Chaco Canyon Gold - Empyrean Brewing Company
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Reviews by drewbage:
3.3/5 rDev -4.6%
Sampled from a fresh bottle airlifted into Southern California. Thanks!
Pours into a straight side American pint with a low crispy white head that fades quickly leaving a stream of bubbles flowing out of a golden clear brew.
Aroma is low and slightly sweet with a flowery perfume permeating the air.
The beer presents with a crisp hoppy backend that cleans out a honey sweet beer.
After taste lingers for a while with a sweetness on the lips, but a very spicy bitterness lasting on the inside.
Not too bad.
10-28-2006 23:05:51 | More by drewbage
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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
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
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
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 Id gladly drink more of it. It is most similar to New Belgiums Loft.
07-29-2002 06:26:09 | More by bditty187
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
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
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
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
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
10-05-2010 20:58:35 | More by Arenbeer
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
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
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
Chaco Canyon Gold from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.