bolt is the late great David Bowie (1947 -2016). In 1975 he released the single “Golden Years” which got to No 8 in the UK charts and No 10 in the USA. It also features on the 1976 album, Station to Station which was No 5 in the UK and No 3 in the US Album charts. Pour yourself a glass of delicious, refreshing Golden Bolt, put out a plate of nibbles and thrill to the sheer genius of Bowie.