Cross Of Gold - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 312
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | 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 ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (444 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of SCOTT1974
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice gold color of this beer makes the anticipation very high.

Smell - Smelled like a Ale should, little citrus note

Taste - very well balanced beer, I think this is more of a lager style then and English pale.

Mouthfeel - Clean and crisp.

Overall - It is a great beer to have a while waiting for dinner a pallet cleanser. (342 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of mttaylor1066
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gino's East... in Chi town!

Pours a nice golden color, with a thin head. Has a hint of Cascade hops on the nose... rather light but that's OK with this style. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is just right for a golden ale.

However, this has a vegetal quality that doesn't quite sit right with me. t has a dull bitter edge to it. I'll pass on the next round. (369 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +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. (803 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow brew with tons of white foam on a pillow-y white bubbles.

Definitely English. dry, bitter, and farmhouse-y. Not a mind blowing aroma. Nothing special, but nothing horrid.

Very bland and dry. Nothing stands out, but I wonder if this brew is significantly past its prime..?? Bitter, dry, biscuit'y ness is almost impossible to get over. Over carbonation is almost seltzer esque.

This brew is not horrible, but it does not excite me either. It's average and deserves to be rethought, perhaps it's the style that I just don't agree with...? Can't recommend. (570 characters)

Photo of Bedhead
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,368 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1471st Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic
22oz

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. (907 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +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. (699 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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... (760 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at revolution. Poured into a pint glass with a clear gold color and a nice foamy head

balanced but kind of muted aromas of citrus', grains and a touch of hops as well

medium bodied with a very good feel. The flavors of citrus and grains do lack a bit of depth

a very drinkable beer. It's good and works as a more session type beer. It is what it is (367 characters)

Photo of Hopfist
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. Nothing stands out, but on a hot summer day/night in Chicago, this one really hits the spot.

Golden blonde color with decent head and nice lacing. Taste isn't extraordinary, but it is crisp and refreshing - and fresh.

Revolution has awesomer beers, but there's certainly nothing wrong with this one. A good choice for friends who aren't beer afficinados and just want a good crisp beer. (417 characters)

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Cross Of Gold from Revolution Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.