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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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Small Axe Golden AleSmall Axe Golden Ale

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 27.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 08-16-2004

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 52
Photo of Wisconsin
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one and half finger head with a very hazy, golden yellow body. There is a lot of carbonation present in this beer if you look real closely.

S - Smells like malts, barley and grains. There is nothing else that really stands out in this beer. Nothing too impressive but the malts are enough to give it a decent score.

T - Again, malts, grains, and some very faint sweetness is present. Nothing too outstanding but not horrible. The beer seems to have all the components of a solid brew but it has something missing that would really kick this beer up a notch.

M - The malts, grains and barley all hit your mouth early in this beer and it transitions to a nice smooth finish. This is a decent beer but nothing jumps out.

D - Pretty easy drinking beer. I could have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, rileys

appearance: pale golden orange body, foamy beige cap with decent retention

smell: pale wheat base, a touch grassy and a little earthy sweetness

taste: i dont have any major issues with this beer - its crisp and easy to drink, often resembling an APA...grassy and sweet

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: very high

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rush River's "own version of the classic hefe weizen with a Midwestern twist", brewed with white wheat from Wisconsin, but only 40% of the grain bill, "engineered to appeal to those favoring a lighter beer." I think they did the trick with this one.
Pours out a pure, golden hue, hazy, with a slim white head, at least in this sampling. Aroma is zesty, and promises some of the typical weizen aromatic delights, but falls a bit short. There's a lively, citric feel in the nose, but it doesn't flower as full as a Bavarian weizen would, nor does it intend to, I hasten to remind myself.
Taste is smooth and lemony, mixed with orange, lacking the twang and the bite one might look for in a hefe, but, again, that's not what this is, it's built for smoothness, and that's what it delivers. There's just enough taste here to make a beer fan happy, and enough lightness to make a non-beer fan satisfied. It's a niche that needs to be entertained folks, and this will do it. Not if your idea of a "light beer" is yellowy water, though, for the flavor fills the mouth, feels flush with fruit, though never too much, and then mellows, and ultimately finishes dryly. Bright orange and lemon charcter continue throughout the drink.
A very interesting alternative, I'd like to see this as a next step up from "lite beer" drinkers, those who really aren't into hefes, perhaps, but would like a little more in their glass of beer than what BMC are putting out.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whistle Binkies Pub in Rochester. Poured into a pint class this brew was a cloudy golden-orange color and had a small white head when it arrived at my table. The aroma had some nice tang to it, but was rather faint. It would have been a great aroma if it where stronger. The taste is very nice; tangy with a hint of cloves. The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than medium bodied, and very smooth with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew. It is the second offering I have had from Rush River Brewing, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I can't wait to try their other beers.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= a nice hazy yellow color. Quite yellow but still looks white sort of. Small one finger head rises out of it and lasts a little bit of time with no lacing.
S= all I really get is a lot of wheat smell. A little sweet from the wheatyness.
T= not bad at all for a wheat. Really sort of trademark semisweet wheat taste. Buttery and bready. Really just a nice wheat flavor and not much else.
M= smooth and creamy.
D= great. A pretty tasty wheat beer with a smooth finish.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

Spicy hop nose with a touch of fruit and biscuit. Pours azy gold to orange amber under a 1” off-white foam cap that descends to a thick film that produces thick lace. Creamy palate with light tropical fruit with a hint of orange over biscuit and a light a touch of bitterness on the finish. The fruit starts melony and by the finish becomes more like pineapple and orange. Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a little cloudy with a dark yellow color and pillowy head. The aroma is a blend of of pale malt, wheat and a little bitterness. Smooth as it traverses the palate. The brew is refreshing with a little sourness and a quick bite of bitterness at the end. This is a good refreshing wheat ale.

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Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thin frothy head. The aroma smells of wheat, mabye grassy or hay like. Very interesting flavor. Its sweet, a hint of malt, and wheat. Hard to pin point the hop flavor. Overall the mouthfeel is light, and is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Dec. Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - Poured with the sediment, Small Axe acts the golden part of it's name and its hazed over completely while topped by a generous dollop of white foam. Great retention eventually results in thick lace.

S - Barnyard straw and soft wheat give the aroma an inviting, raw feel. Pale malt plays the background part well. Hops seem absent but the brew doesn't go unbalanced. Mild yeast finish.

T - Pale and pils malt are happy to let luscious yeast and abounding soft wheat walk all over them. Dry straw adds a raw feel and I love it!

M - Soft, supple yeast and wheat give the mouthfeel a relaxed, smooth, almost creamy texture and slightly dry but quite refreshing finish!

O - I was worried about the date going into this brew but wow am I surprised. I don't really understand where all the negativity surrounding this beer on BeerAdvocate is coming from. I find it to be a stellar example of a refreshing pale wheat beer. If the rest of their offerings are like this, I'll be one happy camper!

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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.