Golden Ale
Climax Brewing Company

Golden AleGolden Ale
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Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
American Pale Ale
3.65 | pDev: 11.23%
Oct 19, 2018
Sep 18, 2002
According to the brewery "a creamy American pale ale." (Whatever that means.)
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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
Rated: 3.66 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by Cfeezy from New Jersey

Aug 11, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by Ldicerto

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by magnusdave from New York

May 12, 2014
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Reviewed by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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
Rated: 2.5 by kingslotty from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2013
Rated: 4 by skriv from New Jersey

Apr 14, 2013
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 2.75 by abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by richbrew from New Jersey

Jun 22, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Chugs13 from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2012
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4 by deapokid from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2011
Rated: 4 by nmann08 from Virginia

Nov 15, 2011
Rated: 4 by randomdanger from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by ranger60 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by etownrizzo from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
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Reviewed by Mora2000 from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
Golden Ale from Climax Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 30 ratings