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Celts Golden Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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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 UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a mild grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with an earthy flavor on the finish and a noticeable alcohol flavor that stands out. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a weird off flavor that makes it somewhat unpleasant to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with an off-white, small, thin head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses with a hint of caramel. There was an odd musty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a mild grassy hop presence. Not a lot going on here.

M - It was a little soft and somewhat thin. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay blonde ale. It was easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a good value at $4.50 for a 22oz average ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lemon yellow beneath a bleached white head of tidy, tight-bubbled foam. Despite the fact that Celts is yellow instead of golden, it's a pretty good looking beer. The surface of the cap is both cobbled and pitted, loses altitude fairly slowly and leaves a decent amount of lace in a 'sponged-on paint' pattern. Works for me.

The nose is pathetically weak. All I can appreciate is a faint grain-like aroma that might lead me to guess 'beer' in a blinded beverage smelling competition (emphasis on the words might and guess). The fact that there are no off-aromas keeps the score out of the basement. Sure would be nice to smell something though.

Simply amazing. I've had a lot of beer over the past three years, but I can count on one hand the ones that have been this tasteless (the only one I can think of on the spot is Michelob Ultra). There's so little to go on here, I don't even know how to proceed. How do I describe impressions when the beer isn't making any?

If I focus... unsweet, untoasted pale malt; moderately bitter, virtually flavorless hops; and old, tired lemons give a minor blip with each mouthful and are then gone in a flash. Moylan's makes a big deal about Celts being a session beer. That doesn't mean that sessioners don't like a little flavor to go along with the liquid. There isn't enough here to keep me interested to the bottom of this bomber, much less during an average length session.

The label boasts of numerous medals (although no golds) won at the California State Fair over the years. Google tells me that it won a silver again this year in the Cream Ale division. American Blonde, Cream Ale... whatever you call it, call it worthless, pointless beer. Warming changes nothing except the temperature of this tonic water.

Actually, tonic water describes the mouthfeel exactly. I defy anyone to tell me the difference between a mouthful of tonic water and a mouthful of Celts. If you need specifics, it's lighter than light and finely, buzzily bubbled. I could handle all of that if it contained even a little... say it with me now... flavor!

I have a lot of questions, but no good answers. #1: How does this nearly flavor-free blonde ale continue to be brewed and sold. #2: How does it continue to win medals at a state fair in the best craft beer state in the nation? #3: How can a brewery that is capable of creating such superior beer as Moylander DIPA, Hopsickle Imperial IPA, Tipperary Pale Ale and Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale also be capable of creating such colossally inferior beer as Celts Golden Ale?

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little smoky up front with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and provides some balance, but overall it's kind of bland. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easy, not very filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are certainly better beers in the style.

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Photo of russpowell
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour an effervescent straw color with a sliver of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & floral hops

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, some mineral/flinty hop notes as well up front. Some pear notes, dryness & grassyness, plus some some very watery apple notes. Finishes watery with grassy notes

MF: Light bodied, medium carbonation that become prickly as it warms

Drinks okay, hard to believe Moylan's makes such a mediocre beer. Avoid this rubbish

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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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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 Gavage
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a orange color with some golden highlights. The head is big at 2" and lingers a bit. No lace develops.

Smell: very minimal malt sweetness is detected.

Taste: the malt profile is sweet and bready. Some lemon zest, grass, and golden apples are present. Mild bitterness does not bring the sweetness into balance.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short but sweet.

Drinkability: this bomber was tough to finish. Usually I like blonde ales but this one was just did not hit the spot.

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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 Mebuzzard
2.24/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what to think of this beer. It's not a blonde for sure. An amber? nah. No idea.
The pour is golden, more orange than yellow and a nice head, for a short while. No lacing, I'm hesitant to score it a 3...could be lower.
No aroma. No "1" score b/c it isn't awful, but there's nothing really. Perhaps some very very weak orange peel. Pale malt?
Taste is flat, but not horrible. It's easy drinking b/c it lacks flavor and complexity. What is this thing? It's like water, a bit thicker. Nothing else. Weird.

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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 lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours, indeed, a golden colour, but surprisingly hazed, with a filmy white head that forms into a ring. Very light body, and no lacing. Carbonation forms in pleasantly fine bubbles at least. Otherwise, it's a pretty average looking beer.

Nose is wheaty, with a green twinge suggesting grass in the rain. Slight apricot hints to it, but these are mild. Not bad, but all a bit thin and insipid.

Taste is extremely empty. A hint of damp, flat grain around the edges, but otherwise non-existent. It's almost adjuncty in its complete absence of flavour. A very faint, hollow and echoey bitterness at the end, that's almost no different from the bitterness at the back of a sip of soda water. Very poor.

Empty, and bland as hell. An "ale that complements all occasions"? God, you must have a boring life, Moylans.

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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 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 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 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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer decamps the 22-ounce brown bottle slightly hazy amber with a huge light tan head that is foamy in texture and as it erodes a thin sheet of lace is left to cover the glass. Malt nose with hints of citrus and a very slight floral tone also noted. Lightly sweet at the start, very light top, the finish has a nice hop bite, dry, very acidic, but not what I would call 'Great', does appear watery, not overly so, but more than I like.

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Photo of ZAP
1.89/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Myabe a bad bottle...super duper charged..pours a huge head...fruity aroma (pears/apples) soapy tasting..bitter like drinking soap...too charged up...nose is about the only thing average about this beer, the rest is poor...I'm not finishing it it's that bad...

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excellent, another new Moylan’s beer to try, this time it is the Celts Golden Pale Ale at 5.0% ABV, I’m tingling already, but is this too soon?

Pours with a pastel pale golden color that has a feint orangey hue, it has a slightly milky appearance that spoils the overall apperance a little. The head formed quickly, a controlled expansion as I poured the beer into my oversize handled Mug ensured that it always stayed on the right side of the glass. Looks are of a mildly hazy thirst quenching golden ale.

Aromas are fruity but restrained, a swirl reveals good inherent carbonation, but this releases little else in the way of any other smells apart from a lemon/lime character. The subdued nose is somewhat of a disappointment after other Moylan’s beers that I have had recently - I expected more than just the light fruity and lemon bouquet to be honest.

Introduction is a mildly fruity one with some lemon-hop presence. The middle builds to a average sweet bitterness, with an equally light malt taste. The finish is crisp, clear, well-defined and dry with some citric personality, but short-lived. No lingering tastes here. Although towards the end of the beer I detected a light bitter hop-oil coating in my mouth, but it was feint.

I am struggling at this point to make my mind up, all of the other Moylan’s beers that I have had have been excellent. And I find no “fault” with this beer. But yet I find this beer far too restrained for a Pale Ale, or my liking. Is it supposed to be this “light”? I guess it is?! – If so, it is just too laid back for me. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer, and far from offensive, but for a West Coast Pale Ale – and this is the crux of the problem I believe – whilst I do not expect it to be aggressive, after other Moylan’s beers, I do at least expect it to be bold.

Maybe a good 5% Summer Beer, but I will stick with their highly superb IPA instead I think.

A reasonable beer, but for me, it is the “odd-one-out” in the Moylan’s line-up to be honest.

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2.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer erupted from the bottle when opened and was a crystal clear pale golden with a fluffly, huge, enormous, lasting, rocky, off-white head.

The aroma was fruity with pineapple from a few feet away. Also a slight ginger aroma like that of ginger ale was present.

The flavor was dry with ginger ale character. A ginger spiciness and flavor lead to a very one dimensional flavor.

The finish was dry with ginger (like ginger ale). The body was medium light to light and extremely overcarbonated.

22 ounce bottle with awards from 1998 and 2000.

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Photo of flexabull
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow color, very clear too. Head poured big, and stuck around for a while. Pretty good looking beer.

Aromas were faint, a bit of banana?

Taste is pretty much what I expected. Very pale and light. Reminds me of a pilsner in a way. This beer seems to lack a bit up front, but has some round mouthfeel in the finish, with just a hint of sharp hoppy flavors.

Decent beer, certainly drinkable.

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