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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 18
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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Hopstout, Jul 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

brewcrew12, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Kunstman, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

zenwatts, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

SaintClock, Feb 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

themorninglark, Oct 09, 2014
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.

BeerBelcher, Sep 07, 2008
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

maDUECEgunner, Apr 06, 2014
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.

tempest, Jan 08, 2010
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.

jlindros, Jul 25, 2012
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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.

zeff80, Dec 30, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Cramerican, Nov 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

LukeGude, Aug 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

jzlyo, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

jsprain1, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

beerwolf77, May 25, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Giesch, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

koes0024, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

zeledonia, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Ejayz, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Atron67
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Atron67, Apr 11, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 10, 2014
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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.