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Guilford Golden Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Guilford Golden AleGuilford Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
73
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Wheat Malt, Aromatic

Hops: Progress, East Kent Goldings

Yeast: London, 1028

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-11-2004)
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Reviews by Ljoreilly:
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-05-2013 01:06:39 | More by Ljoreilly
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oberon

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured a light clear golden with nice froth on top that left minmal lacing,aroma was light I picked up a toasy grain hint and a a light mettalic note but very light.Taste was somewhat blazee toaste malt mainly with just a touch of citruis in the finish but not much going on.A beer for the macro drinkers who come in,bland but a easy drinker in the warm weather.

08-28-2004 20:47:19 | More by oberon
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newk340

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%

A: a very pale gold that is reminiscent of a cheap light beer.

S: faint hints of hops, wheat, and malts.

T: malts are certainly front and foremost, but there are hints of hops, leaves lots to be desired.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth making it sessionable, but a bland mouthfeel leaves this beer lacking.

09-05-2010 22:54:53 | More by newk340
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Chuggs

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +29.4%

Blonde Ale out of the bottle.

This blonde presented a nice light gold hue that would be expected from a blonde. Thin lacing that is sticky. Carbonation is very strong, which brings out the fruity aroma. If a fan of golden/blondes this is a good beer. Do not expect a hoppy, bitter after taste, but a rather smooth and light descent. If you are in the mood for this style its a good beer if in the area. I generally like blondes; moreso in the summer months, but this was a pleasing and easy drinking beer. Would not recommend those that appreciate a high hopped beer, but well represented for its class and style.

11-25-2010 01:19:23 | More by Chuggs
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Less-than-spectacular yellow-gold in color with scant white head. Aromas are muted, and consist of a fruity-grain-type. Flavor follows smell. Grainy, with a splash of fruit flavor. Ends dry and clean. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but nothing mind-blowing. Good for the macro-crowd that wants to start down the micro path.

09-16-2004 12:12:00 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had to back off and pour carefully as the head from this beer threatened to burst over the top of the over-sized glass.

Appearance: a clear pale gold with a large white head that settled fairly quickly. Barely visible, very fine-grained carbonation.

Smell is light but not faint, with light malt and just hints of hops. Nothing particularly good or bad here.

Taste is of malt with an appropriate (i.e., in good balance) amount of hop bitterness. Better than the aroma, but lacks, richness, interest and complexity -- none of which are common in this style. Improves with some warming.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp and well carbonated. It has a rather dry finish.

O - This goes down easy, has no brewing flaws and is refreshing, but it also has limited flavor and aroma. Could make a good pairing with a delicately flavored meal. Certainly way better and more flavorful than a typical American light beer.

09-20-2011 22:33:57 | More by chinchill
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

08-19-2013 04:01:37 | More by dcbeers
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rambleglitch

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

02-11-2012 23:23:27 | More by rambleglitch
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DruC4

Michigan

3/5  rDev -2.9%

08-26-2013 05:06:29 | More by DruC4
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Psberrier

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -2.9%

07-03-2014 13:06:25 | More by Psberrier
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a medium copper color with a 1/4" of loose, white head that quickly fades. The smell is minimal; faint malt and yeast. The taste is light malt, red apples, yeast, medicine, and lemon. The mouthfeel is light, heavily carbonated, and dry.

The odd notes in the flavor (medicine and apples) really throw me off. I'm not a big fan of this one.

12-02-2011 22:48:23 | More by tdm168
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours golden with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal slowly. It maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and corn. The flavor was of malt and corn. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really impressed with this one. It needed a bit more of just about everything to be appealing. Also, the corn flavor was a little unpleasant as this one was allowed to warm up a little bit. Not a fan...

08-17-2010 19:09:26 | More by thagr81us
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cbleary

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I remember this being better on tap. Anyway, its an enjoyable and easy drinking ale with a very light body with a mild English hop flavor. This one is for the light beer drinkers. I think a bit less carbonation would do this beer a world of good.

03-12-2008 04:57:25 | More by cbleary
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ghowehattrick

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -11%

06-10-2013 15:01:57 | More by ghowehattrick
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ThoughtPolice

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -26.2%

I won't do a long review as I usually would because this beer was downright disappointing. A little surprising due to what I've come to expect from this brewery, which is an average - somewhat above average brew.

The smell and taste is too heavy on the corn. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is only good insofar as it is light and not too intense flavor-wise. Flavor leaves a lot to be desired.

As another reviewer said before me, this is as close to a Budweiser as any craft brew I've had.

Skip this one, guys and gals, but don't skip the company altogether. (Especially if you're able to stop in and grab some food at the brewpub. They make a good Cuban sandwich)

Take care

07-18-2009 01:09:45 | More by ThoughtPolice
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JordanPP

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

08-29-2012 23:33:23 | More by JordanPP
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wedge

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Clear yellow color with a white head that disappears completely halfway through the glass. Aroma is a balance of light sweet malt and subtle fruitiness. Pale malty flavor, almost Kolsch-like. Sweet cereal grain. Light bodied with lowish carbonation...lingering dry grain.

According to the website, this is 3.8% now. Nice summer quencher.

06-15-2008 23:50:41 | More by wedge
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Poured a very light yellow color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that quickly faded leaving a nearly bare top. Loads of grain on the nose. Light bready notes and a just way too light. Again not the biggest fan of the style but I will take it with a grain of salt. Light flavor, again grainy with liht bread undertones and a touch of grassy flavors in the finish. Nothing really standing out here for me at all. Light feel, over carbonated it seemed at times, but easy to drink when it is warm out.

Overall again this was about average for me for the style. Nothing really making it stand out from the crowd really.

09-20-2009 19:24:50 | More by mikesgroove
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marshmarsh

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -11%

06-12-2014 19:43:33 | More by marshmarsh
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dsshuck

Delaware

3/5  rDev -2.9%

11-14-2012 22:23:18 | More by dsshuck
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devilben02

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-03-2012 17:25:56 | More by devilben02
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BeerDocT

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%

I've been impressed with Natty Greene's IPA and other beers, so I was intrigued to try this beer which is now included in their 12 pack sampler. We'll see... .

-Appearance 2: Imagine a pint glass filled with lemon kool-aid. Yep. Non-existent head quickly dissipated into a swirly, CO2-enhanced film. Lots of CO2 bubbles popping up all over the place.

-Smell 3: Pleasant bouquet. Nothing special. Lots of grainy, adjuncty scents. Not bad, but certainly not great.

-Taste 2.5: Front tastes of a watered down barley. Middle is where the CO2 bubbles attack your palate and it is difficult to taste anything. Finish is slightly barley/grain/adjunct. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. No hops, no nuances, no nothing.

-Mouthfeel 2: Just like water in your mouth. Nothing added from the carbonation other than little tickles on the tongue.

-Overall 2.5: This beer isn't as bad as it is just...bleargh. Just nothing. A true disappointment. I cannot believe this swill was produced by the same brewery that brewed Buckshot, Southern IPA, Brown Ale... . Sad, really. Natty Greene needs to pull this recipe, take it out to the back yard and set it on fire. If this beer is included in their sampler from now on, I will not be buying any further samplers from now on. Avoid.

04-22-2013 05:39:33 | More by BeerDocT
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden/yellow. Two finger head quickly recedes to a thin film leaving some lace.

S - Toasted malt; buttermilk biscuits with a hint of candy-like sweetness.

T - Somewhat bland, but more of the toasted malt from the nose. Sourdough bread comes to mind, with the "sour" definitely increasing late palate. A slight hop bitterness balances the sweetness.

M - Moderate to low carbonation and almost watery. Very flat tasting, and completely working against the taste.

D - Eh, it's an ok brew, but a little thin and sweet to drink all night. Blonde's aren't really my thing anyway.

07-28-2008 05:52:11 | More by PatrickJR
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Neehan

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%

My 2nd Natty offering in a bottle.

It poured a light gold with a small amount of carbonation and little retention. This one just seemed to be lacking in all aspects and reminded me quite a bit of a macro lager in appearance, smell, and taste. More hops and a more grainy character would improve it IMO. The company has some good beer out there, this is just not one of them.

12-05-2007 20:56:05 | More by Neehan
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Enola

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Something happened to the air in my truck. It was not cooling like it should so I was hot. In multiple ways. So this beer helped cool me down. It was light in appearance and had a macro type smell. The taste was typical for the style. On a hot afternoon this beer really hit the spot for me. The drinkability is good given the right situation.

07-04-2006 06:48:41 | More by Enola
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Guilford Golden Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.