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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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75
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 08-16-2004)
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-20-2013 02:06:46 | More by koes0024
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Ejayz

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

07-06-2014 04:04:40 | More by Ejayz
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a standard but solid pale beer. It lacks a bit in the wheat characteristics, being more of a blonde, however it is crisp & clean. a smooth beer throughout. crisp slightly bitter finish. at 5.79 its also a solid purchase.

nothing outstanding but better than average and i would call it a great 'average man's' beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:24:45 | More by Atron67
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is, well what a surprise crystal clear golden yellow. The stark white head reaches two fingers and nearly escapes the glass. Lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is slightly wheaty with hints of lemon and sweet corn. Nothing special or exciting.

The flavor is non existant. I can barely and I mean just barely pick out a hint of wheat in the finish. I'm not surprised since the style isn't know for full flavor but I was hoping for something.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a flavorless beer that would be a great stepping stone for BMC drinkers to dip their toe in the craft pool.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:30:52 | More by beerwolf77
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden very clear with a very thin white head. Retention is mediocre. Some lacing
S- Smell is bready, musty, grainy, with just a touch of green apple.
T- There is a touch of fruity sweetness up front, with peach and green apple. Bread dough comes through in the finish.
M- Light body, carbonation is aggressive and not pleasing on the tongue. Generally to light and fizzy.
O- It's ok, but it's not exciting and not much better than Grain Belt, Summit EPA or any of the other light bodied midwest beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:08:21 | More by jsprain1
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

11-18-2012 16:22:46 | More by Cramerican
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2014 23:18:04 | More by jzlyo
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

12-11-2013 03:32:06 | More by XmnwildX12
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zeff80

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head of thin foam. It quickly receded and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat and mild touches of yeast.

T - This was a pretty weak pale wheat ale. Lots of lemon flavor overpowering the wheat and any hints of yeast.

M - The best attribute - it was crisp and sharp with a nice bite. A light/easy drinking ale.

D - This was okay. Uninspiring but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:16:19 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one from this brewery thanks to bunkrock (Reddit).

It pours a pasty white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, over crazy hazy, a wheat beer looking hazy golden straw colored, with hints of lacing. After nosing I realized it was a wheat beer, so not that bad on the actual appearance.

Nose also brings some wheat aromas, light fluffy malts and light golden pilsner malts, light straw, some yeast additions as well with hints of hefe like spices, touch of citrus, and a bit of a sweet sticky like addition. The yeast starts to overpower and get a bit yeasty smelling.

Taste starts again with wheat, straw flavors and almost hay like. Malts bring a light sweet syrupy like flavor, and fluffy flavor. Quite a bit of wheat, hint of banana and light citrus, yeast additions of spices and hints of actual yeast flavors. It also gets slightly fruity, with apple and pear like fruit flavors, and some esters. Just a hint of bitterness as it finishes, not quite very dry, a bit slimy feeling, with lingering citrus and wheat flavors, and a slight bitterness that comes through even more on the back end of the finish, and it does seem to dry a bit more.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall eh, I'm not usually a big fan of wheat beers, and I was not expecting a wheat beer at all, more like a golden ale. The yeast comes through a bit too much, and not the best flavors all around, finish is not great either.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 23:40:06 | More by jlindros
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Yup, it's a blonde ale. Nothing really sets it apart from the average. It's light, not thin, has a bread crust taste with a hint of caramel and hops. It goes down easy, but just tastes uninspired. It tastes like real beer, but why would I want to drink this? There's no real character.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:10:17 | More by tempest
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.4%

03-08-2014 05:15:17 | More by Kunstman
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2012 18:34:52 | More by zenwatts
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SaintClock

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.4%

02-22-2013 03:54:39 | More by SaintClock
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh, didn't find too much to love or object to in this beer. I didn't get that it was a wheat beer, but I didn't read the label all that closely. What can I say? I was expecting a Belgian golden ale from the name, and when I didn't detect any spices, I began to wonder. But now that I find out that there's wheat in there, and I can't say I detected that either. It isn't a bad tasting beer, but it isn't an especially flavorful one either. Appearance is like the Bubblejack - sort of a murky gold. Aroma of one this one is extremely minimal. Flavor is as I've described. Mouthfeel is smooth.

I wouldn't really recommend this beer, but there is nothing to object to about it.

I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 23:26:01 | More by BeerBelcher
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dragomni

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2012 22:46:23 | More by dragomni
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -5.4%

04-06-2014 11:21:56 | More by maDUECEgunner
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-02-2013 00:03:26 | More by sgttibbs
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-08-2014 01:55:21 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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danfix99

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-10-2013 01:51:05 | More by danfix99
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polishkaz

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-18-2012 04:51:59 | More by polishkaz
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-25-2012 03:05:16 | More by Hopstout
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brewcrew12


2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-15-2012 18:41:27 | More by brewcrew12
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light golden with a medium off white head. Aroma is lightly sweet citrus and wheat. Flavor is a bit of wheat, light banana, light pepper and a lot of citrus. Finishes somewhat short and very citric. Really more of a blond ale fermented with hefe yeast.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 18:00:55 | More by kmeves
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TCMike

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fan of ales, but this one I'll pass on next time.
Poured into a mug. 1 finger white head, dissipating quickly. The smell is that of a BMC, but the drinkability isn't as good. It's got a slight bitter, which is nice, but something in the brew seems off.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 21:07:01 | More by TCMike
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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.