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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale

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very good

127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 365
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: OttoBomb on 12-15-2009

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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 365
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First canning, poured a tall boy into a tulip glass. Served cold as recommended for the style on BA.

Glowing deep orange, webs of lacing decorate the opposite side of the glass. About a finger of foam that recedes quickly. There's a misty skim that eventually fades to a ring at the edge with a detached island of cobweb skim floating in the center.

Aroma is clean, a little grassy, somewhat yeasty. Flavor tends to be on the grainy side, crisp with a tingle of hop bitterness in the back. Multigrain bread, minerals, clean and snappy on the palate. Body is light and the carb is on the gassy side. Vanishes in the end, making you quaff more. Very light and refreshing, pairs well with spicy food and outdoor activities.

Edit: Just got a low-fill can at the brewery, super fresh. There was a clear grassy hop note to the aroma, and a nice creamy feel also. Seems like they are hitting their stride with this one. Great summer session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Love the use of the more eco-friendly 4-pack holder here as well.

Pours a clear gold, with at least 3 big foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a stiff 1/2 finger of froth, which stays rich and leaves heavy patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. Floral character drives the aroma, with some fleshy sweet fruit pushing through, as well as toasted graininess that props up the back of the nose. This has a nice fresh and flavorufl pop going on.

The taste is sweet and fruity, with a soft toasted edge to it. Malts and fruit are balanced by a moderate amount of earth and citrus rind bitterness, which a leaves a long lingering dry finish on this. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a bright and crispe feel in the mouth that moves with a silky smoothness across the palate.

This was very tasty. A light Golden Ale with a fresh zesty profile and a super easy drinkibility to it. This one was a great choice for the tall-boy cans, as it's prefect for summer imbibing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating

Gossamer Golden Ale pours a slightly hazy deep golden body beneath a bright white head that holds fairly well and leaves some smears and splashes of lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses a basic golden malt base infused with lightly floral & grassy hops.

In the mouth it offers a light-medium body and median carbonation.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, starting with a bit of golden malt that's bolstered by a touch of caramel, which is then immediately washed over by grassy, resinous, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. It's fairly bitter given the malt component that balances it, and in that sense I'd term it "solidly bitter" regardless of how many IBU's are actually there. It finishes dry at first, grassy and a bit raspy, and then softer with a lingering bitterness.

As you work through the pint and it warms, some variations occur. It's at first very piney with a citrus-rind edge, then grassy mid-way, and finally some bready malt emerges by the time it's lost its chill.

Overall, it really doesn't balance well. Just throwing hops at a beer does not make it interesting or complex, just hoppy. One trick pony.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slightly foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, wheat, bread, grass, and floral hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good strength, balance, and hop complexity. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, bready grain, light pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Light citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, wheat, bready grain, light pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance with a good amount of hop flavors; zero cloying flavors present on the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol warming is pretty much invisible, with hardly anything present on the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice blonde ale! Very nice hoppy flavor with good malt balance; and extremely easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden.

Aroma: Grassy, earthy hops. Has a touch of belgian yeast. A touch of fruit citrus. Bready malts. Fairly straight forward.

Taste: Very bready. Lots of pale like malts. Grassy hops. A touch of English malt flavors as well. Light fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amound of carbonation. Ends very bready.

Overall, an average beer. Nothing to special. I have had better from half acres. Okay drinkability.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can generously gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon.

The beer is golden hued with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings some grain, along with some tropical citrus notes. The flavor offers a lot of grain, with some musty citrus. Very bready. Easy to drink, though I would prefer the balance favor the hop profile a bit more than the grain. Light feel and smooth on the palate. Overall, highly drinkable. A great choice for the warmer months.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my half Acre pint glass. Poured golden yellow in color with a bright white frothy head. The head settled a bit but had some good retention and lacing overall.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy and bready malt flavor to it. It also has some nice citrus hoppiness to it that are I liked. Pretty nice, crisp, refreshing and balanced aroma to it.

The taste, like the nose has a light citrus flavor to it that really helps this to be a nice crisp and refreshing beer. The grainy and malty flavors are also a big part of the taste, and very nicely done as well. I's pretty flavorful but also pretty light.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice flavors to it. The crisp citrus flavor was particularly nice and made it a pretty nice and refreshing beer. overall a very nice, flavorful and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this canned beer.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly simple but is very inviting. I get a lot of biscuit malt and some orange citrus notes from the hops.

The flavor is heavy on the oranges and biscuit malt, with a little bit of light toffee and grassy notes. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, light to medium hopped blonde ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having a can of Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale after a Wednesday Hockey game (2G, 5A) in a 9-2 win. The beer pours a golden straw color with thin white head that is leaving a mild lace. The smell is nice with a slight citrus hop. The taste is a combo of floral and citrus tones that leaves the pallet a bit bitter and acidic. I am guessing that Columbus hops were used....but I am no expert. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies Ales with good carbonation. Overall it isnt a bad beer. Would be great on hot days.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden color with a small white cap which fades fastly leaving no lacing

S: A little bit of grass, flowers, biscuit and dash of honey

T: A little bit of biscuit and grass with a light dash of honey with citrus. Has a bitter, yet sticky odd taste ad finsh to it

M: Light bodied with a medium amound of carbonation.

O: Average for the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden brass color with good bubbling and a thick, well retentioned foam.

The aroma is lightly toasted pilsner amlts, crackers, and a little earthy hop grass.

The taste is light and crsip with a refreshingly carbonated palate. Lots of pilsner malt with a lively body and some more earthy grass and soft fruit flavors that make this a step above a pilsner. The ale yeast adds just a little more depth to this brew.
Very drinkable and local. Will buy again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Half Acre. The beer pours a light murky gold with a decent white head, nothing of note. The aroma is light hops pretty boring. The taste is bad, its a trumped of version of a bud light. Light hop, mostly skunk and a super light feel. Mouthfeel is water and not something I would drink more than half a pint of. Quite disappointing.

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.