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R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deliriumfest on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed 3-23-09, Bottled 6-18-09
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Photo of BTPete
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color (hence the name ;) Big fluffy head with lots of bubbles. Very active beer and a couple swirls and you get a nice head on it again.

S: Funky. Nice brett character. Some subtle fruit tones under the funk.

T: Very active in my mouth. High carbonation. Very funky flavor up front followed once again by soft fruit notes, light hop balancing in there too.

M: light and bubbly. Highly carbonated with a dry finish.

D: I love this beer! I'm not terribly surprised being a big fan of the very well known other brett beer out there. I enjoyed it so much that after finishing my last bottle I immediately set out to trade for more. I've enjoyed it and look forward to drinking again. If you like bretty Belgian Pales I would at least give this one a try.

Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HopHead84 cracked this one open as a palate-cleanser after a long night of gueuze drinking.

The first pour from the bottle is a brilliantly clear gold, with a billowing head of pure white. A great looking beer. The aroma is grainy and funky, brett present but still subtle at this point. Beneath the musty cellar aroma there's an herbal hop character and some light apple-like sweetness. Flavors of honey, cereal and malt hit the palate first, followed by some semi-medicinal funk and an herbal hop kick. Crisp and light bodied but very flavorful. It finishes dry and grainy, slightly grassy with lingering hoppy bitterness and some faint phenols.

Another awesome beer from this underrated brewery. The hoppiness is enjoyable, but I'm interested to see where this will go with age.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle, thanks to CaptainCougar for hooking it up. Gold color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma pops out with a very brett-in-primary signature fruitiness, with lots of floral brightness as well. Herbal and somewhat phenolic tasting with just a touch of sweetness, some funky dustiness and light bitterness. There is also a juicy, almost pineapple fruitiness that enhances the illusion of a sweeter beer before the dryness of the finish hits you. Pretty light on the tongue with plenty of carbonation. This is pretty nice right now, with a great, bright mix of fruity, spicy, and herbal elements, but I can see it getting great with more time in the bottle.

Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle courtesy of FlssmrBrewAlum poured into a tulip.

Pours a light clear golden amber with a constant stream of champagne-like bubbles feeding a billowy white head that leaves a huge one-inch head and tons of lacing.

The aroma is light and sweet with tons of light fruits, apricots and pears especially, as well as a bit of spiciness from the Belgian yeast and an overarching floral character. And I mean actual flowers, not the grass or pine from hops, but much more perfume-like. The brett is coming through a little bit with some earthy barnyard funk as well.

The taste is much milder than the aroma would suggest with the initial tastes being a quick lemony citrus flavor before the Belgian yeast and lightly sweet fruits take over. The funk is barely present and only in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and much smoother than I was expecting. The finish isn't as dry as I was expecting from the aroma.

This is an exceptionally drinkable Belgian style beer from New Glarus. The taste doesn't quite have the complexity I was hoping for, but it's still a very tasty brew.

Photo of younger35
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got this bottle from Joe1510 because he's scared of me and knows I'd kick his ass if he didn't give me one. New Glarus is my favorite brewery and I'm pumped to be able to try this brew. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet while watching Vikings vs. Steelers.

Appearance- Pours a golden yellowish orange with a nice big fluffy two finger bright white head. A random spotty cap is left along with a big/thick collar that leaves a lot of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Soft and very floral with a rose hip like scent right from the start. A bit of musky Brett and hay mix to compliment the florally nose perfectly. Dandelion stem and grass are a plenty as well. A bit of bready malt tickles the nose as well but for the most part this nose is Brett and floral hops.
Taste- Starts with a big Bretty presence as the beer is earthy and dank. Mushroom and grass are prevalent as the hops add a nice sharp florally bitterness. The floral aspect of the beer really translates into the nose and has a very perfumey taste. A bit of citrus as well with a bit of sharp lemon peel and even a touch of orange. Nothing crazy but a nice aspect none the less. The Brett really lingers and is very earthy and delicious.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a really sharp, aggressive carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability- Man this is a great beer right now. The balance between the hops and Brett is absolutely amazing. I think with too much more time on this though the Brett will get way more pronounced and the hops will lose some of the greatness they're showing right now. So good, so easy drinking. Awesome stuff, thanks Joe!

Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on my way to Darkness Day '09 from New Glarus. Poured from 500ml bottle into Stone Levitation glass.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow with a finger or so of frothy white head. Some nice retention as well as some sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - I can smell the Brett right off the bat along with some sweet fruity notes, light barnyard funk, and a touch of hops.

T - Not as funky as the nose, but I can still get some slight funky and musty notes. Yeast, brett, sweet fruit along with a slight bitter finish. I thought that the hops are more present on the palate.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, sorta dry finish.

D - Really a great beer. I can't wait to see what the brett/funk does as time goes by.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light orange hue and one finger of light bubbly head.

Scent of light sweet fruit, earthy yeast, sugars, tart funk, and light floral hops. This one is a winner, a light floral scent with a great funkiness, but not too light.

Taste of lemon zest, light bitter, earthy hops, and crisp bread in the finish. Zesty and funky, not overly so, with a touch of fruit and hops. Very good stuff, I can't wait to see how it ages.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly strong biting carbonation as it lingers on the tongue.

Photo of rtepiak
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the closest thing that i can experience to a orval on this side of the water i believe. not as bready. the pour is clear though sans some base sediment. nice and golden in color with a consistent head. a tad skunky and a very gentle sour hoppy quality. one of the few brewery that is doing export style properly. and well... consistently on point. great job.↲↲Had it again in oct '10 from the one time same batch and the nose had a cellar cheese fermentation of something gone bad. Hop was not as bitter zest pine but a nice mild sweet apple. Brett blends into so pretty firmly established floral notes. Lavender and honeysuckle and a bitter of chrysanthymum with a undertone of going foul. A bitter finish of herbal. Rosemary with a chalky mineral.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden with a creamy white head.

S - Aroma is very bretty with green apple, some barnyard funk, and a touch of floral hops.

T - Pale malt, brett, sour green apple, and some floral hops as well as a substantial amount of funk. Would be great, except it unfortunately gets a little catty and strange on aftertaste. Some hop bitterness present, 38 IBUs according to the bottle.

M - Nice smooth palate with medium body and lively carbonation. Refreshing despite the aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is high.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from badbeer, thank you sir!

500 ml. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden hue with a big two finger off-white head that takes a while to die down. A good amount of stick remains on the sides of the glass with a whole bunch of bubbles racing up to the top as well. Smell of this beer is absolutely divine. Lemon, floral hops, hay, and clean brett. I had to give this a perfect 5 for aroma because everything comes together so well and it's just so clean...mmmhmmm, orgasm in the nose. Taste is very similar to the smell. The citrus is a bit weaker (unfortunately) but the brett is quite strong and very dry and grassy. Some spice, pepper, and sweet honey. Horse blanket in the aftertaste with a splash of orange zest. Once again, great balance amongst the plethora of flavors. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a fairly strong carbonation, very fitting for this beer. I can't help but love this beer. I love just about everything New Glarus makes and this is just another one to add to the list. Might be my new favorite from them in fact. Get your hands on this one for sure. Thanks a ton Mike!

Photo of Deuane
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mothman for the hookup on this one

A-Lightly hazed orangish golden yellow with a medium white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Musty floral notes with sharp citric acid and bit of lemon and wet dog.

T-Sharp acidic fruit bite of apple/pear. Slightly musty with a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Light biscuit malt underneath. Dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crisp with nice lingering brett twang aftertaste.

D-A fascinating and very drinkable beer, Reminiscent of an English dry cider. Tasty and sharp with lots of flavour and brett influenced but not dominated. Looking for more things to come from this series.

Photo of torchednoodle
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, so weird. First sip I took of this beer, I did a double take, I was just surpised this tiny bottle packed such a punch... But as I kept sipping, I realized what an incredible fusion of floral and brett was happening here.

Leaves a lacing of thousands of very fine bubbles, head is very fine and smooth. It is an opaque gold when held up to the light. Smell is floral and earthy at the same time, it's really an incredibly smelling beer.

Taste is like the smell x5, just an absolute ton of flowers present set upon a backdrop of musty earthy brett. The brett taste isn't too strong, but strong enough to impart an incredible earthiness which mixes so well with the floral bouquet of hops. Very perfumey. Drinking this is like drinking liquid nature, it just makes you happy to be alive.

Mouthfeel is much like the pour, thousands of tiny bubbles work their way across your tongue. Drinkability is very good and the alcohol is relatively well hidden by the strong flavors in this beer, but you definitely have to know what you're in for when you drink this sucker: I offered some to a friend who is only halfway into craft beer and he HATED it. I on the other hand, dig it immensely, even though I was also suprised on the initial taste, wasn't initially sure what to expect. A lot going on here, very admirable start to the R&D series.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Joe for this one! Keep it real at all costs...
I love the bottle, it looks like a mini 40 oz. from the middle ages.

Smells and looks like Orval. Elements of Bam Biere and Burton Bridge Empire IPA...enough comparisons though, it could be a similar strain of Brett taking hold.

Pours a hazy orange gold, a fluffy compact head settles into a patchy ring after quite a while. Stellar aroma of wildflowers, musty attic, and funky fruit. Deeper whiffs/swirls bring on some cheese rind and restrained horsey funkiness. Flavor is dry and Brett dominated. Somewhat medicinal, very dry with a flash of Maris Otter malt in the middle, buried under the yeast complexity. Aftertaste has a resiny hop earthiness. Effervescent yet full bodied, again like Orval. If you aren't a fan of wild ales stay away, although it's fairly restrained with the funk, and masterfully balanced. This is a fascinating and easily drinkable beer, here's to Dan Carey and his experimental projects...can't wait to see what happens next in the R&D series.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with eyncognito. Consumed on 9/24/2009 and poured into my S. Feuillien glass. The beer appears golden with a soapy one inch head, which slowly recedes and yields some lacing.

When I bring my nose to the glass, I immediately detect citrus (orange) and moderate Brett notes. The Brett character is surprising for a beer so young, but I can't complain as it smells pretty damn good. The hops impart floral, grassy, and herbal notes. There's a distinct earthy quality here, as well as a spices reminiscent of clove and ginger.

The orange notes are stronger in the flavor, fusing quite nicely with the musty Brett. The spiciness has increased, with notes of white pepper, clove, and ginger. The malt profile is slightly toasted and biscuity with a low level of sweetness. Hop bitterness is at an upper low level. Just a touch of alcohol is evident. The finish is dry with resonating citrus and musty Brett.

The beer is high light bodied with a lower level of high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

An immensely enjoyable beer and a worthy homage to Orval. In closing, I'd like to leave you with a question: can New Glarus do no wrong?

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 500ml bottle served in the new style Boulevard chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a brilliant gold with a finger of white head. Fantastic aroma with a healthy dose of Brett and citrus. Surprisingly hoppy flavor. Lighter to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not much in the way of Brett sourness, although it comes out a bit in the finish as it warms. More citrus from the hops in the flavor. Very unique and highly enjoyable beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In lieu of an Orval glass (which I don't have), I'm drinking this in my Koningshoeven chalice. Thank you Ian, especially for keeping this refrigerated since you bought it so that I'd get to try it as close to fresh as possible

A: A beautiful amber with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk leaving some lace. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: Despite being but three months old, the Brett has asserted itself. There's a mild clove character along with the signature wet leather note that plays off the bright citrus character with orange peel and almost a little ginger. Deep and complex, I'm loving the interaction of the Brett and hops. While not overtly sweet, there's some mild honey and candy-like sweetness that's present on the nose. Very Orval-esque

T: Opens with a delicate honey-like sweetness with a character that brings to mind milk and honey. While there's pretty much no lactose/lactic character to this beer, this is the first thing that comes to my mind. Bright citrus, with some flavor hops (orange peel) and low bitterness, along with a mild sweetness of a medley of sugars and a touch of spices - clove and mace - this is pretty complex. Brett character pervades this beer, with a delicate leather and barnyard character.Drying on the finish with a blend of hop flavor, reserved bitterness, citrus and Bretty character.

M: Medium-light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation that works very well with the base beer. The finish is deliciously complex. Very, very good

D: I had no problem nursing this bottle over the course of an hour, appreciating all that it is. Yet another winner for Dan.

** Edit 02 Jan 2010**
I haven't had one in over a year, and am curious to see how it's doing. This has gotten a beautiful Brett funk, a lot more than when fresh, with a blend of clove, pineapple and just a touch of plastic. A little citrus is also present. Malt is present as a moderate honey note, but this is all about Brett right now. Like an Orval at about 2 years, this is awesome. The palate is awesome. Light, airy, funky, there's a melange of clove, pineapple, cotton candy, honey, this is great. A touch bitter on the finish, there's a moderate pepper spiciness too. Carbonation is high, lending a light carbonic acid character. Excellent stuff, everything I wanted from this beer. 3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of box299
2.62/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I clearly don't have taste... So please don't listen to me... I am the only one who thought this beer tasted like a freshly cut lawn... I truly do not find this beer worthy of the New Glarus name.

I live in Chicago and make an annual pilgrimage to the town of New Glarus for an annual camping trip and major beer purchase. They have beers that I am not crazy about (spotted cow, dancing man) and they of course have beers I love (Hearty Hop and Fat Squirrel)

To me this beer misses the mark... It's Grassy in taste and smell and the after taste is one I want to follow with a shot of almost anything.

It is strong and I did drink in September beer brewed in March and bottle in June. I did ask if it should sit around for awhile and they said no it's ready to roll...

So you know I didn't get a bad bottle... bought two at the brewery and then tasted in the tasting room... Grassy... then I have tasted two bottles here at home... Batch 160 BBL

Photo of KI9A
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange. Creamy head, long lasting into lace chunks.

S: Grainy, funky, inviting.

T: Earthy, orange/citrus. Brett jumps out at you. Semi sweet, not as much as some Belgian Ales. Reminds me of their Crack'd Wheat, but with brett!

M: Light, very dry. Abundance of carbonation. Strangly refreshing.

D: ABV is somewhat hidden at first, but, you can feel a very slight burn after a quaff. Hell of a neat beer. Another job well done, Dan & Co.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden with superb clarity and an inch of bubbly white foam on top supported by plenty of active carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of crisp grain malts alongside a somewhat fruity undertone. Big earthy yeast funk with trademark Brett and barnyard accents. I get a slight acetic green olive type of aroma here that is oddly enticing. Sun dried hay and mellow herbal, grassy hops. Spiciness as well. Quite complex.

First sip brings crisp sun dried malts upfront with a mix of fruit and funky yeast flavors. The Brett steps up right away with barnyard and musty tones along with a nice tartness. Acidic tones with a touch of vinegar and green olive again. Earthy and spicy flavors weave in and out as it flows down. Quite dry overall. Light caramel and honey afterthoughts with hops on the back end. Complex, bold flavors, extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the lower end of medium bodied making this brew extremely drinkable and refreshing. Good carbonation overall. I could drink this in mass quantities if it was a bit cheaper and more readily available. Perfect on this sunny Labor Day. As far as I am concerned New Glarus knocked this one out of the park and I look forward to future R&D releases.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into tulip. Side note, drank this one after getting home from the Notre Dame home opener.

A- Pours a hazy gold/orange with a fair amount of head that recedes slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S- Funky barnyard smell mostly of hay with maybe a little bit of orange.
T- Brett is the dominant taste, with a hint of citrus and orange. With some aging this is going to turn into something amazing.
M- this is a medium bodied brew that has a decent amount of carbonation but not too much.
D- If this wasn't so limited, I would drink this beer all the time and the 7% ABV is hidden very well.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark (mba3243) for this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Huge billowing soapy foam that fills most of the glass but dissipates quickly and leaves some chunky lacing. Transparent golden color with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top. If the retention were a little better it'd be perfect.

S - Big smell - I could catch a whiff as soon as I popped the cap. Interesting combination of flavors in this one - there's some musty, dank funkiness overlaying a nice hoppy Belgian pale. The hop character is spicy and a touch dank/earthy, with some lemon zest as well. The malt character is pretty subdued, with some light toffee and graham cracker. Complex stuff!

T - Taste is a little smoothed out, with light musty wet funk, a sweet biscuity flavor mid-palate, and a surprisingly bitter and spicy finish full of lemon zest and dandelion that persists for quite a while. It could have used a little more intensity early on, but perhaps this will get more funky as it ages.

M - Medium body, with a very soft and creamy texture. Nice moderately dry finish with a touch of tooth-adhering stickiness. Carbonation gives the slightest tingle to the upper lip and is spot on.

D - The spicy and bitter finish gets to be a little much, but that actually keeps me sipping fairly continuously. The 500ml serving size went down easy, and the wonderful mouthfeel made it a very pleasant and refreshing beverage. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

A good start for the R&D line - looking forward to the next one.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Style: Golden Ale
Batch: 160 BBL
Brewed: 3-23-09
Bottled: 6-18-09
OG: 15P
ABV: 7%
IBU: 38

500ml bottle

crisp yellow pour. floral, fresh hop notes reminiscent of a czech pils. a beautiful lemony fizz jumps out from the secondary brett. the dry wine-like finish and perfect drinking body makes this a supreme refresher, even at 7%. reminds me of a more drinkable sanctification. this is only available at the brewery, so i probably won't be getting another. wish i had a case. perfect way to say goodbye to thirst quenching yet flavorful summer beers.

Photo of gory4d
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in trade from the excellent Masterski -- thanks, Alex!

Pours a clear orange with a dense white head. The smell is funky beet sugar, bitter dandelion, walnut skin. The taste is all of those, with an emphasis on the dandelion, plus a sort of caramel note that's a little at odds with the rest. It's thick, highly carbonated. Not a gulper, but nice.

Photo of illidurit
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bulletrain76. Poured into a 400 mL goblet. Bright orange gold with a slightly fizzy off white head. Aroma is very orangey, with notes of the drupelets, peels, and oils. Also some light phenolic character and maybe a hint of that chlorinic bretty funk. Super funky taste with pepper, earthy hops, horseblanket, slight orangey fruitiness. I can definitely understand the comparisons to Orval but it's not really really similar or anything. Good candidate for aging, it would be interesting to see where the brett takes this beer over time.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this as an extra?? Wow. Thrilled to death to say the least to get to be typing this one up, I was elated when it hit my fridge. Grabbed this one out last night to hang onto as I watched a little TV. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this excellent ale was consumed on 08/20/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - The pour was damn near perfect. Bright golden yellow in color with a light cloudiness to it. Lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout the session really gave it a very lively look. Huge head of white foam on the top that reached a height of damn near three inches before settling back down, but even at its lowest kept a height of around two inches intact. Loads of soapy looking side glass foam as well. Huge look here.

Aroma 4.5 - Light barnyard funk is picked up right away. Nice and light banana and clove aroma now as well coming through very nicely I have to say. As it warms some light lemon like notes and hints of light grass coming through.

Taste 4.5 - Bright, crisp, clean, and wonderful. The lightness of it only adds to the tremendous flavor that is coming through here. Light funky notes are the absolute perfect accent to a bright golden ale. Light lemon zest, hints of grain and a touch of a fresh grassy and herbal note all play very well on the palate. Really smooth and completely wonderful. Nice dry finish to it, clean with the lightest bit of sour hanging out way back in the palate and a determined funkiness that wont quit.

Feel 5 - Perfect. Very light body here and spectacular carbonation as well. This was insanely well done I have to say. I was shocked as to how clean and crisp the feel was on this one. It was expertly done and just as lively on the first sip as it was on the very last.

Drinkability 5 - I could have had ten of these. Even at 7% they just seem to go down like water. I am not sure how they packed so much into something so light and airy but it really, really works. I really could not get enough of the rich flavor and light, smooth overall presentation.

Overall - One of the best I have had in the style hands down. This was easily one of the favorite things I have had from New Glarus or anyone. I am not sure what it is about this one, but I just really fell for it. Great job here I would have this again any day.

R&D Golden Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.