Golden Ale | Climax Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery "a creamy American pale ale." (Whatever that means.)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by richbrew:
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Cfeezy
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of kingslotty
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of etownrizzo
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of m1ked
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Nickls
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ranger60
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Ldicerto
4.08/5  rDev +13%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ism
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jbats
1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

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