Loon Golden Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Loon Golden AleLoon Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light golden in color. Dry and crisp with a semi assertive, Fuggles hop bitterness. Hops are prominent but not overwhelming. Overall, a well balanced representation of the golden ale style.

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2005

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 76
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from Sam Knocken who apparently has some source for out-of market beers. Cool by me!

My pour created two-plus fingers of dense, fluffy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grassy Noble hops. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the taste was both immediately grassy and then followed by a lager-like honey flavor. Yum! Finish was semi-dry with the hops and malt working well together to create a nice balance.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the brewery--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, minimal carbonation

Smell: grass and some fruit

Taste: caramel, grass, and some citrus hops of the finish

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, crisp, sweet start with a bitter end.

Overall: A unique lager that has just enough of a sweet twist to make it stand out. I like the creativity Woodstock uses and this is no exception. A sessionable summer beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a clear golden look with a moderate, thin white head, simple and effective.

The aroma is of clear and clean sweet maltiness, slightly crisp, green hops that are very subtle but the obvious aroma and the strongest one is the wormwood yeast used by Shipyard that gives a strange, buttery, slick and sweet aroma. Strange for this style.

the flavor's are simple and clean, slightly sweet malt and slightly fruity-sweet hops that are very subtle, but once again the wormwood yeast just takes over everything and throws of the balance totally .A strange effect overall.

The Woodstock inn Brewery used to brew clean and crisp version of these beers, but since they are contracted out to Shipyard, they use the Shipyard yeast which basically makes this line of beers Shipyard brews. Oh well.

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Photo of zrab11
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice golden color with small white head

S- has some cirtus aroma. also getting some light sweetness smell

T- Has a nice malty flavor up front followed but a nice citrus crispness and finishes will a sweet carmel flavor

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a drinkable light beer. Not great but def. still tasty on a hot day.

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Photo of dfolmste
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is average. Crystal clear golden color. Bubbly white head is about 1 finger high. Quickly mellows to just a few flecks of foam.

S: Smell is the best thing this beer has going for it. Considering the lack of taste this beer brings to the table, the smell is deceiving. A great balance of malt and hops, the smell had me thinking I was in for something good.

T: Taste or lack thereof, is mediocre at best. Buttered popcorn and sweetness reminds me of a trip to the movies. Better than your average lawnmower beer, but wouldn't stand up to food.

M: Thin and watery body. Carbonation is not overpowering. Residual sweetness and the aftertaste is tolerable.

O: Could definitely drink a couple of these out on the porch without much thought. I wouldn't turn this down, but with all the great golden ales coming out of Belgium and the US, I wouldn't choose it again.

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Photo of Guden
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

A-Has a nice golden copper color with a decent head. Not too different from some of the better lagers/weaker ales out there

S- Not much here, maybe a light hoppiness and a bit of caramel if I really search but its very vague.

T- Up front: hops, oh yum this could be a ---- wait, the middle and back hit you: musty old grains and....skunk? what is that, seems like oxidation. Something is not right with this beer, maybe it went bad but in a brown bottle and months before the best by date I don't know how that happens, yet there is that strong heineken flavor mixed with some sort of mustiness that I can't quite describe. Seems to have been a bad bottle. Trying another one it seems drinkable but nothing too great with some earthinees still there.

M- Uhh standard I guess but with that bad taste I'm chugging at this point

D- Low because the taste is so bad, might choose over a natural light but thats a toss up. Tried a bit of another one after the original review and found it to be more drinkable, but nothing great, and honestly that first impression is going to stick and I'm not going to get this again but I improved my rating a bit

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Photo of dtivp
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden color with a one finger white head, good retention that dissipates to a nice lasting collar with moderate lacing.

aroma of light sweet malt and citrus.

Taste started a little bitter with crisp malt and then you are struck with a slight sweetness of vanilla and caramel.

Mouthfeel was a crisp light body beer with light carbonation, slightly dry.

This is a drinkable lighter beer, probably better enjoyed on a nice warm day outdoors.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with a decent white head and some good lacing.

Some light malt aromas. Just average.

Light malt and light hop bitterness up front, leading to some bready notes and a light bitter finish. Decent and pretty refreshing.

Lighter bodied and decent carbonation.

This beer is what it is. Pleasant and well crafted, with just enough malt and bitterness. Not watery or weak flavored. Probably much better around the grill, but I have no problem with these alone or with food.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Woodstock Inn brewery itself. Paired with an undercooked (bloody) burger.

Clear gold with a thin white head. Stubborn retention lasted most of the way and left impressive drifts of dried lace.

Smells of watered down light malt extract, lemon, and grassy hops. Tastes soapy with lemongrass--tastes like Dawn dish detergent actually. Or at least what I think Dawn dish detergent would taste like.

Not so much.

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Photo of Hokies
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head a light lace left on the glass. The aroma is filled with a grassy grainy scent accompanied by some light fruitiness, almost like apples. Taste is filled with grainy husky taste, a light sweet malt taste surrounded by some light fruit and finished with a coarse hop taste. A nice offering from Woodstock Inn and a nice session beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord. Pours a translucent yellow body with a short-lived half inch of off-white head. Smells citrussy with graininess and butteriness. Tastes slightly sweet, grainy, with pine and citrussy hops hints in the background. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Kind of bland and not too impressive from a beer who makes some pretty damn good brews.

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Photo of cleeze
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average golden/ blonde ale.

hoppy smell maybe some sweet malts. Deffinatly some lemon up in the mix as well. Appearance was average. Straw goldenish color. Nice lace and head on it though. Very sticky.

This brew is deffinatly a dry beer all the way. Great usage of the hoppage:) leaves a tingly feeling in your mouth. Great combo with my turkey leg (from a 35lb beast of a turkey). this isnt a brew that i could drink all night. too dry for my liking

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Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet malt aromas with honey and vanilla. Biscuity malt flavor with lemon rind bitterness with a vanilla ending and aftertaste. Light body, medium carbonation this is a extremely dry beer from start to finish. I you like really dry, crisp beers this is the one for you.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked it. Nothing too spectacular but an overall solid beer. Dark gold color with decent head that becomes minimal after a few minutes. Light lacing. The aroma was fresh with crisp malt to it. Smooth overall drinking beer and pretty good for the summer. Starts off a little malty with a nice little crisp hoppy flavor finishing off. Some fruity characters mixed in. Not a ton of flavor but enough to pass for a solid beer. Especially in the hot sun.

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Photo of mkabull
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the several beers that I have tried from Woodstock Inn Brewery . A very nice tasting clean ale with a decent hop kick . Nice golden color clear decent head . Excellent drinkability even with the hop kick this beer finishes clean and calls for the pouring of another one . I have yet to find a beer from Woodstock that I do not enjoy if you see the name pick some up and enjoy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: A nice pale golden color with a one-finger head and lively carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity. Light. Malty.

Taste: Light and malty with an interesting caramel note to it. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat bitter/dry with a caramel aftertaste. Sweet.

Drinkability: Smooth and very drinkable. Inoffensive.

Verdict: A decent example of a blonde ale. Drinkable and where it should be anyway.

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Photo of rousee
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a nice head that holds well. A good amount of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma of biscuit and malt some slight hazelnut essence and seawater as well.

Taste is good smooth bready malt. Definite sourness noted on the finish but it doesnt detract. It isnt anything thats gonna knock your sox off but its clean enough and true enough to the style. I would definintely buy this again. I imagine its better during the hotter months of the year as well.

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Photo of AMo
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Woodstock Inn Brewery Loon Golden Ale pours a gold, light copperish hue. The smell is faint and mild of hops. Its taste is mellow with a slight hint of hops and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated, really a pretty big let down. Overall the drinkability is pretty weak, the thin water like feel with carbonation, and next to nill background taste makes it pretty boring. The bitterness disappears in the end but nothing benificial happens to the flavor in any way.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--Golden yellow, clear body. Off white head that stays around.

S--Somewhat sulfur like smell. Clean otherwise.

T--Malty cereal flavor in front. Bitter hops in the middle leaving you with a nice clean bitter finish.

M--Medium body with a slick finish.

D--Actually a really nice beer and representation of the style. A little on the malty side at first but you definitely get the hops on the back end. Not a hop bomb that some may like.

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Photo of davidt
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-straw color with a rapidly dissipating head. The beer is highly carbonated which leaves a constant thin head. The aroma is buttery with a bitter hop smell. Flavor is earthy with a bitterness left at the end. Nothing exceptionally memorable but a refreshing, sessionable beer none-the-less.

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Photo of timbro81
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before date = Jan 08. Heavily carbonated, straw colored, with an intimidating head that clings everywhere. Smells very "macro-esque" slight toastedness to the malts and I think they might have added A (as in singular) hop flower to it. Boo. Very light in the mouth and not much to the taste. Reminds me of a poor imitaition of Spaten Premium. Next!

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Photo of garcia2a
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color, but was highly carbonated. Even with my careful pour, this beer gave a 3 inch foamy head.

The bouquet was of a sweet hoppy nature, that followed through to the taste. There was quite a bit of back of the mouth hops bite going on.

Mouthfeel was decent, but the carbonation did get in the way. I kinda felt bloated as I was finishing the beer.

Drinkability is fine, but I do recomend letting this one sit 15 minutes to allow for the bubbling to subside.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - nice golden orange color. Nice large head when poured, and some nice lace. Not much bubbles.

smell - nice sweet hop smell here.

taste - Litte bitter at the end, like tasting a lager though minus the hoppiness.

mouthfeel - Medium body, tends to get sudsy when sitting in your mouth.


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Photo of Durge
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a pale yellow gold color with a medium white head and very minor lacing. The smell was a wheaty caramel and apple, pleasant but not very convincing. The first taste is a spritely carbonated drink with light malty hops. Very clean and crisp yet offering a slightly buttery background. Nice refreshing brew that should appeal to anyone without offending the more discriminating alesman. Better than I expected, another decent brew from Woodstock Inn. Recommended for a try or two!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the right beer for the right time sometimes makes all the difference. I had this on saturday when near record highs for NH kicked in.

A - rich clear golden brew, nice off-white head
S - sweet light biscuit / grainy malts and light hops.
T - folows the nose but with a bit more hops bite kicking in.
M - light bodied, smooth, clean and refreshing
D - a great brew to toss back on a hotter than hot day.

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