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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 129
Photo of Genghis22
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of henryd30
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dciBA
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the scotch, bourbon, beer BIF

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin, yet frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly into light film with some streaks of lacing on the glass.

Light scents of wheat, citrus fruit, and a touch of doughy bread. Also a hint of sweetness in the nose.

A citrusy beginning with tones of lemongrass and wheat coupled with some airy floral hop profile. Touches of pineapple and fruit with light sweetness. A bit of bready backbone with a some lighter hop bitterness. Finishes with some lingering hop flavor.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, a little sticky and dry. Quick drinking, alcohol is invisible, and the flavors are decent enough for the style. The nose was oddly subdued, although I'd enjoy this during the warmer weather.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wedgie 9 for this extra! 16oz tall-boy can. No freshness date.

Pours a bright amber gold with thick sudsy white head 2 fingers tall. Nose is light and husk-like, leafy and dry with some light floral notes. Palate is crisp and lightly bitter, floral hops, some orange juice. Finish is pleasantly dry and crisp with lots of earthy hops.

Notes: Insanely drinkable and super tasty. Don't think I could get bored with this one.

Photo of lstokes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice orange-gold with a big head and substantial lacing, and smelled grassy with a bit of apricot and some grain.

I thought it was a very sessionable drinker--grainy malts, sweet grassy hops, smooth, with a pop of bitter orange rind. Maybe a little bit over-carbonated--it felt gassy?--but also pretty creamy and smooth. Goes great with pizza.

Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of cadaugherty
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Foothills Pint Glass-

This beer is exactly what it is supposed to be. It is light, refreshing, and pretty damn tasty. I tend to find American Blondes either so light that I shudder to call them beer or to sweet and cloying on the palate. Gossamer bridges the gap nicely. It has a decent body, a crisp clean taste, and is not overly sweet. It pours a beautiful gold with an impressive head and consistent carbonation running up from the bottom. Not much smell but there is a little fruity estery thing going on there. This is a lawnmower/grilling beer. It almost seems like a mistake to focus heavily on tasting notes. Super drinkable.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a CAN into one of my pilsner glasses. Because I feel like I don't use them often enough.

Crystal clear aside from a touch of chill haze that goes away as the beer warms a little. Not much head. It is coarse and is not retained really at all. The color is light straw/amber.

The aroma is almost pilsner-like, with light malts and piney and grassy hops as the dominant aromas. The taste brings on more complexity, as some citrusy notes mix with the piney and malt aromas. This ale yeast has a German feeling to it, contributing some earthy notes. There is also a touch of toasty malt aroma that sneaks in towards the end.

Light, refreshing, and easy to drink. I was unaware that this was a style, but this seems to be a pretty good one all around, to me. The finish is drying, but not overwhelming. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, and a welcome beverage after a day of work around the yard and house.

Photo of Tilley4
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade...

Pours an attractive clear light golden with a very thick creamy head... Very thick head.. Foamy and persistent...

Once the towering mound of foam subsided, the faint aromas of piney hops began to waft out of the glass along with a nice pale malt aroma to compliment it quite nicely. Nothing overwhelming, just nice and solid...

First sip brings a faint hop/malt blend and then this one vanishes and actually gets really unpleasant... Quite watery and flat tasting actually.... Another sip brings more of the same... I'm guessing this is indeed a bad can but its all I have to work with... 2 sips into it and I'm giving it another try... Dang... This one goes down the drain... I had high hopes for this too...

I'm definitely planning on revisiting this one as soon as I get the chance as I find it hard to believe that this is legit... Looked and smelled very good and then went downhill fast...

Photo of RDHerm
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a thick white head that thins out to a nice thick ring that holds for the duration.

Strong aroma of citrus and hops, solid notes of bread and light malts, and a hint of yeast.

Surprisingly complex for the style. Initial taste is sweet, with notes of citrus, yeast and malts. The sweet taste dissipates very quickly, overpowered by a hoppy bitterness, with a touch of lemon. The aftertaste is a bit bitter as well, but with the slightest hint of honey.

Lighter in body, and with a great carbonation level. There's a certain crispness to it, and just a little bit of a bite.

Light, refreshing, and a lower alcohol content - you could drink this all day long.

Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear golden coloration. The head was a thin white and quickly resolved. Thin streaks of foam mark the beers passage.

Smell: A bit of citrus and baked bread.

Taste: The flavor of the beer a bit of lightly toasted malt and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but not thin. Carbonation levels work well for the beers character. This is definately a throw back sessionable beer. I could drink a bunch of this.

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a free pour from Half Acre brewery consumed during the tour. I know not the best way to review it, but I definitely took notes.

The one poured a nice golden color with perhaps a minor haze to it. The head comprises of a nice ecru foam that is pretty cloudy and stiff. The nose was of hoppy citrus notes as well as some notes of the pale malts that may have been slightly roasted. The taste was fairly uneventful. The aromas that had been in existence to give it that extra pop were not very evident. As was agreed on by the others in my party, this tasted like a toned-down Daisy Cutter. There was a wheatlike breadiness to it that was surprising due to the relative clarity of the beer. It sat rather well in the mouth. The carbonation was spot on, and you can't say anything against the freshness of it. Overall it was extremely drinkable and very sessionable brew and something I would recommend for a relaxing summer day.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Pequods. just getting around to rating this one - have sampled a number of times

cellphone notes

appearance: light golden body, very light beige foam - looks the part

smell: a touch of those half acre hops, light toasted malt, touch of citrus

taste: Gossamer is a simple blonde ale - serves it purpose before a Cubs game or paired with a massive deep dish pie. Light malts, faint citrus hops, and grain fill out the flavor profile

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: good

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint. 4.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks to both emerge077 and DavidEddie for cans of this great brew!

A - Pretty hazy golden yellow in color, the can pour leaves a short-lived white head resting on top of the beer. The loose bubbles lower leaving some lace clinging on the sides.

S - Citrusy, resiny, light and floral cascade hoppy goodness reminiscent of my personal hop-harvest a few days ago. Pale malts fall behind, almost to the point of absence but the hop aroma remains fantastic.

T - Mild pale malts and a dab of raw honey back up the fully floral and lemon citrus kick of cascade hops. A touch of resin also comes through. Good hop flavor!

M - Light-bodied and crisp with full carbonation to the finish, Gossamer is completely smooth with mild bitterness and a dry finish.

D - Very well hopped, this is the best example of the "style" I've had I'd say. Still, I can't get a Patton Oswalt quote out of my head when I think of this beer, "Write it in the sky with gossamer teardrops. Battered...chapped...pussy."

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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