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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | 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 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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

spycow, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Thorpe429, Jul 04, 2013
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 Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

emerge077, Apr 16, 2010
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.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Kegatron, Jun 03, 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 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 MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
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 mdfb79
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
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

yourefragile, May 03, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
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
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

superspak, Jan 17, 2013
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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.