Gossamer Golden Ale - Half Acre Beer Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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