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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
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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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Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 129
Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to Gonzoillini for including this as an extra in our trade.

Slightly hazed and pale yellow in appearance with a billowing, bright white, near three-finger head of froth. The head quickly faded to a thin, flimsy film. As the beer warmed, the chill haze disappeared to reveal a completely transparent body.

Immediately after the pour, the aroma was surprisingly complex. Quite hoppy for the style. Citrusy, fruity and sweet with a biscuity, malty backbone. As the beer sat however, the nose transitioned to something much simpler. The punchy hoppiness and complexity disappeared. Bready malts, some grassy, noble hops and a touch of wheat were now all that was left. It was astonishing how much of the aroma was trapped in the head. On second thought, maybe the citrusy hops did not totally disappear.

The taste was crisp, clean and refreshing. Bready, biscuity malts and grassy, noble hops dominated. Some tart wheatiness appeared in the center. The off-dry finish was crisp and somewhat bitter. Once again, noble hops were noticeable. A touch of lemon came through as well.

The mouthfeel was quite standard. Medium bodied for the style with a bubbly, medium effervescence.

This is a highly drinkable, summertime session ale. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of robwestcott
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

big thanks to bauermj for this one.

poured fairly aggressively, and very cold, from the can a semi-hazy straw orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a quickly dissipating thinnish off white head that leaves only a slight bit of retention lace.

strong aroma of bready yeast and citrus, very crisp.

initially tastes of citrus, lemonade, and sweet malts, a hint of bitter aftertaste follows, but not to distraction.

smooth and creamy up front, highly carbonated, again, a bit of bitter aftertaste throughout.

at 4.7 abv, cold in a can, looking for a cooler, this one is very drinkable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gossamer has a hazy golden yellow body and a solid looking white head that leaves some very nice lacing behind.

The aroma features biscuity malt, cirtusy hops and fruitiness, with the malt being the most powerful and the fruit being the least.

The flavor proves to be more of the same, but in a good way. The biscuit flavored, marris otter malts are great, and they are definitely the main attraction of this beer. They pop up first and are the last thing you taste as you swallow this beer. The mild fruitiness lingers in the middle, and the hops come at the end, providing a good bite of citrus and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty moderate, and almost feel like a pale ale in consistency.

I really enjoyed this blonde. The malt bill is very good, and the hops are assertive. I'm also impressed with the flavor that is packed into the relatively low ABV.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden straw color. white head is somewhat minimal and diminishing-is it the glass? if so, that would surprise me, as this was served from a can at the bad apple, which should know a beer-clean glass.
S: very muted. struggling to get the citric, floral, resiny hops i was promised on the description on the menu. some doughy malts are noted.
T: light sweet crackery malts, well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes clean.
M: would like this to be a bit frothier/carbonated given the style, as it comes off as a touch watery. light bodied.
D: i love that this is a refreshing 4.2% beer in a 16 oz can, but i'd like a bit more american hops, or something, to make this anything more than a typical blonde/golden ale.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large head that had good retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. I pick up floral and grassy hops in the aroma. I do not smell malt. The flavor is more hoppy than most blonde ales. The hops gives some fruity qualities to the taste. The malt has a dry cracker like quality. Very clean taste. Bitterness is higher than most as well. Light body and nicely carbonated. Feels lively and does not linger on the palate for long. A nice little blond ale that comes in "pounders". A good summer brew with great packaging.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a gorgeous soft fluffy head.

Smell is grass and lemon with a little toasty touch.

This has a nice hop side to it for a golden ale. Grass and lemon zest are most noticable with a trace of grapefruit. Toasty/bready malt balances this well and there's a nice sligtly dry and bitter finish to it.

This is a little thin in the mouth, but otherwise carbonation is good.

This is a perfect low-abv sessionable summer brew. I really wish they would distrubute a little further into the western Chicago burbs because I haven't had anything I haven't liked from them and there use of hops is just phenomenal.

Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sending me this one. Nice looking can, a moderate pour into an Imperial Pint Glass leaves about 2 finger widths of brilliant white head. The body is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. The head has good retention and the lacing is very nice. Outstanding look.

Smells like a nice bouquet of flowers, very nice flowery fragrance here. This is without a lot of that kind of dull crackery smell that a lot of lighter beers fall victim to. I also get a decent amount of hay and grassyness along with a bit of lemon and orange. There's not much malt here to smell at all, and that's okay. Damn good smell for the style.

Tastes chiefly of zingy citrus at first, lemon/lime/orange, and maybe a hint of grapefruit. I'd be really curious to know what hop varieties are being used late in this one, because I'm really digging that part of it. Underneath all that hoppy goodness is a delicate sweetness that tastes like pale malt.

Mouthfeel wise it's pretty good, but I'm looking for a little bit more of an oily feel, and this feels a little bit watery to me. With that said, the carbonation level is pretty good.

Goes down really easy and is a very refreshing beer. Also digging the low alcohol by volume and the fact that it's canned. A really great American Blonde from Half Acre. If they nailed the mouthfeel it may have helped bump up the drinkability by 0.5 as well and made this a solid A.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright clear corn colored gold. Nice 2 finger white head with some spotty lace and decent retention.

Smells malty and slighty fruity... A nice sweetness with a crisp fruity bite and clean malt taste. Nothing crazy complex-- but tasty, and a good summertime alternative to BMC stuff...

Light smooth body with plenty of carbonation.

Very easy drinking.

Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lovin these new Half Acre tallboys. I really like the resuable can holder as well.... poured into Schlafly imperial pint glass.

A: pours a slightly cloudy golden, not a lot of head, not much retention

S: a brief appearance from some lemony hops followed by a big bready malt profile with notes toast, wheat, and a touch of fresh grass

T: the front is slightly bitter which then, like the nose, turns into a very malty brew. The malt profile is very similar to that of Daisy Cutter, but with out the big hop profile, the malts take center stage. This beer is insanely refreshing and leaves a long finish of delicious bready notes.

MF: medium carbonation, light body

D: if you want a sessionable brew with loads of malt flavor- here you go. This is an expertly balanced brew. I don't typically purchase golden ales or blonde ales (not sure exactly what this is- can says golden, BA says Blonde), but this one is special. These Half Acre cans are my new summer go to beer.

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

1 pint can

Poured into a pint glass. Dull, almost clear, yellow in body with a decent fluffy white head on top. Sticky, patchy, lacing left behind.

Light, grassy hops, hints of citrus and pale malts on the nose. A little bit of grainy earthiness and faint floral qualities.

Grainy, citrus, lemon notes on the tongue. Pale, golden malts with a touch of hop astringency.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a subtle amount of creaminess. Fairly light.

Drinkability is good. Not a lot going on with this beer, but the flavor has some decent citrus to it, the body is fairly crisp and the ABV is low. So a pint or two of this would be easy on a hot day.

Photo of abuliarose
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one my way. Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy golden body under a thick white head with excellent staying power and pretty lacing. Very refreshing looking summer-evocative beer. Smells like sweet hops and light floral honey with hints of coconut. I don't have many blondes under my belt to compare this to, but this is how I would want one to smell.

Tastes light with a hoppy bitterness up front and a watery, slightly nutty sweet malt finish with a bit of floral honey character throughout. Very fresh, clean flavors and well-balanced. Large, rounded and slightly tingly carbonation accentuates an otherwise light body. Drinks like water. I might wish for a little more flavor somewhere in the middle of it all, otherwise this is a perfect summer beer. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my half Acre pint glass. Poured golden yellow in color with a bright white frothy head. The head settled a bit but had some good retention and lacing overall.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy and bready malt flavor to it. It also has some nice citrus hoppiness to it that are I liked. Pretty nice, crisp, refreshing and balanced aroma to it.

The taste, like the nose has a light citrus flavor to it that really helps this to be a nice crisp and refreshing beer. The grainy and malty flavors are also a big part of the taste, and very nicely done as well. I's pretty flavorful but also pretty light.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice flavors to it. The crisp citrus flavor was particularly nice and made it a pretty nice and refreshing beer. overall a very nice, flavorful and well balanced beer.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one is a faintly golden-tinged yellowish straw color. The two-finger head of white foam is fluffy and somewhat loose. The retention is okay and the lacing is okay, as well.

Light cereal malt notes mix it up with a good deal of sweet citrus hoppiness. The nose is mild, but good.

Very nicely balanced. Citrus hop notes with a definite touch of sweetness to go along with that nice bitter bite. Slight earthy notes. Mild grainyness and cereal malt presence.

This is medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing.

Nicely easy-drinking. At 4.20%abv (dude!) this one is definitely sessionable.

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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Half Acre. The beer pours a light murky gold with a decent white head, nothing of note. The aroma is light hops pretty boring. The taste is bad, its a trumped of version of a bud light. Light hop, mostly skunk and a super light feel. Mouthfeel is water and not something I would drink more than half a pint of. Quite disappointing.

Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into my Half Acre pint glass...finally a canned Chicago local!

Pours a light/pale golden yellow, somewhat hazy. One finger of soft white head forms and quickly dissipates. A thin layer of white haze is left on top of the beer as is a decent amount of lacing...

A fairly docile nose on this one, some subtle citrus mixed with banana makes for a sweet aroma overall. Malts are the focus here, with a bready/cereal focus...a very slight earthy/floral bitterness gives some balance here. Pretty much just smells like it will be an easy drinking, refreshing beer...

Light and slightly citrusy. Malt forward, bready and sweet, not as much fruit in the taste as in the aroma. More dry and grassy than expected...finishes somewhat dry with a hint of lingering bitterness...

Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking with decent carbonation...

This is not a stand-out beer by any means, but is a great candidate for the cooler in the summer. Easy on the alcohol and somewhat easy on the wallet (in craft standards). Full flavored enough while still being incredibly easy to drink and refreshing. This is a great summer beer that will probably see a lot of cooler time from me this summer, whether it be concert tailgating, golfing, fishing, or chilling on the lake...cans are the way to go for the summer!!

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True to its name, this light, airy golden ale is a perfect accompanyment to the oncoming summer (the season from which the second part of the word Gossamer is derived).

After a vigorous pour, a thick, downy head loiters over the clear, straw colored body. As the head slowly recedes, some impressive lacing is left in its wake.

Not a whole lot going on on the nose. A bit of banana and citrus rind, complemented by some nice restrained breadiness.

The mouthfeel is quite well executed: light with lively carbonation, but retaining enough softness to provide substance to your sip.

At first taste, the carbonation brings some of the lighter flavors to the foreground, a bit of lemon and citrus tang. Slowly the tang is replaced with a comforting breadiness combined with a subtle hop bitterness. Nothing crazy here, just a well-balanced summer refresher.

As for drinkability: Half-Acre's version of a session ale truly hits the mark. It practically begs to be quaffed while relaxing on a porch. No other location would do it justice.

Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I owe great thanks to NorthsideFred and his Chicago Cubs (or my Cincinnati Reds) for this one. Either way, excellent and generous BA with excellent taste in beer. Loved this one!

Pours from the can a nice soft golden shade. It isn't completely clear, and tons of little gentle bubbles rise throughout. The initial 1 finger soapy white head fades to a smooth, watery skim and leaves behinds loads of soft white lace.

Nice pleasing hop aroma in the nose. It is sweetly and bitterly citrusy all at once. There's a little bit of toasted, crisp grain in there, too. Very light and subtle.

What a pleasing and refreshing beer! Half Acre has struck a great balance between tastiness and lightness in this beer. Nice citrus hops add just a hint of bitterness, but really add more clean, juicy flavor. The toasty malts border slightly on caramel with just enough sweetness to balance the citrus. Mouthfeel is deliciously carbonated, making the beer light and crisp. Aftertaste is full of ruby red grapefruit juice tartness and sweetness.

Drinkability is immense. Not since Surly has a beer in a can been so good to me. Thanks again, Freddy - never heard of this beer before you, and I definitely seek it out next time I'm up in the Chi.

Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can (from the very first canning run!) into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy and pale, straw-gold color. Sitting on top is a thin wafer of bright white head that never really gets thicker than 3/4 finger. Ample carbonation feeds the thin skim that remains.

S: Fresh cut grass and crackery malt were the first things to greet my nose. After that, I noticed waves of lemongrass, sourdough, citrus, and grain.

T: See above. The hops adopt a really grassy flavor that I felt was a nice compliment to the crackery malt, slightly sour citrus, and bready yeast.

M: Refreshing and dry with a spicy prickle on the tongue that really helps to maintain my interest.

D: I've had the pleasure of enjoying this on draft, from a growler, and now from a can. I can say that (as soon as it is readily available around town, in cans) this will be my go to summer session ale. This is a wonderful, easy to drink, and flavorful Blonde Ale. Great work guys!

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A freebie to take home from DLD, I think this can was from Masterski. The beer pours a pale orange color, slightly hazed, with a few fingers of yeast-cake-looking foam. The beer smells like a straightforward ale, clean with hops presenting as a bitter note rather than floral or citrus. The taste is likewise straightforward, grainy and toasty, again the bitterness in the aftertaste but not as strong as in the aroma. Light bodied and easy to pound. With the low ABV I'd call this a perfect summertime beer, not the most flavorful from Half Acre but that's not what they were shooting for.

Photo of VerbingNouns
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16oz pub can poured into a pint glass.

A: Orangy-yellow with a thin, pale head. Translucent.

S: Fruity with a hint of cereal and nectar. Very sweet and flowery, but at all not overwhelming.

T: Mild, crisp. The malt has almost a fresh baguette taste. Less fruit flavor than the smell hints at, but it's not a shock. A good summer afternoon feel. Almost no aftertaste. As it warms up, the taste remains stable.

M: Thin, but with a bit of sparkle.

D: I'd drink this as a session beer any day. It's not the most complex beer, but it's got a solid flavor that stays stable and refreshing until the end. I was pleasantly surprised when I remembered I hadn't poured the entire can, and that it survived warming up handily.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of bjacokes
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, purchased fresh at Half Acre's Beer Emporium and poured two hours later.

A - Cloudy, orange/golden. Head drops quickly.
S - Very aromatic. Grassy hops and a touch of yeast.
T - Taste is not as complex as the smell. Thin grainy taste with a bit of yeast in the background, not much hop flavor to speak of.
M - Thin with moderate carbonation.
D - I could lay back several of these. Perfect beer for the spring.

A great drinker and fairly impressive given the low ABV. I wish the flavor had lived up to the smell, but then it probably wouldn't be as great of a session beer.

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.

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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