Gold Digger Blonde Ale | Ale Asylum

Gold Digger Blonde AleGold Digger Blonde Ale
61 Ratings
Gold Digger Blonde AleGold Digger Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This blonde ale is light in color and body with a crisp, pilsner-esque presence.

Added by dirtylou on 12-14-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery tasting room. Mild hop bitterness, ad rop of yeast. A transition beer. Soapy head on yellow. Decent enough drinkability for the summer. Just another londe, Avoidable for their more bolder tasting beers. Middling mouthfeel.Crisp carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazed bright yellow gold. Some white head sticks around for a bit.

Aroma and taste go hand in hand. They are very similar to each other. At first it tastes like a simple blond. Then I drink more of it and pick of flavors of green beans, peas, and corn. I wasn't the only one to taste these flavors so I don't think I was off on this. It was rather odd and off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry, but clean.

Overall, this would have been a great easy drinking summer beer had I not tasted all those odd flavors. Not really something I want to be tasting in my beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ale Asylum's bottle-conditioned, hazy, golden "blonde" ale rests beneath a very nicely creamy, short but dense head of froth that holds remarkably well and leaves thin, craggy walls of lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly grainy, nutty, and a touch earthy with yeast. There's also a mild fruitiness in the background, but it's pretty well restrained.

The very-fine bubbled natural carbonation leaves its medium body creamy smooth across the palate.

The flavor makes no bones about what it is - it's a flavorful, blonde ale with an honest malt character, a very firm but not quite solid bitterness, a healthy dose of yeastiness, and a hint of leafy/grassy hops. Refreshingly natural! There's just enough character to keep it interesting for the beer lover, but just as easily approachable (making it a great entry level beer) for the students at UW in Madison). Nicely done!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-faded flax with a swirling blizzard of yeast that eventually becomes a static storm. The eggshell colored head is small, despite a spirited pour, but still looks good. Just enough lace sticks to ward off disappointment. Gold diggers don't necessarily need to be beautiful (just conniving).

The nose is classic for the style, which means that it's anything but a barnburner. There's good balance between slightly sweetened cereal grain and lightly grassy-herbal hops that probably have European origins. Even though the needle on the ol' excitement meter has barely budged, the aroma is solid enough.

Gold Digger tastes like a light American blonde ale. The malt backbone is less than sturdy and is probably made up of both pale and pilsner malts. There doesn't need to be a ton of sweetness because there isn't a ton of bitterness. The scales barely move in a downward direction, but the beer is balanced.

The flavor profile is simple. It's pretty much fresh grain with a light countering jab of grassy hops. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable all apply. Ale Asylum should put the words 'session beer' on the label because this stuff was tailor-made for that purpose.

Given everything else, the mouthfeel is appropriate. It's no more than light and saves itself by being briskly carbonated. The word crisp has already been used, but it fits, so I'll use it again. Crisp.

Ale Asylum should be commended for providing its clientele with an approachable blonde ale that is the exact opposite of pedal-to-the-metal craft beer. If never hurts to tap the brakes once in a while. Besides, as hard as it is to imagine, not everyone is a hophead. Great name and great label.

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Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mattmarka1
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden yellow very light hazy body. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that swirl through the body. There is a thin creamy white head that is a thin film but last and last.

S- The rich smell of light fresh grain with a finish of fresh rain and green leaves. There is a slight pepper note in the finish that comes through when it warms.

T- This beer has a crisp dry Munich malt flavor with a hint of biscuit and soft dried corn note that gives it a nice depth. There is a finish of a slightly salty snap to the softer green hop with a hint of lemon zest. The taste of pale malt and alcohol hangs on the tongue after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish. No alcohol heat at all.

D- The taste of fresh malt with some nice depth but it still has a light toast to the malt. This is a marvelous example of how good this style can be. This beer goes down smooth and still has enough interest to make this a perfect session beer for the hot summer months when you want something that is not another IPA.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, steve's-university I think

appearance: western cliche lable...pours into a pint glass. body is hazy but watery golden/yellow. foamy white head with frothy lace

smell: aroma is minimal...very faint hops, crisp light malt, a touch grainy

taste: sure never expect much from a blonde ale and this doesnt deliver anything spectacular. Its crisp and refreshing which would make it a decent choice on a summers day. flavor is mostly a very light crisp malt structure, a little corn, distant hops, a touch of spice, splash of lemon

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, light body

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cokes
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly dusty straw with a scattered linen head that impresses more in stick than size.
Grain-dominated nose, with some faint yelps of citrus (lemon and orange rinds, specifically), yeast-driven white peppercorns, and mild dried herb hopping.
Enters with a floured dinner roll breadiness, and generally stays there. There are illusory traces of nuts and lemon zest. . There are minor yeasty flourishes in the middle, with some sandstone and peppercorns. Hopping is adequate, and unflashy with dried grass on the close, an no real uptick in bitterness. This is appropriately dry-leaning, and even throughout. It's not complex, and shouldn't be. It never gets mushy or discordant, and that essentially equals success here.
The mouth balances a small amount of yeast-driven girth with a steady, tiny-bubbled CO2, to make this an effortless and thoughtless quaff.
Solid blonde ale. Hardly remarkable, but that's not the point. It's inoffensive all around, whether one is accustomed to drinking macros or craft brews.

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Photo of hopdog
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

This one poured a light yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas or grains with some malty sweetness. Tastes of the same graininess with some sweetness. There was nothing offensive about this one, but it was my least favorite I had there.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a bright golden color, with very little head. There wasnt much at all for a smell. The taste was very light, but some citrus flavors could be made; tasted almost like a lemon water. Nice carbonaition espically for a lighter blond ale. Overall a very light flavored beer, but a nice flavor, not that great, but a better blonde ale.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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