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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours slightly hazy with a small white head and moderate lacing. Smell is mild, very fruity, maybe some banana.

Taste is a little lagery, but rich -- a little hops. Nice light beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, a little dry. Overall, it's pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a very slight haze and a white soapy head with big bubbles

Nose has a great citrus floral hop note to it maybe a slight Belgian yeast character

There are some pleasant spicy yeasty flavors to it with maybe a slight hint of tannin mild soft grainy malt

Mouthfeel has alot of carbonation, light body and very refreshing

Photo of tectactoe
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear golden coloration. The head was a thin white and quickly resolved. Thin streaks of foam mark the beers passage.

Smell: A bit of citrus and baked bread.

Taste: The flavor of the beer a bit of lightly toasted malt and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but not thin. Carbonation levels work well for the beers character. This is definately a throw back sessionable beer. I could drink a bunch of this.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting, and not typical blonde ale. Looks nice, but cloudy. Good head. Interesting body. Full. Carries way more body than a blonde ale usually does. If this were what a blonde ale typically was, I'd be happy. Unfortunately that isn't the case. Other brewers should follow this lead. Either way, a nice beer to try.

Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/20/12 notes. Had at a bar in Chicago watching the Patriots-Ravens game. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear, yellow-golden color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, wheat, earthy notes, grass, light citrus, apples, floral notes. Pretty nice with a good amount of fruit to it...I like the nose.

t - Earthy notes, fruity malts, wheat, grains, bready malts, grass, floral hops. Little bit less flavorful and fruit than the nose; a slight step down for me from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent blonde ale, though with cans of Daisy Cutter also on the menu, no real reason to get more than one of this. Some nice fruit in the nose though the taste is a little blander. Would have it again thought wouldn't specifically seek it out.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter

A- Very carbonated, almost Champaign like. Very light gold color, two finger, off white head, very clear.
S- Nice smooth aroma, hints of lemon and citrus, hints of orange/grapefruit.
T- Slightly sweet, citrus as well, very light.
M- Small mouth feel, very refreshing.
O- This beer surprised me, very easy drinkability. I could throw down a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall-boy can into a pint glass. Bright golden body with fine head. Sweet malt dominates the nose, but decently balanced. Taste is smooth and mellow. This isn't my favorite style, but chicks seem to like it a lot--sweet finish with low alcohol. Nothing crazy exceptional here, but it's a good session blonde ale if you're into that sort of thing. Decent deal in the 4 tall-boy packs too and nice to support local breweries. Not sure if they distribute much outside of the Chicago area, but recommended...will order it on draught sometime and post a tap review too as this is frequently available on tap at bars I go to.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the scotch, bourbon, beer BIF

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin, yet frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly into light film with some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Light scents of wheat, citrus fruit, and a touch of doughy bread. Also a hint of sweetness in the nose.

A citrusy beginning with tones of lemongrass and wheat coupled with some airy floral hop profile. Touches of pineapple and fruit with light sweetness. A bit of bready backbone with a some lighter hop bitterness. Finishes with some lingering hop flavor.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, a little sticky and dry. Quick drinking, alcohol is invisible, and the flavors are decent enough for the style. The nose was oddly subdued, although I'd enjoy this during the warmer weather.

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

The CANQuest rolls on! The company name puts me in mind of my mother complaining, when I was a kid: "I'm tired of running you kids all over Hell's Half Acre!" Maybe they should make a Half Acre Helles. Maybe I should move on. CAN I at least allude to Ol' Blue Eyes first? "A trip to the moon on gossamer wings, just one of those things." Thanks, Frank!

From the CAN: "CANned crafted. Beer is better in here."

Nothing like a big blonde! I got two fingers' worth of French Vanilla-colored head off of my initial pour, which I had to back off of lest it spill over the rim of the glass. Color was a slightly hazy golden yellow (and remember, boys and girls, clarity is over-rated). Nose had a fruity sweetness, like tangerine or melon or both. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fruity, but drier than the nose had led me to expect. Finish lingered with a pleasant fruitiness. This would be good on a hot day in the sun, especially given its low ABV, but conversely, it was not exciting enough to warrant seeking out for the cooler.

Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
A - hazy, golden ale capped with a frothy white head that holds good retention and leaves some lacing
S- fruity, mild orangey/grapefruity citrus, mild malt
T - hoppier than expected without being overly bitter, nice orange and grapefruit flavors, mildly spicy hop in there also, biscuity grain provides some malt backbone
M - thin-medium body, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller
O - nice, refreshing golden ale with flavorful hops

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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of of caramel and floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, toffee and some light grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice blonde ale. Nothing too spectacular but very sessionable.

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

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was golden yellow, not perfectly clear. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen rising. Good head.

Smell is fruity, with hints of the hop. The taste pretty much follows the smell. Fruity with a hint of citrus. Slightly bitter, but not offputting.

Overall, decent beer. Not terrible. I could drink it again...it's definitely a sessionable beer at 4.2 abv. Refreshing.

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