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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

lotr15800, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

TPONY51, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of betsona
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. No freshness info.

A- Clear golden color that had a finger worth of white head that dissipated rather quickly. There is a thin cirrocumulus cloud like head that remains. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Has a very subtle nose. Very mild scents of wheat with a barely noticeable traces of apricot and lemon. Reminds me of certain bread doughs. Almost smells like a pilsner.

T- Hmm. I had to double check the can to make sure this was in fact a golden ale. It has a sweetness at the front in a orangish lemon flavor. Some biscuity malt in the middle followed by a lemongrass bitter finish. Bitterness that lingers for sometime after drinking. Complex tastes that I don't normally associate with the style.

M- Light body with a crispness due to the carbonation. Sits well on the palate and is an easy ale to drink. There is an ever so small puckering on the cheeks.

O- I found a nice easy camping beer with this one. The can is an added bonus. The taste is somewhat disappointing because the smell is so pleasant. Overall, it is an easy drinking session beer that I would have no qualms about having quite a few in a row.

betsona, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

xnicknj, Jan 07, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
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.

nlmartin, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Fcolle2, Aug 02, 2013
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.

chicagoabbot, Nov 06, 2011
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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.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2013
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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.

Chriscrundwell12, Apr 05, 2011
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

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
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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.

PGHeppJr, Apr 15, 2011
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.

jtierney89, Nov 27, 2012
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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.

woodychandler, Jun 21, 2010
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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.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of maximum12
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!

maximum12, Jan 13, 2011
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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.
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micromaniac129, Feb 10, 2013
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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.

dali27, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, Aug 11, 2010
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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.

Northsider, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 28, 2010
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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.

Monkeyknife, Feb 22, 2011
Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.