Erie Gold - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
Closer to tangerine orange than daffodil yellow. The highlights are gold, however. Barely one finger of putty colored foam has appeared, despite what looks to be generous carbonation. Persistence and lace are both decent.
The nose is a showcase for Citra hops, a relatively new variety that was developed from Hallertauer (50%), U.S. Tettnanger (25%) and several others (25%). It delivers citrus peel and an interesting herbal spiciness that sets it apart from most other hops.
TBK's Erie Gold is one of those APWAs that is better than it otherwise would be because the brewers decided to load up on the hops (relatively speaking). It tastes like there are more than 21 IBUs zipping and zinging around, which is even more impressive since this bottle is several months old at least.
The malts would have been better if they were more pale. Toasted-earthy notes (most likely Munich) intrude too much on the hop flavor. They also cover up the wheat, which makes up 65% of the grain bill. Top notes include white grapefruit zest, bitter grasses and plenty of white pepper.
The mouthfeel is medium-full for the ABV. It started out too buzzy and is only beginning to settle down now that I've reached mid-bomber. It should be right in the happy zone for the final 6-8 ounces.
The Brew Kettle did great when choosing the hops for Erie Gold... and not so great when choosing the malts. With a few tweaks, this could be a bona fide winner for these guys.
12-27-2010 12:35:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
1.38/5 rDev -61%
This is the farthest thing from a wheat beer you could imagine. The hops and spicy tones from them completely dominate things and absolutely no wheat characteristics can be seen. I am going to judge this beer to style. And judging it to style, this is a complete failure. Stick a new label on it that says Pale Ale, and you're looking good. But as a wheat beer, this was a very poor execution. (it certainly is a tasty beer though)
08-23-2012 08:29:26 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev +4%
From 01/02/11 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting, received from pwoods in the Secret Santa BIF; thanks man!
a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, bready malts, and pale malts.
t - Tastes of wheat, citrus hops, bready malts, grain, pale malts, and light sweet fruity malts.
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A nice pale ale; very good for the style. Very drinkable, would have again.
01-05-2011 01:42:15 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +13%
A 650 mL bomber from somewhere in Ohio, either Toledo or Boardman, I forget.
A: The APWA is pale and rightly so. Golden at the base of the glass, the ale grows progressively cloudier, completely hazed over by the rim. Two fingers of white head lead to webs of lace all around the glass.
S: The citrus bite of the hops stands out, lemon and orange in the lead. They are pleasantly strong, covering up most of the light tartness of the wheat. Without the hops, the ale would likely flounder.
T: Mmmm, the hoppiness really makes the ale sing, with citrusy orange zest and lemons coming through strong. Lemony wheat follows and adds to the overall citrus landscape. More bread follows, covering up some of the hops. The zest returns, powdery, for a big finish. Not your regular pale wheat ale, not with this much hoppiness along for the ride.
M: Wheat? Check. Hops? Check, and then some. Easy drinking but more than enough hops.
01-14-2012 02:41:08 | More by akorsak
3.15/5 rDev -11%
Poured into a weizen glass.
4.0 A: Faintly hazed golden orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a tall ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Neutral wheat maltiness. Herbal and flowery hops. Simple, but pleasant.
3.0 T: Like the nose. Wheaty. Low bitterness with herbal and piney hop flavor.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation appropriate for style. Could be creamier.
3.0 D: An average, easy drinking beer.
04-29-2012 04:42:52 | More by DavoleBomb
4.13/5 rDev +16.7%
Good beer!!! Thanks to by buddy Marky Mark who has supplied me with plenty of beer from both Vermont and Ohio. This one is an APA not an American Pale Wheat Ale as far as I am concerned. It has a much more robust flavor than most Pale Wheats and the predominant flavor is floral hops. This one has hoppy bitterness not subtle wheat bitterness.
Pours a very clear light copper color. Very small white head and poor retention. Good lacing (figuring that I am drinking this out of a clear plastic glass). Smell is exceptional....a nice blast of floral hops. Taste is not quite up to the aroma but good anyway. Floral and piney hops...relatively subdued..definitely an APA not an IPA. Mouthfeel is average for the style I think it is. Drinkability is very good. A session beer...a lawnmower beer..with food. This is a good one!!!
11-19-2010 21:26:12 | More by JayQue
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
22oz bottle, purchased at Warehouse Beverage for $3.99. For that price, I'm happy to give it a go. Described on the label as:
"An American Wheat ale brewed with 65% wheat and American grown hops for a light and refreshing citrus flavor
4.8% - 21 IBUs"
Into the glass it goes. Looks nice, slightly above average - filtered and clear with a nice copper orange color and a white head that quickly subsides and leaves great lace.
Smells of smooth wheat and nice orange and lemon citrus hops. Perhaps some peach and a touch of fresh grapefruit too. Really promising, crisp, and fresh.
Taste is a step back, mainly because it just isn't as flavorful per sip as I'd like. What's there is really, really pleasant and this would make a great lawnmower beer, but I've had beers in this genre that just pack more into each sip from a malt perspective. There's wheat and a touch of breadiness underneath. The hops are great, though. Their citrus punch saves the day here, as I get lots of orange and grapefruit and a nice bitter kick. Feels way more bitter than 21 IBU because of the lack of malt sweetness to balance it out.
Mouthfeel is crisp, light body with nice carb. The finish is watery however, which hurts both the taste and mouthfeel. I'm torn because, while this tastes great and feels right for 4.8%, I'd like just a bit more heft to put this up there with the best in the genre. Overall, this is worth the try and would be awesome for a hot day at the ballpark, golf course or lounging around as it's very drinkable and enjoyable.
While I didn't rate this up there with the best in the genre, I do feel this is a hit for the Brew Kettle, so please stay with it, your beers are very impressive these days. This is just more of a summer blockbuster than a critic's darling. And that's probably the smartest place to be positioning your brew these days. Cheers!
08-20-2010 18:05:48 | More by jampics2
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy gold in color, with a decent two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Wheat malt,spicy yeast note
Taste-Wheat, spicy yeast, mild hop note lends a nice balance. Faint citrus note. Very refreshing and flavorfull. Good character and value.
06-05-2011 17:46:18 | More by hosehead83
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Clear golden yellow, tan tin. Very foamy, monster 4+ inch head and lots of foamy lacing. Really nice looking beer.
Smell - Hops, wheat, orange, spices, a bit floral/earthy. Lemon, pine and some added sugars also.
Taste - Hops and pale wheat start this beer off. Nice Piney hops mixed with sweet lemon, apple and grapefruit. Not overly bitter nor sour, rather smooth and light. Floral yeasty flavor mixed with some added sugars round this beer out.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy on mouth. Tounge gets hops and wheat. Palette gets remaining hops and floral fruits along with some wheat and yeasty lemon. Aftertaste is thin, slighty bitter and earthy.
Overall - Very nicely done. Smooth, flavorful and low alcohol make this a great drink. Hops add ample amount of sweetness to balance out the sour wheat and yeasty flavors. This beer is insanly frothy, the head is a monster so pour carefully and enjoy.
01-27-2012 01:43:44 | More by wvsabbath
3.68/5 rDev +4%
22oz bomber -> tulip
Pours a darker than expected golden orange with a nice tight one to two inch head with some staying power.Thin rings of chalky lace up and down the glass. Carbonation appears steady and abundant.
Nose: Citrus, candy caramel, a little funk
A smooth creamy body with zip. Thicker than I like in an APWA malt base gives a thick bready flavor that dominates in the short term and seems to cover up the wheat (not an easy task with wheat making 65% of the grain bill according to the bottle). The hops fight their to the forefront but have to pack a serious punch to do so. Stinging grapefruit, earthy grasses and orange peel all are present. A quick hit of bitterness. The funk from the nose is also present and only slightly distracting.
I've become a big fan of the American Pale Wheat in recent years and although this one is interesting, it doesn't quite rise to the top. Just seems a bit too heavy to me. Definitely worth picking up and finding out for yourself. Would love to try this fresh at the brewery.
05-02-2011 23:49:29 | More by beerphan
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
A. Poured a gold color with off-white frothy head. This dissipated to a frothy ring and a dollop of froth in the middle.
S. Bready wheat, malt and a strong showing of citrus hops with a tinge of garden aroma.
T. Starts out with a spicy wheat/bread flavor. Goes into a potpourri of citrus nuances and comes out with a bitter-tinged spiciness.
M. Light bodied and watery, it coats the mouth pleasingly going down, and leaves a slight dryness. Drinkable for sure, but the lingering bitterness makes it a beer that doesn't feel refreshing, as the lack of sweetness makes it seem more bitter than reported. Would be decent in a session.
06-02-2011 20:45:01 | More by CFHMagnet
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance - A very sweet caramel-looking brown wheat ale. Appears rich in malts. Average lacing as it clings to the glass in clumps.
Smell - Smells of sweet malts and wheat. Very earthy smells as well. Full of citrus and yeast notes as well. Slight hints of hops are noticeable if searched for.
Taste - Very consistent in taste; as in I taste the same ingredients from the moment it touches my tongue to the aftertaste. Slightly spiced and citrusy hops fill the taste and are accompanied heavily by malts and wheat. Sort of an all-natural tasting beer.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Light bodied and refreshing. Very easily drinkable. The malts seem a little off to me; as if they have perhaps aged poorly. This took away from the taste a bit. Still a good beer overall.
03-24-2011 17:38:48 | More by Jesse13713
Erie Gold from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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