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Chaco Canyon Gold - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brew this easy-going golden ale with a bit of Nebraska honey for a unique, sweet-yet-dry character, balanced with a crisp hop finish. Brewed with American, English & German grown barley, American hops and Nebraska honey.

21 IBU

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 07-29-2002)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Weathered gold hue, sticky lace

SMELL: Fresh-baked bread, faint floral hop, hint of pear, slightly nutty, clean

TASTE: Dry bread crust, smooth, dry, hint of alcohol, herbal, floral, very faint fruitiness, balancing hop bitterness, biscuity, grainy dry finish

Brewed with Nebraska honey, this brew brings some nice depth and finished honey tones. A very tasty and versatile beer, making for a great first beer of the day, session beer, and intro to better beers for the timid novice beer drinker. The brewery recommends pairing with Southwest cuisines. We agree.

05-02-2012 10:16:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle from his home state.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is fairly basic, with a lot of honey and wheat coming through. That also pretty much describes the flavor, which has some honey, wheat and some graininess. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

06-03-2012 03:22:27 | More by Mora2000
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RDW

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

03-04-2012 03:53:35 | More by RDW
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DantooineBBQ

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-03-2014 23:33:42 | More by DantooineBBQ
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-21-2012 16:15:32 | More by beerbrains
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of ivory head. Srellar head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & green apple & some floral hops

T: Grassyness, green apple skins, crackery notes & dryness up front. Some grainy astrgingey as this warms, more grassyness& a slight bit of caramel too. Finishes tart with green apple bitterness & a touch of lemon

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, okay balance

Drinkable, but run of the mill, great... now I have five more of these to ge through

08-20-2012 01:17:05 | More by russpowell
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bditty187

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +15.6%

Translucent gold hue, small white head, fair retention, sparse unorganized lace. Soft nose with kisses of raw honey, hints of caramel malt and cereal. The bouquet is pleasant and inviting but not very potent. The flavorfulness of the palate comes as a surprise… the hops are much more prevalent in the taste, pleasantly bitter. Soft notes of honey, cereal, and caramel malts add tasty complexity. Very tasty! Modest carbonation, medium-light body… ideal mouthfeel. The aftertaste is “more-ish” with hoppy-caramel-cereal. I wish this Empyrean product were readily available in Omaha because I’d gladly drink more of it. It is most similar to New Belgium’s Loft.

07-29-2002 06:26:09 | More by bditty187
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4%

Golden in color with a slight brown hue. Minimal white head.
Aroma of slightly sweet, toasty pale malt and fruity hops.

Taste shows a toasty, toffee malt backbone. Slightly sweet. Fruity hop balance. Light and refreshing, some crispness. Hint of honey. Malt and fruit linger a bit long on the palate.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, a solid golden ale. Big thanks to bditty187 for the bottle!

03-01-2004 18:22:49 | More by PhantomVodoo
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cmoore32


3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-30-2014 02:33:23 | More by cmoore32
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.3%

08-06-2013 20:01:29 | More by danfix99
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

12oz stubby
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Gold colored body with a slight bit of haze.
S) Grains. Caramel. Earthy.
T) Grainy sweetness from start to finish. Subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Chalky in the finish.
O) A good brew. I'd definitely have another.

09-15-2012 19:59:54 | More by u2carew
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-09-2012 23:26:32 | More by OregonGrown7
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2013 16:53:47 | More by MinorThreat
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ghebel

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Clear, gold color. 3/4 inch white head that fades quickly, but leaves some legs on the glass.

S - Mild malt, piney hops and background honey. Balanced. Have to let it warm a bit to get the full aroma.

T - Mild bitterness that fades slowly. Balanced here too. Sweet honey aftertaste that I find surprisingly good.

M - Thin, but that is what it is supposed to be.

D - Very drinkable. I could drink a few. This is a good alternative to the American macro brews.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised. Happy for the guys that brew this right down the road. I will have to visit the brewery sometime.

01-28-2009 00:10:09 | More by ghebel
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +34.4%

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks alot to koopa for this one.

A- Pours a nice golden honey yellow with an thin 1 finger white head with a lot of carbonation. Fresher bottle according to the date. Clear as day

S- A nice blend of piney hops, pale malts, and a really nice sweetness from the honey.

T- Fresh pale malts and like the smell, has a great sweetened hop flavor. Kind of like a heavy carbonated tea.

M- Light body with a pretty good amount of carbonation and a nice wet finish

SKÅL!

10-05-2010 20:58:35 | More by Arenbeer
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-16-2012 03:06:39 | More by Cramerican
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-14-2013 04:19:54 | More by Eric908
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Mostly wheat with a hint of honey.

A: Hazy gold to amber body. Loose, rocky head with some lacing.

T: Wheat beer all the way. It is good, but there really is no honey taste.

M: Light grainy body. Medium to high carbonation.

D: Light and crisp, and very drinkable.

O: Pretty decent beer, but a honey wheat should have a honey taste.

11-02-2009 05:23:09 | More by dpnelson1978
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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass while scattered bubbles rise singly in the column.

S: Crisp bready malt evokes qualities of Bavarian helles. Other threads suggest berry fruit and trace amounts of mint.

T: Begins dry, with toasted crackery malt and earthy hop aromatics. Acidity is moderate, combining some carbonic and citric qualities. Flavors sweeten into the middle, where estery fruit realizes the potential suggested by the berry in the nose. Pleasant malt sticks to the palate throughout, joined by minor astringent hop flavors in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate in a lively way, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly enjoyable light ale that captures some favorable pale malt qualities. I'd like to see a variant receive aggressive dry-hopping to make for a memorable low-gravity IPA.

04-23-2012 21:42:42 | More by beagle75
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KuehneBe

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

01-07-2012 02:42:30 | More by KuehneBe
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3/5  rDev -13.3%

09-23-2012 17:51:28 | More by Hellpop65
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mwayne


3/5  rDev -13.3%

06-10-2012 05:06:43 | More by mwayne
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barryjg

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-20-2014 21:22:58 | More by barryjg
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -16.2%

Perhaps a bit disapointed in this beer. Expecting a clean, golden lager with crisp pilsner character and soft esters. The beer took on a haze that never settled and gave a slight head retention that fleeted rather quickly. Aromas of bruised apples and vegetables took over, while the softer malt base, pleasant spiciness, nor the hops could never balance the beer. Flavors were more complex than prefered: phenols, sulfers, and fruitiness is quite high and never sold me on the style. The body lost carbonation quickly, letting the beer sit too heavily and sweetly on the toung. Finishes with that strong apple / fruity flavor. I would have thought that something was wrong with this beer, except the same apple, sulfer flavors also came through in the Scotch Ale as well.

01-18-2008 20:52:10 | More by BEERchitect
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-04-2014 16:22:59 | More by DemoniChris
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Chaco Canyon Gold from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.