Griffin Golden Ale | Richbrau Brewing Company

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Griffin Golden AleGriffin Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Richbrau Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 06-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by BierManVA:
Photo of BierManVA
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I find very little about this bier that's worth writing home about. Taste, aroma, appearance are all woefully inadequaite in my opinion. This is the type of ale that even the most inexperienced home brewer could do better at. In fact, if I brewed this at home I would probably call it a day and flush it.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Richbrau brewpub.

A clear yellow color. Thick, sticky head laced the glass in a surprisingly "doily"-like manner. Aromas of grains and slight grassy smells. Very much like a lager. Taste also makes me wonder how this is called a golden ale. Crisp, dry, and lacking any real substance. Finish rewards you with a grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy. Medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. Another in my list of many beers that would help satisfy my thirst on a hot and humid Richmond afternoon.

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Photo of asabreed
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Richbrau 3-bomber pack I purchased today. I've been in Richmond too long to not try all the Microbrewery stuff around the area.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with slightly spotty lacing and a decent-sized head, though it fades a bit quickly. Lots of small bubbles are making their way to the top of the beer.

Smell: Definitely some banana and sweet orange in there initially, along with some malt sweetness and other fruit aromas. Almost some sweet hard candy coming through too. Yeast and bread-like presence is also pretty huge. Some slight hop bitterness seems to lessen some of the high sweetness in aroma. Surprisingly complex for what I expected.

Taste: Banana and orange again coming through beautifully, with some mild hop bitterness at the end to make the malt sweetness at least a bit subdued. Finishes clean, with slight hop bitterness lingering a on the end of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, finishes crisp, and somehow almost silky, which impresses the hell out of me.

Drinkability: A delicious brew that's extremely easy to drink. Seems like it wouldn't be the easiest thing to make a great American Blonde, though I know many mediocre versions exist. This one, however, is certainly more than worth checking out, so do it if you can. I imagine it's probably even better on tap, so looks like I'll be driving down to Richbrau soon.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, deep gold body that borders on amber is capped by an average sized head of bright white foam that drops shortly but maintains a thin lid throughout the first half of the pint. The nose is clean with a grainy malt and a light touch of yeasty fruitiness. Its medium body and fine, moderate carbonation leaves it gently crisp and then smooth in the mouth. The flavor offers the same clean, grainy malt that the nose suggests backed by a well-balanced bitterness that leads to a dry finish with some residual maltiness at the back of the mouth. Quite nice!

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Photo of weeare138
1.19/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart apple, light grain, buttery biscuit, fresh bread...not good.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some grainy tartness that just seems to overwhelm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, with tart berries being the mainstay. I'm thinking that the bottling conditions aren't suitable for any cellar aging on these. Seems to be some bacterial infection going on.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewpub in mid-August, the Griffin was advertised at 5.2% ABV, so maybe this is a souped up version? It came out a clear medium gold under a 1/4 finger white head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose is mild and slightly sweet of malt. The mouth is light and rather flat. Mild grain taste with a shadow of corn. Very nice spicey bitter backlash deep in the aftertaste of the first sip. This effect did not return with subsequent sips, leaving a more watery impression. Lots of potential at first, but the brew ultimately disappoints.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden amber with a persistant white head. Sweet malt aroma. The palate features a rich, husky graininess, some firm malt sweetness (though far from cloying) and a nice carmel character. Mild leafy hop flavor provides a bit of balance.

I can't get over the freshness of the bottled beers from Richbrau. And they're well-made with good flavors.


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Photo of RBorsato
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with some suspended particles, a nice light beige head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Malty aroma with a hint of graininess. Grainy malt flavor with a touch of diacetyl... Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish (a bit harsh for the style in my mind).

Per R. website:
Starting Gravity: 11.2°P
Alcohol: 5% by Vol.(ABV)
Malt: 2 Row, Munich, Carapils
Hops: Hallertau, Tettnang, Liberty

Bottled: 05/27/03
Tasted: 09/01/03

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Photo of hopdog
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weare138.

Poured a lighter and hazy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of earthiness, some cardboard, grainy, doughy, and lightly fruity. Tastes of grains, bready, earhty, and lighter fruitiness. Blah.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a sampler tray at the brewpub. Served as an amber color with slight white head. Smell is slightly malty with a sweet fruity texture. Taste reminds me of the crispiness of a lager with a refreshing creamy aftertaste. Very clean enjoyable beer without being overpowering.

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Photo of brentk56
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Relatively clear goldeb body with a little head and not much lacing

Smell: Lacks much discernable aroma; fairly light and grainy

Taste: Starts a bit grainy and finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an ale??? Gee, I thought it was a lager.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is decent, and obviously brewed for the person who would otherwise order Bud. Oops did I just say that? I would say it makes a nice transition beer, since it does have some flavor. It is a light straw color session beer with some lacing. It has almost no aroma, and has a slight juicy hop flavor. Very drinkable beer, since it goes down like water. A little more flavor and this would be a good golden ale.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.66/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a white frothy head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a caramel impression.

The flavor was sweet but grainy. The hops are present in the background and keep the beer from becoming cloying. The longer the taste lasts the more the beer dries out. The hops were subtle in the beer but well executed. The caramel maltiness in the aroma was not present in the beer. Slight fruitiness in exists in the flavor.

The finish was dry and crisp. The body was medium.

22 ounce bottle purchased for $2.59 at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold. Small white head with minimal lacing. Nice nose with butterscotch and slight malt. This makes a nice foil for the crisp bitter taste. Finish is a little wet with some astringency, but nothing unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium, not bad for a blonde. This is a fine alternative to a macro. Inexpensive and easy to find in the Richmond, VA area.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ours a hazy, deep golden color. Haze goes to the bottomMuch like it's flavo, the malt profile dominates the flavor as well. Not in a bad way, but, malt does dominate this brew. Freshly cut grassy odor dominates. Light mouth-feel with a grassy profile, through and though, decent lawn-mower beer. I solid decnt brew. Not the best example of an american blonde, but, a good, solid one

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Griffin Golden Ale from Richbrau Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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