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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of cokes
2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a lightly hazy straw golden with a thin skin of white bubbles. The head dies out with haste, and leaves intermittent lacing.
Husky grain nose, with some sweeter wheat notes. A touch grassy as well, but there's not a lot here to sit around and savor.
Grain enters the mouth first, slightly coarse, but it's tough to analyze it for too long, as it is quickly pushed aside in favor of apple juice sweet-sourness. While almost tacky sweet for a moment, the tartness then takes over with some additional notes of white grapes and limes. Grain pops it's head up again late, but is slathered with buttery diacetyl notes, with some burnt, smoky undercurrents. A minor grassy bitterness lurks late, but it can't cover up the buttery apple must mess that precedes it.
Lazy carbonation and a grabby feel further prevent any sense of drinkability, but there's not much to salvage, anyway.
Some bizarre shit is happening here, and not in any kind of good way. I'll take even the most pedestrian, flavor-needy versions of the style over this in a heartbeat.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of TCMike
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of kmeves
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.