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Gold Spike Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale

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142 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-27-2003)
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

guezarka, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Ajlvt, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

PhillyStyle, May 16, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

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

MistahBeah, May 16, 2013
Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a clear golden, with a thin white head. Aromas of light grassiness. Taste begins with a lemon flavor, then some raw grain, then an earthy, grassy finish. The aftertaste is a bit tart. Decent mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit low. Overall a nice beer.

tronester, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

vonnegut21, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

rab53, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Celtics76, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JMD, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bdoggboston, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

hopley, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TeeJay, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ecxeeder616, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

zprzysie, Jan 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

shigg85, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

PeteRiz, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

PEIhop, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

joefalafel, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BigCheese, Sep 17, 2012
Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.