Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale
Golden City Brewery

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German Kölsch
Ranked #375
Ranked #42,984
3.46 | pDev: 10.12%
Golden City Brewery
Colorado, United States
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Parmesan
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:. Pours a clear pale gold color with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Toasted grain, a sweet apple, a light floral hop, with a light grassiness. Pretty light aroma.

T:. Toasted grain, a sweet apple, a slightly skunky hop and a bit of vegetable. Tastes quite similar to a slightly better Coors.

F:. Light and crisp body, very easy drinking.

O:. Reminiscent of a light lager, like the aroma and look but the taste leaves

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, what do you know... there's indeed gold in them there hills. It's just that it comes is kolsch-style form. The mild mannered golden beer hybrid that tries its best to be a German lager but is made with ale techniques does a good job of giving the light lager crowd something of comfort while giving adventurous drinkers a dab of uniqueness.

Pale gold and set in a fine mesh haze, an arid froth builds on the beer like a loose lather. Its floral and cereal scent is richer with malt than expected with mild sulfurs and fruit esters adding complexity with the nose. Similarly, the cereal sweetness introduces to the tongue with fresh baking bread, light honey and wafer.

The malts gently lift from the middle palate and the floral flavors turn from honeysuckle to a pleasant parsley-like grassiness. Accompanied by esters of apple and lemon, the beer quickly develops a balancing bitterness of lemongrass and pepper with a quick hit of matchstick sulfur to crispen up the late palate.

Medium bodied, the beer retains more cereal character than is expected with kolsch, landing it somewhere between Dortmunder lager and cream ale. A slight eucalyptus warmth also cools the throat with modest alcohol for a refreshing but grain sweetened finish.

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Photo of SamN
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass stein. Has a very nice, classic beer look. Think head of just-off-white, with a hazy golden straw color. I guess some might compare it to urine, but to me, it's a pretty handsome beer. Slightly floral aroma, not much to glean, unfortunately. A bit of swirling lets loose some more floral aromas, almost perfumey, which I guess suits the Kölsch style. I've always found a Kölsch to be a bit musty smelling, but this one is not so bad, maybe a touch of it. Taste is similarly underwhelming in it's intensity. Flavors of grain, herbs, mild earthiness. Brings to mind rustic images; wooden barns, dusty horse blankets. Not exactly funky, but almost. Very earthen characteristics. It's a light Kölsch, the style characteristics don't overwhelm, but are definitely present. Mouthfeel is easygoing, light but with a bit of heft to the body, which is nice.

I was pleasantly satisfied with this one. Very easy-drinking, nothing too over-the-top as I think some examples of the style can be. Floral and herbal are the main features in this beer, with a touch of balancing maltiness. I like the Saaz hopping in this one, well done. Not bitter at all, just the right amount of flavor.

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Photo of Akiva
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As far as Kolsch style beers go this one was described by my co-drinkers as "blah." Not so say it was bad, but it just was "mainstreamed"* to the point of being un-remarkable. I took detailed notes of our sampling at Golden City, and true to the form of nearly all the beers there, this Kolsch was not experimental at all, in fact if you were to describe the aspects of a Kolsch, light body with a pale color, only a hint of bitterness from the hops and just barely a hint of the vinous character of some other Kolsch style beers. If I was to give it a letter grade it would be a C-/B+. Golden City plays very safe with their beers and this one fits the mold exactly.

* When I say mainstreamed, what I mean is that the beer stays true to its original style, but that it is pulled towards a more homogenized, more suburban, more "blah" elements of that style. Its not experimental, not memorable, just very, very safe. Which isn't bad in and of itself, but if you want to get great scores from people like me, you need to push the limits, not stay within the confines of what you know works.

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Photo of riored4v
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/12/11

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, straw colored body. 1/2 finger, white head that faded quick to a thin ring.

Smell had some buttery, diacetyl aroma. Some earthy, spicey and floral notes. Mild biscuit and light sweetness. Very lager-like.

Taste was light and crisp with a mild sweetness. Earthy and floral hop flavor with a light bitterness. Light mineral taste in finish. Some bready and mild sweet maltiness in the middle.

Mouthfeel had some medium/light body, medium carb, and crisp/dry finish.

Overall good drinkability. Mellow flavors and aroma. Label says Pale Ale but I guess this is technically a Kolsch. Fits the category of Kolsch much better than a PA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow colour with some foamy head. Not much in aroma. Light in taste, a little bitter but also astringent. Drinkable at lunch, this one has sessionable alcohol, but not a great representative of the style. Drinkable, but a bomber between two people was much.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light and lively pale beer.

Pale straw in the glass with a modest head. Lemony, and just pleasantly tart. Light bodied, light flavor, but enough crispy taste to be a good quaff. Fragrant flowery hops, supposed to be Saaz according to the label. Faint maltiness. Kind of a wiry and slightly medicinal hint, but pleasant. Make it a cold one.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer sampled on what would become a very long day of tasting. Poured a pale straw color, with a nice light stream of bubbles. The nose was unimpressive, but the flavor was very light, with some nice hops and a bitter finish. Overall a nice, light, refreshing beer that was perfect with ribs and corn on a sunny, spring afternoon.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little untruth in advertising - not a pale ale at all, at least in the American sense, but a Kolsch. And a pretty good one at that.

Pours bright yellow with a small fluffy with nice lacing. The aroma is slight, but has a crisp, Pilsner-like character. The flavor is sweet with a pale malty character with very light hop bitterness. It has a light, thin, refreshing mouthfeel. This beer is highly drinkable, though not terribly deep.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slighty hazy gold color. Poured a thin white wispy head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Faint wet grains with pleasing hop aroma.

T: Pale malts with a nice slightly bitter hop finish that's balanced nicely with carbonation - I was a bit surprised (in a good way).

M: Medium light body. Full carbonation

D: Very drinkable beer with decent falvor.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type Sampled: On Draught at Golden City Brewery

Appearance: Medium straw in color, slight haze, dense white foamy head.

Smell: Spicy lager yeast, slight bite from the acid malt, citrus hops.

Taste: I taste a slight tartness upfront, like that of pils malt. Followed by an underlying sweetness that is perfect for the style. I taste a hint of black pepper, finishing with a nice saaz bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation complimented the beer well. The beer also has a slightly dry edge.

Drinkability: Great! Pencil me in for the next round. I could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is actually a Kolsch, but Kolsches really don't grab consumers' attention.
Light, a bit hazy presentation. Good bubbly head, nothing out of control. Some citrus zest is present in the aroma. Nice and calm, just enough carbonation.
Tastes mild and crisp. Malt gives it a bit of sweetness, but stops short of getting in the way.
Nice summer Kolsch

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Photo of biking4beer
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bought at brewery. Poured into pint tumbler. When I opened the bottle the beer spewed out. . . for a long time. I thought I was going to have to sip beer off the counter. Not sure why this happened because I don't think the bottle was aggitated.

Poured a very foamy two finger head. Nice hazy golden-yellow color. Some yeast in the bottom of the bottle, so I left a little bit of beer so I didn't pour it out.

This beer had a very appealing, crisp, lemon/citrusy smell, and the smell came through with the first sip. The taste sort of reminded me of a hefe weizen. Carbonation was a little too high for my taste.

This beer wasn't bad. It was ok, but I really didn't want another one after finishing the first glass. I'll probably try it again this summer. This is probably the beer that the brewery gives to people that ask, "do you have anything light?"

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Sinister. Is this really a pale ale? Seems a bit off style to me.

Poured a hazy pale gold in color. Could almost see through but the haze was denser than I thought at first. Really tried to form a head but wound up with a thins layer of suzz only. Essentially flat. Nose was just slightly sweet from malts. Really dug down in there with the nostrils and could not pull out much.

Flavor reminds me of straw. When I used to work in the farm's fields as a tennager I would chew on a piece of straw I plucked (Rather Huckleberry Finn-ish I always thought). Malts are sweet but evolve into a bittersweetness that does not come from the hops. Hops are slightly presence and are more akin to moss or clover than bittering hops. Medium body that tries not to be watery. Essentially flat--kind of tingles the tongue I think though. Interesting take and I appreciate the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed nary a head, just some short-lived tiny bubbles, above the clear golden brew. There is some light lacing present. Aroma is also minimal, a touch of hoppiness coming through. Taste is mostly light bitterness over the pale malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is lacking due to lack of carbonation, and drinkability suffers from same. Not a bad brew, but one that would certainly be helped with some bubbles to add to texture and presentation.

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Photo of mentor
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber obtained from the brewery and consumed the next evening. Pours a really fizzy white head over a cloudy peach-colored liquid. Smells malty sweet with strong fruity esters. Honey and apricot. A little bit of oranges from hops. Tastes caramel and toasted malt. Wet sweet, peaches, and butterscotch.Hops are mild in both bitter and flavor. Finally an APA were the hops are reserved. Oranges, a hint of lupulin, but no pith. Hint of alcohol. Md-light body and a nice dextrinous quality. Very mildly carbonated.

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Photo of Elrod23
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden City Brewery's Clear Creek Pale Ale is a nice gold (or Golden) color with just enough white head and a good smell. The beer tastes good and finishes a little bitter.

I agree with the earlier review that this beer would be great for drinking on a hot summer's day, and it wasn't bad on a cold November afternoon either!

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light , grainy pale malt scent with a nice hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a nice light pale ale that has decent flavor; highly drinkable.

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Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale from Golden City Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 37 ratings