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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OttoBomb on 12-15-2009

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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 365
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 billywan
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of kyleelton
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of Jplachy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

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Photo of DrewShal9
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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%.

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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 dasmusik
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of willseph
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you crushedvol!

a - cracked the can and filled my E snifter. the 16 oz and head filled the glass to the brim with a heaping portion of foamy frothy head. the head slowly dissipated away leaving chunks on the side of the glass. color was a soft orange...semi transparent.

s - earthy malts with a hint of fruit juices.

t - nice subtle blonde.

m - very nice full mouth. a full rich smoothness with an even carbonation level.

o - overall, this is not a style that i jump for joy over, but hi enjoyed this beer a lot. great example and smooth mouth...this is a beer that i could drink all day long in the summer. another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/9/11

Appearance: Mostly clear, bright golden colored - starts off with a nice, white head and some surprisingly sticky lacing, bubbly

Smell: Mild, but definitely not offensive - some pale, pale malts - bready, doughy - some serious grass - not herbal, just like fresh cut grass, kind of strange - a small hint of citrus, too

Taste: Also mild, but in a good way - lightly toasted white bread - some flowery citrus - a touch of grapefruit, lemon, some herbal spiciness - grassy - slightly bitter, slightly sweet, nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Very light, nicely carbonated, somewhat crisp

Overall: Good, but not that interesting

This is definitely good, but it's not something I am disappointed that I can't get regularly. It's good for the style, but it could be better. I'm not particularly a fan of the grassy aroma. Maybe because I am allergic to grass?

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Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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

Big thanks goes out ScrimshawFan for this 16oz can, into a Odell 90 Shilling imperial pint.

A: Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. White head that bubbles up to half an inch and sticks around for a touch and then fades to a small cap leaving a few clumps of lacing.

S: A fair amount of hops for a blonde ale here, citrusy, and a little bit of a grainy malt backbone. An almost honey like sweetness is there as well. Smells nice.

T: Nice grainy malt profile with a touch of bitterness, and a nice hop profile. Nice amount of citrus and hop resins that linger around nicely in the mouth. Nice flavors that all work well together to make a pretty nice refreshing beer.

M: Light with crisp carbonation that doesn't move to overwhelming or over carbonated, finishes dry and nice.

O: A great blonde ale, awesome flavors, great mouthfeel, low abv and just a nice overall refreshing beer. Very glad to try this and would love to get some more for the summer months when they roll around.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Unclejedi. Thanks Jim!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big but short-lived white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves spotty lacing.

For a blonde ale, this one is pretty hoppy in the nose with some herbal grassy notes and a little lemon zest. There is some toasted grains and light crisp biscuity malts.

The taste is very crisp with lightly toasted bread, but there is a much more prominent citrus presence with lemons and orange peel. Finish is clean with a dry, hoppy kick.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and really, really drinkable.

Clean, crisp and highly hopped for a blonde, this is one of the better versions of the style I've had.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, clear straw. Head is bright-white, and full of small bubbles. Carbonation is on the high side. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thin cap on the edges of the beer. No head after a few minutes.

Smell: Faint, slightly earthy and grassy malts. Hops add a nice touch of citrus. Grapefruit and earth. It's a solid blend of both malts and hops, not something I'm used to with the style.

Taste: Nice snap of grapefruit up front. Malts add a touch of sweetness to the whole thing. Earthiness creeps through the back and gives the beer some much needed depth. A little grassy. Touches of something tropical...mango maybe.

Mouthfeel: Thin, clean, and highly drinkable. A little rough around the edges, but that's a good thing here. Carbonation is a little high overall, but works for the style.

Overall: Easy to drink and with just enough flavor to keep things interesting. This would be a solid beer to have around for drinking outside or on a hot day. Half Acre scores again.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a yellow with orange/gold tinge to it with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates to a white cap. A stream of bubbles continues to replenish the cap.

S. Malty bread, orange zest, nice floral hop character. A nice balance of malty sweetness and hop character. The floral character dominates as the beer warms.

T. Sweet bready malt with lots of nice citrusy character.

M. Nice body with creamy carbonation that fills the mouth.

D. Very good. Another great beer from Half Acre.

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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 cratez
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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