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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OttoBomb on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 129
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this canned beer.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly simple but is very inviting. I get a lot of biscuit malt and some orange citrus notes from the hops.

The flavor is heavy on the oranges and biscuit malt, with a little bit of light toffee and grassy notes. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, light to medium hopped blonde ale.

Photo of PGHeppJr
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: 30OCT2010
Can purchased from West Lakeview and poured into mug.

Tasty orangecicle in a glass. Hoppy as a american pale and easier to drink than a pilsner. This tasty little diddy did me just right as a warmer than expected Chicago afternoon session brew. I may or may not have crushed one on of these on a bench whilst the "Rally to Restore Sanity" was going on in the distance.

Great session brew.

Photo of Libationguy
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Gold with yellow and brass hues. Slight chill haze.

Grain, dust, chaff, dried lemon zest, plastic, rubber bands, banana oil and ritz crackers.

Grain, cabbage and a slightly burnt flavor. Medium level of carbonation.

Medium- body and slightly watery around the edges.

I wonder if I got a bad batch. The beer was just odd. Tasted at the tap room.

Photo of lnashsig
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my sister Laura for this one. a new brew from a Chicago brewery. 4.2% ABV, I love a good session brew!

This is also #BOTG 27!

Poured from can into DFH snifter. Pours a murky yellow/orange color. decent lacing and head retention. small bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- there is a floral aroma..reminds me of potpourri and popcorn. Buttery aroma. Orange peel as well. Taste- mild bitterness with an unwanted soapy experience. somewhat watery. A little coriander, lemon peel. This lacks body, sweetness, and is a little high on carbonation. I suppose if in the summer, this would drink well from the can if it was a little colder. But, this isn't that memorable. A little bleh.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing and very drinkable blond ale. Nice hop, like a pale.A little yeast. Orange flavour. Above average mouthfeel. See what can be done at sessionable abv levels!SilverX's 500 ml can.Golden colour with wisp of head. Clean and crisp, neutral aroma.

Photo of DrewShal9
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you vande for sending this as an extra!
A: a darker hue of yellow with a fluffy 3 finger white head
S: sweet cereal grains with a tangerine and peppery bite
T: hard to decipher the exact flavors but they're delicious. Peppery bite and a mild sweetness with a hint of citrus
M: smooth light body that has a light fizziness.
O: this isn't your average yellow fizzy beer! This stuff packs a punch of flavors! If you come across this then pick some up as these would be perfect over a hot summery day. Very sessionable at 4.2%.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating

Gossamer Golden Ale pours a slightly hazy deep golden body beneath a bright white head that holds fairly well and leaves some smears and splashes of lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses a basic golden malt base infused with lightly floral & grassy hops.

In the mouth it offers a light-medium body and median carbonation.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, starting with a bit of golden malt that's bolstered by a touch of caramel, which is then immediately washed over by grassy, resinous, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. It's fairly bitter given the malt component that balances it, and in that sense I'd term it "solidly bitter" regardless of how many IBU's are actually there. It finishes dry at first, grassy and a bit raspy, and then softer with a lingering bitterness.

As you work through the pint and it warms, some variations occur. It's at first very piney with a citrus-rind edge, then grassy mid-way, and finally some bready malt emerges by the time it's lost its chill.

Overall, it really doesn't balance well. Just throwing hops at a beer does not make it interesting or complex, just hoppy. One trick pony.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Pequods. just getting around to rating this one - have sampled a number of times

cellphone notes

appearance: light golden body, very light beige foam - looks the part

smell: a touch of those half acre hops, light toasted malt, touch of citrus

taste: Gossamer is a simple blonde ale - serves it purpose before a Cubs game or paired with a massive deep dish pie. Light malts, faint citrus hops, and grain fill out the flavor profile

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having a can of Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale after a Wednesday Hockey game (2G, 5A) in a 9-2 win. The beer pours a golden straw color with thin white head that is leaving a mild lace. The smell is nice with a slight citrus hop. The taste is a combo of floral and citrus tones that leaves the pallet a bit bitter and acidic. I am guessing that Columbus hops were used....but I am no expert. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies Ales with good carbonation. Overall it isnt a bad beer. Would be great on hot days.

Photo of kyleelton
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a schooner at the Portillo's in downtown Chicago. Definitely a nice complement to the excellent hotdogs, but nothing terribly special. Very drinkable blonde ale with a semi-sweet nose. Well balanced malt and slight hops taste. Could have used a little more hop flavor actually. I wasn't looking for something to blow me away, just a nice, drinkable beer with lunch.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from kenm2118, cheers Ken!

Pours hay colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Floral hops & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, some lemony notes as well up front, hay & grassy flavors as well. Grassyness, lemony notes & hint of grainy bread once warm. Finishes with firm crispness, grainyness & slight malty sweetness

MF: Light bodied with firm carbonation, good balance, but a little more malt depth would've helped the cause

Always thrilled to try beers from these guys, this is nice sessionable blond ale that goes down too easy in this plus 90 degree weather here now

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Love the use of the more eco-friendly 4-pack holder here as well.

Pours a clear gold, with at least 3 big foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a stiff 1/2 finger of froth, which stays rich and leaves heavy patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. Floral character drives the aroma, with some fleshy sweet fruit pushing through, as well as toasted graininess that props up the back of the nose. This has a nice fresh and flavorufl pop going on.

The taste is sweet and fruity, with a soft toasted edge to it. Malts and fruit are balanced by a moderate amount of earth and citrus rind bitterness, which a leaves a long lingering dry finish on this. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a bright and crispe feel in the mouth that moves with a silky smoothness across the palate.

This was very tasty. A light Golden Ale with a fresh zesty profile and a super easy drinkibility to it. This one was a great choice for the tall-boy cans, as it's prefect for summer imbibing.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a gorgeous soft fluffy head.

Smell is grass and lemon with a little toasty touch.

This has a nice hop side to it for a golden ale. Grass and lemon zest are most noticable with a trace of grapefruit. Toasty/bready malt balances this well and there's a nice sligtly dry and bitter finish to it.

This is a little thin in the mouth, but otherwise carbonation is good.

This is a perfect low-abv sessionable summer brew. I really wish they would distrubute a little further into the western Chicago burbs because I haven't had anything I haven't liked from them and there use of hops is just phenomenal.

Photo of FievelGoesWest
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, light, clean, crystal clear. Head comes and goes quickly, with a bit remaining.

S: Subtle wheat smell, subtle fruit aromas, subtle...

T: A light touch of hoppiness to it. The malts hit gently and sweet. This makes me think of some pilsners. The wheat backing is fantastic.

M: Just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O: This is my favorite session beer, bar none. I could drink this stuff all day and not grow tired of it. It's not too sweet to get overwhelming, but has enough flavor to keep it interesting and refreshing.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large head that had good retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. I pick up floral and grassy hops in the aroma. I do not smell malt. The flavor is more hoppy than most blonde ales. The hops gives some fruity qualities to the taste. The malt has a dry cracker like quality. Very clean taste. Bitterness is higher than most as well. Light body and nicely carbonated. Feels lively and does not linger on the palate for long. A nice little blond ale that comes in "pounders". A good summer brew with great packaging.

Photo of Maction
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent gold, with a hint of orange in color, big foamy head that collapses into a pillow and leaves big rings of lace.

S: Mild lemon verbeena, hazy grain, fairly big aroma for a "session" beer.

T: Front flavor is sweet lemon in step with nose, then grains like cracked wheat and nutty barley.

M:  Light but not watery, well carbonated.

D:  So drinkable, and designed to be that way at around 4%(according to the brewer).  I could kill a growler by myself on drab evening.

Notes: This beer is probably too hoppy to be considered a bitter or mild, so I guess the brewery defined it as a "session ale."  I see it's listed as an American Blonde here, instead of any of those. I just hope they brew more in the warmer months. We need more flavorful low alcohol beers.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed bright yellow color with half finger white head. Lightly floral and citric hop nose.

Full body for a lighter gold ale. Semisweet grains on the tip of the tongue, lightly buttery on the middle of the tongue. Citric and floral hop finishes balances nicely. Lingering hoppyness In the mouth. Held back and slightly boring but what blonde ale isn't. Nice and clean and tasty though.

Photo of dali27
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass.

A: Light to medium gold in color. Very thin head. Active carbonation.

S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Grainy malts.

T: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit. The citrus hop flavor gives this beer charactor that regular light beer never have allows this to be an easy drinker with some flavor.

M: Light and watery. Probably how it is intended to be.

O: It's a nice little beer to start off with, but by the end I kinda forgot what I was drinking... was it lite?

Good light beer drinkibility, with light flavor.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: .An explosive sense of effervesce erupts within the vessel of a tangerine orange body showing a light translucent quality. The head towers strong and tall over 3 inches in height with an eggshell like dull white tone that was rigid, foamy, and rocky in structure with lasting appeal for all the drink. So far an outstanding visual carbonation, head size and retention, and color wise. Soapy patches adore the glass afterwards.

S: Sweet tangerines-oranges and fresh grains on the nose. Touch of sherbert that was sweet and pleasant.

T: Flavor was semi-tart tangerines, balanced with a smooth lightly toasted warm grain body that added sweetness. Mandarin orange, syrupy juices, small lemon and fresh flowery hops are sweet with a hint of pear juice from the yeast. Spicy citrus-tropical (pineapple) hop presence comes upon some warming is an added surprise and delight.

M: Strong dancing carbonation on the tongue is crisp, bright with a body that turns frothy on the hold. Tart tangerine fade on the goodbye with an overall light body appeal.

O: Overall tart oranges and a lightly toasted sweet malting balanced by a fresh flowery hopping and citrus-tropical nature brings a lot of flavor to this golden ale. Crisp, well balanced, very good drinking with no hesitant on reconsumption. a solid recommend. Surprised on the moderate score this received, not sure what people expect out of a blonde but this exceeded most.

4.25 3.75 4 4 4

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this can.

A: The ale is golden color, cloudy fresh out of the can. A thick head, you sure there's no widget in there?, threatened to slip over the sides. As it settled down, the white foam left lace around the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose is grassy with hops, surprisingly so. Leafy hops are evident, adding a 'green' aroma. The light body seems to hold some spices but I don't think that's the case - just the mind looking for things.

T: Very bready, the ale leads off with a malt push. Light toast, biscuity, segues into hops mid-sip. Black pepper joins the grassy flavors, as do orange notes but only after the ale reaches room temperature. The hoppiness is a nice aspect, much stronger than many blonde ales.

M: The mouthfeel is hop-driven. Orange and grasses are nice. The vegetal leafiness, I don't like so much.

O: A low-weight blonde ale, just a hair above 4%. More please, especially the orange citrus and grassy hops.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First canning, poured a tall boy into a tulip glass. Served cold as recommended for the style on BA.

Glowing deep orange, webs of lacing decorate the opposite side of the glass. About a finger of foam that recedes quickly. There's a misty skim that eventually fades to a ring at the edge with a detached island of cobweb skim floating in the center.

Aroma is clean, a little grassy, somewhat yeasty. Flavor tends to be on the grainy side, crisp with a tingle of hop bitterness in the back. Multigrain bread, minerals, clean and snappy on the palate. Body is light and the carb is on the gassy side. Vanishes in the end, making you quaff more. Very light and refreshing, pairs well with spicy food and outdoor activities.

Edit: Just got a low-fill can at the brewery, super fresh. There was a clear grassy hop note to the aroma, and a nice creamy feel also. Seems like they are hitting their stride with this one. Great summer session beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint. 4.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks to both emerge077 and DavidEddie for cans of this great brew!

A - Pretty hazy golden yellow in color, the can pour leaves a short-lived white head resting on top of the beer. The loose bubbles lower leaving some lace clinging on the sides.

S - Citrusy, resiny, light and floral cascade hoppy goodness reminiscent of my personal hop-harvest a few days ago. Pale malts fall behind, almost to the point of absence but the hop aroma remains fantastic.

T - Mild pale malts and a dab of raw honey back up the fully floral and lemon citrus kick of cascade hops. A touch of resin also comes through. Good hop flavor!

M - Light-bodied and crisp with full carbonation to the finish, Gossamer is completely smooth with mild bitterness and a dry finish.

D - Very well hopped, this is the best example of the "style" I've had I'd say. Still, I can't get a Patton Oswalt quote out of my head when I think of this beer, "Write it in the sky with gossamer teardrops. Battered...chapped...pussy."

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a Half Acre Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a faint haze.
S - Very crisp and clean, with lovely aromas of lightly toasted grains, grassy, floral hops, a little bit of apricot and mango, and some slight yeasty qualities. Very nice.
T - Pretty close to the nose, the tropical fruit flavors really come out to play with notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot, all backed up by a lightly toasted biscuit malt profile. Excellent balancing act here, the malt is in perfect harmony with the hops. Very flavorful for a Blond Ale, I've had IPAs that weren't this bold.
M - Wonderfully sessionable and refreshing, with a slightly watery mouth-feel, medium-light body and sharp carbonation.
O - Very likely the best Blond Ale I've had, I could blow through a lot of these on a Sunday afternoon!

Photo of bjacokes
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, purchased fresh at Half Acre's Beer Emporium and poured two hours later.

A - Cloudy, orange/golden. Head drops quickly.
S - Very aromatic. Grassy hops and a touch of yeast.
T - Taste is not as complex as the smell. Thin grainy taste with a bit of yeast in the background, not much hop flavor to speak of.
M - Thin with moderate carbonation.
D - I could lay back several of these. Perfect beer for the spring.

A great drinker and fairly impressive given the low ABV. I wish the flavor had lived up to the smell, but then it probably wouldn't be as great of a session beer.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/9/11

Appearance: Mostly clear, bright golden colored - starts off with a nice, white head and some surprisingly sticky lacing, bubbly

Smell: Mild, but definitely not offensive - some pale, pale malts - bready, doughy - some serious grass - not herbal, just like fresh cut grass, kind of strange - a small hint of citrus, too

Taste: Also mild, but in a good way - lightly toasted white bread - some flowery citrus - a touch of grapefruit, lemon, some herbal spiciness - grassy - slightly bitter, slightly sweet, nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Very light, nicely carbonated, somewhat crisp

Overall: Good, but not that interesting

This is definitely good, but it's not something I am disappointed that I can't get regularly. It's good for the style, but it could be better. I'm not particularly a fan of the grassy aroma. Maybe because I am allergic to grass?

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.