Golden Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Golden AleGolden Ale

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2002

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a golden amber color with a good head and great lacing.

Smelled of malt and citrus with faint hops.

Tasted of sweet malt with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body that goes down very smooth. Great session beer and very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really nice rich golden color with small but well retained head.Smelled of caramel and fruity hop extremely well balanced in smell and taste.Taste was hoppy with a malt backbonevery appetizing.Finding these beers all over around here now if the rest are as quality as this I will be having them all!

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden pour as advertised and then the effort goes totally wrong. The brewery prides itself on traditional recipes and authentic adherence to traditional styles. The problem here is that all of those goals can equal bland beer. The aromas are almost nonexistant which is suspect because I drank this beer at a brewers event which supplied the freshest of samples. The taste was hard to decipher other than it was acidic and reminiscent of mass produced pilsners. The ale was very thin and worthy of little other disctinction. Another eh example of the style which is becoming a theme with this brewery. :(

Photo of blitz134
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first sampled this at a St. George tasting held at City Beverage in Winston-Salem. I picked this out of the bunch to pick up and take home to support their cause for being out there.

Poured a caramel color. Fairly cloudy. Only a little bit of white head which disppared quickly.

One of the brewmasters/coowners that was doing the tasting told me that this was hopped with centenial and cascades. (I was also told that they consider this a pale ale...not the blonde in how it is classified here). There is a strong aroma to this beer although much of it is not hoppy. The fruity overtones with bits of citrus do lend themselves to the hops that were used. A sweet malt in there as well. There is something else in here too though, a butterscotch note possibly...I'm not for sure.

Now that I've had this in a larger quantity than the small sampling, this doesn't come across as the pale ale as I was told. Taste has a grassy malt flavor to it with some citrus, lemony hops at the end. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

A decent mouthfeel. Somewhat full with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is decent. A good summer hot weather beer.

Overall an average offering which might be suffering from some brewing flaws. I'm not an expert but there seems to be some off flavors in this.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Deep unrefined gold color, good clarity and the lace has no problem sticking to the glass.

S- Fresh hay-like and biscuity grain with some soft floral hop aroma.

T- Biscuity malt throws down layers of grain, mild fruity with a peach-like flavor. Herbal woody hop settles the malt down and balances, finishes semi-dry with more toasted grain.

M- Ample crispness, moderate body ... a little smooth as well.

D- Easy to put down, I could see pairing this with some spicy beer sausage or even drinking it on its own.

Wow, lots of flavor in this golden ale. Sometimes it is good just to have an ale, nothing that is going to kill my palate ... this one of those beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to find something different on my trip to Virginia Beach over the weekend, and a few beers from other local VA micros. Appears golden with a slight orange hue to it along with a nice full two fingered sized head. As the foam dwindles it leaves clear rings of evenly distributed lacing, how bout some nice eye candy. Aroma has a nice bready malt character to it with a delicate floral hop aroma to boot. Notes of butterscotch sweetness arise from the speciaty malts used in this brew. Taste is sweet upfront with crisp buttery fruit tones balanced by mild hopping. Mouthfeel has mild carbonation with a syrupy texture to it all contained in this medium bodied cerveza. Drinkability not a mind blowingly appetising brew, but a sixer of this stuff could definitely be enjoyed over a session of drinking some beers.

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a light beer pretty much, unfortunately. But I guess you don't drink a Golden -- oddly enough? -- for appearance. Slight lacing resting on the glass. The whiteness of the head is slightly above the color of the beer, but it's nothing fantastic.

Smell: Big malt character and citrus come through mostly, but quality ingredients and balance make it nice for the aromas it gives off. Slight hop bitterness comes through a bit also. Not super complex but pretty balanced.

Taste: Again, big malt character, and lots of citrus and lemony sweetness follows it. By the end there's the slightest amount of bitterness that melds well with the malt. Again, not very complex, but very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, moderate body with all the malt, and a nice spritz of carbonation by the finish.

Drinkability: I'd drink this again; it's balanced, tasty, and goes down well and easy. I'd certainly suggest it for a flavorful version of the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled version pours a clear, deep amber body with an orange cast that displays golden highlights when held to the light. Its creamy head of ivory froth holds well and leaves some noteable lace throughout most of the glass. The nose displays a rich, sweetish, and caramel-soaked grainy malt that's accented by delicately citrusy, floral and softly piney hops. It's quite welcoming, and very much enjoyable in itself! The body is medium/full with a very fine, moderate carbonation that's initially gently crisp before warming in the mouth to become creamy and smooth. Rich, caramelish and grainy malt (some Munich?) dominates the flavor but is excuisitely balanced by citrusy, piney, mildly grassy, and lightly spicy hops. A subtle, dried-fruit yeastiness appears; and a solid bitterness reigns things in and remains omni-present, but never steps forwards except in its lingering, dry finish. Very nicely done and quite drinkable!

Photo of ElGordo
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden hue with a small, creamy head that disappears pretty quickly. Nice aroma - slightly malty, slightly hoppy with some pine and citrus. Nice body, rather creamy. Balanced palate of lightly bitter hops, lightly sweet malt and a nice sweet finish. Nice golden ale.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a sudsy, white head. Surprisingly aromatic with some warm toastiness and an impression of coarse, earthy English hops. Some nice fresh malt character but the beer is mostly dry with prominent hops that provide wood stem flavors and crisp bitterness. A nice, enjoyable session ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on notes from my trip to VA. Part of mixed 6-xer

Pours bronze with 1/2" white head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Sweetness & malt

T: Herbal hops & honey malts up front. Piney hops, sweet malt & hops crispness in the middle. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied, crisp & sparkling (nice carbonation!)

Drinks easy, but nothing earth-shattering here; just a very well put together golden/pale session ale!

Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a decent beer from my local brewery. Nice color and big head. Flavor has a little sweetness and citrus to it. Balance is not bad. There is a slight heavy feel on the palate. Does not take away from the beer, just thought I would mention it, interesting. Good beer, will drink again !!

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass 6/3

Pours bright copper, translucent, with a light ring of white foam. Light malty nose, bready, caramel. Taste is of a light pale, some citrus, and a little lite bitter. Subtle sweetness. Pronounced mildness. Good, yet unremarkable.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark gold in color with a nice tight white head. The head will fade into a lace. There is a nice mixture of hops and malt for the aroma. A good blend of the two. The taste is like the aroma. It starts with the malt and finishes off with the hops. A great blend of malt and hops makes this a very enjoyable beer. This beer will complement any type food .

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle from a good Doctor friend. Thanks Chris!

Ale pours a rustic, luminous light amber with a nice off white head of big bubbled foam that lingers long with nice lacing. Nose of sweet grains, light floral hops, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with an abundance of floral hops, honey, caramel, and a moderate grain note that comes in on the back. Crisp mouth feel and good carbonation makes this n ideal session brew that finishes with a nice floral hop character that fades to a spicy hop note. Very nice.


Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The ale is more of a copper red color than gold. There is a small head and no lacing.

S: The hoppy nose has hints of fruit and an occasional appearance from biscuity malts.

T: The taste is a semi-sweet hop flavor that is strong and fresh. The malts are lowkey supporting the hops without taking to big a role

M: This is a surprisingly good beer, with a robust hop character that accentuates the subtle malts. The flavor is reminiscent of Rye2 from Terrapin.

D: Very drinkable. I was disappointed that the Dragon Pack did not include the IPA, but this is a better replacement.

Photo of Jredner
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma comes off soapy and herbal to me. Color is copper with a firm, lasting, thumb thick white head. The commercial description says it all: a slightly sweet, malty flavor with a citrusy finish. Although I would add there is an ever so slight spiciness in the finish that i think would accompany hearty foods like meats, burgers or Buffalo Wings VERY well.

Photo of Darkale
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color, with a decent, off-white head, slight lacing. Aroma is a faint and pleasant malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy. Taste is sweet at first, followed by hops bitterness. Snappy and gingery at the end, perhaps a bit sour, but balanced. Very pleasant and refreshing.

This is my first St. George, and I am pleased. A very competent pale ale.

Photo of Murph
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light amber/dark golden with a goodsized white head that sticks around before fading into a nice lace. Very nice floral hops with a very light amount of malt in the background. Taste starts off just slightly malty before fading into a very nice, refreshing, crisp floral hoppiness. Light bodied and extremely drinkable, this is one good brew. This is a very nice brew, not overly bitter, but some nice refreshing hop content that makes this a very nice summertime beer.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A true golden Golden Ale. Nice clear gold color with and invitiing fresh hop aroma; as the beer warms a bit, malt starts to come through in the aroma, too. A nicely balance beer. Easy drinking.

There is a dry finish with an enjoyably bitter aftertaste. I liked this beer more than I thought I would. I could recommend it.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Murky dark yellow with floaties, lots of carbonation with all different sized bubbles. Nice foamy head with good retention.

S = Nice light smells of malt and hops, very well balanced.

T = Very pleasant there are grapefruit notes from the hops and a sweet honeylike taste from the malt, all in very good balance with a long bitter finish.

M = Medium bodied, foamy and luscious, good mouthcoating.

D = Very refreshing, a nice beer any time you want to relax and cool down. Would make an excellent session beer, too.

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: 12 oz. nonic pint, one-finger off white head atop a golden amber beer, good retention, light lacing

s: pale malt body with a dose of caramel and grainy biscuit, earthy, herbal, pulpy hop aroma, not bad at all

m: soft light-medium carbonation, lighter medium body

t: pale malt body with a big, leafy, tealike herbal hop flavor that lingers long, biscuity caramel brings a light sweetness, moderate bitterness, nice range of flavor with the relatively generous hopping keeping things interesting

d: quite easy

single bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA

Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. No obvious date on the bottle, but I did see a laser mark stamp with letters and numbers on it - not obvious what it meant though.

Apperance: Vigorous pour gave a 1/4" thick white head that died down to a ring and a thin film with some little islands of lace here and there The beer is golden-yellow-orange on the table (almost like crystallized Amber) and this honey-orange amber color is even more obvious when held up to the light. Nice range of bubbles moving up through the beer.

Smell: Honey, sweet malt, and tiny hints of pine and citrus. Definitely on the sweet side of things.

Taste: Nice blend of sweetness up front (honey and malt) moving quickly into a prolonged bitter finish. Pine and citrus again, with a UK bitter finish at the end. Hops are pronounced here, and nicely so - just right I think. Not amazing - but nicely balanced against the sweetness at the beginning of the drink.

Mouthfeel: The beginning of the taste is nice and crisp (nice carbonation on the tongue), but the finish is lingering and juicy with a bit clinging to the teeth. A bit odd at first, but ultimately it gave a great sensation of quenching thirst because of how it coated the throat.

Overall / Drinkability: I could have another one of these easily, and indeed, this one went quite fast. Good with a meal and all by itself. I know it's not quite the right ABV for a proper session ale, but it would be one that I would pick for a session ale if I had to pick one. The refreshing nature makes me wish I had a few extras for upcoming lawnmower season. Good overall beer.

Photo of AragornUnplugged
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks a bit orangy-gold in the glass to me, hazy with a not much of a head. Smells a little citrusy, can't quite place it but there seems to be something akin to honeysuckle here. Unusual but good :) Goes down very very smoothly, hardly any bitterness though. Laces the glass in layers. Nice (sort of) local surprise, looking forward to a few more of these in my near future.

Photo of patre_tim
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with lots of fine particles of yeast floating within and little carbonation. 5 fingers of off white head that is chunky, off white and leaves a great lacing.

S: Fruity like apricot jam, a light pineapple scent, a little lemony scent, a little spice like red pepper.

T: A plastic taste first hits the tongue, then the apricot and pineapple, then a rusty metallic hit, then some dough and finally a light bitterness.

M: A medium thick syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Great scent, not overwhelming otherwise. Bought in Williamsburg VA, drank in Pensacola, FL July 24th, 2014

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Golden Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.