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Golden State Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
82
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by ngeunit1:
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts, lemon and other citrus smells, poppy, honey, coriander, and some Belgian yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet and lightly grainy malts with some lemon zest and other citrus flavor with a bit of coriander. Through the middle, some poppy comes through with some honey and Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, spice, and a bit of lemon peel with a hint of tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, and lightly dry and tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice BPA. Good overall balance with the poppy adding some nice flavor.

Serving type: can

06-14-2012 05:39:55 | More by ngeunit1
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Louisiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

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FickleBeast

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2014 03:03:00 | More by FickleBeast
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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chuckv

Pennsylvania

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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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 10:23:55 | More by flagmantho
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 00:03:07 | More by WoodBrew
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 00:05:20 | More by brentk56
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-07-2013 08:15:01 | More by drewone
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leprakhan

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

12-05-2013 08:34:58 | More by leprakhan
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BWH999

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-21-2013 02:31:12 | More by BWH999
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-03-2013 00:43:59 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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Rihup

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-17-2013 01:20:51 | More by Rihup
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 18:31:25 | More by beertunes
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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.

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 01:17:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-29-2013 12:34:08 | More by JMS1512
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Huffs

New York

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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 23:59:27 | More by Huffs
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California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-26-2013 01:55:18 | More by dertyd
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a film and thick ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, Belgian yeast that is reminiscent of saison yeast, light fruit. Flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, light apple and stone fruit, nice Belgian yeast, a hint of Belgian spicing, slightly vinous. Light bodied, but pleasant mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant, somewhat sweet take on a Belgian pale. The poppy seed component is not obvious, but may add to the slightly floral fruit flavors. I enjoyed this as interesting change of pace.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 02:33:06 | More by LiquidAmber
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blackie

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single from WF Fairfax

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

m: carbonation just over moderate, somewhat lively, with a body raging light but not thin

t: slightly sweet pale malts on the palate, estery banana and delicate yeast spice, some earthy notes suggest the toasted poppy seed - but again it's not really something I can pick out, starts to dry out about halfway through, towards mild grassy hop flavors with some lemon pith, lightly bitter with a clean finish and lingering notes of pale grain, I like the transition from start to finish but it seems to happen rather abruptly - not really a balance thing, hard to explain

o: for some reason had a little prejudice going in to this one, but it was surprisingly good, not gonna judge it by strict belgian golden standards as I don't think it was intended to be - a tasty, drinkable beer with some interesting things going on

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 04:15:14 | More by blackie
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Golden State Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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