Mustang Gold Ale | Warbird Brewing Company

Mustang Gold AleMustang Gold Ale
22 Ratings
Mustang Gold AleMustang Gold Ale

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by hossua34:
Photo of hossua34
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Generic beer gold. Moderate, wispy head falls flat immediately. Virtually no lacing.

S - Smells just like a macro, which is to say weak. A little bit of honey, a little bit of grains, and a touch of something acidic.

T - Not a whole lot going on here. A pretty strong clove honey taste but overall very weak, as well as one-dimensional. No hop presence at all. Some malts.

M - Extremely thin, flat, lacking in mouthfeel. This beer actually felt warm when it wasn't.

D - Perfectly drinkable, in that you could chug a six-pack in a heartbeat. But, do I really WANT another one??? Very bland to me, kind of like Ayinger Jarhundert-Bier, only much weaker and flatter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber body with a large almond head. Excellent retention and an abundance of sticky patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is caramel and toasted grain accented by some spicy hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is sweetish malty toffee with a subtle bitterenss of spicy hops. Clean finish. This is really a blonde ale, not a pale ale. Pleasantly drinkable for what it is. Warbird brews seem to be a new arrival in the Evansville area. Looking forward to trying their other selections.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright straw yellow body with big bubbles of carbonation racing to the surface. There is a mat of big bubbles forming a head that soon fades to a thin ring of snow white.

S- This beer has a very clean smell with a hint of pale malt and a dry green hop note.

T- The light dry flavor of pale malt is overpowered by raw field corn as the beer warms. There is a faint hint of honey malt that fades to a club soda finish. There is a green hop hint in the finish but it is pretty light.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish giving it a bit more body.

D- This beer is very light and not much flavor. I was shocked to see it called an APA here and would have pictured it more as a light lager. The flavors that are there are not very interesting.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the four Warbirds "imported" from Indiana.

Poured a slightly cloudy light yellow with a 3/4" fluffy white head that lingered for a while. Very little carbonation.

Some citrus in the nose, while the taste had a bit of sourness.

A good example of Truth in Advertising, I suppose, in that it's definitely a "mild" ale.

To be fair, this would probably be better in summer (instead of on a 31°F day in February).

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Photo of secondtooth
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My trepidation was high as the bottle proclaims 'mild golden beer'. Like 'mild' is something to aspire to? Well, it is kinda watery, after all, with only a faint hint of a floral taste. In actuality, this gold ale is pleasant and unassuming, and may make a good starter beer, but in the grand scheme of things, it's far too frail to be a contender.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, IN.

Golden body, slightly hazy. Tiny streams of bubbles visible in the glass. Foam is dense with a whipped, creamy texture.

Aroma reminds me of a Cream Ale. Lightly malty with a possible hint of corn sweetness. Slight hint of apple from the yeast.

Taste was pleasant, it was smooth with very light malt character, and cracked grains. It was easy on the palate, not much bitterness, and not too sweet either. A great session ale with a broad appeal. Get it fresh...

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Photo of BierFan
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. No expiration date is printed in the box on the label where an expiration date is supposed to be, so I have no idea how fresh this one is.

Appearance: Small white head disappears pretty quick. The body of the beer is the color of dark honey.

Smell: Super malty smell, which leads me to believe it's past the expiration that was never printed on it.

Taste: It tastes like a really malty honey flavored ale. That's probably not what the beer was supposed to taste like, but that's what some accidental aging has turned it into.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of WakeandBake
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes Sep/08
Pours a clear amber body with a large almond head. Retention is good and lots of sticky lace is left on the glass. Aroma is toasted grain and caramel accented by spicy hop. Body and carbonation are medium. Taste is malty toffee with a subtle spicy hop bitterness. Finishes clean. Pretty solid for what it is. Pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Dalem
2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow color with lots of bubbles. Looks kinda like a High Life. A faint malt and green hop taste with a hint of honey. Aftertaste had the corn thing going on. Not much character at all, really. It's easy drinking but as when it's all said and done I gotta stick it in the boring catagory. It reminded of a superfresh and less oily, you guessed it, High Life but at 2 and a half times the price.

This can't really be an APA can it?

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear bright gold color with massive white puffy head. Pour retention, no lacing.
Smell is very light, but I am able to detect a light fruitiness.
Taste is also fruity sweet, and while very light, it is very refreshing.
Left a pleasant taste sensation in the mouth.
Easy drinking beer. My second beer from this brewery that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to beveritt for this brew.

This is not a APA, so I'm going by that it's suppose to be.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight spice, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, again not an APA.

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Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great light yellow color with some very nice head and lacing. Nice scent, a good malty aroma, but subdued. Excellent taste, very clean, very malty (but not unbalanced), with nice butterscotch undertones. It goes down very well, very refreshing. Nice beer all around.

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Photo of beerindulger
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this beer isn't the strongest or most tasteful brew I've had it wasn't bad either. It poured a lite golden with a modest head that dissipated rather quickly the smell was of wheat and malt with a taste of some honey. Not much mouthfeel maybe a little hops. I rather enjoyed drinking this beer because it was so smooth. Very good on a summer day when you can drink a lot of beer after it has been cooled on ice.

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Photo of wingedeel
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Poured a dark yellow, with an average head. Not much here to please the hop-head, but instead what you get is an easy drinking, malty, flavorful APA. Great beer to pair up with a light lunch, and I would imagine this would make an excellent session beer.

I am actually looking forward to trying this again, and, while hardly a ringing endorsement, it is certainly one of the better beers brewed in good old Ft Wayne.

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Photo of baos
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden. Macro type head and look. Very nice lacing and head retention.

S: Very fresh. Very faint malt and grains. A little hop here and there.

T: Not a bad beer for the hot sun. A friend gave me this while I was working out in the hot and humid mid nineties Indiana weather. It was very welcome and very refreshing.

M: Okay nothing to text message home about.

D: Pretty good especially out in the hot sun.

note: edited on 1-16-2008... and I upped the marks a bit. this beer is pretty good.

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Photo of roadhouse
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm not reviewing this as an APA as I feel it is definitely mislisted when the bottled reads "a mild golden ale." Should probably be in the American Blonde Ale category IMO.

Appears a hazy golden color with a massive three inch white head. It falls down to a cap after several minutes. Some thick soapy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is almost exactly like some apple juice. The only difference from actual apple juice is that it has more of a Granny Smith character to it which is not found in that stuff. However, if they made it out of that variety then I could not tell the difference between the two. While one dimensional, I can't deny the fact that it's quite pleasant.

Taste is super watery. All it's reminding me of is watered down apple juice. There's a bit of a grainy character to it but the fruity apple thing drowns it out. Very weak beer overall. Not really offensive, just doesn't have much flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a bit of unnecessary harshness towards the finish.

Overall a very weak beer, but not because it tastes bad, it just has no flavor. It's way better than a Budweiser, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, golden body with a one-fingered white head which quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet, grainy malt

T - Sweet malt with a little honey.

M - Light-to-medium body with mild carbonation.

D - Would make a great gateway beer or a nice session beer for those who really like this style. A good summer beer. Not a bad beer, just a real simple ale.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head and just a bit of lacing. Poured this one very cold and sipped it slowly as it warmed.
Not much in the smell at first. A good amount of malt shows up as it warms up a bit. Dark butterscotch and banana.
Taste is a bit thin and watery. There's definintely malt there but not much hop to back it up. The fruity malt characteristic shows up in the aftertaste and lingers quite a while. A bit bubbly and tightly carbonated.
Very easy to drink, a fine session beer with some summer eats after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
2.39/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Kudos to Spaulding. Poured 12oz into my trusty pint. Crystal clear very light yellow with super minimal head and no lacing what so ever. Uh oh... Smells just like Warbird pale. Don't know if I just got two consecutive bad bottles, but this has the same moldy corn aroma that the pale had. Very smooth with little flavor profile, some corn and super subdued hops.... Does not mirror the smell, clean finish with little distinct taste. Mouthfeel is very thin with little carbonation. Goes down super easy. Not a bad offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haystack gold with perfect clarity. The manila colored cap is craft beer worthy and treats the ear to a light crackle and pop as it slowly deflates. Crackly heads aren't usually sticky ones... and such is the case here. Very little lace ends up on the glass.

I don't need to taste Mustang Gold to know that it's an American Blonde Ale rather than an APA. All I need to do is read the brewery's website and smell the beer. The nose features untoasted 'golden' malt, a light earthiness, a touch of herbal hoppiness and an ale yeast fruitiness. Simple, but effective.

Yes indeed, this is an American blonde ale, no question about it. It's also a pretty decent one. After the less than decent T-6 Red Ale that I had just over a year ago, I wasn't sure how this one would hit me. It's mild, as advertised, and is drinkable and accessible to all. I'm pretty sure that's what Warbird was going after.

The pale malt has to augmented by something a fraction darker and earthier; Munich perhaps. It's still primarily 'golden waves of grain' dominant with a restrained sweetness that is met by an equally restrained noble hoppiness and a nonspecific fruitiness at about the midway point of the mouthful.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is impressive. It favors medium for the style, with a light creaminess that most blondes would kill for. This attribute alone tells me that these guys have talent.

I love all manner of big beer and am always clamoring for more malt and more hops in style after style. Sometimes, though, a well-crafted ale comes along that reminds us how good unpretentious simplicity can be. In a perfect world, Budweiser, Miller High Life and Coors Original would all taste like Mustang Gold Ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.21/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow body with a thin white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with scant, soft floral notes.

Taste: Thin pale malt flavor with only the lightest amount of honey and citrus added. Finishes clean but oh-so watery.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability: If you're not out in the scorching hot sun atop a riding lawnmower you'll be pretty disappointed.

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Mustang Gold Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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