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Ghost River Golden Ale - Ghost River Brewing

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops, Ghost River Golden’s mellow, refreshing character is accentuated by Memphis’ soft water. Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 04-19-2009)
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Reviews by tronester:
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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, rich golden with a creamy off-white head. A light grain aroma. Taste is sweet and light caramel up front, followed by a rich cream flavor, next up is some doughy bread, and a zesty light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Over a nice kolsch, I would get this again.

tronester, Dec 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

J2L, Oct 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

mmagbee, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

fuzz, Jul 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

rajreddy, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy white head and deep gold color. Aroma is grassy hops and sweet malt. Favor presents with a grainy start, biscuity, vinous middle and clean, mildly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light and co2is generous. had this beer on tap the night before this review and have to say on tap is definitely better. Overall, a decent Kolsch and a good crossover brew for the mid-south.

EagleTalon, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Ajlvt, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Elicoleman, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

utvol, May 15, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from tap into a pint glass. pours a solid gold color with no real head

a bit aromatically challenged with some aromas of malts and a touch of grains

light bodied with some flavors of malts. Lacking some flavor, but the feel is nice

a pretty forgettable beer. I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a kolsch. It didn't really taste like one or be one

KDawg, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

CraigTravor, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mcdsports, May 24, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in a bottle, on tap and have also picked up a few growlers from the brewery. It's a very enjoyable beer. It's light but not too light.

A: Golden with white, creamy head
T: Very smooth. Easy to drink.
M: Silky, smooth finish.

I really like this beer. Perfect beer to enjoy outside.

BlueMoon10, Apr 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

TheBishopco, Aug 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

BWH999, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

BigRedDog, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

ParraPalliative, Mar 29, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at Buster's Liquor Store in Memphis, TN on 1/20/12 --

A: Extremely clean. It's a pale, fair yellow in color. A standard pour yields a loose and white 1.5 finger head. Minimal lacing and collar.

S: Some untanned leather, dry corn flakes, unbuttered popcorn and clean, untoasted malt.

T: Crisp and a bit sweet. A hearty helping of creamed corn steals the show here. The back end features just a touch of white smoke.

M: Lively and playful carbonation up front, which quickly whisps away to reveal a light to medium body.

O: In no way does Ghost River's Golden Ale resemble a traditional Kolsch, though it didn't prevent me from moderately enjoying it. This actually comes off like a cream ale, not too dissimilar to Sixpoint's Sweet Action. If you're looking for a reasonably flavorful craft session option, this would most likely deliver your fix.

Rhettroactive, Jan 31, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 oz bottle out of a six-pack shortly after started distribution in Memphis area so figured I'd review.

Aroma
Sweet toffee/caramel scent no real hop presence, only sweetish scent plus some malt

Mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation, enough that it hides the taste a bit to me. Bit heavier than water and has a bit of presence on the palette

Appearance
Light amber in color with maybe a hint of copper, poured to slight head in 1/2 liter globe which quickly dissipated. No lacing, bit dissapointing regarding head retention/behavior

Taste
Scent doesn't mislead, there's a sweet toffee/caramel like taste in there with a slight sourish note maybe. My guess is it's meant to be positioned as an approachable beer for non craft beer drinkers and not be offensive. No real bitterness to speak of. I like this although I don't know that it's a beer I find worth paying craft beer prices for.

Drinkability
Rather, easily sessionable beer.

Overall
I think this is a good drinkable beer that has a nice sweetish malt twist. I don't think it's quite a kolsch and may be more of a blonde or even a cream ale in thinking of it. Not spectacular, maybe a good starter beer for those who might start drinking craft/imported non fizzy yellow water...

jerryjeff, Dec 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

memphischas, Feb 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

swh89, Jul 26, 2014
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Ghost River Golden Ale from Ghost River Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.