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Gold Leader - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Gold Leader
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 12-19-2010)
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

Soapy light bright white foamy head above a murky unfiltered sunlight yellow beer. Lovely bubbles flowing through the hazy beer keeping the head alive.

The nose is of candy and hints of sour to come. Tart smelling, but not the farmhouse style of sour, more of a sourpatch or pucker candy sour.

The taste ... no other way to put it. It's Sweettart Candies. And it is wonderful, and a complete flavor explosion for such a light and low alcohol beer. Sweettart candy on the tongue and in the nose, rich fruity esthers and sugar sweet malts on the tongue. Finish is quick and light with some lingering dryness. Light mouthfeel.

I think this is a beer that is going to receive mixed reviews because it is very flavor-forward and unusual. It happens to strike me right where I want a lighter beer to hit me.

In many ways, Gold Leader realizes the dream begun with Japanese ingredients like sorachi hops: 3F's Samurai Gazebo, Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace, etc. Looking forward to six packs for summer, but doubt it'll happen. Please, Floyds?

salvo, Mar 12, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of nkersten
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%

Poured into an imperial pint from the tap. Color is golden yellow with a small white head and really nice retention with some lacing. Smell is like a strong pale lager, very malty and sweet with some subtle hops. The taste, on the other hand, was crazy. Starts out sweet and malty with a slight bitter undertone, but ends up finishing with a huge coconut malty backbone with some crisp lager finish. It was almost like eating a coconut macaroon but far more balanced. Mouthfeel was medium light bodied with a medium light carbonation. By far the best tasting lager i have ever had, and easily the most complex... This coming from a guy that LOVES lager. It may be my new favorite lager. Excellent, please try it if you get the chance.

nkersten, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of FievelGoesWest
4/5  rDev +6.7%

FievelGoesWest, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Full pint at the Map Room. Hazy yellow orange, golden clarity with a light murkiness to it. Compact head of white foam that leaves a crown of lacing all around. A skim remained across the surface, with a sudsy ring around the edge.

Nose was unique with an indistinct herbal grassiness and earthy tropical fruit, though not at all sweet. After a few sips it resembled coconut and papaya, with some traces of green tea.

Tea leaves, vanilla, coconut, dried papaya. Moderate grassy bitterness, not unlike tea. The Sorachi Ace hops lend some lemongrass notes under the dominant coconut and dried fruit elements. Certainly more complex than your average pale lager, showcasing the unique hop varietal. Medium bodied, with light carbonation.

Could have certainly had more than just a pint, and hopefully will have several in the future. Seems to be a logical progression from Samurai Gazebo, FFF's Sorachi Ace lager which debuted last year.

emerge077, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

WeisGuy, May 10, 2012
Photo of qwertyiop
4.5/5  rDev +20%

qwertyiop, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

I tired this one at the brewpub earlier today. This beer arrived looking like a smoother version of Bud Light with a ring of soapy bright white head. The aromas were very strange and interesting. It was very, very grassy and had herbal undertones and perhaps some lemon. It also had this odd sweetness, kind of like muted honey. It wasn't necessarily appealing. It tasted odd as well. It tasted of light honey, lemongrass, tea leaves, and corn. This wasn't the most drinkable beer in the world. It was just odd. I love new and eccentric brews but I just couldn't get behind this one. It drank really light in body and was both smooth and crisp. The flavors were just a little too out there for me.

aasher, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at the brewery. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Reviewed as a Japanese Rice Lager. This is not an American Pale Lager, as it contains Japanese rice.

Pour brings a light golden beer with a nice white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is a bit grainy and also brings a light amount of citrus and lemon. Sorachi Ace really works well here.

The flavor is slightly bitter with a bit of grain. Hop flavor comes through a bit but isn't as prominent as the nose. The taste is pretty good, though doesn't quite stand out like it could. Good light and crisp feel with a finishing bitterness I'm enjoying. Drinks fairly well, but I think one glass is enough.

Thorpe429, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Light golden beer with a fluffy white head that left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Grainy, lager yeast, some hops, light honey and pale malts. It smells pretty good, as I can enjoy a nice rice lager once in while.

T - Rice lager taste is pretty spot on, with some floral hops and lager yeast. LIttle bit of fruit with some bitterness that gives the end a nice complete finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, nice dry finish.

O - A good beer, sometimes you're just in the mood for a rice lager, and this one hits the spot. Would gladly drink this again if they make it.

AgentZero, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Had on tap- 12.27.10
Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a yellowy gold color-- like dark honey. A soapy, sudsy, loose head of 2 fingers settles rather quickly.... It does leave behind some chunks of lace, at least as much as I'd hope for the style.

Smells like New Zealand hops-- lemony, slightly floral, and oddly enough, a tad tangy? The malts are light-- think light lager light. The hops come in and provide a good dose of flavor an bitterness to the beer.

The body is watery-- but I'm ok with it because of the style-- it is light, and easy to drink. I could see this being a "better" beer than macro lagers in terms of something I would prefer to drink-- I wouldn't mind having a 12 pack for the next time I go fishing... As far as it goes, I just prefer other styles.

The taste has a slight sweetness up front with the hop notes the nose presents. There also may be a slight melon note? A crisp, dry finish is refreshing. A slight oily feel holds some bitterness and let's it linger.

I'll be switching to a different beer after this one-- but dot pet you think it's due to a problem with drinkability-- it's just because I'm a ticker at heart...

AleWatcher, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

Our Three Floyds Brewpub Experience continues with this offering. It pours a clear (there's a tiny bit o' haze, but not enough to make me really notice it too much) straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, coriander, and maybe one or two strands o' wheat. Not much goin' on here. The taste is another story altogether. It begins harmlessly enough with some lemon peel, some short-lived butter and a mild soapy flavor. Then in swoops what I can only describe as caramel-dipped plastic topped with some toasted coconut shavings. I blame those diabolical sorachi hops. Evil flowers, those. The body is a kinda hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I was not a fan of this. That's all I can really say.

TMoney2591, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Imbibed at the FFF Pub 12/19/2010. 4.50% ABV, 30 IBU

Appearance -- pours a hazy straw hue with a cap of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, lemon, a bit of pine bough, and sticky rice. Not bad, but a bit ho-hum.

Taste -- Okay, things are getting interesting: Base of pale malt and a dash of rice with a smattering of lemon zest, gentle vanilla, and spring flowers. Hop bitterness is prominent, but not strong enough to be distracting. Lingering flavors of lemon zest, pine boughs, and pale malt.

Mouthfeel -- Light bodied with moderate fluffy carbonation. Very smooth, drinks easy.

Drinkability -- While the nose left some to be desired, the flavor was on point. Nice use of Sorachi Ace, though other breweries have implemented it with better results (Brooklyn). All in all, it's an exceptional APL that would be a perfect warm weather beer. Good on ya, FFF!

yeahnatenelson, Dec 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

cadaugherty, May 14, 2013
Photo of rpardon7
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer poured a bright clear straw yellow with a soft bubble bright white head. Smell was malt grains and some fresh cut and citrus hops. Taste was simple and balanced grain and malt up front with a small bready cracker feel followed by a snappy dry hoppy finish of lemons and grass. Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated, the carbonation lends itself to the hops brings them to the front. Drinkability is very high, well crafted american pale lager by three floyds this would be an excellent grill out hot weather lager!

rpardon7, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev +6.7%

RTrain12, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Who says American Light Lagers have to taste like those from the industrial-type breweries. This crisp, clean, and hop forward example proudly states otherwise.

Gold Leader pours with a similar stature as German Lagers- medium straw in color, bright clarity, and streaming carbonation. A bright cotton-white foamy head sits on the beer and hold firm for the first half of the session before falling short.

Part-malt, part-grain aromas give off notes of light breads or crackers along with raw barley kernels. Grassy, lemony hops allow for a very herbal, floral scent to round thing out. Not an over complex aroma but mild and refreshing throughout.

Flavors closely replicate the aromas with an early grainy-sweet flavor that rounds into cracker-like malts at mid palate. Where most domestic lagers die, this one allows for the snappy bitterness of lemongrass and fresh cut hay.

Creamy early, at least until the carbonation subsides; then the beer makes a quick fade to an airy, dry, and fleeting finish. A minty cooling and grassy bitterness lingers in the finish but otherwise, the beer is bone dry.

High quality malts, flavorful hops, and strategic placement of flavors at key points in the beer experience makes this one a standout in an otherwise banal style. I almost detect a soapy flavor just before the finish that could be a bi-product of the Sorachi Ace hops that are used and becomes the only deterant.

BEERchitect, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

Cute name-I assume this is inspired by star wars.
A: clear straw gold, good white head and lace.
S: my first take on sorachi ace hops, which are very lemony and dominate the nose. some floral and grassy notes as well. crackery malts underneath.
T: lightly sweet biscuity malts and a crisp lemony hop bite bring it to a dry finish. Nothing overwhelming but far better than any other american adjunct lager I've had. I suppose the rice is there but for me it just brings a light dry crispness.
M: light-bodied, crisp, effervescent but has a bigger, chewiery mouthfeel than others in this style.
D: nice low abv. A well done adjunct lager with the noticeable sorachi ace hop twist. Should have been released in the summer though.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 31, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Hellvis, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of birdsellam
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of IPx
5/5  rDev +33.3%

IPx, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%

Served in an imperial pint glass at FFF brewpub

This beer was all Kyle's idea, and if you look below, he hated it more than me. This beer pours a golden color with a nice white head on the top of it. The smell is a nice light pilsner aroma, slightly bready in nature, but incredibly light. The taste is where this beer takes a nightmarish turn down the wrong dark alley. The taste starts out seemingly harmless with a bit of pilsner lager taste and then bam! On the tail end of the flavor the Sorachi gets you. There is a mineral/chemical like taste that is greatly off putting. I'm sure it's an acquired taste, but I've yet to acquire it. In all honesty it reminded me of toilet cleaning chemicals. Not that I've tasted them, but when you smell it and it's so potent you can taste it...that's the flavor I got from this beer. The mouthfeel suffers greatly from the flavor of this beer, even though had it not been for the sorachi hops, this might have been a great mouthfeel. The drinkability is chug so it goes away. It's kinda hard to put more than a couple of sips of this down.

Vdubb86, Feb 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mmmhopslam, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 18, 2011
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Gold Leader from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.