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Golden Chaos Golden Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbONE on 08-20-2008)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%

Tried this at the LA county fair a couple weeks ago.

Golden, clear, minimal head, no retention, little lacing.

Smell and taste were the same: alcohol. Sweet but boozy. Not very inviting. If there was any spice from the hops or yeast it wasn't noticeable over the abv.

Body was thin, like a good belgian pale should be. Low CO2 levels didn't help.

Too boozy to drink much of. Gave the rest away to some lady at the bar. My guess is that either too much sugar was added or it fermented too hot. Possibly both.

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of impending
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Smarty_Pints
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -25%

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a minimal white head.

S: Very, very spicy and yeasty. I know they were going for the Belgian thing here, but it's a bit overdone.

T: As with the nose, this one was a bit of a let down. Way too intense in terms of the spice and yeast character, almost completely washing out the malt. Also, there is a fair amount of alcohol presence, which is a bit surprising

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

D: This one is a bit too hot and way too spicy for me. I suppose it might work for some, but I won't be having this one again.

womencantsail, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Retsinis
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Picked up at the local Total Wines a few days ago. Have not yet had this offering from Bootleggers, hope it helps cool me down with the heat wave.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy, but can still see through orange. A billow white head rose over two inches, but faded ridiculously fast, and left no lace. I could have sworn I had just poured a glass of soda, or orange Shasta, strange.

S: Mild orange peel, some light candy sugar, pear, and sweet malt.

T: Tangerine, orange, peach. Light esters of yeast and malt, and bit sticky.

M: Light, thin, and again sticky sugar. It's tasting nearly flat, despite the crazy carbonation upon pouring.

O: Hate to knock a local breweries beer, but this is average, barely. Not sure what happened with the carbonation, and the overall profile is light, tame, and muted, and bit sticky sweet. It is bottled condition, so maybe the yeast is to blame, and if so that's a shame, but something that surely can be fixed. No plans to revisit this one at the moment though.

Retsinis, May 06, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

Draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with some pepper and coriander as well as prominent bready yeast and subtle light fruit. Hints of crisp apple and pear.

Medium bodies  with zesty spice and subtle hops along with bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit.  Hints of pepper and coriander along with some apple, pear and biscuit. Thin and kind of average.

corby112, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

bostonryan, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

likesbeer, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

MonkeyBread, Aug 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

kmanjohnson, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of quirkzoo
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

first extra from my first trade, thanks ncmussell.

Pours a light amber color with an extremely fizzy, soda like, head that recedes quickly. The aroma starts out with a strong lemony smell, followed by some belgian yeast spiciness. In the background there is a fair amount of biscuity/old bread smell. The taste is more of the same but the thin body sort of washes out the taste for me. Overall it was an interesting beer and had some interesting belgian smells going on in the nose but the body just didn't properly support the beer.

quirkzoo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours golden with a substantive lasting head. Neutral aroma. Scary bottle as moisture beads outside the cork. Average mouthfeel. Dirty blonde that degenerates into yeast and alcohol, a tad of spice and fruit and more would have been better. not great drinkability.Bottle in trade with West Coast rater.

Sammy, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Furlinator
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Furlinator, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured on-tap at Taco Asylum. Reviewed from notes.

A- No real head to speak of, ruby red and orangish color.

S- Fruity and light hops. Cherry and lemon notes present.

T- Hoppy and very, very fruity! Lemon and plum maybe? Those flavors take over. Tart and citrusy.

M- Very light bodied and lightly carbonated.

O- Very drinkable and fruity. Lovely lighter beer for such a strong one.

Murrhey, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Bootleggers Golden Chaos Golden Ale 8.5% abv

A: It looks similar to a Duvel with the same straw colored, light orange finish with a ton of carbonation. As a sidenote, Bootleggers has always disappointed with corked and caged bottles. The corks are too big, they explode and break, just disappointing all over, much like every Maroon 5 album.

S: there's some sweetness, cooked corn, a buttered biscuit finish smell

T: A great initial sweetness with a slight tartness, almost brettanomyces in character, a mild dryness the hops are light in character like chinook hops with a type of nutmeggy finish. Pretty interesting and welldone.

M: The mouthfeel delivers a ton of small bubbles with carbonation throughout that has almost no coating but is filling on gassy hoppy notes. You cannot drink this beer quickly but it is not wanting as a result. It is just a boistrous bubbly midwestern girl who will let you know the applicability of its dance degree, whether you would like to hear about it or not.

D: This has two sides, action and romcom. On one side theres a great sweetness and hoppiness like a kind of second rate Lechoueff, but on another side there's this quick finish that leaves it relatively limited in scope. It has that sort of expansive scope of a Kafka project but ultimately becomes one note in its brevity.

Narrative: "Most people think that the Brita water cleans the water but it actually adds sodium sulfates to the hyd-" Your mind begins to wander and you look at Keith in disbelief that he would talk about water purification for 4 miles of this 12 mile hike. "Yeah I get it, brita, bottled water, so did you see Celebrity Apprentice last week?" "What? no no man you're missing it, man you are just focusing on the end product if you-" Well now you went and did it, another rant, another incline, you went and taunted the complex mind and now you must deal with his single note expression. It is like a genius with an extremely limited scope, and your hydrolysis knowledge is exponentially grown. he begins to grow on you, his affectations and the glint of his eyes when he explains the separation of nitrate sulfides, you are listening, if only superficially.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ste5venla, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

g_jenkins, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LakerLeith, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jeff1973, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jstark5150, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Raziel313, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

beerpadawan, Jan 23, 2013
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Golden Chaos Golden Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.