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Golden State Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Golden State AleGolden State Ale

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81 Ratings

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

US pint can purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. It felt like a good beer for the first day of summer.

Pours a clear golden hue, with a middling head of fine white fuzz, that sits filmily on the top of the glass and stacking up against the edges. Minimal lacing, if any: just some spots here and there. Carbonation is quite fine, and the body looks hefty. Overall, not a bad look, but not exceptional either.

Nose is a little flat and bland, but it has some good aspects. Some rounded Belgian notes come through, along with a slight earthy or perhaps peppery tone that I can't place, and hence attribute to the poppy seeds. Sweeter than it needs to be, at least on the nose, with a toffee or corn sugar slickness that feels a bit too much. Eh.

Taste is similar. Big sweetness in particular, with a sluice of chewy, almost underfermented malt characters giving a grainy, thick and heavy flavour to whatever follows. Some spiciness comes through, but not nearly enough, and by the time it's spent itself, the sweetness roars back on the finish, leaving a sticky sickly back palate. It needs something—some crispness, a bit of bitterness, more of that spice—anything to cut back on that sweetness. I'm afraid I was unimpressed.

Overall, I'm really quite disappointed in this beer. It feels like a bit of a mess. Something needs to give: the sweetness is excessive, and the spice that comes through is not enough, or doesn't fulfill the role it needs to play. It ends up sickly, chewy and a little unpalatable.

Serving type: can

12-01-2012 03:29:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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.

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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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 04:46:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 22:30:08 | More by chuckv
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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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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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

Serving type: can

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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a: served in a wide piraat chalice, golden state is a perfectly clear golden hay in color, topped with a thin white head and low retention

s: surprisingly nice nose - a full serving of pale malts brings a moderate sweetness level, mild banana esters and hints of clove, bubblegum, poppy seeds not really distinguishable, a pleasant mixing of clean malt character and Belgian yeast aromatics, grassy hops with touches of citrus

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Golden State Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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