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Hook & Ladder Golden Ale - Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)

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BA SCORE
73
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153 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2) visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cichief on 04-28-2007)
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%

A clear golden color pour with a short lasting, two finger fizzy white head , leaving some spotty lacing, light carbonation . Aroma is of light pear skins , corn and herbs . Flavor is slightly fruity , like apple or pears , corn bread and a little cereal at the end . Light body with a smooth clean mouthfeel , short fruity finish , quite sessionable and an easy drinker .

07-01-2010 23:01:47 | More by WakeandBake
More User Reviews:
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generallee

New York

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a very clear appearance with some visible carbonation and a bright golden color. Its head is light and sudsy, bright white in color and fades out quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smell: Its aroma is mild and brings only a light hint of grain with very mild hops in the background.

Taste/Mouth feel: A simple but nice light grain flavor and a very mild wheat twang mixes with a good balance of bitterness from hops. The body is fairly light and highly drinkable with a thin texture and average carbonation.

Notes: Its overall appearance is a bit dull and its flavor was simple and light making it a nice summer time beer.

04-24-2009 00:18:52 | More by generallee
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

01-08-2013 03:40:18 | More by iemailjack
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nem2006

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a clear, yellow-gold with good carbonation visible. There is a good head that fades a little and nice lacing was left on the glass.

The nose is sweet with a little orange.

The beer is light bodied, but fills the mouth. It is slightly sweet with a little orange hint to it. It is quite smooth without much hop finish.

09-04-2008 16:05:39 | More by nem2006
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%

A: This beer pours a good golden color. Head stayed until first drink, was very similar to that of a pub ale.

S: Slight sweet, but dull smell. Overall, fairly apeasing.

T: For an ale, which is one of my favorite beers, this tends to be up top. The beer had a quality to be surprising each time, but yet something that I remembered.

M: The beer was somewhat syrupy in my mouth, but still left me wanting a bit more full feeling. I still feel that it is on par for other ales that I've had, but I wanted the taste in my mouth a bit longer.

D: I feel that this beer was something that I'd reach for on a regular basis. I was able to consume more than half the bottle without thinking about it, while still enjoying each drink.

Overall, I'd suggest this beer as a regular drinking beer for my friends, and to you as well. Best of luck in your findings, and as always, Cheers.

12-08-2009 05:18:32 | More by NicholasCasber
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +19%

04-29-2012 19:18:43 | More by Cavanaghty
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far333

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Clear straw yellow colored with a thick foamof bright white head. A fine stream of bubbles rises up.

Very low aroma of creamed corn, some fruit and lemon.

Non-complex flavor of buttery, biscuity malt, a little doughey, some hints of corn and lemon.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Average to slightly above-average, all around. Not complex at all, okay to try once but I won't seek this out again.

09-02-2008 11:34:57 | More by far333
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-11-2012 01:09:43 | More by amstokesdb9
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +14.3%

Comparing this one to the Backdraft Brown, this one is stellar. Overall a very solid golden ale, more interesting than your typical version. Appears a slightly hazed pale yellow golden body with a bright white foamy head, after dwindling minimal lace is left behind. Aroma has tart apples with a slightly grassy hop presnce with a mild refreshing citrus note. Pale malts provided a biscuit malt sweetness but those esters from the yeast are very nice. Flavor has a delicate yet flavorful approach that I really enjoyed with a slight green apple tartness with notes of herbal and citrus light but hoppy appeal, nice semi sweet balance acheived with the pale malt profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied even stream of carbonation very easy going and refreshing. Drinkability always good to get more outta of a beer than you were expecting especially out of a Blonde Ale.

10-01-2009 06:37:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +21.6%

This one is a clear, coppery amber color and pours a creamy white head with fairly good retention and light lacing.
The smell is some light malts with a crisp apple on the nose. Perhaps pear? Hops were also present, though not heavily. Light grains are detected as well.
The malt and hops balance well. The crisp apple / pear melds with a light bicuity malt. Hops bitterness is light. There's even a little spiciness to the hops. Husky grains are present in the back.
The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Body is light to medium and carbonation is quite active.
Don't let the rating fool you. This one is worth a try.

04-11-2009 23:06:37 | More by Brenden
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev 0%

Yet another brewery/beer that pays homage to firefighter's, seems like a very popular thing to do these days. "A penny in every pint" says the lable. "For evey barrel we sell, we make a donation to a local burn foundation" Seems like a good cause. This was brewed by Mercury Brewing Co. out of Ipswich, MA.

A yellow golden color with only a slight haze, very fizzy with a one-finger, thick, smooth and dense head that dissipates slow to only minor lacing.

Musty scented spices over sour dough bread, wheat 'n grains with a semi-sweet,red berry scent and a pine-tree resin hop edge.

The flavor at first is a toasted sour dough malt that is quickly dominated by an sweet 'n sour, lager like yeast effect that throws off the balance a bit. A semi-sweet, red-berries hop flavor does it's best to bring back balance but the musty herbal yeast tends to pop back in the picture and finshes with a lager-esque tangy yeast flavor. This one tastes much like an Australian sparkling ale but a bit fruitier.

Feel is light and crisp but ends pretty smooth.

I can't say i really enjoy the overall effect due to the balance being askew with a dominating yeasiness.

11-30-2007 21:01:30 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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TheSixthRing

California

3.18/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow. White, 2 finger head. Average retention. The resulting lace hangs well and is somewhat clingy.

Smell - Grainy notes. Somewhat grassy.

Taste - Grainy malts and grassy hops. That's it, from start to finish. Fairly boring.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation is on par for the style.

Overall - There's nothing bad about this beer, but there's nothing great, either. Simple and straight forward. Drinks like a German pilsner.

06-14-2012 03:19:12 | More by TheSixthRing
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dertyd

California

3.75/5  rDev +19%

01-22-2013 18:19:42 | More by dertyd
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours pale golden with a dissipating white head. Typical pale lager aroma. This has a decent amount of body and is not overly carbonated like it's peers. The maltiness has lots of sweet and pale wheat breadiness, with some hints of biscuit, and honey. Hopping rate is very low and puts this somewhat out of balance for my personal tastes. Short and clean finish.

10-07-2007 05:35:48 | More by Rootdog316
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cjgator3

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lace.

S- The aroma is pale malt, wheat with some fruits and just a hint of hops.

T- The taste features some wheat malt and is a bit fruity with a very mild hop presence in the finish. Not overly complex by any means, but an easy drinker for sure.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This one is pretty damn drinkable. Not much flavor in this beer, but I could see myself easily consuming a few bottles in a sitting.

11-10-2008 04:37:07 | More by cjgator3
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tempest

Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -37.1%

The beer looks good enough with a light gold body with a little white head, but this beer reeks of plastic and cholorphenols. The flavor at least has some pale malted barley and wheat in the aftertaste, but plastic and cleaning chemical notes are way too strong. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, but the drinkability suffers from the flaws. If this beer was contract brewed for me, I'd be pissed. I haven't come across a beer flawed this badly in a long time. Avoid.

02-21-2008 02:10:22 | More by tempest
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-27-2012 03:19:44 | More by cliff1066
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-31-2012 16:42:30 | More by bconsidine
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wsunate

Washington

1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

The only redeeming value of this beer is that they donate 25 cents to a burn victim fund. Other than that, I just burned $5.50 on a disgusting, offensive tasting, flavorless beer. The lemon really is quite disgusting for this beer.

You really do get what you pay for. For two more dollars I'll take something local, something great.

09-25-2010 00:55:14 | More by wsunate
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HalfFull

California

3.38/5  rDev +7.3%

From a 12 oz. twist off into a pint glass, this beer pours a light golden in color with half an inch of soapy foam. Nice and clear in appearance with a steady carbonation to keep a thin surface cap and yield some decent temporary lacing.

Bit of orange on the nose along with a light and sweet hint of banana couple with a prominent maltiness. Nice hop notes after some warming and agitation

Light citric sweetness carries forward to the taste. Wheat is evident in the flavor though I was unable to pick it up in the smell. A touch of simple sweet fruitiness offers a decent finish which lingers briefly. A light bitterness on the finish is quickly quenched with a final bit of citrusy malt. Excessive warming does deter a bit as a bit of a metallic nature reveals itself.

Overall somewhat sweet and full bodied for the style, but an interesting take nonetheless.

12-14-2009 01:03:32 | More by HalfFull
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leinie13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +27%

12-04-2011 14:53:27 | More by leinie13
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Gmann

New York

2.7/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a clear golden color with a small but dense egg shell colored head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is sweet with grains and honey, some cookied veggie smell. Overall kind of odd. The taste is of cooked veggies, quite grainy, a stale grassy or tea hop bitterness can be detected towards the end. A jumble of off-putting flavors. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, finishes malty/grainy sweet. Not sure what they were going for with the brew. It seems to be a failed attempt at a Kolsch.

07-01-2008 03:03:51 | More by Gmann
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -14.3%

12oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a surprisingly large, fluffy white head. Smells slightly grainy with some off-putting metallic notes. Pretty faint. The taste is similarly non-descript. Hints of malt, some slight tang from the wheat, but all-in-all, not a lot going on. Light-medium body. Unoffensive, but so characterless that one doesn't want to drink it.

07-06-2009 22:48:26 | More by philipquarles
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts with a touch of citrus. Taste is light, mild, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

05-23-2010 14:12:09 | More by tone77
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +8.9%

It pours from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on May 6, 2009.

A - A glittering gold with good clarity and a moderate half-finger off-white foamy head that lingers for most of the tasting. SOme positive lacing.

S - Wheaty and grassy with a slightly hoppy boost and fairly pleasant overall.

T/M - The mouthfeel leans medium and smooth on the inner mouth. The taste has a good balance of wheat, hops, and distant malts.

05-07-2009 01:23:26 | More by puboflyons
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Hook & Ladder Golden Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
73 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.