Golden Ale
Climax Brewing Company

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Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Pale Ale - American
3.65 | pDev: 11.23%
Oct 19, 2018
Sep 18, 2002
Golden AleGolden Ale
Notes: According to the brewery "a creamy American pale ale." (Whatever that means.)
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Photo of bankboy66
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

As someone else said this beer and complicated and a little weird. I really don't know what I'm tasting....there is some malt and citrus in there, but the aftertaste suggest something else....almost Euro Lager but in an unpleasant way? The finish is a little gritty. Odd.

Oct 19, 2018
3.66 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Jun 11, 2016
4 by Cfeezy from New Jersey on Aug 11, 2015
3.75 by magnusdave from New York on May 12, 2014
Photo of tkdchampxi
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

A: pours a cloudy, uniform orange with no visible sediment. The head was huge with pillowy soap bubbles that threatened to spill over the edge of the glass. Took a few minutes for the head to deflate, and there is still significant lacing, with foam clinging to various parts of the glass.

S: citrusy and bready, with faint hints of grass and onion. Very light aroma. Possibly something else there like syrup?

T: flavor is complicated and confusing. First sip was soapy and sour. Some sips seem bitter, others are sour. It's almost like the flavor isn't consistent within the same glass. Citrus notes are more lime than typical grapefruit or lemon. The aftertaste is very hard to place, but if I have to distill it to one thought - weirdly sour for a pale ale.

M: Effervescent, bites at the tongue, coats the mouth well, and is somewhat drying. Not bad, but a little too foamy.

O: This beer is a little too weird for me. It's refreshing, but not enough so to overcome the confusion of flavors. I'd drink it again if handed to me, but I wouldn't seek it out

Apr 28, 2014
2.5 by kingslotty from New Jersey on Sep 11, 2013
4 by skriv from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a huge, white, long lasting head. Aroma is of grassy hops and grain. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready malt and grassy, spicy hops. Finish is long and spicy. This brew is hoppy enough to make it interesting.

Apr 07, 2013
2.75 by abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2012
3.5 by richbrew from New Jersey on Jun 22, 2012
3.75 by Chugs13 from New Jersey on Apr 23, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, consistently leaving a web of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of dense bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial flavors of bready malts and cream; these are accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The creamy nature of this beer makes it very enjoyable and also quite interesting to drink.

Mar 02, 2012
4 by deapokid from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2011
4 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 15, 2011
4 by randomdanger from New Jersey on Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ranger60
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ranger60 from New Jersey

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ
Was intrigued to try it because you don't see too many cream ales...also a local NJ brewery.

Medium straw golden color.
Non-descript aroma.
Nice mouth feel with good carbonation bite on tongue.
Nice hoppy bitterness, good aftertaste.
Fairly drinkable with pub food.

May 02, 2011
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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by etownrizzo from New Jersey

A- Brew poured from a brewery produced growler into a standard pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Poured a nice finger and change head that held on surprisingly long. Clingy lacing that spider webs the glass on the way down.
S- Immediate hit with a citrusy hops aroma. Hints of grapefruit and green apple. Makes me glad I am trying this one in the dead of summer when such notes are refreshing and appropriate.

T/M- Hops in the front and citrus in the back. The more I sip it the more I am getting acclimated to it and like it. I could see this going well with light fare such as chicken, fish, or a salad. My first sip seemed a bit phenol but that seems to have disappeared now that I've become familiar with the beer. The brew is smooth and somewhat creamy, but not as much as the brewer would have you believe.

D- Easy to drink, but most beers are for me so that's saying very little. Goes down well even as it warms up. Nothing terrible in the aftertaste that turns me off. I don't know if this is a seasonal for this brewer but it should be. An enjoyable session beer for the summer (bring a couple to a bbq and throw them in the cooler and I think it'll go over well,) but I'm not sure this would be an option for me come the colder months. As to the style, I don't think it's fair to call this an APA as most I've had taste much different than this offering. I'd call it a citrus hopped ale and call it a day. As far as a cream ale goes I'd like a bit more in the mouthfeel for that. As that goes, it's ok but a bit of a gimmick that I would only break out on occasion.

Aug 07, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is a white color, great retention, thick lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeast, marijuana, and grass.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, yeast, and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium body with a wet finish.
Drinability: This beer is not very good.
Don't drink and review.

Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Mora2000 from Texas

Thanks to bullzeye for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not inviting at all. The only things I pick up are celery and asparagus. The initial flavors are very similar to the smell with notes of vegetables, metal and wheat. As the beer airs out a little bit the taste gets better. I get notes of lemons, citrus fruit and bready malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 26, 2010
Photo of m1ked
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by m1ked from California

Ahhh yes, another growler from WF Bowery beer room. I love that place.

A- From the growler into a tumbler (with this scorching weather my beer warms up so quick). Pour a light gold brassy color, clear with a touch of haze. A good 1/2" pure white head that eventually settles down to a thin wispy cap.

S- I can see how this might be labeled an APA with it's bready grains with a twang of citrus. The citrus blurs between orangey grapefruit and smelling like citrus hops. Smells inviting and refreshing.

T- I would never had picked this as a cream ale, but then again I think my personal library of tastes includes Genny.... So maybe that's a good thing. Tastes very similar to the nose, but with a switch between the hops bitterness dominating an the citrus playing second fiddle.

M- light - medium, more light though with low easy carbonation. Nothing that stands out, but nothing that gets in the way.

D- I have to say it's been soo hot lately that I haven't even been drinking beers lately. This is my first one in a while. It's an easy drinking tasty sessionable beer with some flavor to be had. The style is open for discussion though.

Jul 21, 2010
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3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by mdfb79 from New York

Had on tap at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours an orangish golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sour bready malts

t - Taste is lightly sour, bready malts, and cream.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A decent ale but the sourness in the smell was off putting. The creaminess in the taste was nice and it was very easy to drink. Wuold give another shot.

Jun 12, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tempest from New York

On-tap at Spinnerstown Hotel. MY pint appeared a hazy yellow at the bar with a short, white head. Despite this page listing the beer as an APA, it's most definitely a cream ale. Sure, it's hoppy for the style, with big orange peel and sweet grapefruit flavors; but it has the style's typical white bread malt with earthy undertones. I may not be able to drink this in the context of summer, but I did quaff this mid-bike ride and have to say it was pretty agreeable. Compared to the handful of other decent cream ales I've had, this is probably the best.

Feb 16, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by donniecuffs from New Jersey

A: Cloudy, light yellow, with an impressive head.
S: Subtle sweetness, with a hint of citrus.
T: Validated the sweetness I picked up in the aroma, but not as citrusy as expected. Very similar to some of the better ESB's I have had.
M: Was expecting a lighter body, but was pleasantly surprised by a more medium, yet not overpowering feel.
D: Definitely a good summertime session beer; one of the beers I consider after mowing the lawn.

Jul 27, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bonbini26 from New Jersey

Poured from the growler into a pint glass

A- a golden color, slightly hazy with a thick white head, and left nice lacing
S- Has a slight grainy, citrus smell, some mustiness
T- sweet grainy malt with a balancing hop bitterness
M-Medium-bodied, fresh and smooth, crisp finish
D- Very high, 3 of us finished 4 growlers in a 3 hour period
You don't see a lot of cream ale's out there and its nice to see one from a small brewery. A well balanced session beer for sure

May 04, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Nickls from District of Columbia

A - light straw yellow (a little organge) in color with a thin pure white head

S - Light citrusy aromas, with some good hop bitterness

T - Dry citrus flavors, with a good deal of hops in the end. Not as much malt as I would expect, but this is great.

M - Thinner MF and a light delicate carbonation. Not slick, and pretty tight

D - Hugely drinkable. Well balanced, and pleasant on the palate.

Overall, this is not the most complex brew, but I would consider it very sessionable. Not a style that pops up too often, and I would recommend picking it up.

Nov 23, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ommegangpbr from New York

A style that just doesn't get much love... ah well.
Gotta love sittin around with a jug of Climax nearby.
The pour is lovely. Pale, ever so slightly hazed gold color that pours with a generous head. Rings of lace stain my pint glass.
This, I feel, is a tasty example of the style. The hops here seem on the strong side for a cream ale, and well, why not? For me this is drinking like a hoppy pilsner and that's right up my alley as far as beer cravings go. The scent strikes me as very similar to all the other Climax brews I've had and that's plenty fine by me, too. Home brewy, maybe? A tint of cider in the scent, maybe something even along the lines of champagne. Fresh and lively.
Overall, a very satisfying brew when looking for something on the lighter side of the spectrum. A good choice for hot weather, sports watching, burger eating...

Mar 19, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gavage from Nevada

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a 1" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: mild grainy malt levels here as expected, but the over ripe fruit sweetness is quite strong. There is some sugary qualities to the sweetness too. Bitterness is very soft and some yeast tones come through.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start and less prickly at the finish. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent mild beer that you can drink an entire growler in a single session. Not a great cream ale, but a decent one.

Dec 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwc215 from Arizona

Poured golden with a thick white head that descended to a thin, lasting cover.

The smell and taste were of sweet grain with grapefruity/citric backing. Medium-bodied, fresh and smooth.

This was much better served on tap than in the two different growlers I have tried of this brew. Nice, grainy malt with a balancing hop bitterness.

Not overly complex - but - well done and on-target for the style.

Oct 03, 2007
Photo of ism
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by ism from New Jersey

12oz from the growler poured in a pint glass fills it with a strong gold color, topped with a thin white head. The sweet malt fills the nose, but balancing citrus hop almost belies a subtle spice. No carbonation, but no matter, as the medium-bodied maltiness rolls around the tongue, with an interesting citrus bite. Smooth and crisp on the way down. Grapefruit lingers for a moment before releasing. The head, while small, leaves ringed lacing down the glass.

A satisfying and refreshing brew.

Jun 29, 2007
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