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Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale - Golden City Brewery

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Clear Creek Gold Pale AleClear Creek Gold Pale Ale

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden City Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mentor on 12-08-2005)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light and lively pale beer.

Pale straw in the glass with a modest head. Lemony, and just pleasantly tart. Light bodied, light flavor, but enough crispy taste to be a good quaff. Fragrant flowery hops, supposed to be Saaz according to the label. Faint maltiness. Kind of a wiry and slightly medicinal hint, but pleasant. Make it a cold one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:33:01 | More by mactrail
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As far as Kolsch style beers go this one was described by my co-drinkers as "blah." Not so say it was bad, but it just was "mainstreamed"* to the point of being un-remarkable. I took detailed notes of our sampling at Golden City, and true to the form of nearly all the beers there, this Kolsch was not experimental at all, in fact if you were to describe the aspects of a Kolsch, light body with a pale color, only a hint of bitterness from the hops and just barely a hint of the vinous character of some other Kolsch style beers. If I was to give it a letter grade it would be a C-/B+. Golden City plays very safe with their beers and this one fits the mold exactly.

* When I say mainstreamed, what I mean is that the beer stays true to its original style, but that it is pulled towards a more homogenized, more suburban, more "blah" elements of that style. Its not experimental, not memorable, just very, very safe. Which isn't bad in and of itself, but if you want to get great scores from people like me, you need to push the limits, not stay within the confines of what you know works.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 02:50:17 | More by Akiva
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/12/11

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, straw colored body. 1/2 finger, white head that faded quick to a thin ring.

Smell had some buttery, diacetyl aroma. Some earthy, spicey and floral notes. Mild biscuit and light sweetness. Very lager-like.

Taste was light and crisp with a mild sweetness. Earthy and floral hop flavor with a light bitterness. Light mineral taste in finish. Some bready and mild sweet maltiness in the middle.

Mouthfeel had some medium/light body, medium carb, and crisp/dry finish.

Overall good drinkability. Mellow flavors and aroma. Label says Pale Ale but I guess this is technically a Kolsch. Fits the category of Kolsch much better than a PA.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:13:11 | More by riored4v
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow colour with some foamy head. Not much in aroma. Light in taste, a little bitter but also astringent. Drinkable at lunch, this one has sessionable alcohol, but not a great representative of the style. Drinkable, but a bomber between two people was much.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:01:43 | More by Sammy
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer sampled on what would become a very long day of tasting. Poured a pale straw color, with a nice light stream of bubbles. The nose was unimpressive, but the flavor was very light, with some nice hops and a bitter finish. Overall a nice, light, refreshing beer that was perfect with ribs and corn on a sunny, spring afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little untruth in advertising - not a pale ale at all, at least in the American sense, but a Kolsch. And a pretty good one at that.

Pours bright yellow with a small fluffy with nice lacing. The aroma is slight, but has a crisp, Pilsner-like character. The flavor is sweet with a pale malty character with very light hop bitterness. It has a light, thin, refreshing mouthfeel. This beer is highly drinkable, though not terribly deep.

Serving type: bottle

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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slighty hazy gold color. Poured a thin white wispy head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Faint wet grains with pleasing hop aroma.

T: Pale malts with a nice slightly bitter hop finish that's balanced nicely with carbonation - I was a bit surprised (in a good way).

M: Medium light body. Full carbonation

D: Very drinkable beer with decent falvor.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type Sampled: On Draught at Golden City Brewery

Appearance: Medium straw in color, slight haze, dense white foamy head.

Smell: Spicy lager yeast, slight bite from the acid malt, citrus hops.

Taste: I taste a slight tartness upfront, like that of pils malt. Followed by an underlying sweetness that is perfect for the style. I taste a hint of black pepper, finishing with a nice saaz bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation complimented the beer well. The beer also has a slightly dry edge.

Drinkability: Great! Pencil me in for the next round. I could drink this beer all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is actually a Kolsch, but Kolsches really don't grab consumers' attention.
Light, a bit hazy presentation. Good bubbly head, nothing out of control. Some citrus zest is present in the aroma. Nice and calm, just enough carbonation.
Tastes mild and crisp. Malt gives it a bit of sweetness, but stops short of getting in the way.
Nice summer Kolsch

Serving type: on-tap

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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bought at brewery. Poured into pint tumbler. When I opened the bottle the beer spewed out. . . for a long time. I thought I was going to have to sip beer off the counter. Not sure why this happened because I don't think the bottle was aggitated.

Poured a very foamy two finger head. Nice hazy golden-yellow color. Some yeast in the bottom of the bottle, so I left a little bit of beer so I didn't pour it out.

This beer had a very appealing, crisp, lemon/citrusy smell, and the smell came through with the first sip. The taste sort of reminded me of a hefe weizen. Carbonation was a little too high for my taste.

This beer wasn't bad. It was ok, but I really didn't want another one after finishing the first glass. I'll probably try it again this summer. This is probably the beer that the brewery gives to people that ask, "do you have anything light?"

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 21:26:03 | More by biking4beer
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Sinister. Is this really a pale ale? Seems a bit off style to me.

Poured a hazy pale gold in color. Could almost see through but the haze was denser than I thought at first. Really tried to form a head but wound up with a thins layer of suzz only. Essentially flat. Nose was just slightly sweet from malts. Really dug down in there with the nostrils and could not pull out much.

Flavor reminds me of straw. When I used to work in the farm's fields as a tennager I would chew on a piece of straw I plucked (Rather Huckleberry Finn-ish I always thought). Malts are sweet but evolve into a bittersweetness that does not come from the hops. Hops are slightly presence and are more akin to moss or clover than bittering hops. Medium body that tries not to be watery. Essentially flat--kind of tingles the tongue I think though. Interesting take and I appreciate the opportunity to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 01:13:08 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed nary a head, just some short-lived tiny bubbles, above the clear golden brew. There is some light lacing present. Aroma is also minimal, a touch of hoppiness coming through. Taste is mostly light bitterness over the pale malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is lacking due to lack of carbonation, and drinkability suffers from same. Not a bad brew, but one that would certainly be helped with some bubbles to add to texture and presentation.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 17:23:03 | More by ppoitras
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Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale from Golden City Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.