Navigator Golden Ale - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Navigator Golden AleNavigator Golden Ale

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allboutbierge on 04-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by devinoconnor:
Photo of devinoconnor
2.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the Pocono Marathon, I went here for a couple beers and a cheeseburger. The cheeseburger was delicious. The beers? Eh, not so much.

Pours a bright, golden color much like a Miller Lite.

Smells watery, very little hops.

Goes down like a light beer. Rather boring. Did get a little sweet finish in there, like a caramel.

Overall, a disappointment.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden body with a nicely formed white head leaves behind thin layers of lacing around my glass. Aroma contains sweet lightly toasted malts with herbal grassy hops very light overall. Flavor has a crisp mix of light toasted honey tinged malts with lemongrass hop character goes oh so well together. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with creamy texture. Drinkability overall I can't really crave this one borders on the rough side of the spectrum in golden ales.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden-yellow color with a 1/2-inch head that was nice and soapy for about 30 seconds before diminishing to a thin skim on the top.

Aroma gives off lemon accents as well as malty sweetness. Not much presence in the nose at all though, very inhibited.

Flavor retains the citrusy elements from the aroma, with hops showing up too. There's a sour element here that I've tasted in some of Barley Creek's others beers. The finish is very dry.

Pretty average, something nice to drink, basically inoffensive, but there are better choices out there, better golden ales, better beers. It is helped along by a sturdy yet refreshing mouthfeel, light enough but certainly not wimpy. Just don't go out of your way for it.

Photo of KenC
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a medium golden yellow color, with a very little head. Slight lacing.

S- Malts and some light fruit. Mild hop presence.

T- Sweet from the malt. Fruit from the hops.

M- Medium bodied with some soft carbonation.

D- Good session beer. I'd like to have some again.

My growler leaked all over the back of my Honda Pilot, so my sampling also had notes of road salt, ski boot and "Husky Liners" (that contained the mess completely). Hope to get back again this ski season.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright golden-orange color, frothy white head.

S: Funky sour citrus malt aroma, with some ammonia. There is some lemons, light bread hints as well on the nose along with herbal hopping.

T: Flavor is mostly tart lemons, light bread and nothing else. Limited complexity and rather boring and bland flavor that fades quickly off the tongue. A solid average beer around at best.

M: much like the taste, rather boring to behold, some carbonation, a little rough around the edges

D: Not bad and drinks much better then the aroma would suggest but is one I could live without.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a crisp golden colour wit ha fluffy white head atop the body. Residue left on the glass is moderate to light.

Ths aroma is a mixture of chalky grain, some sweet lemon, and a slight hint of hops. Not bad overall.

The flavour is a very bland version of the aroma. Lemony sweetness lingers throughout and grain cuts through nicely, even lending to a grassy flavour at the finish, but there's just nothing better than average about the flavour overall. Mouthfeel is relatively nice and crisp with this one being light boded.

Overall, this is an average to slightly above average brew. Nothing struck my fancy about it but there's nothing wrong with it that I could see. Simple, but a touch lackluster.

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a soft grainy aroma with a smattering of floral hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a soft doughy malt with a healthy floral hop. A bit syrupy however.

The mouthfeel was average for the style and very clean.

Overall a tasty and very sessionable ale.

Photo of kernalklink
2.77/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a little more character to this brew than Barley Creek's light, but not much. It poured well enough, a light gold with the smell of grassy malts. The taste was dominated by the corn, cereal with only a hint of hops which saved this brew. This offering seemed a bit watered down, but thankfully no sour malt taste. Very inoffensive if not simply for the lack of any real taste, but easy going down as a session beer.

Photo of Phatz
3.86/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a true golden color, heavy lacing. This is a beautiful beer.

Smell: It had a gentle English hop aroma; sweet caramelized malts and a hint of brown sugar. Bring on the salivating.

Taste: Smooth and quaffable. It has a very well balanced sweet caramelized malt character and gentle but firm English hop character. It has a dry aftertaste that lingers and begs for the next sip. This beer seems straight forward and is definitely made for drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium light body; moderate carbonation. Sits as a light weight beer in your mouth but has a solid body all the way through.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of sessionable beers. It is one I would gladly stay with all night.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of drtth
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear pale golden yellow color with a ¼" white head. Sipping leaves some modest lacing but before long the head recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: The aroma contains some lightly roasted pale malts and some light fruity/herbal notes from the mild hop presence.

Taste: The flavor is almost honey sweet from the pale roast malts. There is some light bready taste here and some light fruity (citrus, lemon?)/herbal notes from the mild hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is thin to medium bodied (at best) with some soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The finish is short.

Drinkability: One is OK to try once but I'll not return to it on purpose. It's a bit sweet for my tastes and I'd want something else to follow it, so there's not much reason to start with it if I have a choice.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - nice slightly hazy golden color with a half inch white head.
S - grassy, citric with an undertone of caramel malts.
T - oddly tart. it's missing the full blown yeast effects to call it a belgian as well as the malt profile yet, there it is.... Not quite distinct enough to say yeah, that's spot on but may be enough there to be a dissapointment for others.
M - light, nicely carbonated, dry and tart.
D - I don't know what to make of this one. I finished it but I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright golden yellow with a thin, foamy white head that descends to a patch.

The smell is of bready yeast with very subtle citric fruitiness in the back. Very mild, and rather pleasant. Nothing "off", just very mild.

The taste is also very mild. Sweet grain, some bready yeast, light citric fruitiness. Not bad at all - just too restrained. It has a soft, semi-sweet finish.

It is appropriately light-bodied for the style, but rather watery.

Easy enough to drink, but rather dull. Not much more than a typical/run-of-the-mill blonde ale. Nothing "off" or "bad", but rather mild and thin, even for the style.

Photo of RBorsato
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear bright gold with a nice almost white head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Sweet malty aroma with light grainy notes. Sweet grainy malt flavor -- standard brewpub Golden Ale. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

per BCBCo. flyer: 2 malts, Northern Brewer hops (mildly hopped), and OG 1.056

Per BCBCo website: OG 1048

(22 oz. / 650 ml bottle)

Photo of hopdog
2.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Barley Creek Brew Pub.

Poured a lighter golden color with a very small sized white head. Aromas grains and some citrus. Tastes of grains and citrus. I wrote down that this one was just plain 'boring". Thin body.

Notes from 06/28/07.

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is a bit fruity and dry along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very grainy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes smooth with breadlike notes and hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent golden ale. It has excellent pale malt characteristics. The palate is well balanced; a good drinker.

Photo of jimbotrost
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was sampled and reviewed at the brewery as part of a 6 beer flite. The pour was flat and a lifeless gold color. The nose was neutral, not offensive, not inviting. The carbonation level was very low for a quencher. The body and flavor were very thin except for at the end. The aftertaste showed signs of flavor and duration.

Photo of tgbljb
2.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a brilliant golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is strange with strong glue-like notes.
Taste is on the tart side with a strange background glue taste.
Finish is extremely thin, which may be good, because the flavor quickily dissapears.
Not very drinkable, average at best.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely light colored, seemed to be a watered down yellow color. It did have a good head, two finger head.

S: A lot of fruits meshed together. Citrus flavors, apples and I want to say banana.

T: Was drier than I thought it would be. Had a very sweet, fruity taste. A little too sweet.

M: A sweet taste beer, light bodied, decent carbonation.

D: If you like Blonde Ale's, you may enjoy this. Personally, I would not have it again, they have other beers that are more worthy of drinking.

Photo of korguy123
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My parents drove through the Poconos and stumbled on this place by accident. This is from their mixer six pack.

A- Hazy dark straw pour. Finger width white head, medium carbonation and decent lacing.

S- Banana, grassy hops, slight vinegar smell. Sour apples and tart lemon. Also getting a faint popcorn smell.

T- Sour apples and tart lemons, faint hop presence, bananas, subtle vinegar. The taste is quite refreshing. Reminds me of a blonde mix with a little gueuze.

M- Thin tart and refreshing.

D- While this is a refreshing beer, I can see myself getting tired of it rather quickly.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Rescue IPA pint glass lightly hazy golden with a low off-white head which was persistent enough at the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny and slightly vegetal with a low caramel malt presence. The aroma was estery as well.

The flavor was light and fruity with a slight caramel sweetness as the beer first contacted the palate. After the intial flavor came a corny and vegetal nature (DMS) and a light grainy character. Also present was a very light tartness.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit grainy and corny character into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and a bit water with a fairly low carbonation level. Not bad, but nothing complex about this one.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, orangish-copper color and is topped by a frothy pale tan head. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of fresh cut tart apples, banana, and clove. Overall the aroma is quite sweet, almost like some sort of candied fruit.

This beer is quite well carbonated, it almost vaporizes as it hits my tongue. This is certainly another infected brew from this brewery, which means every beer from this brewery was infected, I am starting to think that maybe this is what this brewery is actually trying to do, It's the first all Lambic brewery in the America's. Ok, sorry about the segway, what I meant to say is that this beer is quite tart; a mix between tart apple notes and sour plum characteristics. The taste is quite dry, but still manages to finish with a bit of sweetness; and of course is still fairly fruity, though the dryness of the beer does reduce the fruitiness a bit. This beer is not actually all that bad, really the infection has only added the acidity and accentuated the fruitiness. This ends up making this beer quite quaffable and fairly refreshing. By which I mean to say this beer is not completely undrikanble.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a very light yellow color. The head was fizzy and white and doesn't leave much behind on the glass. The smell of the beer was rather sweet smelling, the malts were strong in this one. The hops were undetectable on the nose. The taste of the beer was light, mostly sweet but not bitter at all. The mouthfeel was always light and almost watery. Overall I kind of liked the beer when I had it but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of goindownsouth
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Odd. I could swear I was drinking a Fosters Lager clone...

A light head and faint, if any head retention, this brew gave me a long, lingering whiff of things to come in the first few moments...

Some notes of fresh cut outdorsiness in the nose, although even less on the palate. Something rather abrassive going down as well...

Iffy, at best. Again, I will give this one a try, perhaps at the source, just in case I was given a poor representation, although the bottle I was given came straight from the brewery...


Photo of allboutbierge
1.76/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

An absolutely horrid beer. I can honestly say that if this was the last beer in the world I would not serve it to my dog. Though she doesn't mind sniffing her own ass, I have doubts that she'll be able to stomach this concoction.

Basically, it looks like and tastes like a yellow and super carbonated tonic water mixed with vinegar and lemon juice. Not enjoyable. I don't think it was skunked either--it smelt fine--a little bready and had a few mellow hoppy life aromas. But, in the end I dumped out the 22 oz bottle where it belonged--in the toilet.

Navigator Golden Ale from Barley Creek Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.