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Golden State Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
80
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 07-26-2008)
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

MrIncognito, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +35.2%

Margie4986, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

sebaastionb, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

EgadBananas, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Liana, May 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

atrocity, May 06, 2014
Photo of FickleBeast
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a giant billowing foamy head. Aroma is sweet, orange-like citrus.

First sip is sweet at first, with a surprisingly dry, tart finish. I get a lot of sweet citrus flavor, with a touch of phenolic yeast. Very refreshing.

All in all, a pretty solid beer that I'm enjoying. Maybe a tad simple, but I'd prefer it this way instead of being overwhelmed with spicy yeast and phenolic flavors.

FickleBeast, May 03, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned 7/17/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, peanut butter, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a peanut butter quality that I can only assume is from the poppy seeds.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of chuckv
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Golden color with a thin white head
smells like a farm house saison
it tastes funky taste the belgian in it, its a good beer might like it aged maybe. the flavors need more time i think
but overall good brew would drink again

chuckv, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky golden hue with a strong effervescence and a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly funky farmhouse aroma on top of rich, sweet malt. The hop component is green and noble in character. I like it!

Taste: like the aroma -- a bit of funk, a bit of green-tasting hops, and a bit of malt. Well-enough balanced; it's good, but lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. It feels young, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Great!

Overall: tasty, drinkable and satisfying. I still feel like it's missing something, but for the most part this is definitely a beer worth trying.

flagmantho, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Belgian Pale Ale from Uncommon Brewers is decent. I am not a huge Belgian guy...but this is good. The beer pours a hazy yellow with thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent is acidic with that typical Belgian twang. The taste is sharp and definitely has Belgian yeast and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is decent.

WoodBrew, Dec 15, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with an inch or two of foam on top; decent retention but very little lacing

Smell: Sweet and spicy, with an odd shortbread lemon poppy character

Taste: Shortbread and syrup-soaked stone fruit with an odd almost medicinal flavor from the poppy; tastes a bit like a lemon poppyseed muffin with a phenolic bite

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Uncommon certainly makes some uncommon beers but just because you CAN, doesn't mean you should

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site), for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

drewone, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

leprakhan, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

BWH999, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Rihup, Aug 17, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy light medium yellow color with over 1/4 inch of white head that very low retention and light-medium lacing.

The aroma had sweet malts upfront with a light spice note in the background. I didn't pick up any yeast scent I would expect from a "Belgian" Pale. The aroma was different, and maybe not totally in a good way. The flavor started out the same, but then some spice, probably from the yeast, kicked in. There was a slight hop tang in the middle, and the yeast lingered nicely on the finish.

The body was notably fuller than I like in the style, and had a bit of a sticky finish. Drinkability was good, but I wouldn't have more than one at a time. Overall, a pleasant enough brew, not really to my tastes, but probably worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Jul 29, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a tallboy marked with a fading bottling date. I could make out the month and year--08/12, so almost a full year on this bad boy. Maybe someday I'll get to try it fresh.

Appearance - Healthy pour yields a reluctant finger-and-a-half head that peaks for a moment before shrinking away to a rim of delicate foam and an ethereal lacing of suds across the top of the liquid. Lacing is like the head, apparent, but then it slinks away. Body is a deep golden orange with a cloudy haze and a twinge of reddish coloring.

Smell - Fruity phenols, reminiscent of but different than banana--soft and creamy. Coriander and gentle spice, with a tiny bit of bready yeast.

Taste - Now the spice takes a more prominant role, with a wheaty roundness and again elements of nectarine and floral overtones.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy, with a silky, lingering finish. Light carbonation that fades quickly.

Overall, a quite taste beer. Not as funky as some others I've had in the style, but definitely carries the distinctive Belgian aromatics and overtones of flavor. Would definitely buy again if it was readily available.

LambicPentameter, Jul 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

JMS1512, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Paccamacca, Jun 13, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsner with a nice full head developing which lasted, laced well and was white in color. Appearance was a straw yellow will a cloudy look. Aroma was mild with hints of grain. Taste was of grain and citrus,nice and robust flavor. Mputhfeel was full and creamy with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Huffs, Jun 02, 2013
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Golden State Ale from Uncommon Brewers
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.