Loon Golden Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2005

Light golden in color. Dry and crisp with a semi assertive, Fuggles hop bitterness. Hops are prominent but not overwhelming. Overall, a well balanced representation of the golden ale style.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of Guden
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

A-Has a nice golden copper color with a decent head. Not too different from some of the better lagers/weaker ales out there

S- Not much here, maybe a light hoppiness and a bit of caramel if I really search but its very vague.

T- Up front: hops, oh yum this could be a ---- wait, the middle and back hit you: musty old grains and....skunk? what is that, seems like oxidation. Something is not right with this beer, maybe it went bad but in a brown bottle and months before the best by date I don't know how that happens, yet there is that strong heineken flavor mixed with some sort of mustiness that I can't quite describe. Seems to have been a bad bottle. Trying another one it seems drinkable but nothing too great with some earthinees still there.

M- Uhh standard I guess but with that bad taste I'm chugging at this point

D- Low because the taste is so bad, might choose over a natural light but thats a toss up. Tried a bit of another one after the original review and found it to be more drinkable, but nothing great, and honestly that first impression is going to stick and I'm not going to get this again but I improved my rating a bit

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the brewery--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, minimal carbonation

Smell: grass and some fruit

Taste: caramel, grass, and some citrus hops of the finish

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, crisp, sweet start with a bitter end.

Overall: A unique lager that has just enough of a sweet twist to make it stand out. I like the creativity Woodstock uses and this is no exception. A sessionable summer beer.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale orange with a decent white head that goes down to a film but lasts throughout. It has a light malt aroma. The taste has a bready maltiness and some hops bitterness at the end. Dry and rather refreshing but nothing special. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. I found this beer to be quite drinkable. Overall, not great tasting but the lightness makes it a good summer beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Bright,golden color,slight haze. 3 or 4" thick white head.decent retention,leaving rings of lace down the glass. A few tiny bubbles rising.

Very floral aroma,grassy,a honeyed burnt carmell aroma,Slightly metallic not offensive,fruitty notes of apricots,with a subtle hint of lemon. Good complex aroma,very pleasing.

A strong lemon rind taste,very grassy, a bit of a metallic taste.Some honeyed carmell. The finish was tart/sour,grassy lots of lemon rind. A bit abrasive,nothing like the nice pleasing aroma would indicate. A bit of a dissapointment.

The mouthfeel was thin,watery feeling. Goes down easy couldn't get past the sour/tart lemony taste,it was a bit too much.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden with while head that disappeared quickly

S- A very subtle flowery aroma

T/M- very light and crisp, a well balanced beer every so slight malty after taste

D- Very drinkable, felt good after a long day working in the yard. All in an all an above average beer. It would not be bad for an everyday beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi clouded golden tone with a large white billowing head floats above the rim of my pint very nice and lacing was great large thick streaks throughout the whole glass. Aromatics are really grassy/herbal with mild blended citrus hops in there as well as pale mildly sweet grains a touch of earthy yeasty tones in the finish but all in all much nicer hop character than I was expecting from a golden ale. Flavor a clean flowing sweetness some distinct yeast notes a touch of nuttiness with a mild bitterness and herbal lemongrass hop flavors coming around very good golden ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied not watery carbonation is tight good head retention flows nicely a smooth drinking beer. Drinkability not usually an interesting style this one pulls it off with some hoppiness and English style charm very nice session brew.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a clear golden look with a moderate, thin white head, simple and effective.

The aroma is of clear and clean sweet maltiness, slightly crisp, green hops that are very subtle but the obvious aroma and the strongest one is the wormwood yeast used by Shipyard that gives a strange, buttery, slick and sweet aroma. Strange for this style.

the flavor's are simple and clean, slightly sweet malt and slightly fruity-sweet hops that are very subtle, but once again the wormwood yeast just takes over everything and throws of the balance totally .A strange effect overall.

The Woodstock inn Brewery used to brew clean and crisp version of these beers, but since they are contracted out to Shipyard, they use the Shipyard yeast which basically makes this line of beers Shipyard brews. Oh well.

Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet malt aromas with honey and vanilla. Biscuity malt flavor with lemon rind bitterness with a vanilla ending and aftertaste. Light body, medium carbonation this is a extremely dry beer from start to finish. I you like really dry, crisp beers this is the one for you.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

S - Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.

M & T - First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

D - Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a subtle balance of grain and flowery hop.

The taste was light and refreshing. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel was light and clean, with a dry finish.

Overall a very drinkable summer or session beer.

Photo of auxiliary
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - nice golden orange color. Nice large head when poured, and some nice lace. Not much bubbles.

smell - nice sweet hop smell here.

taste - Litte bitter at the end, like tasting a lager though minus the hoppiness.

mouthfeel - Medium body, tends to get sudsy when sitting in your mouth.


Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the right beer for the right time sometimes makes all the difference. I had this on saturday when near record highs for NH kicked in.

A - rich clear golden brew, nice off-white head
S - sweet light biscuit / grainy malts and light hops.
T - folows the nose but with a bit more hops bite kicking in.
M - light bodied, smooth, clean and refreshing
D - a great brew to toss back on a hotter than hot day.

Photo of jneiswender
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--Golden yellow, clear body. Off white head that stays around.

S--Somewhat sulfur like smell. Clean otherwise.

T--Malty cereal flavor in front. Bitter hops in the middle leaving you with a nice clean bitter finish.

M--Medium body with a slick finish.

D--Actually a really nice beer and representation of the style. A little on the malty side at first but you definitely get the hops on the back end. Not a hop bomb that some may like.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Woodstock Inn brewery itself. Paired with an undercooked (bloody) burger.

Clear gold with a thin white head. Stubborn retention lasted most of the way and left impressive drifts of dried lace.

Smells of watered down light malt extract, lemon, and grassy hops. Tastes soapy with lemongrass--tastes like Dawn dish detergent actually. Or at least what I think Dawn dish detergent would taste like.

Not so much.

Photo of cleeze
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average golden/ blonde ale.

hoppy smell maybe some sweet malts. Deffinatly some lemon up in the mix as well. Appearance was average. Straw goldenish color. Nice lace and head on it though. Very sticky.

This brew is deffinatly a dry beer all the way. Great usage of the hoppage:) leaves a tingly feeling in your mouth. Great combo with my turkey leg (from a 35lb beast of a turkey). this isnt a brew that i could drink all night. too dry for my liking

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1 1/4" off-white head over the clear dark golden brew. Pillowy head fades slowly, with big hunks of foamy lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts and light hops. Taste is balanced, with the light floral hops kicking in a bit more at the close. Light Ringwood butteriness lingers. Mouthfeel is smooth but seems a bit thin, even for the style, and drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad offering here, for sure.

Photo of dickieb
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color, with a medium bodied well retained head. The smell is sweet and grainy with some summer spice notes. The flavor is lightly sweet thought, with some wheat towards the beginning, going to some hops, and a light sweet finish. For me, a pretty good summer session brew.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from Sam Knocken who apparently has some source for out-of market beers. Cool by me!

My pour created two-plus fingers of dense, fluffy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grassy Noble hops. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the taste was both immediately grassy and then followed by a lager-like honey flavor. Yum! Finish was semi-dry with the hops and malt working well together to create a nice balance.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Yankee SPirits. I am drinking at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear gold color with soft fluffy bleached white head of 1 cm fades gradually to a sturdy soft surface layer. Aroma is mild but grainy malt and floral hops are present.
First sip reveals a lite to average bodywith very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is some grassy hops then caramel and finishes rather grainy. I do get a bit of lingering grassy hop on the finish. Not too complex, but a great session brew for a warm day.

Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, four finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving some lace. Clear, golden amber. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts mildly hoppy, some bitterness, I don't find the lemon or sour apples that some raters have noted. Clean finish. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loon Golden Ale pours a clear yellow straw color with some orange hues mixed in. A frothy white head forms on top. The foam quickly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface, leaving behind a lot of netted lace on the sides of the glass. A toasted malt aroma with butterscotch notes mixed in hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy on the palate. The flavor has a lot of grainy notes with some citrus lemon and a hint of sweet caramel mixed in. It finishes dry with a mild hop bitterness.

This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. Not as hoppy as a pale ale. More like a lager made with ale yeast.

Photo of zrab11
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice golden color with small white head

S- has some cirtus aroma. also getting some light sweetness smell

T- Has a nice malty flavor up front followed but a nice citrus crispness and finishes will a sweet carmel flavor

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a drinkable light beer. Not great but def. still tasty on a hot day.

Photo of bjohnson
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden copperish color with a one finger whte head. Not much retention on this guy.
S: Aromas of floral hops with a faint caramel malt background. Very refreshing smell.
T/M: Grassy floral hop flavor up front with a bready maltyness in the background. Sweet caramel in there also. Slightly bitter with a dry aftertaste, which lingers for quite awhile.
D: Drinkable, but I thought this blonde ale would be more refreshing and summerish. Not what I expected, though worth a try.

Photo of garcia2a
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color, but was highly carbonated. Even with my careful pour, this beer gave a 3 inch foamy head.

The bouquet was of a sweet hoppy nature, that followed through to the taste. There was quite a bit of back of the mouth hops bite going on.

Mouthfeel was decent, but the carbonation did get in the way. I kinda felt bloated as I was finishing the beer.

Drinkability is fine, but I do recomend letting this one sit 15 minutes to allow for the bubbling to subside.

Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked it. Nothing too spectacular but an overall solid beer. Dark gold color with decent head that becomes minimal after a few minutes. Light lacing. The aroma was fresh with crisp malt to it. Smooth overall drinking beer and pretty good for the summer. Starts off a little malty with a nice little crisp hoppy flavor finishing off. Some fruity characters mixed in. Not a ton of flavor but enough to pass for a solid beer. Especially in the hot sun.

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Loon Golden Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.