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California Gold - Taps Fish House & Brewery

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California Gold
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 10-22-2005)
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Reviews by moonknight31:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

moonknight31, Oct 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful IPA this is.
Pours a deep golden amber clear color with a decent half finger of white that takes it's time melting to a mere ring.

Aromas are all about the hops...pine oils and grapefruit peel citrus...fresh and clean.

Taste follows aromas in a way you would want but seldom find. Slightly sweet amber malts to start give way suddenly to the fresh, clean pine oils and citrus peel hops. Each sip brings a more mellow and balanced blending of the malts to hops but hops definitely take center stage all of the way.

Aftertaste stays clean and fresh...wonderful IPA from the west coast in a wonderful west coast fashion.

IntriqKen, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a fairly clear, but slightly hazy gold color. It is extra dry hopped so the slight amount of haze is expected. The head was made of small white bubbles that didn't stay too long. The smell was quite pungent. Dry hopped to just about perfection I would say, as it added a lot to the aroma. Lots of pine and hop bouquet, and the flavors came through almost the same, with lots of sweet, citrusy hops, as well as a lot of bitterness due to the hops. Had quite a bitter bite to it. The sweet malt was noticeable but definitely took a back seat. Mouthfeel was normal, and the drinkability was quite good as this was hoppy and refreshing.

MiScusi, May 11, 2007
Photo of SirBentham
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SirBentham, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a mug. Taps Cali Gold has a clear amber color, a generous amount of fine, tightly packed carbonation, and a foamy white head that left lots of webby lace.
Nice hoppy nose; lots of pungent citrus peel and caramel malt. A lesser degree of pine needles and touch of spice makes me immediately think of SN's Celebration Ale.
Real flavorful brew; nice malt backbone that holds up well against a powerful hops bitterness. Columbus hops were used and give this beer a clean, potent hops bite. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, with a dry finish.
California Gold definitely reminds me of SNCA, both in aroma and taste. Well-balanced and seriously hopped with a hint of spice that tough to pin down and identify. Nicely crafted and worth stopping in for if you're in Brea. Recommended.

Boilermaker88, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of vacax
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and golden. White, bulging head from the hand pump a little over a finger tall. Looks a little pretty, though retention is not as high as expected. Smells of sweet juicy grapefruit and some flora. Tastes of light malts, citrus, flora, and grapefruit. Some pint in the midpalate with an ever increasing pine flavor on the finish. Pine intensifies at the end for a sticky brew, more there than in the actual beer it seems. Medium bodied with a low-medium carbonation that would be expected from a cask ale. A bit sticky, needs more of a kick to the beer itself to match the robust finish.

vacax, Nov 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

wolf_switzer, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

KeyWestGator, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster glass, consumed 03/06/08.

Clear light golden color. Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma has lemony note.

A little clean and sour citrus (possibly intended) then a more-bitter-than-expected finish. Guess they didn't use German or English hops in this one, as there's no hint of typical Taps spiciness here. No malt character to speak of.

Mouthfeel has a bit of carbonation tingle.

Interesting variation.

charlzm, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a crystal clear golden color with a nice layer of white foam on top.

S: A pretty solid IPA nose on this beer, with lots of grapefruit notes and not much in the way of malt.

T: Like you would expect, the hops are pretty front and center on the palate. The grapefruit and pine are the main flavors, with a dryness to the finish.

M: The body is medium with very lively carbonation.

D: This was definitely one of the better beers I tried tonight. The finish was perhaps a bit too dry, but overall an enjoyable beer to have a pint of.

womencantsail, Jan 31, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jwswigs, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Marco_Gtz, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SocalKicks, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of nealbert
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

nealbert, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Taps in Brea.

A: Gold and transparent with an attractive white head. Nice color. Lacing is scattered.

S: Aromatic orange flesh with floral and tangerine notes. Malt is faint, redolent of bread. Nice hop profile.

T: Moderately bitter with notes of orange and tangerine flesh. Malt is light and bready. No evident alcohol.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A tasty hoppy pale ale. I think I'll have a pint.

HopHead84, Aug 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask during my visit, on to the beer:

By craft brewery standards, this seemed like a lighter tasting IPA. Oh, it's still pleasantly hoppy, but not explosive. Goldenrod color with a head that leaves good lacing all around the glass. Subtle flavors in the nose, but it is more prevalent in the taste, where it's like a blonde ale with the addition of hop/pine notes. I suppose this is brewed lighter to pair with the brewpub's seafood items, might be good with halibut.

DoubleJ, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Santogold - Creator

A- golden as the name, good head for a cask of this sort
S- Their beer board lists this as a golden ale, but the hops are very evident right from the nose.
T- This was tough to figure out. OK, now I see that on BA it is listed as an IPA. It seems to hoppy to call a golden and too thin to be an IPA.
M- Good carbonation on cask. Felt maltier than the sample that I had off of the regular tap.
D- I have to give them props for trying something diffent with this beer. They might do better not calling it a golden ale, as the SoCal microbrew scene has a very defined notion of golden ales that this far exceeds.

opwog, Oct 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%

Bnoise11, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Corona location today, won the bronze medal at the 2005 Los Angeles County Fair, bartender's favorite beer that they serve

A-Golden yellow color with some amber highlights that resembled a micro, minscule white creamy head, dissipated quickly, not much retention or lacing

S-Weak with some pine, orange peel, other citrus, caramel, some other malts, and floral aromas

T-Could barely taste the Amarillo and Columbus hops but it was still pretty good, just watered down and light for an IPA, heard this beer was much hoppier from others that have tried this, nicely balanced with a light malt profile, needs to be more intense to make it stand out more

M-Faintly bitter mouthfeel, thin body, tons of carbonation, taste went away almost immediately

D-Could drink this all day, low alcohol percentage, not filling at all, thirst quenching

One of the lighter tasting india pale ales I have tasted but still pretty good, listed at 5.8% ABV, would drink again if I went here but would not be my first choice, recommended for fans of pale ales, hopheads could be a little let down by the small potency of this one

Floydster, Feb 26, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger lightly yellowed head over a clear light gold liquid. Smells lemon, orange, pine, and mildly edgy alcohol sting. A little bit of baby aspirin and apricot.

Tastes strong hop flavor and clean hop bitter over a non-descript modest malt sweet. Hop flavor is pine, lemon, pineapple, and buttery orange. Hop bitter is sharp, strong, and relatively free of grassiness. The finish dries a bit and a fairly clean alcohol makes itself known. Simple, light, and drinkable.

mentor, Oct 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

2beerdogs, Dec 30, 2013
California Gold from Taps Fish House & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.