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Fool's Gold Ale - Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2010)
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Dec 08, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

largadeer, Dec 05, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

nothing really special here, although this beer was admittedly consumed among some giants in the beer world. it came across lazy and uninspired, although there is some potential here. somewhat of an amber base, its an odd starting point for a pretty mellow hop bill. one would think the malts would be lesser in a beer with only a delicate type hopping, but its so robust as to crowd out the hops. the sweetness also gets in the way. its either over grained or under hopped, and its real tough to tell which since its hard to drink more than a glass of it. it gets filling and stuffy feeling, sweet and a little boozy. i dont dislike it, but think its better as a hoppy red than as an american ipa, just never gets there hops-wise. my first beer from these guys though, i bet some of their others are more compelling!

StonedTrippin, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive light amber in the Stella Artois glass. Nicely sudsy on the tongue and plenty of foam in the glass. Aroma is flowery with a touch of resins.

Pleasant balance of malt and hops. Not an IPA by any stretch of imagination. Quite malty and strong (label and brewery currently say this is 7.8%). Hops are piney and aromatic, but the bitterness comes on for the finish. Tangy and spicy brew that is prefectly drinkable. It's more like a strong pale Bock Beer than anything else. Actually an improvement on a lot of Bocks with the tasty hops.

Bitterness level is just right for gulping, but it it rather alcohol infused. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

mactrail, Jan 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

drewone, Nov 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours, uh, gold with a small off-white head. Aroma is crystal malty with a small piney hoppiness and some muddled esters. Flavor is malty with caramel and crystal notes, aged faded hops, and low bitterness. Probably has a fair amount of age on it.

illidurit, Sep 13, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head hangs around for a while leaving behind some nice lacing as it fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney hops and sweet malt. There is also a bit of booze and some biscuit mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramel malt and some light grassy hops. Through the middle some citrus hop and bitterness comes through. The finish is a mix of grassy hop with a some sweet caramel and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and fairly crisp. The finish is a nice blend of sweetness and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of IPA and strong ale, but it was missing a bit of punch or kick.

ngeunit1, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
1.55/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at Barclay's.

A: Pours a clear copper-amber with off-white head. It's brought by a server, so I can't comment on retention.

S: Soapy, with a biscuit-like sweet aroma.

T: Yes: soap. It's floral with this weird oily, slightly bitter flavor that carries into the back end. A mild sweetness imparted from biscuit flavors. To say there are better IPAs is an understatement.

M: Unredeeming and watery.

O: I couldn't even finish 25% of this.

Arbitrator, Sep 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a growler filled the same day. Thin head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is honey with a lemon drop. Nice.
The taste is moderate lemon bitterness, good balance thoughout.
The texture is crisp with soft edges. Moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable beer.

Fatehunter, Jan 27, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6.11.2013, enjoyed mid-July.

This pours a clear golden straw color with generous foam. The aroma has a piney green grass stickiness to it. The flavor is surprisingly piney and resiny with a pronounced bitterness and a phenol heavy, slightly boozy finish that's somewhat off putting. The boozy aroma becomes more pronounced as it opens up, and finishes off balance.

I'm guessing nugget hops? From the description on the bottle (something about appreciating this tasty nugget of a beer).

elNopalero, Sep 03, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Jan 2012. Served in the Dillon Dam shaker pint.

Small yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy orangey in color. Aroma is sweet, faintly spicy, fruity, apricots. Starts fruity tart with some resin and pine. Medium sticky body, moderate ethanol. Somewhat aspiriney bitterness in the middle and finish. Aspirin bitterness lingers for a long time in the aftertaste.

The aspirin was a big turnoff.

htomsirveaux, Mar 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

MastaShonuf, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

dertyd, Mar 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

nataku00, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Beerswag, Jun 04, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with a foamy white head.

S: Pine, citrus, orange, mango, in the nose.

T: Extremely refreshing, decent amount of malt. Very pleasantly dry, floral, grassy and somewhat citric.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for an IPA, great on a hot day.

O: This is a deliciously citric IPA, and I would highly recommend it.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

willjschmidt, Mar 08, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $4.99. Bottle dated 1-8-13.

Excellent clarity, golden color with a thick, slightly rocky head. Great retention and lacing. Floral and citrus hoppy aromas with modest fruity esters and toasted bready maltiness. More perfumey character (not sure if this is from the hops or alcohol) along with that floral hoppiness resting atop a toasted baguette-like maltiness. Lemon rind citrusy bitterness lingers on into a semi-dry finish. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Some warming from alcohol but very smooth considering the ABV.

Auburn Alehouse continues to impress me with just about every beer I pick up from them. Great flavor and drinkability, I'd likely order a 2nd and 3rd pint.

BrewerB, Feb 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

RangnaR, Jun 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

dwtyler, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Vlaminck, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

jlisuk, Feb 01, 2014
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Fool's Gold Ale from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.