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Celts Golden Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 70
Photo of efhart
4.65/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this beer in 22 ounce bottle poured into glass. The color was golden with slight head. I found the beer not to have much aroma, but the the aroma was not unpleasant.

This beer really stands out on taste and drinkability. The taste is very pleasant, in fact outstanding. It's a beer that could be drank all night if one so desired.

Generally I don't care for golden beers or wheat beers, etc., but this golden ale is just a real cut above others I have tasted. Moylan's produces some really fine beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orange-amber body with a full, frothy, whitish head. Closer in color to the alternating stripes on the bomber than actually being golden.

Smell: Spiced citrus and doughy, bready malts with some sweetish honey and light caramel notes.

Taste: Bready, sweetish maltiness with a light touch of caramel. Tangy fruitiness with tastes of apple, lemon, and a hint of peach. Seemingly spicy, lemon-laden hops with a medium-low bitterness. The breadiness devolves into a more basic, generic doughy taste interspersed with hints of sweet honey. Finishes semi-dry with some enduring hints of dough and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, lightly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the movie "Journey Into Fear". Well-balanced, easy drinking, and I'll even say it has a bit more going on flavorwise than many blonde/golden ales out there.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-orange with a frothy 1 finger head that displayed very good retention, slowly settling to a thin film covering. A nice near full sheet coating was left behind for a lacing.

S: light overall with some fresh citrus (oranges) and a touch of honey and holiday spices (cinnamon).

T: semi-sweet, dry with some dried oranges and a light spiciness of cinnamon. There was a noticeable fruitiness of apples and white grapes along with some dried lemon peels. The malting was dry, perhaps some munich malting that left a nice residual sweetness. Dried honey, light toast and a herbal, almost minty quality was observed. Overall had a dry but sweet character with a nice dried fruitiness, spiciness and a light herbal mint hopping.

M: light in nature, very smooth with only a slight effervesce felt on the tip of the tongue. A nice residual malting coats the tongue on the swallow leaving slight hints of dried fruitiness as well.

D: Drinkability was very good, smooth, easy, crisp making for a great summer session ale and worthy of future purchases.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1 Pt. 6 oz. Dark Brown Bomber 5% ABV with no Date Mark

A: Slightly hazy light and pale wheat. The pour explodes with a HUGE head of white foam that overfills my glass, thought I had passed Beer Pouring 101 years ago! Yikes this resembles a washing machine with too much soap! It just will not lay down

S: Piney hops, slightly sweet, apples or pear

T: Starts a little hoppy IPA with a bit of a nip of piney hops that very quickly mellows to a very pleasant yet changing light, grainy and apple aftertaste that keep going and going.

M: A bit thin lots of carbonation but very smooth and pleasant as it involves the entire mouth on tasting and the subtle aftertaste is great on the tongue

D: This is an interesting beer that pours like a hazy wheat, starts with a nip of hops like an IPA yet mellows.
Look up a session beer in the dictionary and this one is waving back. The only thing that may get tiring is the foamy pour!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden ale that did not pour a very impressive or long lasting head. There was a hint of apricot or something. The beer was not bitter and not overly hoppy. I liked the beer and would gladly drink another one one day.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $2.99.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head. Nose if of sweet malts and perfumed by a light floral hop. Taste is of those sweet malts, accentuated by a very light hop leaving almost a breakfast cereal taste behind. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. This is a nice session beer that has enough character to make it interesting.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a bacon-wrapped meat loaf sandwich with horseradish mustard and mozzarella cheese. A blue-collar session lunch for a session beer.

Hazy cider orange with yellow highlights supporting a big, soda-like head of white foam that thankfully receded to a thin, somewhat durable layer; no lacing. Malty smell with some fruit, particularly orange and apricot.

Malty taste, somewhat boozy flavor, and very effervescent, a bit too much so. It's as if Celts only appeared to calm down from the patient pour. A decent roasted hazelnut taste emerges as it warms a bit, nice. Yet this could use a serious flavor infusion. More fruit would do wonders for this, especially providing it a defining flavor characteristic that it currently lacks. I wouldn't complain about more hops in future manifestations, either.

Once it settled, Celts has a nice effervescence, not too overbearing in the second half. This allows the smooth texture to emerge more, giving it a nice balanced mouthfeel after some time. In all, a pretty decent beer, certainly as a session brew. However, I'm not so sure about the $4.59 price for this. I'm not one to complain much about price. Nor do I think $4.59 is exactly steep. Yet for the relative quality of this, it would be better suited for $7 a six pack of 12 oz. bottles, not so much for a more expensive bomber bottle. I know it's what Moylan's does, but this doesn't quite fit the moderate bill.

Decent stuff, not top notch as most others from Moylan's are.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep golden body. Damn near copper. A bit murky looking. Odd for a Blonde, but I'll go at it. Topping is thin and dim. Cream colored vanilla. This beer kind of has a rustic malt aroma with some flowery hop overtones. Nice smell. Rustic flavor as well. Organic and earthy malt tones. Herbal hops and slight fruitiness. Medium-full body. Creamy texture with carbonation on the low side of the spectrum. This beer's decent. Not $6 a bomber decent, but decent.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So-so beer from Moylan's. Normally their beers are good, but this is an exception. That said, most blonde ales I come across aren't that spectacular.

Light gold-orange colour with a nice white head. Bland, uninspiring scent of malt. Equally unexciting flavour, sort of a generic pale ale taste.

Nicd carbonation, okay as a session ale but fairly average. It could be better but its not horrible.

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Photo of theopholis
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma- Crisp and fresh with some biscuit malt, malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops.

Taste- Not what I expected. I was thinking a Scottish ale with the name "Celt ale", but it's listed as an American blond. As an American blond, it's not half bad. A nice melange of maltiness, malt sweetness with a touch of biscuit malt. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a moderate carbonation.
Drinkability- It's okay.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a thin cap of fine off-white bubbles. Some stickage, but the head was sort of short lived. A little bit of malt and fruit in the aroma, light caramel and citrus. Mild bitterness with more of a sweet malt focus, again with some caramel and citrus hops. Lightish bodied with fine carbonation, quite smooth with a bit of dryness. Straightforward and nicely balanced overall, quite easy drinking.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/18/06- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating, poured into my Duvel tulip. Had to choose between two bottles...one with a brown label and one with a green one. Which one is older????

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour, about a 3/4 inch head. Decent head retention with just a tad of lacing.

Smell- A small handful of hops, a slight grainy scent, maybe a dash of fruity sweetness.

Taste- A sweeter malted flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Pretty refreshing. Short and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, a bit of a heavier mouthfeel due to the malt sweetness.

Drinkability- Better than expected after looking at the review average. Nothing to great, but nothing offensive about this one. A middle of the road to good blonde.

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Photo of Talisker
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is basically a good beer - not the mistake that some reviews here imply.

But wow, it's carbonated. Gently treated and undisturbed bomber overflows with foam. Head is very light, but 2x taller than the pour (into a standard pint glass) - takes many minutes to die down, and continues to bubble through the middle for a while longer (like a Duvel in a tulip). Unattractive lagerish light yellow, some haze.

Nose is malty and crisp. Definitely an ale, with lots of dough and bread, a tiny bit of hop edge. Taste is malt-led, almost the Moylan's house style, with a dry finish that begs for another drink. The texture is light and drinkable, but there's no metallic edge like you might get from a lager. The label says it's "sweet and fruity", but I don't get any of that - just straightforward light malts and crisp, un-citrusy hops.

Something's wrong with the carbonation, but otherwise this is a nice sessionable malty light ale, and yes, a nice bridge for the macro drinker to something of actual quality.

If Moylan's were somewhere other than in the shadow of Bear Republic and Russian River, it would be a genunine cult brewery.

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Photo of Offa
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, small off-white head soon thins to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is apples, toasted white bread, hints of lemon & peppery green leaves, nice and firm, but simple and light.

Taste is nice, light crisp apple sweetness with light bread and hints of leafy-grassy bitterness and lemon. It holds up well to food, and is a very solid, drinkable light ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very weak aroma of hops, malt, and grass.

T: Tasted of some hops, malt, and a grassy quality. This last quality is never - in my opinion - a good thing, but the flavor did get better as it went along.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a mixed bag of a beer. Not undrinkable, but not something I'd readily return to.

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Photo of Mark
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium gold and topped by a decent white head. Lacing was in scattered patches, Grainy aroma with a touch of lemony notes. Smooth yet unspectacular on the palate. Mostly malt with a touch of hops. Mouth feel is light with above average carbonation. This beers strongest point is it's easy drinkablilty. If you are looking for a session beer this is not bad. I think Moylan's brews this rather uninspiring beer in hopes of turning the macro swillers on to craft beer. Not up to par with others in the house but not as bad as some reviews suggest. Would be best in summer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a few orange highlights from my view. Good, tight head that doesn't retain very long but is nice while it lasts. Good, slightly skimpy lacing.

Unacceptably light power in the aroma, but what's there is definitely quite floral. Relatively sweet.

Again, a hop presence and malt presence that dovetail into moderately sweet, very floral and sort of delicate, nectar-like flavor. Slightly watery, the carbonation does say hello, but overall it's a little too thin for me.

The finish is dry, a bit like tonic water with an herbal hint. Not much is left behind, what with the lightness of the flavor and the generally high carbonation/thin body combination.

I bought this particular bottle by accident - it was in the wrong spot at the grocers'. I was aiming for a Hopsickle, hahaha. Juust a bit different. After I saw the BA comments, I was expecting worse. Faint praise, but praise nonetheless: I don't think the Celts Golden is quite worthy of its C ranking.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, refreshing golden ale. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Clean, grassy, floral aroma with some honey, grains, and straw. Cereal taste with lighter malt. The most relateable taste would be that of a glazed donut. Sweet, piney hop finish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, a little hazy. Smells unobtrusive almost nothing there but a tad of malty cereral. Flavor is ok, little bit of citrus but barely, easy to down but nothing special. Even though this is easy to drink it just lacks any real flavor. Blah.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy light copper to orange body with golden hues beneath the billowing, cloud like white head that is packed with dense bubbles of vigorous carbonation.

Aromas of faint hops, yeast, and a candy or nutty like sweetness are first noticeable with the malt possessing more of a bread quality throughout the duration of the beer.

The toasty bread-like malt flavors are most prominent followed by some faint noble hops, but the flavor ultimately reverts back to the bread or wheat like malt.

This beer has a lighter body although plenty of flavor and generous carbonation.

As far as blonde ales go, this beer is more on the bread/biscuity side of flavor as mentioned above with some of the milder hop aromas one may expect from a west coast brewery. Not a bad example of the style overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinkable and forgettable light beer. Faint beery smell but not much of the
hop aroma. Light golden amber in the glass with an attractive head. Sudsy in the mouth, but the body is, you guessed it, extremely light. A glimmer of malty sweetness, and the lack of hops makes it a little insipid, though clean and fairly dry.

There's really nothing wrong with this, it's just a very light Blonde. I sort of like Moylan's description of this as a "California Golden Ale," but then that would have to be a blonde anyway. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Honey yellow color, slightly hazy. Big ol' near white head. Annoyingly explosive head, to boot. Good retention and nice fluffy chunks of lace.

Smell: Light smell of aromatic hops, kind of herbal. Faint smell of pale malt. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

Taste: Splash of herbaceous hops with a light smattering of pale malt sweetness. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a 98 lb. weakling. Little aftertaste, rather refreshing.

Drinkability: Advertises itself as a session beer, and I'd say it delivers on that promise. A decently made beer with mass appeal, but I suspect us jaded BA palates might not get all excited about it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled April 2007
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it easily produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, light gold colored brew. The aroma smells of soft, fresh milled grain a berry like fruitiness and a touch of green herbal notes. Something in the aroma makes me thing of green grapes, perhaps even of the Sauvignon Blanc variety (though unfermented of course).

Dry, with a nice biting bitterness to it up front. The bitterness continues on through to the finish where it picks up some lightly sharp, astringency. Quite light feeling, in fact this is quite light bodied. Herbal, green flavors abound in this beer; they add a bit too much sharpness as it seems to make this beer a touch unbalanced. A bit more perceived malt character might help. At times a touch of sweet malt is noticeable, but it soon gets washed out by that sharp, almost vegetal, herbal note. This clearly has character to it, but I find it a touch too unbalanced.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight head that fades to nothing. Smells grainy, slightly sweet and with a hint of earthy bitterness. Tastes similar. Quite grainy with a modicum of sweetness and some late earthy bitterness. There is also some grainy sourness in the aftertaste, which I'd prefer wasn't there. Smooth and a bit creamy, but there is that late grainy hit too. Pretty plain Jane all the way around. Not terrible, but meh.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chill-hazed golden with a thin off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is yeasty, a bit grainy, with a touch of citric fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and yeasty. This a vague floral/citric fruity touch. It's so thin that some alcohol shows through. A bit chalky, with some oxidation/wet cardboard, in the finish.

It's on the upper end of light-bodied, with a buttery slickness. Medium carbonation.

Well, it drinks easy enough despite its lackluster character. It really doesn't stand out over the run-of-the-mill blonde ale made for the less adventurous. Don't know if this really belongs in a 22 ouncer for a bit less than a 6-pack of this would/should go for.

Bottom line: a pedestrian, light, blonde ale that is just too yeasty, sweet and a bit chalky in the finish to really make this stand out.

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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.