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Cross Of Gold - Revolution Brewing Company

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Cross Of GoldCross Of Gold

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very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 325
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 32.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 325
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

definitely the most generic beer happening at revolution. not a bad beer, but this one is brewed for the much less adventurous palate, not a throwaway, but a relatively uninspired brew. it is darker than the standard golden, with just a hint of amber to it, and a lace head an inch high. it smells and tastes like a mix of euro pils and pale malts, nothing interesting on the grain front. the hops are light as well, balancing bitterness without nuances of any kind. sort of an oatmealy sudsy feel to this one, with more body than is customary, and fine carbonation. revolution does some really cool stuff, but this one is just a beer to me, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Cross of Gold was good...but I agree with others....this is more of a blonde ale than an English IPA...the Beer poured a hazy yellow with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was sligth bitter hops with a subtle waith of citrus. The taste was a very good balanced beer that did not overwhelm....sligth citrus flare helped to give the beer character. The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was ok...probably would not go seekign it out....but glad I tried it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

FYI! I really don't think this is an EPA, but an American blonde ale.

Clear, golden brass color with a little bubbling. Quick, small head and just a thin half ring of foam.

Crisp grassy, unmalted, and slightly toasted malt aroma. Smells clean.

Crisp lightly toasted malts with maybe an apple tart flavor. Grassy and earthy clean hop bitterness. The hops add the right, astringent clean pop to this beer. Easy to drink and cleansing for sure.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, date stamped FEB1214 (bottled on)
L - golden body, nice clarity, thinner white head leaves some lacing as it fades
S - mild aroma of biscuity grain, herbal, earthy hop
T - earthy, spicy, sweet but bitter, biscuit, grain, toasty, fresh grassy hop, easy drinking and refreshing
F - thin-to-medium body, nice carbonation, finishes spicy and semi-bitter and fairly crisp with some of the fresh grassy hop lingering a bit
O - I really like this for what it is. Nice complexity and flavor, fairly good price. I'd buy it again if the timing was right and had a craving for it.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BMMillsy
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%

Bottle as a trade extra. Thanks! Pours bright clear golden with a big fluffy white head. Strong aroma of lemon peel and orange rinds, some grass, not much else. Flavor is orange rinds and stale hops, some sweetness like honey, a bit of biscuit malt here. Light bodied and medium plus carbonation. Dirty unpleasant finish. Overall I’m not very impressed with this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours golden (woah) yellow in color, white head, thin collar.

S - More sweetness from the malts with a light sprinkle of hops. Really well-balanced for a Blonde and just want I was expecting.

T - Again, fruity sweetness, light caramel, hops, citrus. All pretty straight-forward, but this is how it's suppose to be with this style (for the most part).

M - Light body, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - A nice beer to begin your session with or something to recommend to someone who's just getting started into craft beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 matjack85
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with greatclarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, lemon, lime, chewy, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with balancing malt backbone. Easy to drink and traditional to the style. Tasty, balanced, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, light chewy notes, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty popular beer tonight. Now I see why. Light and tasty. Will look forward to more of this in the future.

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Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Cross Of Gold from Revolution Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.