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Cross Of Gold - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 317
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010

Crisp golden ale with a delicate hop finish. This is our lightest ale and it is brewed with a bit wheat malt for body and Munich and Aromatic malts for and undertone of honey-like sweetness. Lightly dry-hopped with Cascade hops for that classic American golden ale aroma.

25 IBU
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Photo of Bedhead
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insanely smooth, crisp beer. Finds just the right balance of...well...everything. Not bursting with flavor, nor is it the most interesting beer I've ever had, but it's just really enjoyable. I could probably put back an obnoxious amount of this if given the chance (and following morning with nothing scheduled). I cant find anything wrong with it.

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Photo of NMA
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best golden ale I've had yet.
Light on the hop aroma but extremely crisp.
Perfect for the summer & the price is right!
Will definitely be enjoying this again!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Jellyfish. L: Pours brilliant gold crowned by a 1” white foam collar. S: Very perfumey and earthy T: Light fruit and light malt with the balance towards the fruit. Light sweetness balanced by moderate hop bitterness. F: Medium to medium light body, above average carbonation. O: A flavorful and easy to drink light beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head and some lacing.
Awesome citrus hop aroma, with honey and grainy pale malt. Smells phenomenal, way better than I expected from the description.

Flavor is great for the style. A little grainy with sweet pale malt and honey as well as bright citrusy hops. Reminds me of a golden ale version of FFF Alpha King even, which is about as high a compliment as I can give a beer like this.

Nice palate, fairly sweet and medium-light with a mild sweetness.

Overall, wow, what a great golden ale. This is typically a boring style in my opinion, but this one was very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1471st Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic

2012 bottling
Thanks to dvelcich for the extra

App- A good looking beer out of the bottle. Lemony/wheat hazy yellow with a pronounced 1-1/2" head that faded rather quickly. Looking at glass when done, looks clean. No dots or lace anywhere.

Smell- One of the hoppier blonde ales I have smelled and was quite pleasant. Hoppy, wheat, pepper and subtle with a backing pale malt aroma.

Taste- Retains a lot of a blonde ale notes throughout but man the hop additions make this shine. Crisp, clean and hoppy but lightly pale malt and lemony wheat flavors. Well balanced and very tasty.

Mouth- A nice light/medium body with a lighter/medium paired carbonation. The residual flavors are lemony hops and pale malts.

Drink- This was a very good beer and a welcome suprise. I normally am not a fan of Blonde ales, but with the hop additions, this was quite delicious.

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Photo of matjack85
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. I had it with my bowl of cheddar beer soup that is made with this beer in it. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer pours a medium gold color with a 1-finger white head that lasts quite awhile before settling down to just a white cap on top. The lacing is incredible.

There's a nice smell to this beer. It has a mix of wheat, bready malt, and citrus hops.

I also like the taste. There's a noticeable tart lemon flavor to it, balanced by wheat, crackery malt, and a kiss of honey sweetness. Then comes a mild and lingering bitterness (25 IBU's) from the dry hopping of Cascade hops. It's a nice mix.

Light to medium bodied with some medium crisp carbonation.

They told me this is the lightest beer they make,, but out of the 20 or so that I've tried here I also rank it one of their best.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a mostly clear medium gold, white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of grassy malts, light citrus, and mild piney hops.

Light grassy malt flavor over light citrus with some honey.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a really enjoyable and pleasant ale with a nice balance of flavor and a good aroma. Very easy to drink and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the first bottling into a pint glass.

A: Translucent yellow with a nice white head.

S: Sweet grain, floral esters, slight crisp hoppiness.

T: Smooth grain and slight hoppiness, fresh bread, unripe apricot, nice dry finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied.

O: One of the best American blondes I've had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a fairly-light golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it falls into a thin collar. The nose is a bit light and then hits fairly well with a nice hop aroma resembling the better versions of the style that I've encountered. Milt citrus with a bit of tangerine. The flavor is slightly-sweet with a very mild malt character as well as a touch of hop flavor. Light body with slight bitterness and a very slight sweetness as well. Really quite drinkable.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at my local, Farmhouse.

A: Pours a not totally hazy, not totally clear medium gold with a short but resilient white head. When the head does finally dissipate, I'm left with a beautiful lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: The first word that comes to mind with the smell is "barnhouse." That is a strong aroma of wheat and bready malt with definite hops and a grassy finish. There are certainly some citrusy smells here but not the dominant ones.

T: Much to match the aroma, this is both wheaty and citrusy but more in the reverse order. With the taste, the citrus hops hit me first suggesting grapefruit. Then I get the much more earthy flavors with a grassy wheat finish.

M: This brew has a heavier mouthfeel than I expected but is still crisp and refreshing.

O: A very balanced brew. This is not the most original combination of flavors coming out of Revolution but a very enjoyable one. It is citrusy and refreshing while being just heavy enough to have all year round.

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Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not to be deterred by a style-miscue with my first Revolution beer, because it was still tasty, I grabbed this one from the shelf. Sort of expected to read that it was a Belgian Golden Strong of some sort, I was surprised to read that they call it an "English Style Summer Ale (whatever that is) -- and even more surprised to see BA list it as an American Blonde. Hmm. Going to review it on the fly...

22 ounce brown bottle with no dates at all.

A -- Hazy peachy golden color with a very dense, off white head that settles slowly leaving good lacing..

S -- Inviting, mellow piny hops and fruit esters of peach and pear with a light malt backbone.

T -- Sweet, English malts up front -- cookie to crackery, very Marris Otter-like, blending into light fruit esters and a mellow bitterness, finishing with a balance of cracker and cookie characters and a mellow citrus character with light bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Light-medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. As dense as the head is, there is little spritzyness from carbonation.

O -- While it's slightly stronger than usual for the style, I'm labeling this a Best Bitter. It has the right body and flavor characters along with a great drinkability (in other words, you want to follow with another). A great take on the style with some great English Ale characteristics -- don't drink it too cold.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden beer with a small white head that left nice spots down the side of the glass.

S - Sweet pale malts, some honey. Mild floral hops with a little bit of orange. Not getting a ton of coriander in there.

T - Sweet honey and pale malts. The corriander comes through much stonger in the taste with some sweet oranges. Hops on the end provide an appropriately sharp and abrupt finish.

M - Smooth, soft carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - A pretty nice beer that avoids being overly harsh and yeasty. Easy to drink with good flavor, enjoyed this beer even though its a style that isn't one of my preferred.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me with ~1.5 fingers of thick, creamy head; the retention is excellent and there is quite a bit of lacing which clings to the glass. This translucent brew is a lightly golden color with a very, very slight reddish tint.

Given the style, I found the nose to be a bit suprising (more on this later). Hops dominate, but a subtle zest compliments it nicely. The aroma is very "outdoorsy" - it makes me think of a pine cone.

The flavor matches the nose almost exactly as described. I found this to be a very hoppy beer; I can't quite describe the spices, but they help keep the bitterness in check.

The body on this beer is somewhere in the realm of medium-light. It tingles the tongue, but not so much that one would find it unenjoyable. If you manage to ingest some of the head, you'll find that it adds a bit of density.

This beer has tons of bite, so I would suggest drinking it fairly slowly. The overall "edge" is enjoyable and I found this to a bit better on the colder side.

Since I'm the first person reviewing this beer, feel free to take what I say with a grain of salt. When I first had this beer, I thought I was drinking an IPA; my server told me that it's actually a lager which is brewed with "a bit" of hops. Needless to say, I thought that it had more than "a bit" of hops. This is a unique beer that you will find enjoyable if you don't mind what would seem like a mis-categorization. I rated this beer highly because I liked it even though it doesn't seem to fit what the brewers call an "American Pale/Blonde Ale."

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, and pleasingly touched with a slight stone-fruit flavor, this golden ale—while perhaps not one of Revolution's most interesting or distinctive—is one I find myself drinking a lot, both because it's usually found in five-dollar bombers and because it's so solid and flexibly paired. The nose is airy, with grassy, flaxen notes—which match the bright, soft golden hue—along with a refreshing suggestion of Belgian yeasts.

It boasts just the right restraint in its amount of effervescence, as well as with a solid malt selection that's never cloying, too sweet, or otherwise overpowering. There's a lot of balance in each twenty-two-ounce bottle. All in all, it's an incredibly drinkable beer: smooth, clean, and extremely sessionable, with an aforementioned crispness that bespeaks its “English-Style” qualities, but with a seasonal flexibility that belies its designation as a “Summer Ale”. The only discernible downside is, perhaps, just how smooth, clean, and slightly uncharacteristic Cross of Gold is.

Still, it's hard to fault a beer for being too drinkable, even if it isn't extraordinarily interesting or experimental. Really, though, that's the case with many members of Revolution's standard rotation: tasty, drinkable, and of an even, dependable quality, but decidedly less avant garde than the brewery's name might suggest. This is, again, not a slight: it's just a necessary remark in a region that boasts such heavy-hitting tinkerers and boundary-pushers as Three Floyds, Half Acre, Off Color, Two Brothers, and even (when considering the stuff they still brew in Chicago) Goose Island.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Revolution bottle purchase... may there be many more to follow! Appearance is slightly cloudy, mainly gold, generous 2 finger head retains nicely. Plenty of lacing left behind. Nose starts with faint green hop presence and lemon, sturdy bread presence as well. Smells fresh and tasty. Taste starts off with light caramel sweetness followed by fruity hops. Moderate amount of bitterness comes through and is countered by dry bready finish. Everything is working in balance here, and there is quite a bit of character for a blonde ale. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. A solid brew from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great crisp beer. Had this on tap and would definitely have it again. I was expecting a more golden color to the beer but it's still a great choice. A great light beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a chill hazed, well, gold color with 1 creamy finger of short lived, bright white foam on top. A few ropes of lace were left behind on the glass.

S: Light citrus hops and lightly toasted malt mix well with a subtly spicy yeast aroma. Very simple and clean.

T: As above with slightly more emphasis on the toastiness of the malt.

M: Relatively smooth and refreshing on the palate with just a touch of hop astringency on the back of the tongue to keep things interesting.

O: Very solid session ale. I could easily see this being the "money maker" that affords them the ability to continue to explore their more experimental leanings.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big citrus hop presence and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with good flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blond ale! All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say I've had many English Pale Ales in my life, but here is one.

Served in a shaker pint.

A: Fairly clear gold, with some mild chill haze, lots of visible carbonation, and about a 1/2 finger sticky with head that stuck around for a while.

S: Smelled like orange juice, yeast, a touch or grain, and quite a bit more hop character than I was expecting. Still, this wasn't a hop bomb by any means.

T: Fresh hop taste for sure, with a nice fruit bill without being overdone or syrupy. Very fresh, flavorful, and dare I say "thirst quenching."

M: Fairly light, which was most likely the intention, with bitterness that heated up after a while, splotchy lacing, and nice carbonation bill.

O: I'm new to Revolution, but I'm totally digging their stuff so far. Also, a bomber of this was dirt cheap.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this on tap into a 4oz tasting glass.

The beer is a very clear medium gold with a white head that rises about 1 finger.

The aroma is pretty light, pretty plain with only a little skunk.

The taset is pretty plain, but by no means bad or skunky. It really just reminds me of a much better version of an american macro.

The feel is ok, not as watery ad zi'd expect. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

Gotta love any beer that references William Jennings Bryan, amiright? This stuff pours a clear golden brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light citrus (I hate being that vague, but, frankly, the citrus smell was that vague, so...), light biscuit, and a very slight hint of lemongrass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit and citrus (now mostly identified as a lemon-orange blend) leading the way in geminic (yeah, I just coined a new word, folks!) harmony. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, lightly dry finish. Overall, a nice, simple, straightforward little blonde, one I wouldn't mind spending some more time with later...

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the Cross of Gold on tap at Sweet Baby Rays on Clark Street. Served in a standard pint, the beer is gold with a fluffy white head and awesome lacing. It has an aroma of milled grains, crackers and a bit of citrus.

Taste closely tracks the smell. It is slightly hoppier than I thought it would be but it works as a very approachable cross-over beer.

The mouth is yeoman like. The whole beer ties together nicely. This is a good beer to pair with food.

One of those beers that I see on tap everywhere and or some reason have not had. That is my mistake, don’t make the same one!

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Photo of Hopfist
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one a number of times. Usually when I feel like bouncing around their beer menu for the day, and I've already had their Porter, IPA, and whatever's on cask . The last time I had it, I was informed by my server that the batch was not only really fresh, but was a generation zero yeast crop. The spankin-new yeast produced a product that was far crisper, clearer, and cleaner than any other trial with this ale. The near absent bitterness and hop profile were suddenly quite apparent, and I even detected some fun little spicy esters, though very mild. Near-brilliant gold in color, and exceptionally drinkable. It's downfall is that it's just not that interesting a brew, which is why it's also their no.2 most popular. It's the "fun microbrew option" for your mojito drinking gal pals, though again, it's not bad either.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to PHBoiler for this one. poured cold form the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a slightly cloudy gold with a 1/2 finger white foamy, long lasting head

faint aroma dark sugars and grassy hops.

light bodied, creamy smooth, medium carbonation, sweet up front with a subtle grassy hops bitter following up.

this is my second revolution brew and both have been solid. not spectacular, but very good.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Golden color with a two-finger head
S: Wheat, fresh bread, florals & a hint if citrus rind from the hops
T: Floral with light wheat & again a bit of citrus. Nice subtleties but needs a bit more flavor
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: Love the aromas, solid overall just could use a little more intensity

Edit: I see after the fact this bottle was dated almost a year ago. I'll find a fresher one and re-review

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Cross Of Gold from Revolution Brewing Company
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