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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OttoBomb on 12-15-2009)
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5/5  rDev +34%

Yulles, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

ScrimshawFan, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

davidbowers13, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of lm0406910
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%

Poured this 16oz can into my New Belgium glass

Appearance: Nice golden color with a slight haze. Nice head after the pour, head subsided but left a thin layer.

Aroma: Unreal, great fruit pineapple, grapefruit, and a touch of raisins. To me, not much on the hop side, maybe a slight hint of grass.

Taste: This beer blew me away. I would say it tasted like a piece of toast with a pineapple jam.

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess, left my mouth clean and wanting another sip.

Finish: Great finish, smooth. I loved this beer, perfect for the summer. It gives great taste without killing your taste buds.

lm0406910, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%

Had this in a can before and wasn't all too impressed. On draft, however, it is damn near sublime.

Rich pils and medium strength American hops blend into a lightly bitter, lightly verdant, very grassy aroma.

Tastes it smells, only with some softer fruit nodes tossed in for variation. Grass, dandelions, strawberries, light spicy hops at the end and then a pronounced ale yeast finish of more spice. Starts out grassy, sweet, and wet, ends dry as a Brut champagne.

One of the very best American blondes I have ever had.

mynie, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

megu, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

stinadez, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

frankman71, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ChrisKayler, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

jsenica, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Tanktizzo, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured from a 16oz can (from the very first canning run!) into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy and pale, straw-gold color. Sitting on top is a thin wafer of bright white head that never really gets thicker than 3/4 finger. Ample carbonation feeds the thin skim that remains.

S: Fresh cut grass and crackery malt were the first things to greet my nose. After that, I noticed waves of lemongrass, sourdough, citrus, and grain.

T: See above. The hops adopt a really grassy flavor that I felt was a nice compliment to the crackery malt, slightly sour citrus, and bready yeast.

M: Refreshing and dry with a spicy prickle on the tongue that really helps to maintain my interest.

D: I've had the pleasure of enjoying this on draft, from a growler, and now from a can. I can say that (as soon as it is readily available around town, in cans) this will be my go to summer session ale. This is a wonderful, easy to drink, and flavorful Blonde Ale. Great work guys!

GbVDave, May 09, 2010
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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured from a can into a tumbler.

Appearance: Hazy yellow topped off with a thick, fluffy white head.

Smell: Pretty grainy, as I expected, but with a bit of a citrusy pop and a background of yeast.

Taste: Very grainy, but not overwhelmingly malty or sweet. It has a lemony note and a surprising amount of bite from the hops. Very, very impressed with this one.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation, which makes for a very smooth drinking ale.

Overall: I'll definitely be tossing these back for most of the upcoming summer. This is the embodiment of what a session ale should be.

jawlessbody, Oct 05, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

64 oz. growler poured into a (tulip) pint glass (December 9, 2009). This is the first glass from the growler which was filled just 20 minutes ago, so I'm reviewing the first and freshest glass.

Eyes: Pours a very nice clear amber/gold color. A two finger light fluffy head appears. Head retains well with good lacing.

Nose: A nice piney hop aroma wafts up, there is just a tiny hint of malty sweetness, but only on deep inhales.

Tongue: Wow! A very nice clean, pine hop flavor that mimics the aroma. There is a very low malt presence, but one isn't required here. A nice flavor profile overall, which is not aggressive in any way, but makes a good statement. Quite smooth, with no bitter aftertaste.

Mouth: Very high marks here, smooth, evenly carbonated and good body.

Libation: What can I say? This is an excellent ale. It has all the characteristics of what I'd want a great sessionable lager to be. Clean, drinkable and a complex flavor profile that does not try to assault the palate. It's unfortunate that so little of this was produced, it would be nice to see Half Acre offer this one again. Let's hope they do!

OttoBomb, Jan 12, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

Lovin these new Half Acre tallboys. I really like the resuable can holder as well.... poured into Schlafly imperial pint glass.

A: pours a slightly cloudy golden, not a lot of head, not much retention

S: a brief appearance from some lemony hops followed by a big bready malt profile with notes toast, wheat, and a touch of fresh grass

T: the front is slightly bitter which then, like the nose, turns into a very malty brew. The malt profile is very similar to that of Daisy Cutter, but with out the big hop profile, the malts take center stage. This beer is insanely refreshing and leaves a long finish of delicious bready notes.

MF: medium carbonation, light body

D: if you want a sessionable brew with loads of malt flavor- here you go. This is an expertly balanced brew. I don't typically purchase golden ales or blonde ales (not sure exactly what this is- can says golden, BA says Blonde), but this one is special. These Half Acre cans are my new summer go to beer.

homebrew311, Jun 25, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

16oz pub can poured into a pint glass.

A: Orangy-yellow with a thin, pale head. Translucent.

S: Fruity with a hint of cereal and nectar. Very sweet and flowery, but at all not overwhelming.

T: Mild, crisp. The malt has almost a fresh baguette taste. Less fruit flavor than the smell hints at, but it's not a shock. A good summer afternoon feel. Almost no aftertaste. As it warms up, the taste remains stable.

M: Thin, but with a bit of sparkle.

D: I'd drink this as a session beer any day. It's not the most complex beer, but it's got a solid flavor that stays stable and refreshing until the end. I was pleasantly surprised when I remembered I hadn't poured the entire can, and that it survived warming up handily.

VerbingNouns, Apr 23, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

Maction, Jan 16, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

I owe great thanks to NorthsideFred and his Chicago Cubs (or my Cincinnati Reds) for this one. Either way, excellent and generous BA with excellent taste in beer. Loved this one!

Pours from the can a nice soft golden shade. It isn't completely clear, and tons of little gentle bubbles rise throughout. The initial 1 finger soapy white head fades to a smooth, watery skim and leaves behinds loads of soft white lace.

Nice pleasing hop aroma in the nose. It is sweetly and bitterly citrusy all at once. There's a little bit of toasted, crisp grain in there, too. Very light and subtle.

What a pleasing and refreshing beer! Half Acre has struck a great balance between tastiness and lightness in this beer. Nice citrus hops add just a hint of bitterness, but really add more clean, juicy flavor. The toasty malts border slightly on caramel with just enough sweetness to balance the citrus. Mouthfeel is deliciously carbonated, making the beer light and crisp. Aftertaste is full of ruby red grapefruit juice tartness and sweetness.

Drinkability is immense. Not since Surly has a beer in a can been so good to me. Thanks again, Freddy - never heard of this beer before you, and I definitely seek it out next time I'm up in the Chi.

kels, May 19, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

Great beer, pours a bright golden hue. Thick, rocky white head. Intensely and pleasantly dry-hopped; not overwhelming. Very little malt in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fresh, satisfying and fufilling but not heavy or crisp, just right. This beer has some legs to it, very enjoyable. Hops stay with you throughout, fruity, citrusy, not dry. Great beer...not surprising from the guys at Half Acre, they're off to a great start. Cheers!

jayhopkins23, Jan 10, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Wow, many thanks for this growler, Dave! Please send more! From notes on 3.26.

Pours a decently clear, golden-yellow straw color, big white foam subsides to nothing. A spot of lace or two cling to the tulip.

Something weird was in the aroma... hiding underneath the hay and grassy hops. I couldn't quite figure it out and it wasn't appealing at first, but then the taste revealed it. Pretty distinctly sourdough bread contributing a little tanginess. Crackers and a little lemon rind. Really pleasant once I figured that out. Some grassy hops in the finish and just supremely drinkable. It really grew on me as I kept refilling my glass. I could drink this all day. Extremely flavorful and palatable for a beer of such small stature. Impressive.

Ineedabeerhere, Apr 03, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one my way. Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy golden body under a thick white head with excellent staying power and pretty lacing. Very refreshing looking summer-evocative beer. Smells like sweet hops and light floral honey with hints of coconut. I don't have many blondes under my belt to compare this to, but this is how I would want one to smell.

Tastes light with a hoppy bitterness up front and a watery, slightly nutty sweet malt finish with a bit of floral honey character throughout. Very fresh, clean flavors and well-balanced. Large, rounded and slightly tingly carbonation accentuates an otherwise light body. Drinks like water. I might wish for a little more flavor somewhere in the middle of it all, otherwise this is a perfect summer beer. Glad to have tried it.

abuliarose, Jun 24, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a tiny white head.

Scent of sweet malts, bread, and bitter hops. A simple and effective scent.

Taste fresh bready grain, lemongrass, and some hops. As with the scent, this is a no frills beer, but that doesn't stop it from being damn good.

Light bodied and fairly crisp, not too thin, not too full, refreshing.

paco1029384756, Apr 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

16oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly chill hazed with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya and caramel.

Taste
Pineapple, papaya, candied orange wedges and lemon. Caramel cover grains covers the grain bill. Finishes with pine, tangerine and orange zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
This is like a lighter version of Daisy Cutter. Good doses of tropical fruits. Easily one of the best American Blonde Ales that I've ever had.

justintcoons, Feb 24, 2013
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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.