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Golden Hallucination - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Golden Hallucination
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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ccrida on 03-26-2009)
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Reviews by Newmerator:
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3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been their seasonal for a while now and i have had quite a few of them. Golden Hallucination pale gold with a small off-white head, no head retention or lace

Smell is kind of sour as a lambic, a touch of wheat.

Definitely phenolic, I maybe don't have the palate, but can't taste any rubber, but it isn't my favorite at all.

I like the mouth feel, kinda light. crisp. but not the best tasting beer.

I've had a few of them, but only because it was the highest percentage they had. Not worth 6 bucks.

Newmerator, Apr 16, 2009
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AngusOg, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of litheum94
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Clear, brilliant golden body with no head.

A: Ester profiles; raspberries? Subdued malts and hops.

T: Berry fruitiness up front. Biscuit malts. Piney hops cleans up the finish. Dry and crisp.

This is a pretty tame version of the style. Not much going on here.

litheum94, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Thirsty Bear cervoise, Golden Hallucination is a dull gold with a small off-white head, really just a big bubbled collar with light skim, leaving no lace.

Smell is kind of sour/musty wheat, some rubber, wildflowers, a hint of lime.

Taste is sharply phenolic, spicy and rubbery. There's some sweetness, but more esters then sugars, the floral notes losing out to the pepper.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, but some nice creamy carbonation dulls the bite.

Drinkability is ok, really not my style, I prefer fruity to spicy tripels, as I feel the esters increase the perceived heat of the alcohol. Pretty much your average brewpub crack at the style.

ccrida, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had as part of a sampler tray. The beers here are generally lower ABV and this was the strongest on offer.
Apperance, slightly cloudy golden tone, more of a Belgian strong than a triple, head dissipates quickly.
Smells friuty, nice touch of spice in there as well. Maybe a hint of clove, picking up on plum maybe.
Lots of phenol's in the taste, a sharp hint of spice, but runs a little sweet for my palate. some fruity esters, but slighty watered down more than expected.
Overall drinks easier than an 8% beer, enjoyable but nothing to write home about.

czfreeman, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Golden Hallucination from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.