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Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | 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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kels

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

05-19-2010 00:35:58 | More by kels
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%

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!

05-09-2010 16:26:09 | More by GbVDave
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

04-28-2010 00:45:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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VerbingNouns

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

04-23-2010 01:58:17 | More by VerbingNouns
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

04-21-2010 21:14:41 | More by MasterSki
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bjacokes

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-17-2010 20:47:13 | More by bjacokes
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-15-2010 23:44:45 | More by emerge077
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

04-14-2010 16:53:06 | More by AgentZero
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

04-11-2010 01:13:01 | More by paco1029384756
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

04-03-2010 22:38:47 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

03-28-2010 14:33:15 | More by jeffthecheff
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Maction

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

01-16-2010 04:55:26 | More by Maction
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

01-12-2010 09:26:54 | More by OttoBomb
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jayhopkins23

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

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!

01-10-2010 04:05:40 | More by jayhopkins23
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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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