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

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Ratings: 154
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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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

HarmonMW, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

Cavanaghty, Apr 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

rah1734bones, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Are you drinking a Blonde Ale? Yeah you are.. at least you didn't buy it, ok what's this all about, into a nonic pint glass to go.

A slightly hazy pale amber yellow, lots of carbonation. Head is shocking white, foamy, seems to fall slowly. Pour makes a lot of noise and snapping. Cap manages to keep for a short while.

Bouquet is rank. Smells like bile and vomit, not pleasant at all. Gross. I am trying to find something at least worthy, and I get nearly nothing.

Taste is very lacking. No malt presence, hop, chewiness, density, horrific aftertaste highlighting the nose nicely. Slightly numbing in the aftertaste and even grainy sour. Borderline wet, but with a little bit of seltzery feel.

There is nothing to enjoy here for me.

smakawhat, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

LDemarais, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +27%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +27%

jrutigs, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours aclear gold with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is fruity with hints of vanilla, dough, and honey. The flavor has lemon, cream soda, honey, and hay notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium and dry in the finish. Hook And Ladder Golden Ale is a good beer, recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yep for sure. Head was kind of a half to quarter inch, small but with some creamy lacing.

S - Smells of a typical blonde, I get some lemon grass, little hops, and sweet malts.

T - Not too bad actually but it might be too sweet for some. Slight bit of grains followed by honey sweetness and a finish with some watery hops.

M - Light to medium, kind of watery.

Overall I thought this one was good better than Boulders "Sweaty Betty" but I can't seem to think of a reason to get it again. Kind of refreshing though.

DrDemento456, Sep 13, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never had anything from these blokes so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Served in a shaker pint because I had one handy.

Beer is amber, light, mild haze, lazy thin head of small white bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine to good.

Aroma is grainy and sweet, pretty floral, smells fine.

Beer is medium in body, a little bitter, sweet up front, grainy finish. Eh, it is probably too sweet, heavier than expected, too grainy, too much of an aftertaste, not a drain pour but an average ale for sure.

drabmuh, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of joefuzz
2.3/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twist off 12oz poured into pint glass.

Pours golden orange with almost no head, no lacing. Smells of bananna but not really picking up anything else. Tastes slightly fruity with a small amount of malt coming through, not impressed. Mouthfeel is pretty much what I expected for the style. Overall not impressed at all probably won't be seeking this one out again.

joefuzz, Aug 27, 2011
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2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured light golden yellow, very clear, with a very small head that disappeared quickly - no lacing. The smell is funky like lemon or orange zest that has been left out awhile with a mellow malt bill and no hop aroma. Flavor follows aroma pretty well - it has an almost funky yeast product coming out that I cannot pinpoint - not good but not bad. The mouthfeel is pretty light - almost too easy to drink down without a whole lot of enjoyment. I would choose this beer over bud light or the like if need be but I was given this beer to me by my father and don't really feel the need to buy more on my next visit to MN.


antlerwrestler19, Aug 18, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hook & Ladder Golden Ale

Crystal clear golden yellow with a small white head and some lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is biscuity malt and light euro hops. In the taste, lightly malty and creamy. Pretty drinkable blonde. easy simple but a bit plain. Light bodied feel, low carbonation, clean finish. Overall, a nice simple summer beer here, nothing more nothing less.

Stinkypuss, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pale yellow, with only a nominal head and a traces of carb beading
S: light, malty; an ever-so-light hint of macro stench
T: very malty, little hops; lemons, pears at the outset, dwindling into bread/yeast

very drinkable beer, ideally on hot summer days; this beer won't offend too many people

Arithmeticus, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hook and Ladder Golden Ale has a medium to thick, off-white head and a hazy, amber appearance, with lots of active carbonation and a decent amount of initial lacing. The aroma is of over-ripe citrus and lightly-roasted malts, and the taste is predominately citrus with some maltiness and a subdued hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, and Hook and Ladder Golden Ale finishes fairly refreshing and semi-dry to wet. Overall, this is an okay beer, and I'd rate it higher if it didn't have that sort of spoiled smell.


RonaldTheriot, Mar 12, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - cloudy and golden with an average head. There was little to no lacing on the glass

S - The first sniff of the beer was confusing, and I wasn't able to tell if I liked the smell or not. I was able to able to pin down a lemon scent but there was an unappealing malty/sweet scent that was overwhelming.

T - Taste didn't blow my mind, but wasn't terrible either. Definitly a super malty beer with little to no hops at all. The lemon was again apparent, and more pleasing than it was in the nose.

M - Watery and thin. Picking up flavors was difficult due to how quickly this beer was gone.

D - I had one and moved on... There's still more in my fridge that will probably be saved for a friend to review.

Staab016, Feb 28, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appaerance was hard to decifer as it was drank out of a bottle, but it looked golden in color.

Smelled just ok, hard to determine ingredients

Tasted good, but a little harsh

Very harsh after taste, but not offensive

Very heavy beer for me, took a 6 pack to a race and had to switch over. Its an ok beer that supports my profession and a good cause, so I drink a few when I find them, this is not a party or tailgating beer though.

hdf561, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. The pour is a slightly-hazed golden color with a really tall white head that persists for quite some time and leaves oodles of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose isn't too much, but is much better than the majority of blonde ales that I've had. Some light grain and bread plus a touch of fruit. The taste is a bit more plain with a bread-like character. The feel is really nice with a good body and carbonation level. Nice and sessionable. For what this is and against its competition, I really enjoy it.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Hook & Ladder Golden Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
73 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.