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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
83
good

349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from the brewery in Chicago, IL.

Pours a clear golden hue with a sliver of white foam and strands of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Head retains well, even though it's quite thin.

Smell is apricot, orange jujube, grassy and resinous hops, lemon, yeast esters, faint tangerine note, perfume, and white bread dough. A subtle yet pleasingly intricate nose.

Taste is grainy-doughy malts, orange zest, citrusy and lemony hops, slight saltiness (weird?), and a grassy, astringent bitterness to end. Straightforward flavour profile, but it does the trick. Good thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light side of medium bodied, citric spiciness precedes a crisp, bitter, and drying finish with some grain husk on the cough. Nice!

Overall, Gossamer is a solid session brew with more flavour and hop character than your average blonde ale. Perfect for summer time patio drinking, and definitely worth a try.

cratez, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Jplachy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured golden just like the name suggests with little to no head.

S: Fruity, slightly hoppy

T: Fruity, hoppy, grassy, bitter. It comes together very nicely. Downright refreshing.

M: Thin, medium carbonation. Nothing wrong with it.

O: My 4.5 betrays some of my other scores but this beer is definitely in my top 3. I love it. Its even better during the Summer. I can't wait to have a growler of this in the fridge during the warm days. One of my go-to's when I want to kick back and have a few.

Jplachy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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

russpowell, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a nice head with no staying power, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Whoa, not what I expected, heavy handed hopitude in this beer. Its so fruity and bright, interesting. Smells great.

Beer is pretty thin and a little watery. There is a lot of fruit hop flavors in the midpalate and the finish is so wet that there is no chance for an aftertaste....almost....there is a really late aftertaste of grains that comes much after you've finish. Overall its a decent blonde, I'd have it again, i love the artwork on the can and the flavors and aroma were interesting.

drabmuh, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color to a Russian River pint glass, with a fingers width of white head, smell is mild but some danky hop resins and mild citrus. Taste is very nice for being such a mild beer, I could honestly drink this beer all day long with pleasure. Nice citrus hop is most noticeable, slightly floral, and refreshing.

JustinMatthew, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one is a faintly golden-tinged yellowish straw color. The two-finger head of white foam is fluffy and somewhat loose. The retention is okay and the lacing is okay, as well.

Light cereal malt notes mix it up with a good deal of sweet citrus hoppiness. The nose is mild, but good.

Very nicely balanced. Citrus hop notes with a definite touch of sweetness to go along with that nice bitter bite. Slight earthy notes. Mild grainyness and cereal malt presence.

This is medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing.

Nicely easy-drinking. At 4.20%abv (dude!) this one is definitely sessionable.

coldmeat23, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wedgie 9 for this extra! 16oz tall-boy can. No freshness date.

Pours a bright amber gold with thick sudsy white head 2 fingers tall. Nose is light and husk-like, leafy and dry with some light floral notes. Palate is crisp and lightly bitter, floral hops, some orange juice. Finish is pleasantly dry and crisp with lots of earthy hops.

Notes: Insanely drinkable and super tasty. Don't think I could get bored with this one.

SFLpunk, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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

dirtylou, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

akorsak, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a CAN into one of my pilsner glasses. Because I feel like I don't use them often enough.

Crystal clear aside from a touch of chill haze that goes away as the beer warms a little. Not much head. It is coarse and is not retained really at all. The color is light straw/amber.

The aroma is almost pilsner-like, with light malts and piney and grassy hops as the dominant aromas. The taste brings on more complexity, as some citrusy notes mix with the piney and malt aromas. This ale yeast has a German feeling to it, contributing some earthy notes. There is also a touch of toasty malt aroma that sneaks in towards the end.

Light, refreshing, and easy to drink. I was unaware that this was a style, but this seems to be a pretty good one all around, to me. The finish is drying, but not overwhelming. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, and a welcome beverage after a day of work around the yard and house.

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

big thanks to bauermj for this one.

poured fairly aggressively, and very cold, from the can a semi-hazy straw orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a quickly dissipating thinnish off white head that leaves only a slight bit of retention lace.

strong aroma of bready yeast and citrus, very crisp.

initially tastes of citrus, lemonade, and sweet malts, a hint of bitter aftertaste follows, but not to distraction.

smooth and creamy up front, highly carbonated, again, a bit of bitter aftertaste throughout.

at 4.7 abv, cold in a can, looking for a cooler, this one is very drinkable.

robwestcott, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a free pour from Half Acre brewery consumed during the tour. I know not the best way to review it, but I definitely took notes.

The one poured a nice golden color with perhaps a minor haze to it. The head comprises of a nice ecru foam that is pretty cloudy and stiff. The nose was of hoppy citrus notes as well as some notes of the pale malts that may have been slightly roasted. The taste was fairly uneventful. The aromas that had been in existence to give it that extra pop were not very evident. As was agreed on by the others in my party, this tasted like a toned-down Daisy Cutter. There was a wheatlike breadiness to it that was surprising due to the relative clarity of the beer. It sat rather well in the mouth. The carbonation was spot on, and you can't say anything against the freshness of it. Overall it was extremely drinkable and very sessionable brew and something I would recommend for a relaxing summer day.

Vdubb86, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Town Hall brewery globe on 8/12/11.

Pours a clear golden hey color with a big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly to no lacing at all.

Smells is of bread malts and some citrus with a touch of pine.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Some lager bready yeast flavor with some citrus to balance.

Mouthfeel is very light in weight and it has a slight bitter bite and a little dryness to make you come back for more.

Overall this is a really nice summer beer. Low ABV, light mouthfeel and a crisp refreshing taste . Good beer.

UMNbeerhunter, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of billywan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into killer Half Acre stein.

A - Looks like a Chicago Spring day. Good foam, nice bubbles. Great golden color.

S - Love the smell of this one. A little bit of creamsicle, a little bit of grass. Again, smells like Spring.

T - It's just ever so slightly bitter, with more of the grassiness showing up. It's really begging for something salty to pair with it. A lot of presence for such a low ABV. It's almost like a slightly lighter Kolsch, with some extra bitterness on the finish.

M - Pretty standard.

O - Really like this beer. I give it bonus points for doing all that it does at only 4.2%. If there is a better Spring/Summer session beer, I have yet to come across it.

billywan, May 13, 2012
Photo of RDHerm
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a thick white head that thins out to a nice thick ring that holds for the duration.

Strong aroma of citrus and hops, solid notes of bread and light malts, and a hint of yeast.

Surprisingly complex for the style. Initial taste is sweet, with notes of citrus, yeast and malts. The sweet taste dissipates very quickly, overpowered by a hoppy bitterness, with a touch of lemon. The aftertaste is a bit bitter as well, but with the slightest hint of honey.

Lighter in body, and with a great carbonation level. There's a certain crispness to it, and just a little bit of a bite.

Light, refreshing, and a lower alcohol content - you could drink this all day long.

RDHerm, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a room temp pounder can of this brew poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold color with some suspended haze in the glass. A bright white tightly packed edge layer leaves one thick island in the center of my glass. Aroma is grassy and floral hops with just a hint of grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average to light body with gentle roling carb. Flavor is caramel and white grapes with a hint of grassy hops. Overall the flavor is mild, with a decent mixture of tastes. The beer is not overly complex but is decent session beer that could be consumed while watching a game at the pub with friends and not get bloated full or bored. Its good for what it is.

sulldaddy, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tasting cup.

You gotta love free beer while touring a brewery, right? This freebie pours a clear bright pale straw topped by about a finger or so of fluffy white foam. The nose is a blast of florality, as though a small meadow had been pressed into my cup, which had been previously lined with some light buttery caramel. The taste toned down the florals by a fair degree, leaving some fossils to be gazed at while munching on some watered-down caramel corn. Basically, tone down a Daisy Cutter a bit, and you'll be left with this. That doesn't mean I dislike this flavor, by any stretch,, it's just a way to describe it. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a very nice, sessionable blonde. Good times down at Half Acre, I tells ya.

TMoney2591, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fruity and assertively hopped, this golden ale rivals some small or extra pale ales.

Gossamer pours a strong straw or medium golden color with a mild haze. Ample carbonation fuels a froathy/creamy white head that laces modestly. A good look for a golden ale, especially with the haze reminding me of well-hopped ales.

Bright citrus aromas dominate the rim of the glass with a bold follow up of fruity appricots above a part malt, part grain scent. Fairly simplistic but sharply appealing scent. Mouthwatering!

Flavors of orange zest and appricots give a fresh and zesty taste to the hoppy/estery foreground. Crisp cracker-like malt flavors blend with a balanced grain taste that is expected from light and crisp ales. Apricot esters grow and largely dominate the mid portions of taste. Lighty metalic or salty at mid palate for a somewhat more savory taste, but remains a distraction. Lightly grassy late from dry-hopping but again attributes to a fresh and bright taste.

Light and crisp throughout, with a mild malty/creamy texture that breaks loose quickly for a quick transition to dryness and lightness. Grassy bite late adds to dryness for an herbal and citrusy aftertaste.

Very crisp and flavorful for a golden ale, done an American way with the crisp attenuation and citrus hop notes. An all-purpose beer with a near sessionable quality- this is an absolute joy to drink.

BEERchitect, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of lstokes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice orange-gold with a big head and substantial lacing, and smelled grassy with a bit of apricot and some grain.

I thought it was a very sessionable drinker--grainy malts, sweet grassy hops, smooth, with a pop of bitter orange rind. Maybe a little bit over-carbonated--it felt gassy?--but also pretty creamy and smooth. Goes great with pizza.

lstokes, Dec 06, 2010
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

beerthulhu, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
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.

Vonerichs, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of dasmusik
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First BA review! From notes, thanks to ElGigante for the extra in a trade.

A ppearance - milky golden hue with plenty of rising carbonation, the nice head dissipates slowly.

S mell - clean, definte presence of hops, fresh and piney

T aste - lots of grains, slightly sweet but not overwhelming

M outhfeel - mild carbonation present, and very even and smooth

O verall - solid beer, decent sessionable type, but blondes are not my favorite

dasmusik, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can’t believe I have not reviewed this beer. On a recent company three day meeting in Chicago, I had this beer on tap at two different locations. Usually you see Daisy Cutter and I was kind of surprised to bump into it twice in three days. I drank a ton of it as it went perfectly with the weather and the Hawks winning the Stanley Cup!!

Poured into a standard shaker, the beer is a vibrant chill hazed gold with a decent clingy white head.

The beer’s nose is of fresh grains, a bit of citrus and floral notes. It is fresh and inviting.

Beer is well balanced. There are sweet bready malts, balanced by citrus and floral notes. I swear there is something like honey at midglass. A touch of lemon rind and a hint of cracker at the finish.

Mouth is crisp and inviting. This is an easy drinking session beer with enough facets to keep you coming back. Well done!

Redrover, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale gold. A small white head coats the top. Fair spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is fresh with scents of cut-grass, lemons, floral hops, and citrus. Very potent for the style. The mouth is much more full than expected as well. Good carbonation. Plenty of hops at the forefront of this one. Mild bitterness, but juicy citrus flavors abound. Grass-like qualities noted, some mild hay. This beer breaks away from the norm on the style by packing plenty of flavor. Good beer. Thanks for the opportunity, Baron.

Onenote81, Feb 08, 2011
Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.