1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

346 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 346
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 346 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chugalug06
3.58/5  rDev -4%

A - Pours very nicely in to a Delirium Tulip. Amazingly clear golden color with slight yellowness. Head is very foamy and very white! Nice stream of bubbles in the middle of the brew

S - Very nice relaxed citrus scent. Definite pineapple, green grape, and orange.. Smells like it could be a sugar bomb... Not an overwhelming scent, but quite nice nonetheless

T - Very smooth and light. Tastes foamy with slight bitterness. Bitterness doesn't overwhelm, but definitely distracts. Maybe some slight grapefruit... Hops are slightly out of balance. Almost tastes like a Lager... Slightly sour.

M - Over carbonated, but still quite a good brew. Extremely light and airy. Hops definitely pull away form the brew on the back end. slightly bitter.

O - A nice brew, not one I would seek out, but I'm glad I got to try it! Good brew in a good trade! Try it if you find it! I would be a delicious summer camping brew!

chugalug06, May 18, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

scruffwhor, May 08, 2011
Photo of FievelGoesWest
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Golden, light, clean, crystal clear. Head comes and goes quickly, with a bit remaining.

S: Subtle wheat smell, subtle fruit aromas, subtle...

T: A light touch of hoppiness to it. The malts hit gently and sweet. This makes me think of some pilsners. The wheat backing is fantastic.

M: Just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O: This is my favorite session beer, bar none. I could drink this stuff all day and not grow tired of it. It's not too sweet to get overwhelming, but has enough flavor to keep it interesting and refreshing.

FievelGoesWest, May 06, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A big thanks to dug for the opportunity to try this.

A: Pours a mostly clear, light golden color..just a little bit of haze. Finger of soapy, white head with mixture of small and very large bubbles. Leaves a curtain of lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Grassy, lemony hops stand out in front. Honestly, the malt is a bit hard for me to pick up at first, pretty mild.

T: Lemon and grass qualities from the nose are what I notice first. Has a tea like flavor that I really like. Malts are easier for me to pick up in the taste. They lend a toasted, biscuit quality to the beer. There's a little sweetness here as well in the beginning that balances out the bitter finish.

M: Almost fizzy from the carbonation. Good, solid mouthfeel for a smaller ABV beer.

O: Gossamer is refreshing as they come and a joy to drink..the perfect beer when you've just finished mowing the lawn. Honestly, this reminds me a lot of some of the IPAs I had while in the UK a couple of months back due to their tea like quality and more muted hops, especially when compared to their American cousins.

titosupertramp, May 05, 2011
Photo of larsenju
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

A-Clear golden body with a dense white head, close to two fingers, but it dropped very quickly.

S-Grassy with just a little lemon and a touch of mango, some generic malt, but it is light.

T-Very light and approachable, even a little watery. Grassy hops cover the palate with some light fruit, lemon is forward with some biscuit and very very light fruits behind it.

M-Very light and somewhat dry body, medium carb.

D-Daisy Cutter could be both a success and curse for Half Acre, I think that this beer will always be compared, and it just isn't as good. It is very light and drinkable, I think I would really appreciate having this on a hot summer day, but given other options there are plenty of beers I would pick first.

larsenju, May 02, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.73/5  rDev 0%

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. No freshness info.

A- Clear golden color that had a finger worth of white head that dissipated rather quickly. There is a thin cirrocumulus cloud like head that remains. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Has a very subtle nose. Very mild scents of wheat with a barely noticeable traces of apricot and lemon. Reminds me of certain bread doughs. Almost smells like a pilsner.

T- Hmm. I had to double check the can to make sure this was in fact a golden ale. It has a sweetness at the front in a orangish lemon flavor. Some biscuity malt in the middle followed by a lemongrass bitter finish. Bitterness that lingers for sometime after drinking. Complex tastes that I don't normally associate with the style.

M- Light body with a crispness due to the carbonation. Sits well on the palate and is an easy ale to drink. There is an ever so small puckering on the cheeks.

O- I found a nice easy camping beer with this one. The can is an added bonus. The taste is somewhat disappointing because the smell is so pleasant. Overall, it is an easy drinking session beer that I would have no qualms about having quite a few in a row.

betsona, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Clear, i can see my oil fingerprints on the otherside of the glass, and there is sticky lacing. solid.
Aroma is grassy, like a "Baby Cutter", and faint oranges taking up the 2nd position.
Tastes clean and dry with grassy hops, citrus, some biscuity malts, and a slightly apricot note, maybe a play off the citrus hop note.
The mouthfeel is maybe a tick ore viscous then Daisy Cutter, or maybe just a bit less carb, still a clean finishing beer all around.

Good stuff, when the temps get rocking, grab a gossamer...if there is no Daisy Cutter. Maybe the best Golden ale i've had, i normally don't buy them, but i will buy this each chicago trip.

ChadQuest, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of PGHeppJr
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

From notes: 30OCT2010
Can purchased from West Lakeview and poured into mug.

Tasty orangecicle in a glass. Hoppy as a american pale and easier to drink than a pilsner. This tasty little diddy did me just right as a warmer than expected Chicago afternoon session brew. I may or may not have crushed one on of these on a bench whilst the "Rally to Restore Sanity" was going on in the distance.

Great session brew.

PGHeppJr, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Received from fear025 (Jay) in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay. My first Half Acre. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a fluffy white head that drops after a few minutes, leaving a wisp of thin rocky foam and lots of lacing.

Aromas of resinous, piny and citrusy hops. Light malt sweetness in the background.

Flavors of faint malt sweetness, a yeasty quality, and lite citrusy hop bitterness. Finish is quick with a light bitterness in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking, light golden ale. Nothing aggressive or offensive. Good all around session beer. As light as a gossamer wing.

JamnesCameron, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of dali27
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured on-tap into a pint glass.

A: Light to medium gold in color. Very thin head. Active carbonation.

S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Grainy malts.

T: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit. The citrus hop flavor gives this beer charactor that regular light beer never have allows this to be an easy drinker with some flavor.

M: Light and watery. Probably how it is intended to be.

O: It's a nice little beer to start off with, but by the end I kinda forgot what I was drinking... was it lite?

Good light beer drinkibility, with light flavor.

dali27, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

16oz can from the brewery poured into an imperial pint glass. A 4-pack of cans was $8.99.

Appearance (4): A very clear light gold that pours with two fingers of white, thin head. It dissipates immediately to small patches and a ring. Tons of streamers around the edges.

Aroma (3): Very bready and light citrus hops. A sharp orange smell almost resembles ethanol, but I must be wrong at only 4.2%. It reminds me a lot of a very toned down Daisy Cutter.

Taste (3.5): Orange and some grapefruit up front but pretty mild. A bit of sweetness and a touch of pine in the middle. The bready, grainy malts - maybe some wheat in there - come through in the end. A lingering sweetness with some more spruce. Again, a lot like a mild version of the pale with a very similar flavor profile.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Thin and watery. Medium to high carbonation and light bodied. The sweet pine lingers a bit which is pleasant but otherwise not much here. I'll chalk it up to the style so it gets a bit of a pass, especially at a (nearly) session strength.

Overall (2): While very drinkable, it's not anything special. A good, light beer with some flavor but not something I'll come back to frequently if ever.

grover37, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a can into a snifter

A- Very carbonated, almost Champaign like. Very light gold color, two finger, off white head, very clear.
S- Nice smooth aroma, hints of lemon and citrus, hints of orange/grapefruit.
T- Slightly sweet, citrus as well, very light.
M- Small mouth feel, very refreshing.
O- This beer surprised me, very easy drinkability. I could throw down a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

Chriscrundwell12, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for another solid extra

A - pours a clear yellow with a nice looking head

S - smells of grainy malts, bright citrusy hops. Pretty good for the style

T - starts off with the grainy malts that fads to a lemony citrus malt. There is also quite a bit of bready malt characteristic to it. This is the hoppiest golden ale I have ever tried...pretty good.

M - nice full and smooth body and it goes down

D - Golden ales aren't the most complex beers out there, but this one did a pretty good job of keeping itself interesting. I really enjoyed the Daisy Cutter and enjoyed this one too. Half Acre keeps impressing me...

birchstick, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to Oreo, for the Disc Golf hook up!

A - Pours a clear, golden yellow. A mellow head formed but didn't stick around very long. Large visible carbonation bubbles.

S - Suprisingly clean and hoppy. Lots of malty goodness, but there is a distinct touch of hops, a pleasant surprise. Slightly citrusy, like lemongrass.

T - Clean, smooth and buttery. First taste is the lemony hop characteristics. The malt immediately washes over the tongue. There is a certain biscuit quality, but it's not overbearing. The finish is very smooth and buttery. The aftertaste is crisp and dry, with a touch of lemon.

M - Thin to medium body, but not watery. The carbonation is at a moderate level. The mouthfeel overall is at the appropriate levels, but nothing jumps out as distinct or mind blowing.

O - A solid blonde ale. I'll admit, this usually isn't the type of beer I would normally buy if I were searching the beer cooler at my local shop. This beer is a fine example, and very refreshing. I can only imagine how nice this beer would be if I were outside shooting a round of disc golf. This would be a perfect beer to take to the course. I would buy this if it were available. It would be a great summer ale, or party beer. I would absolutely use this beer to convert BMC drinkers.

Genghis22, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +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 henryd30
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Bright golden yellow with frothy bright white head. Screams crisp and fresh by initial appearance.

S: Grassy, citrusy, bright scent.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, great clean crisp flavor. Mirrors it's appearance. Really enjoyable. I would say it even though it's listed as a golden ale, it is very IPA-ish in it's qualities.

D: Mmmm - session beer for sure.

henryd30, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: bright, clear yellow, big 2 finger head, some nice lacing

S: earthy grass, sweet citrus, hint of spices.

T: grain, citrus, pine, mild bitter

M: light body, big carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D: Great session brew! I still prefer Daisy Cutter over this, but quite flavorful for such a low ABV brew. Check out Half Acre brews, you will be impressed. Excellent Summer and newbie brew.

BeerLover99, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours an amber tinged straw color from the tallboy can. A small head forms but quickly fades to nothing. A spotty amount of lacing as it goes down. Smell is mostly bready malt with a light vegetable odor underneath. No hint of any hops. Flavor is pretty boring. There is some toasted, bready malt, that's about it. Thankfully the veggies don't come through in the flavor. Carbonation is fairly high, but that works for the style. Quite drinkable, albeit boring.

Judging by other reviews I'd say I got an old can, but with no dating I can't be sure.

dciBA, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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 Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from the can a clear yellow gold with a huge white head.

The aroma was on the lighter side with with a bit of citrus, grass and wheaty grain.

Much like the aroma, the taste was a touch thin with orange peel, grass and bread notes. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and wet with a sharp carbonation.

A very easy drinking ale from the folks at Half Acre.

Monkeyknife, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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 kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Thanks to cadaugherty for the can. Cheers man!
Review input from notes

Poured into Pilsner glass. Golden straw body, remarkably clear. Three finger foamy white head develops atop, The head works its way back rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Very pleasant aroma. Sweet pale malt is balanced by a combination of citrus and grassy hops. The aroma is not going to floor any one but it very good for the given style.

The flavor is rather similar to the aroma. The malt is sweet but at an adequate level. An actual grainy flavor is left instead of a generic sweetness commonly found in the poor examples of the style. Refreshing hop bit counters the malt. Lightly citrus with just a bit of grass.

Light bodied beer with lively carbonation. Very smooth across the tongue finishing rather dry.

Color me impressed. Not a beer I anticipated liking based on the style, I was pleasantly surprised. Flavorful enough to keep me interested and light enough to drank several in a sitting. I would pick this up on somewhat of a regular basis if it were available here.

kzoobrew, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Thanks to stormking47 for a can of this brew - a phrase I really should have ready for a copy-and-paste somewhere after the beer bombing he smacked me with. Happy to see more cans of good brew.

Pours a mucky pale golden, as advertised, but heavy on the muck & light on the gold. Hops burst forth upon the pour, but then slink into hiding, leaving behind a sullen maltiness & hop poke. Sehr bready.

Gossamer is one of those rare beasts, a low ABV beer that's tasty in it's own right. Crusty bread is ascendant, backed up by gritty grains, wheat, a fading citrus hop bill, & light pale malts. 'Crisp' I normally reserve for Honeycrisp apples & cool fall days with fishing pole in hand, but this beer almost qualifies. Very easy to put down.

All of which makes it sound more complex than it is - it isn't. Quick, simple hitter that slips away quickly, but without making much of an impression. Good, solid session brew. Small brewers, are you paying attention? Make more of these!

maximum12, Jan 13, 2011
Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.