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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 20:38:04 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 06:55:24 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 04:59:06 | More by barnzy78
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 02:04:11 | More by PGHeppJr
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 02:57:08 | More by jtierney89
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2010 23:12:05 | More by woodychandler
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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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 00:35:13 | More by zeff80
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stormking47 for a can of this brew - a phrase I really should have ready for a copy-and-paste somewhere after the beer bombing he smacked me with. Happy to see more cans of good brew.

Pours a mucky pale golden, as advertised, but heavy on the muck & light on the gold. Hops burst forth upon the pour, but then slink into hiding, leaving behind a sullen maltiness & hop poke. Sehr bready.

Gossamer is one of those rare beasts, a low ABV beer that's tasty in it's own right. Crusty bread is ascendant, backed up by gritty grains, wheat, a fading citrus hop bill, & light pale malts. 'Crisp' I normally reserve for Honeycrisp apples & cool fall days with fishing pole in hand, but this beer almost qualifies. Very easy to put down.

All of which makes it sound more complex than it is - it isn't. Quick, simple hitter that slips away quickly, but without making much of an impression. Good, solid session brew. Small brewers, are you paying attention? Make more of these!

Serving type: can

01-13-2011 02:45:40 | More by maximum12
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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gossamer blonde ale is a good beer but weak in flavor and substance.
Hazy golden orange color with a small soapy head. The aroma is weak but one can smell malts and hops. Taste is watery thin and washed out.
That being said I would definitly drink more of these if I had some more to drink and as I do not I will not make an attempt to fitch more.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 12:41:00 | More by micromaniac129
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 04:04:57 | More by dali27
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, cloudy golden color with a nicely sized white head that left some attractive lacing.

S - Very grassy and florally hoppy. You get some sweet malts, and a tiny bit of yeast with some fruit notes.

T - Pretty muted taste, nothingly strong. Nice grassy taste with a sweet/bready malt backbone and some hints of yeast.

M - Crisp and light, works well for the style.

D - Highly drinkable, I'm not a big fan of this style of beer, but it is a pretty good take on it and easy to get down.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 16:53:06 | More by AgentZero
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to Gonzoillini for including this as an extra in our trade.

Slightly hazed and pale yellow in appearance with a billowing, bright white, near three-finger head of froth. The head quickly faded to a thin, flimsy film. As the beer warmed, the chill haze disappeared to reveal a completely transparent body.

Immediately after the pour, the aroma was surprisingly complex. Quite hoppy for the style. Citrusy, fruity and sweet with a biscuity, malty backbone. As the beer sat however, the nose transitioned to something much simpler. The punchy hoppiness and complexity disappeared. Bready malts, some grassy, noble hops and a touch of wheat were now all that was left. It was astonishing how much of the aroma was trapped in the head. On second thought, maybe the citrusy hops did not totally disappear.

The taste was crisp, clean and refreshing. Bready, biscuity malts and grassy, noble hops dominated. Some tart wheatiness appeared in the center. The off-dry finish was crisp and somewhat bitter. Once again, noble hops were noticeable. A touch of lemon came through as well.

The mouthfeel was quite standard. Medium bodied for the style with a bubbly, medium effervescence.

This is a highly drinkable, summertime session ale. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 04:11:59 | More by Damian
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 23:22:49 | More by Northsider
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A freebie to take home from DLD, I think this can was from Masterski. The beer pours a pale orange color, slightly hazed, with a few fingers of yeast-cake-looking foam. The beer smells like a straightforward ale, clean with hops presenting as a bitter note rather than floral or citrus. The taste is likewise straightforward, grainy and toasty, again the bitterness in the aftertaste but not as strong as in the aroma. Light bodied and easy to pound. With the low ABV I'd call this a perfect summertime beer, not the most flavorful from Half Acre but that's not what they were shooting for.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 00:45:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear yellow gold with a huge white head.

The aroma was on the lighter side with with a bit of citrus, grass and wheaty grain.

Much like the aroma, the taste was a touch thin with orange peel, grass and bread notes. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and wet with a sharp carbonation.

A very easy drinking ale from the folks at Half Acre.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 17:06:10 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden straw color. white head is somewhat minimal and diminishing-is it the glass? if so, that would surprise me, as this was served from a can at the bad apple, which should know a beer-clean glass.
S: very muted. struggling to get the citric, floral, resiny hops i was promised on the description on the menu. some doughy malts are noted.
T: light sweet crackery malts, well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes clean.
M: would like this to be a bit frothier/carbonated given the style, as it comes off as a touch watery. light bodied.
D: i love that this is a refreshing 4.2% beer in a 16 oz can, but i'd like a bit more american hops, or something, to make this anything more than a typical blonde/golden ale.

Serving type: can

07-31-2010 22:50:04 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a four-pack of this. Figured I'd need some session beer to keep things from getting out of hand with all the heavyweight brews being opened this weekend. Served in my Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of orange-tinged creamy white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass. Hazed milky peach body with stray bubbles slowly drifting upwards.

S - Nice hoppy citrus and grass aroma. As it warms up a little more caramel and toffee malt character comes through. Seems to be more pale ale than blonde ale, but it's quite pleasant. Not really picking up the yeastiness noted by other reviewers.

T - Found it - plenty of yeastiness and grain character in the taste, almost like sourdough bread but not as good. There's a bit of bready sweetness and grassy hops mid-palate as well, but the finish and aftertaste are all "generic beer" in flavor. I don't think there are any adjuncts in this, but I also wouldn't be totally surprised if there were. A cleaner finish would do this wonders.

M - Zesty carbonation that never comes across as harsh. Body is surprisingly hefty for 4.2%, and comes in as medium-light with some chewy and sticky qualities to it. Finish is lightly sticky and oily as well. Quite refreshing.

D - If the aftertaste weren't as off-putting, I'd gladly put down a 4-pack in an hour or two. This would be perfect in the Wrigley bleachers as everything about it screams session. Love the 16oz tallboy cans, and the animal-friendly holders too.

Serving type: can

04-21-2010 21:14:41 | More by MasterSki
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint can

Poured into a pint glass. Dull, almost clear, yellow in body with a decent fluffy white head on top. Sticky, patchy, lacing left behind.

Light, grassy hops, hints of citrus and pale malts on the nose. A little bit of grainy earthiness and faint floral qualities.

Grainy, citrus, lemon notes on the tongue. Pale, golden malts with a touch of hop astringency.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a subtle amount of creaminess. Fairly light.

Drinkability is good. Not a lot going on with this beer, but the flavor has some decent citrus to it, the body is fairly crisp and the ABV is low. So a pint or two of this would be easy on a hot day.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 01:06:09 | More by sisuspeed
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours very nicely in to a Delirium Tulip. Amazingly clear golden color with slight yellowness. Head is very foamy and very white! Nice stream of bubbles in the middle of the brew

S - Very nice relaxed citrus scent. Definite pineapple, green grape, and orange.. Smells like it could be a sugar bomb... Not an overwhelming scent, but quite nice nonetheless

T - Very smooth and light. Tastes foamy with slight bitterness. Bitterness doesn't overwhelm, but definitely distracts. Maybe some slight grapefruit... Hops are slightly out of balance. Almost tastes like a Lager... Slightly sour.

M - Over carbonated, but still quite a good brew. Extremely light and airy. Hops definitely pull away form the brew on the back end. slightly bitter.

O - A nice brew, not one I would seek out, but I'm glad I got to try it! Good brew in a good trade! Try it if you find it! I would be a delicious summer camping brew!

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 23:36:26 | More by chugalug06
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #8, 16 oz. can poured into my Lost Abbey stem.

Pours a just slightly hazy straw yellow with a giant whitish head. Looks nice. - 4.0

The smell is definitely different - grainy and a bit yeasty with a suggestion of hops. I am thrown for a loop on this one - it is most certainly no IPA. -3.5

Bready and grainy flavors are layered under a surprising hop presence and lightly sweet finish. An unexpected amount of flavor based on the lighter appearance, milder nose and lighter body. -3.5

The body is light with a good carbonation level. -4.0

Overall, this beer is relatively drinkable - it's like a refined version of a BMC with a hop back to it. The touch of sweetness and hop bitterness help to cover up some of the graininess which isn't my favorite. - 3.5

Reveal: Half Acre Gossamer! I've also seen this in stores many times, but always reached for the Daisy Cutter. Really interesting. 4.2% Golden Ale is not exactly what I was thinking, but I guess it makes sense. Thanks for another beer I've been meaning to try!

Serving type: can

01-31-2012 02:04:55 | More by seeswo
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for another solid extra

A - pours a clear yellow with a nice looking head

S - smells of grainy malts, bright citrusy hops. Pretty good for the style

T - starts off with the grainy malts that fads to a lemony citrus malt. There is also quite a bit of bready malt characteristic to it. This is the hoppiest golden ale I have ever tried...pretty good.

M - nice full and smooth body and it goes down

D - Golden ales aren't the most complex beers out there, but this one did a pretty good job of keeping itself interesting. I really enjoyed the Daisy Cutter and enjoyed this one too. Half Acre keeps impressing me...

Serving type: can

04-03-2011 01:37:07 | More by birchstick
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dense foam with a finger of head, leaving beautiful lacing behind. There seems to be a decent amount of carbonation as you can see it fizzing from the bottom of the glass to the head. Goldenrod translucent color.

S- Smells of citrus and grass linger while you also can receive a light malty smell.

T- There is an initial sweet floral taste that ends with a citrus bitterness. Notes of honey as well that complement the bitterness.

M- High in carbonation and a very smooth beer.

O- This beer is very "sessionable". With it's low ABV and smoothness, I'd enjoy this on a hot summer day. This is also one of Half Acre's year round beers, and even though it isn't very special, it is still a good flagship beer that's respectable to their name.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 02:56:22 | More by Efay
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Rhode Island

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?

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 08:17:55 | More by angrybabboon
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from growler.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy head. Little spots of head retention.

S - Grains, little hops, and an almost earthy feeling, reminiscent slightly of some farmhouse Belgians. Quite faint though, not very overwhelming.

T - Smooth and crisp taste of grain and some slight malt for a little body. The light hop provides some bitterness. But a little too much space in the taste, feels a smidge watery.

M - Good mouthfeel, light and refreshing. Carbonation is good, and easy drinking.

O - A nice beer for warmer days where the just need some crisp, clean beer that is easy drinking and still provides a little flavor and body. Not an earth shaking beer, but it has its spot and fits well. Thankfully I drank this on a hot day where I did plenty of activity, so fit perfectly.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 02:55:13 | More by Scrumtralecent
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-07-2013 21:59:26 | More by Rosethoj
Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.