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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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)
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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 21, 2010
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.

billab914, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

coldmeat23, Jun 10, 2010
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.

Kegatron, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

jrallen34, May 26, 2010
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!!

hawks10, May 25, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

chicagobeerriot, May 23, 2010
Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

kels, May 19, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

GbVDave, May 09, 2010
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of VerbingNouns
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

VerbingNouns, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

MasterSki, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of bjacokes
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

bjacokes, Apr 17, 2010
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.

emerge077, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, cloudy golden color with a nicely sized white head that left some attractive lacing.

S - Very grassy and florally hoppy. You get some sweet malts, and a tiny bit of yeast with some fruit notes.

T - Pretty muted taste, nothingly strong. Nice grassy taste with a sweet/bready malt backbone and some hints of yeast.

M - Crisp and light, works well for the style.

D - Highly drinkable, I'm not a big fan of this style of beer, but it is a pretty good take on it and easy to get down.

AgentZero, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a tiny white head.

Scent of sweet malts, bread, and bitter hops. A simple and effective scent.

Taste fresh bready grain, lemongrass, and some hops. As with the scent, this is a no frills beer, but that doesn't stop it from being damn good.

Light bodied and fairly crisp, not too thin, not too full, refreshing.

paco1029384756, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, many thanks for this growler, Dave! Please send more! From notes on 3.26.

Pours a decently clear, golden-yellow straw color, big white foam subsides to nothing. A spot of lace or two cling to the tulip.

Something weird was in the aroma... hiding underneath the hay and grassy hops. I couldn't quite figure it out and it wasn't appealing at first, but then the taste revealed it. Pretty distinctly sourdough bread contributing a little tanginess. Crackers and a little lemon rind. Really pleasant once I figured that out. Some grassy hops in the finish and just supremely drinkable. It really grew on me as I kept refilling my glass. I could drink this all day. Extremely flavorful and palatable for a beer of such small stature. Impressive.

Ineedabeerhere, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice deep gold/light gold color with a very nice, tight white head. Lacing and retention are both great.

The aroma is initially hoppy with delicate grassy and fruity notes. A little bit of hay like grain/bread in the back. Yeast character is minimal.

A small bit of initial sweetness is up front with a light, dry finish. The most prominent character is sourdough bread. Low bitterness but with a nice, delicate hop flavor. It simply tastes like fresh beer made with high quality ingredients.

The mouthfeel is very dry and light without being lifeless. The carbonation is at a high, refreshing level. I'm glad I got to drink a low abv beer that wasn't boring, even in between all the big stuff we were pouring this night. I would kill this growler no problem on my own. This was a good American style session beer, or "imperial session" for the English blokes.

jeffthecheff, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Maction
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent gold, with a hint of orange in color, big foamy head that collapses into a pillow and leaves big rings of lace.

S: Mild lemon verbeena, hazy grain, fairly big aroma for a "session" beer.

T: Front flavor is sweet lemon in step with nose, then grains like cracked wheat and nutty barley.

M:  Light but not watery, well carbonated.

D:  So drinkable, and designed to be that way at around 4%(according to the brewer).  I could kill a growler by myself on drab evening.

Notes: This beer is probably too hoppy to be considered a bitter or mild, so I guess the brewery defined it as a "session ale."  I see it's listed as an American Blonde here, instead of any of those. I just hope they brew more in the warmer months. We need more flavorful low alcohol beers.

Maction, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler poured into a (tulip) pint glass (December 9, 2009). This is the first glass from the growler which was filled just 20 minutes ago, so I'm reviewing the first and freshest glass.

Eyes: Pours a very nice clear amber/gold color. A two finger light fluffy head appears. Head retains well with good lacing.

Nose: A nice piney hop aroma wafts up, there is just a tiny hint of malty sweetness, but only on deep inhales.

Tongue: Wow! A very nice clean, pine hop flavor that mimics the aroma. There is a very low malt presence, but one isn't required here. A nice flavor profile overall, which is not aggressive in any way, but makes a good statement. Quite smooth, with no bitter aftertaste.

Mouth: Very high marks here, smooth, evenly carbonated and good body.

Libation: What can I say? This is an excellent ale. It has all the characteristics of what I'd want a great sessionable lager to be. Clean, drinkable and a complex flavor profile that does not try to assault the palate. It's unfortunate that so little of this was produced, it would be nice to see Half Acre offer this one again. Let's hope they do!

OttoBomb, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of jayhopkins23
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, pours a bright golden hue. Thick, rocky white head. Intensely and pleasantly dry-hopped; not overwhelming. Very little malt in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fresh, satisfying and fufilling but not heavy or crisp, just right. This beer has some legs to it, very enjoyable. Hops stay with you throughout, fruity, citrusy, not dry. Great beer...not surprising from the guys at Half Acre, they're off to a great start. Cheers!

jayhopkins23, Jan 10, 2010
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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.