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Colorado Native Lager - AC Golden Brewing Company

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Colorado Native LagerColorado Native Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domingo on 04-05-2010)
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CHickman

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a hazy amber gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of little bubbles and faded slowly, with craters forming in the top of the head, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, lemon zest, tangerine, grains, wheat bread and yeast; surprisingly potent malty goodness in this nose that was a lot more than most lagers put out with a very sweet overall nose.

Tastes like the nose, but the sweetness is more malt and brown sugar with the hops adding light spices and balance; flavor is a combo of sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, lemon zest, piney hops, grains, wheat bread, toffee, mild spices like coriander and cinnamon, biscuit, nut and yeast; a lot more complex tasting than I had anticipated and while basically a malty beer with hoppy accents, it worked for me and was tasty and enjoyable. Very basic in it’s finished product, but the flavors that show up throughout are well defined and work well with the others.

Mouthfeel is light and watery with low carbonation, a light to medium body and dry bready finish that has a slight hop bitterness combined with a grainy sweet aftertaste.

Overall this was a nice middle of the road beer that shocked the hell out of me since the macro owned stigma can give misconceptions and decreased interest, but my friend Vinny insisted I try it as he had 2 cases brought to NY so I thank him again for sharing a few with me. A definite session beer that goes down smooth and easy, glad these escaped Colorado and made it to NY as they were easy to put down and enjoy.

11-06-2013 03:06:56 | More by CHickman
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

10-23-2013 22:58:52 | More by GetTheYayo
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-14-2013 18:21:15 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-11-2013 20:06:09 | More by acurtis
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quadhog

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-01-2013 23:50:44 | More by quadhog
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-28-2013 20:50:38 | More by JamesStreet
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-25-2013 16:14:24 | More by beaversfan12
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-21-2013 02:58:51 | More by birchstick
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pauldevay

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

09-03-2013 21:01:51 | More by pauldevay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Medium sized off white head quickly settles into a nice lasting lacing above a super clear copper colored beer.

Medium roasted caramel malt aroma with a touch of light hops on a lighter aroma.

Caramel malts that have a well roasted malt quality to them give this lager its warm malty taste.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malt tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting amber, drinks pretty easily.

08-27-2013 01:41:45 | More by LXIXME
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-24-2013 20:18:22 | More by MinorThreat
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 23:16:43 | More by ilikebeer03
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Jkirk790

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

08-16-2013 16:02:08 | More by Jkirk790
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OgreSanchez

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-12-2013 01:10:08 | More by OgreSanchez
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-10-2013 01:53:55 | More by Lagerquestrian
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spoony

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%

From a 355 ml bottle (best by November 11, 2013) into a nonic glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of light khaki head. The retention is decent for a lager with a thick cap lingering for more than two minutes. The beer is pretty clear and medium amber in color.

S-The smell provides a nice balance between fruity (orange, maybe?) and lightly caramelized malt aromas and a drying, biscuity bitterness. The strength of the aroma is impressive for the style.

T-The taste provides a sharper, dryer, more hop forward experience that many beers of this style, but it works well here. I even detect some rye-like spice on the drying finish. That being said, there is still a nice caramel, fruity malt base.

M-The feel is medium to full body with lower carbonation levels. It is not heavy, but it provides some substance on the palate.

O-I tried this beer a few years ago when it first arrived and was less than enthused, but this second look was positive. The flavors are good and there is a great balance between malt and hop with a nice bite for the style. Setting aside the craft v. crafty issue here, I will drink this beer again.

08-08-2013 03:21:49 | More by spoony
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GFD400

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-07-2013 19:28:05 | More by GFD400
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-26-2013 18:49:48 | More by DenverHopHead
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-26-2013 01:42:18 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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beergoot

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Crystal-clear copper body with a very good, long lasting head. Rather faint aroma comprised of light biscuit scent and a wisp of hops. Toasted bread flavors with an evenly balanced light hop bitterness throughout. Crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel with a lively carbonation tickling the tongue.

Overall, a pretty decent, clean and easy drinking amber lager. Malt forward with a very refreshing lager smoothness with a dab of hop bitterness to nicely balance everything out.

06-22-2013 22:37:01 | More by beergoot
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-14-2013 19:18:12 | More by Eaglefan344
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hoosier222002

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-13-2013 03:21:13 | More by hoosier222002
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2013 12:54:55 | More by sgttibbs
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%

Brewed with all Colorado ingredients and available only in Colorado; I feel that, as a Kentuckian, that I'll be ushered off to Colorado jail by publicizing my enjoyment of this rich red lager. But the beer has to be great- 'cause it's from Colorado, right? It's not ok to question this?...

Deep amber in color, the beer pours with bright clarity and releases a foamy sheet of bubbles that cling to the surface and the glass with spotty retention and lace. It's stained ivory foam liquefies into the beer while retaining spotty froth elements.

Toffee and nuts become the focal points for aroma- its malty components are semi-robust and give a "sun kissed" brightness tot he nose. With little in the way of hops, fruit esters or yeast spice, the beer is a dedicated scent of malt variation of caramel, toffee, nuts, and malty cream-like fermentation twang. Simple and pure.

Similarly, the taste is equally as simple and dedicated. Not relying on complex hopping rates or yeasty fruit or spice, the beer's flavors are predicated upon true malt variation: it starts caramel sweet but soon transitions to richer toffee and bread crust. Nutty with acorns and cashew, the richer malt complexes take on peanut brittle proportions but with a tad more robustness. Not quite coffee or toast, the beer flirts with deep caramelization.

Where the taste and aromas favor Amber Ale character, the mouthfeel reveals a smoother and more somber drinkability that invites a high rate of consumption. Making quick work of the beer, it starts supply sweet and finishes semi-dry with moderate alcohol warmth.

It turns out that a beer that's so simple in its plan and execution yields so much dialogue. I'm not one to sell it as as an undiscovered gem, it shows that there's a lot of appreciation to be said about simple beers done well. Turns out that native -Colorado ingredients make wonderful beers!

04-02-2013 05:57:47 | More by BEERchitect
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mcaulifww

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-25-2013 14:10:11 | More by mcaulifww
Colorado Native Lager from AC Golden Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.