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Gold Spike Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

153 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-27-2003

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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 77
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head.
A fresh, outdoors, grassy aroma. Some citrus.
Spicy lemon taste, a little bit of hops.
Crisp and refreshing. It went down pretty easily.
Good summer beer. Would drink this again.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Dimly lit golden hue with a fresh looking white lace that does its job just fine.

Smell: Aroma of yeast and pale malt with a nutty back ground. Malty with a faint citric hop as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and a bit slick from a bottle conditioned mouth feel, the moderate body flows quite well. Quick juicy burst of lemony hop, then comes a wall of nutty yeast and malt dextrin. Light on the malt with dough biscuity notes. Slight bite from the hops and yeast in the drying finish.

Notes: Very refreshing with some simple complexities. Between the freshness of the brew and it being bottle conditioned it brings me to a happy place in beer heaven.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 6 fl oz.

AP: Poured a pale straw/golden color with visible bits of yeast and sediment. The head was a pure-white frothy thing with good retention. Very active and bubbly.

Nose: A wheaty and yeasty smell coupled with a mild citrus/lemmon scent.

Taste: A clean wheaty taste with some mild citrus flavors, mostly lemmon ending with a leafy-green flavored hop.

MF: A clean and crisp feel, light on the palate, medium look.

DA: Hearty and refreshing...very easy to drink indeed.

Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a giant white foamy head. The smell has sweet malt with a background of citrus hops. The taste has sweet malt with just a touch of citus hops and floral flavors. Not bad,but there's not alot here. The m/f is alittle thin with all the flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer,but there's nothing really memorable in this.

Photo of Monkey962
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold-silver mix. Something like a dirty champagne. Yields a white bubbly head with delicate lacing.

Smell: Minimal aroma of flowery hops. Almost reminds me of a middle-of-the-road lager.

Taste: Flavors reminiscent of both a bitter American IPA and a more balanced English IPA. Big grapefruit flavors are present, but don't take your head off like a strong American IPA. Finish leaves a nice bready note. Leaves a bit of sweetness on the lips.

Feel: Lovely mouthfeel. Seemingly minimal carbonation, but a really good balance between watery and thick.

Drinkability: A very refreshing ale with light flavors. The slightly minimal bitterness creates a sort of spicyness that invites you to take another swig. A good choice for a warm summer evening.

Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber for $11 at the Wild Colonial in Providence. As one friend pointed out, it does smell a touch like feet, but I think that's mostly the mild sulphurs from the German character. Overall it's a decent session beer with a lot of subtle spicy notes. As the beer warmed, that foot-like aroma did intensify, but it's otherwise a decent stab at the style. I'd rather have my kolsch have too much spice than too little.

Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Floral and spicy hops, clean pils malt

L: Hazy golden yellow, white dense head that dissipates quickly.

T: Fairly clean malt with some herbal undertones. Medium low spicy bitterness leads to a clean maltiness, light. Finishes slightly spicy with a prominent cereal note. Quite dry in the finish, some fruitiness as it warms.

M: Medium low body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, not one of BBC's best efforts.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBC has definaltey changed the recipe on this one within the last four months. When it first came out many people where appalled that BBC would let this go to the shelves as is. Times have changed.

Being a light style doesn't help in its “appearence" however, does have some positive, nie lacing, pretty active. Fortunatley this doesn't carryover to the mouthfeel. Nice crsip Europeon-type feel, strong wehat/pilsner finish. I do wish it were a little stronger though, at 4.2%, kind of week in that department, but on the other hand, makes it very drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Berkshire bomber into a pint glass. Picked up at Anconas in Ridgefield CT.

Pours brilliant clear gold with fast acting white foam. Clean smell, lemongrassish. Taste is clean crisp smooth. Some citrus at the close. Flavorful yet simple. Very nice.

Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yello win appearance with a head that disappears quickly, but wit hlight lacing reamining. Light citrus hop smell. Taste was initially lightly sweet, followed by a slight hop presence. Mouthfeel was light with some cabonation. Light quality makes it very drinkable. Probably a good summer brew. Not my favorite style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Local BIF from ppoitras. Thanks Pete for the entire package.

A- Pours a clear light straw color. One finger white head comes crashing down rather quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma is a little more than most Kolsch styles that I have had. Bigger grassy notes right off the bat. Light lemon aroma right with the grassy notes. Some herbal hops in the backend with a light sweet grainy note.

T- This tastes a little better than a typical Kolsch. Nothing huge and standout in the flavor profile. Some light pale malts with a bready flavor along with some light grains. Hops are light in the tail end with some herbal flavor to them.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light bready yeasts are left on the palate with some interesting hops in the aftertaste. Flavor profile was blended well and no off flavors I thought were in the beer. Clean and crisp tasting.

D- Very drinkable beer. This has to be one of my favorite Kolsch styles. I am not a huge fan of the style but this beer is good. Berkshire has been making fantastic beers and this just proves it once again.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cask Republic, New Haven, CT:

The beer appeared a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a foamy white head with some retention. The aroma was a pleasant sweet malty smell. The taste had a definite German tilt to it, as expected, but wheat and banana...reminded me more of a Kristalweizen than a Kolsch. The beer had a light feel to it, but it was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer and one that I would get again, but may not be my first choice.

Photo of fitzy84
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Very thin, clear pale gold color when poured out. The head, does indeed, stay with you for awhile, even when it seems razor thin. Herby aromas faintly float from the drink. Extremely refreshing: easily could be drank with heavy meals. Great carbonation. I would consider this definitely one of BBC's most light and refreshing beers.

Photo of DrinkNewport
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a moderate head.

Very mild aroma of sweetness.

It's a light flavor with high carbonation.

This is a lighter style of ale, but I find it very similar to a lot of pilsners. Recommendable as a summer seasonal for hot weather, but if you like big dark beers, you'll find it unremarkable.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Berkshire for me. I have had so many of their offerings when I stumble upon a new one I am always shocked. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/19/2009.
 
Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.
 
Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.
 

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, pale-yellow color. Similar to what asparagus does do your urine (you know I'm right). The head is kind of creamy and dies after a few seconds. Just about no lacing on the glass.

S- First scent I could notice was lemon. I'm not sure, but I suspect the scent was more like lemon zest than lemon juice.

T- Lemony flavor, with a floral-type backbone. This is most likely from the type of hops used in the beer. It's not a bitter or overpowering hop flavor. There was even a slight bite to the brew that the hops gave off that was pleasant. A little biscuity is another detectable flavor to the beer. The finish is clean. Overall, the beer is very crisp.

M- Not heavy at all. Not overly complex.

D-Very drinkable, almost like a lager, but it's a Kolsch.

Overall a solid performer from Berkshire Brewing Company out in Western Massachusetts. I live in Mass, but t have never had anything from this brewery prior to this brew. I'm not real tempted to get this brew again, so I might just want to try more from this brewery from Massachusetts.

Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw lightly cloudy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a healthy dose of grassy and herbal hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt and an herbal and grassy noble hop. Good residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with good carbonation.

Overall a flavorable and highly drinkable kolsch. Pretty true to style as well.

Photo of geexploitation
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and extremely pale with yellow highlights and a bright white head that sticks around well for the style. Slight, grainy aroma with some fresh hop characteristics but little else. On the palate, well-developed cooked grain note first off, but as the beer warms up this dissipates a bit, being replaced by a slightly sweet malt note, then some bitterness at the mid-palate and a slight flash of acidity before the finish dries out. Big carbonation throughout and light in mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fine example of an American kolsch. Not my favorite style by any means, but it's decent.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, pale gold with a thin white head. Retention is good for the style.

Smells of light grains and yeast. Tastes of lemon tinged light grain. Crisp but I'd like more from a Kolsch. Soapy, sourdough finish: not as clean as I'd like.

As a huge Berskshire fan, this is not one of their best.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Sierra Grille, room temperature basically, warm beer is better beer. Pours a very hazy, pee light yellow with a one finger head that leaves nice thick lacing. Smells of funk, wine, fruits/citrus and malts, not very strong smell though. Tastes of wine, grapes, malts and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light a bit too watery, warming, creamy and a good flavor coat. Drinkability is good, good taste, good price, no off flavors to kill it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin but foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of hops, wheat & grain.

T: The taste is basic and straight-forward with hops & wheat. It’s not very strong, but it’s very refreshing.

M: Very crisp & smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This one is incredibly easy to drink. It’s light with good flavor. It seems to me that this beer is exactly what the macros wish they could be, in terms of quality. Normally, I would go for something with more taste or kick or both, but this hit the spot on a warm night when I just needed something refreshing. It’s just what you would look for in a summer beer.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear yellow beer with a short foamy head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was of faintly floral hops, slightly sweet. Not a strong scent, quite subtle but fitting.

The taste was initially bitter, crisp, faintly fizzy, with light floral hop overtones.

Mouthfeel was a little thin for me, but better than most macros.

A good example of the style.

Photo of MistahBeah
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale hazy straw colored. Pours a thick foamy head with some retention. Some tiny bubbles rush to the top and forms a small layer at the top of the glass.

Aroma: Pale malts. Grapes. Some floral hops. Sweet smelling. Pretty inviting

Taste: Tastes like wheat. Weizen yeast. Earthy spiciness in the middle. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Tart grapes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly. Vinous. Slightly sticky. Decent

Overall: A decent offering. A good starting point from pilseners for the uninitiated. Good for summer and its mostly light body and low abv make it a good session beer. Berkshire makes much better beer but this is a decent example of this somewhat obscure (at least in America) style

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I will never forget last year, around this time, when one of the brewers was in attendance for the 20th Anniversary of Stoudt's Brewing and the Stoudt's "children", now all of age, kept referring to him as "Uncle Gary". Ha!

The color was a very cloudy, light yellow, like lemonade. The nose was very light, almost non-existent. The head was bone-white with low retention. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, crisp flavor on the tongue. The finish was slightly dry, but otherwise unremarkable. This was a summer-weight beer - light, refreshing, but not terribly flavorful.

Photo of hopdog
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of initial skunkiness then followed by breadiness, earthy, and grains. Tastes of straw, grains, and wheat. Has a light tart finish. I can see chilling this one way down and drinking it on a hot summer day.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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