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R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Golden AleR&D Golden Ale

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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, glowing gold with an orange hue. The head is creamy and white leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is dominated by floral hops and a alcohol aromas. There are fruity esters of peach with a slight orange aroma backed by a light horse Brett aroma. A honey like malt sweetness with moderately low peppery phenols.

T: Fruity and peppery with a light malt sweetness and moderate hops bitterness. It gets pretty dry by the finish from the Brett that brings a light barnyard funk. Te balance is slightly bitter and the aftertaste is of flowery hops and alcohol.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. Not cream. slight alcohol warmth.

O: The Belgian yeast character shows through well with a light Brett character.

Reviewed from notes, sampled on 12/1/2012.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

a very clean golden pour with a finger of detergent-like head, lots of visible carbonation, good amount of lacing.

smells of apples, orange peel, very fruity, sweet bready smell.. for the style it's the best smelling i've come across.

a pine like bitter-sourness. grassy, floral, tree sap bitterness. lots of earthy notes complimented by a fruity sweetness.. very complex.

medium body, high carbonation, creamy on the lips, slightly sour from the brett.

this is a phenomenal beer altogether. very complex, and hell, this is the first sour i've ever fully enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of udubdawg
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of axeman9182
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle courtesy of AlAlvarez. It was allowed to warm for just a minute before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

New Glarus's Golden Ale pours a crystal clear goldenrod, lightening towards lemon along the outer edges o the glass. Three fingers or so of fluffy white foam sit atop the beer. Head retention is just alright, and there's not much lacing at all to speak of. The nose has a nice pineapple tropical fruit aroma, along with a bit of the more expected barnyard funk. The flavor profile leads off with the fruity aspect of the nose. The pineapple flavor is sharp, and maybe even a little bit bitter, filling in where hops might otherwise have been in a lot of beers. The familiar wet hay, earthy brett notes come in later on along with a very delicate pepper presence. The beer is nice and dry, but the carbonation is just not quite lively enough. I enjoyed Golden Ale, it had a nice flavor profile from the brettanomyces, but it just wasn't a "great" beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barnyard story. Very funky aroma, barnyard on steroids. Significant foaming. Very much smooth soapy lace, and lots of soapy head. The taste is barnyard, socks, wet rag, detergent, straw, corn, peas. Smooth mouthfeel, though mildly acidic in finish. A dramatically different golden. Steven's hookup.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Paul.

Pours a golden straw color with a finger of white head. Really nice balance of sweet pale malt notes and fruit. Quite a bit of pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. Some light tartness on the nose as well. The flavor is clean and very enjoyable. Great balance of malt and Brett. Somewhat dry but a touch of residual malt sweetness as well as some sweet fruit character. A bit of spice character on the palate which is very nice.

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to The CPJ.

Pours a hazy gold with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lacing. Excellent aromas of earthy, musty Brettanomyces, orange peel, lemony hops, and crisp grains. Taste is quite similar to the nose, earthy, slightly plastic-y Brett, with lots of citrus hops and light grain. Very spritzy and light, and the Brett is balanced nicely by the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. A really great beer overall, refreshing and complex.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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