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Ghost River Golden Ale - Ghost River Brewing

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for less then a minute and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, and some light earthy malts. Not bad, but very bland and nonexistent.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, light lemon, and some tea/herbal notes. Better then the nose but still quite bland and light.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, a little too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a very average beer. Nose and taste and pretty bland, with some light herbal notes in the taste. Easy to drink but nothing special. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus hops, hint of wheat, and grain. Overall, average Kolsch, at best.

Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of fizzy, frothy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: a bit on the sweet side for a Kölsch, but then again the label markets this as a golden ale, not a Kölsch. Grainy, slightly fruity; frankly, with its sweetness and lack of direction it doesn't really grab me.

Taste: again, it's just too sweet. There's a bit of maltiness here, but nothing in the way of astringent graininess or bitter hops to take the edge off the sweetness. There's just a serious lack of balance here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a big carbonation and a pretty satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this is definitely more like an American blonde ale than a Kölsch, but in either case it doesn't strongly appeal to me.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Schlafly Repeal festival, this Golden poured, well golden (bit on the hazy side), with a nice white head that left bits of lace in my lil' sample glass - which I tried 3 times!

Light malt in the aroma with a hint of roasted nut. The nut came through in the quaff nicely, mixing well with a woody resin and a touch of caramel. Well balanced with the hops in the finish, I was pleased with this brew and would look for it again, in the bottle for some summer STL quaffing

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jsprain1
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden with a two finger head on it.
S- Smell is very earthy, with some graininess and yeast scents playing in.
T- Earthy, with some sweetness. Slight hop taste to finish. I like my kolschs but the flavors just didn't mesh well in this one.
M- Sharp carbonation that distracts from this beer. When you have a beer with subtle flavors, sharp carbonation can be distracting. This beer suffered from that.
D- Sessionable, to be sure, but this beer needs a little bit of polishing.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ms11781
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to pitasoup. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light golden color. A small fizzy white head develops quickly and disappears even faster. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Good carbonation is evident from appearance alone.

Not much going on in the nose. There is a sublte malt sweetness and perhaps some zesty lemon aroma but not much else. There isn't any hop character detected.

The taste has a little more to it than the nose. The sweet malt is still what stands out most. There is a touch of some bready malt as well. Not much in the way of hops here either. The lemon that was in the nose also isn't present.

This beer is very crisp and very clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

This beer strikes me as a great summer beer. The flavors and aromas aren't very bold but they aren't bad either. It's good enough for an easy drinking beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Memphis.

Beer was a medium gold and slightly hazy with not much in the way of a head.

Faint grainy aroma with some wet grass and hay.

The flavor had plenty of bread and hay much like a Euro lager. There is definitely a soft wheat characteristic which does help drinkability. Light bitterness.

Overall, a pretty forgetable beer. Drinkability is extremely high but flavors are somewhat lacking. Not offensive but not impressive either.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BlueMoon10
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Ghost River Golden Ale from Ghost River Brewing
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