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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

Small Axe Golden AleSmall Axe Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
75
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36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.56%


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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2004 03:35:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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dirtylou

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:55:39 | More by dirtylou
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +35%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:44:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 05:53:59 | More by cokes
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 20:02:22 | More by KarlHungus
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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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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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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:28:25 | More by jjanega08
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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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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:24:35 | More by BeardedBoffin
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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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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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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:48:50 | More by Wisconsin
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:34:23 | More by arboristfish
Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.