Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 363
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Efay
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 16 oz. undated can in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. I purchased this 6 pack from the brewery store, so I assume it is pretty fresh! The body was medium gold and clear. There was a white soapy head that left a fine cap but minimal lacing.

The smell was spicy and grainy. Fresh but not especially bold. Solid.

The taste was fresh grain, cereal. A slight sourness (in a good way) was evident. Crackers. There was a nice, gentle bitterness in the aftertaste. Well balanced and easy to drink. I usually don't care much for American Blonde Ales but this one is actually one I would buy again.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with a smooth, mild carbonation. (666 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger height of pure white foam settling on the top. It sticks around for a while and leaves nice traces of lace down the glass.

S: Grassy hops up front, but the light cracker malt body settles up in the middle. Some pale oats as well round it out. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

T: More grassy hops with a little citrus bite. Pale malts with a little bit of lagery yeast-like flavors coming through.

M: Light bodied with excellent carbonation makes for some smooth drinking. Drinkability is very high and the finish is nice and clean.

O: Very solid overall and one of the better (if not the best) blonde I've ever head. Drinking many of these on a hot day would be no problem. (768 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of billywan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my sister Laura for this one. a new brew from a Chicago brewery. 4.2% ABV, I love a good session brew!

This is also #BOTG 27!

Poured from can into DFH snifter. Pours a murky yellow/orange color. decent lacing and head retention. small bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- there is a floral aroma..reminds me of potpourri and popcorn. Buttery aroma. Orange peel as well. Taste- mild bitterness with an unwanted soapy experience. somewhat watery. A little coriander, lemon peel. This lacks body, sweetness, and is a little high on carbonation. I suppose if in the summer, this would drink well from the can if it was a little colder. But, this isn't that memorable. A little bleh. (713 characters)

Photo of kyleelton
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a schooner at the Portillo's in downtown Chicago. Definitely a nice complement to the excellent hotdogs, but nothing terribly special. Very drinkable blonde ale with a semi-sweet nose. Well balanced malt and slight hops taste. Could have used a little more hop flavor actually. I wasn't looking for something to blow me away, just a nice, drinkable beer with lunch. (370 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can into a Libbey craft pint glass.

A: Pale orange with a lively white head. Head stays thick and bubbly much after the pour. Coarse bubbles and lacing all over.

S: Sweet apricot-like hop in the nose. Mild, a little spicy. Sweet fresh bread.

T: Somewhat odd. Milky and mildly acidic oat flavor. Barely bitter hops, a little perfumy fruit, followed by coarse cereal grain. Lactic and mild soapy hop in the finish, with some chalky yeast.

M: Almost medium-bodied.

O: Somewhat odd flavor profile, but not totally bad. Very grainy with a little bit of bittering hops. (587 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can received as an extra from a recent trade. Light, golden-yellow pour with moderate white head. Decent lace, especially given the style. The minimal aroma is predominantly malty; smells like corn too.

Watery, malty taste. Hints of hops midway through, but finishes sweet & bland instead. Body is slightly thicker than average with just the right amount of carb.

Not bad for the style, but I'd strongly prefer Daisy Cutter (or hell, Zombie Dust) 100 times out of 100. (470 characters)

Photo of Jplachy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into SNevada pint glass. No canning information located on the can.

A: Pours a hazy yellow (BMC) color. Tons of fluffy white head, but this can could have been shaken up pretty well. Tons of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells a little grainy and weak. I do get some citrus and lemon peel notes. Maybe some mild Belgian yeasty notes.

T: I get a little hop presence (or something) on the tip of the tongue. Then a strange soapy hop citrus character. There is some faint biscuit maltiness in there too. It is very light and has a crisp finish that leaves you wanting more. Good summer beer I guess.

M: Light with good carbonation

O: C+ or B- you call it. It's not a terrible beer, but that soapy flavor really was off putting for me. I don't know if it was my and my taste buds, or the can. (825 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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! (1,035 characters)

Photo of DrewShal9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you vande for sending this as an extra!
A: a darker hue of yellow with a fluffy 3 finger white head
S: sweet cereal grains with a tangerine and peppery bite
T: hard to decipher the exact flavors but they're delicious. Peppery bite and a mild sweetness with a hint of citrus
M: smooth light body that has a light fizziness.
O: this isn't your average yellow fizzy beer! This stuff packs a punch of flavors! If you come across this then pick some up as these would be perfect over a hot summery day. Very sessionable at 4.2%. (529 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of dasmusik
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gossamer (definition) - A soft sheer gauzy fabric. Something delicate, light, or flimsy.

Presently, this is the #7 ranked Blonde Ale here on BA.

A: This didn't look like any blonde ale I've ever had: Definitely on the dark side of the gold spectrum, with a slight murkiness, and a massive 3 finger or so cobweb-like head that looked like a mound of snow just sitting there.

S: Fresh clean cotton, with a touch of citrus, and tons of fresh raw bread dough.

T: This had the taste of bread and white pepper, with just the right touch of sweetness. The finish had that divine quality of a beer just taken out of the mashtun.

M: Sure, maybe this had a hint of white pepper which added a touch of bitterness, but this wasn't a rough brew by any stretch of the imagination... Quite the contrary. The carbonation added an extra comfortable cushion to the yeastiness, and the lacing was used car wash stuff.

O: This one totally embodies the idea of the "session beer" to my mind. I could drink this all day, and can't wait to bring a couple of these back home so that a couple of my BA peeps can experience the magic! (1,114 characters)

Photo of willseph
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a 20oz Guinness pint glass. My slow pour left little more than a ring of head around the glass with some pretty sticky lacing. It's a very transparent, clear, diluted orange juice colored beer. The scent is a faint lemon aroma with touches of wet wood and funk.

The tastes is really well balanced: nice citrus bitterness up front, a little malty sweetness in the middle, and it finishes with a combination between vanilla and sour. Light bodied and easy to drink, it's not as fizzy as one would expect. Overall, one of my standbys, particularly in the summer. (585 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (514 characters)

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