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Small Axe Golden Ale - Rush River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
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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3/5  rDev -6%

zenwatts, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of SaintClock
3/5  rDev -6%

SaintClock, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -6%
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
Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -6%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3/5  rDev -6%

maDUECEgunner, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

sgttibbs, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of danfix99
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

danfix99, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

polishkaz, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Hopstout, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of brewcrew12
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

brewcrew12, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of kmeves
2.68/5  rDev -16%
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.

kmeves, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of TCMike
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

TCMike, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of capuchinpilates
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

capuchinpilates, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of cokes
2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

cokes, Oct 30, 2008
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

olliegaff, Nov 17, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -53%

badelsman, Feb 27, 2012
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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.