Gold Spike Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-27-2003)
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mnrider
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into pint glass. no freshness date

A: pours a golden pale straw color with one finger white head which is bubbly. Good amount of lacing which slides down the glass with the beer. Head turns paper thin.

S: Hops are strong with a citrus aroma, i think grapes? Not to too much else going on really.

T/M: Crisp/smooth. Citrusy and a little bitter. Pretty average too me.

D: It was refreshing and different. Not good enough that i would drink this brew again.


Photo of CharlieFay34
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale straw. Bright-white and fluffy head. Drops to a small cap and collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly sweet light malt base. Crackers with some floral backing. Light yeast adds a crisp earthy character to the back everything. Light and sweet. Some biscuit dough. Some slight corn and grassy notes. Lightly hopped. Clean, but ultimately a bit sweet and lacking depth.

Taste: More of the same. A bit of baked cracker sweetness. Some light earthy undertones. A bit more floral than the style would usually indicate. A bit grassy. Clean and easy going. Sweet light malts take a bit more as the beer warms. Some corn and light husk.

Mouthfeel: Clean and light with a moderate carbonation. Lacks a bit of crispness on the finish.

Overall: More like a stone spike.

Easy drinking and light, but missing some depth and crispness. Nice sweetness. Average.

Photo of blknikon
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't realize this was a Kolsch until I read the header. The bottle gives no indication and I was expecting an American style ale. The beer pours into a frothy head that does linger. The color is a modest yellow on the pale-ish straw side. The smell is citrus some maltiness, I don't smell the hops at all. The taste is on the dry side, a little lemony, some hoppy bite towards the end with a little yeasty zing added as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and the aftertaste is not overpowering. This is not an overly interesting beer, but it is refreshing and quite drinkable. For a summertime ale, I prefer a wheat or hefe to this style, but that is just me.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which eventually dissipated completely. Hazy sandy Naples yellow color. Smells of sweet malt. Flavor is not sweet, in fact it's a lot like most BMC mass offerings. Which leads me to say this is a good looking beer which happens to taste like many others you've had before. Upper average.

Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy light amber color, yeast settling out. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts with a malty/hop flavor, finish is clean. Definitely a summer ale. $3.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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 bum732
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of zprzysie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with some light hops and a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a bitter hop flavor laid over a light pale malt base. It's light and refreshing, but it's an off flavor. I think it's the yeast. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average beer. It's got some hop character and a light malt feel, but it just has something going on here I don't like.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent goldenrod color, producing just over 2 fingers of foaming head that dissipated into about a centimeter.

S: A very clean, Pils-like smell. Citrusy hop smell barely, with a light malt aroma.

T: A flat and bland taste, somewhat watery. Some hop bitterness toward the end, but the flavors weren't standout. Similar in taste to a macro, only slightly better. For some reason, the complexities didn't present themselves to me in this one, and I believe it was still fresh.

M: Adequate carbonation for a decent mouthfeel, ends with an enjoyable dry finish.

D: It's possible to drink many of these, but in the way you could slam a six-pack of Bud or bottled water. Was not overly impressed with this one, but will give it another chance in the future.

Photo of muttyd
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow with a thin white head.

S - Grainy malt, slight earth hops. Somewhat reminiscent of an American macro lager, but without the corn / roasted vegetable aroma.

T - Crisp, clean slightly fruity malt flavors dominate the palate. Some earthy/grassy hops in the finish.

M - Light body with a refreshing carbonation.

D - Drinks like a 4.2% ABV beer. Nothing too exciting, but still very enjoyable (for the style). A solid go-to for a hot summer night.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold Spike Ale has a clear golden body with a finger tall white cap that deposits a few scraps of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is clean and grainy, with some bread and cracker in there. All light, pale malts.

Gold Spike Ale has a hint of wheat, a good grain flavor, and then a bread/cracker characteristic to it. The finish has a flash of hops. I don't really pick up any good fruity characteristics from the yeast though.

Light, effervescent, not bad at all for the style.

Gold Spike Ale is a beer that you could definitely drink a few of on a summer day, and I appreciate the low alcohol. However, there really isn't much to it, and I would love to see a kolsch that has slightly more expressive yeast, and maybe just a dash of more Noble Hops.

Photo of Pabs311
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold color with a decent white head that fades rather quickly with minimal lacing

S- grainy, bready. very little yeast and no hops. not much goin on here but nice none the less

T- similar to the nose. sweet pale malt, chracterized by grain and bread. no yeast can be picked up and only a slight hop characteristic in the finish

M/D- Medium carbonation, light bodied. easy drinker, could easily polish off a couple of these on a hot summer day. nothing extraordinar though.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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