Celtic Gold Ale
Dunedin Brewery

Celtic Gold AleCeltic Gold Ale
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Ranked #366
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3.5 | pDev: 12.29%
Dunedin Brewery
Florida, United States
Celtic Gold AleCeltic Gold Ale
Notes: Light, crisp, refreshing.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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olimpia84 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dunedin Brewery. Served on a Pint glass.

A: golden semi-opaque body with superficial thin layer head; some lacing present.

S: a bit mute and hard to tell but was able to gather hops presence along with clean sweet tones.

T: very balanced taste with presence of herbal tones, hops and slight hints of sweet malts and wheat. Ends with a slight bitter tone.

M: light to medium body, with medium carbonation. Clean feel, very drinkable.

O: a pretty solid brew; very drinkable and balanced.

Sep 30, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A – Great, traditional, like Gaffel, just a bit more golden.

S – Exquisite Euro pale lager, floral and piney hop presence.

T – Refreshing, clean, subtly balanced, and a real refined use of a deliciously dynamic hop profile.

M – Thin, refreshing, light, plentiful, smooth carbonation.

D – Maxxxed out. I need growler after growler

This is a great beer by Dunedin. Probably their best.

Dec 30, 2009
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tmoneyba from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft sample at brewpub.

Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grainy citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met with a soft drinkable beer.

Nov 19, 2008
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paulthebeerguru from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: poured into a snifter. pours a straw yellow with slight amounts of sediment. pours a nice white head that recedes after a while. good amount of lacing.

S: sweet aroma of grain. in some unusual way it reminds me of breakfast.

T: some honey tones from the sweet malts. decent bitters from the hops, but nothing that reaches out and grabs you, which is hit and miss with the Kolsch style. slight metallic tones in this as well, which is turning me off.

M: leaves the mouth a little dry, and the palate a little bitter. has somewhat of a chalky aftertaste.

D: its a good session beer if you are into Kolsch beers. I am not a huge fan of the style, but I do respect it. There are other Kolsch beers that I prefer, but it isn't a bad beer either.

Jan 15, 2008
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shivtim from Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Big C's in Winter Park, and brought it back to snowy Indiana to share. I actually liked this one, although it didn't go over too well at the last beer club.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange. Not much of a head. Nose is sweet grains. Taste is a pleasant mix of hoppy bitterness, grains, and hints if sugar cane. Mouthfeel is nice and full, drinkability is good. Good example of the style.

Jan 28, 2007
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DaveFL1976 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice enough looking dark straw color with a relatively lively head. The head settles down into a thin skim in fairly short order.
The smell is mild of flowery hops with a mild malt background. Nothing that will knock your socks off, but clean and tasty in the nose. The taste is suprisingly full and authentic to the style. The flowery aroma hops, sticky sweet malt and mildly bracing bittering hops come together to form a fine, drinkable beer. At $2.50 for a pint bottle, this is a good value for money. Mouthfeel is perhaps a little heavier than I expected, but carbonation is spot on. Quite drinkable.

Sep 23, 2006
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Drew966 from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celtic Gold Ale pours a light golden color with a minimal white head from a brown sixteen ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The taste starts out with some citric like notes followed by wheat. Decent if unspectacular, not bad for a hot Florida afternoon. Worth a try.

Sep 23, 2006
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skizziks from Kentucky

3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Dunedin brewery is pretty obsessed with a Scottish theme. I gather the entire town is and the brewery plays it to the hilt (kilt?). A rather bizarre back label blurb proclaims the Celtic Gold to be a "smooth kolsh style ale" and something about some Scottish warriors. Normally I wouldn't be too picky about spelling but the missing C in "kolsh" turns out to be the first hint that this beer may be a less than stellar representation of the style.

16oz. bottle into a nonic. A fairly hard pour barely manages to raise 1/2" of very baking soda like fizz with a few large bubbles that come and go rather quickly. Surprisingly, the fizz hangs on in a very thin layer throughout the glass. The beer itself is a hazy deep gold. Not much to look at and very much unlike a kolsch.

First impression of the aroma is sweet. Specifically the sweetness of malt and honey, with some lavender and distinctly floral hops. Really, a very nice full and pleasant aroma. Almost, but not quite, completely unlike a kolsch.

Flavor follows the aroma faithfully with an initial burst of sweet malt and honey along with a clear biscuity malt. hop flavor is more herbal and resiny. Finish is dry with some lingering bitterness. Other than the fairly dry finish, I had a hard time picking out any kolsch-like characteristics.

Body is medium-light with strong carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin but it's not too distracting. This is really a very nice beer, just not a kolsch. Maybe they used a kolsch yeast, but I think they would still be better off labeling this a bitter or pale ale. I tried not to knock the ratings too much for it, but it deserves a tweak off for misleading the consumer. I do recommend it, just don't get yourself all set up for a kolsch.

Aug 17, 2006
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dirtylou from New York

3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle obtained from bross42 in bif across america

appearance: pours a pale, lightly hazed, copper into a great dane imperial pint glass. a rather small beige head forms, with very little in the way of lacing

smell: sweet and grassy...delicate floral hop presence, lightly toasted malt, grain, light citrus, light biscuit...good aromas

taste: not so much kolsch, more of an apa-amber hybrid, sweet and fruity, grassy, herbal, apple, light grapefruit, floral hops, toasted malt, slightly bready. definitely an enjoyable session from dunedin

mouthfeel: medium-light body, light bitterness

drinkability: very

Apr 29, 2006
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Zorro from California

3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a chill hazed orange colored ale with a good white head. Color is definitely darker than normal.

Smell is a little sweet with a clear and somewhat strong scent of American Northwest "C' type hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit scents. Frankly this smells like an American Pale Ale. The smell is clean and a bit floral.

Taste is smooth and mild with a very health hop hit from the C hops that gives this a dry and woody after taste. And that is about it. Not a Kölsch in my book but it is a basic and crowd friendly APA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Certainly an easy to drink beer and probably is just the thing to revive you after the sun at Disney Land does a good job of roasting you. If you like APA you will like this, but if you are looking for a Kölsch this is the wrong beer.

Apr 23, 2006
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MSchae1017 from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in an imperial pint glass from a 16oz bottle.

This beer pours a burnt orange color with a decent white head that holds for a bit put ends up dissipating with not much lace. The smell is mostly citrusy hops with some pale biscuity malts. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell but flavors come out more. It is very interesting how this beer combines this much flavor with such a light mouthfeel. This makes this a good overall beer to sip on for casual drinking.

Apr 20, 2006
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futaboots from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin and light bodied beer. Color is very pale copper, head is only moderate, and couldn't be roused very high even with a vigorous pour. These aren't knocks against the beer, as I appreciate thin bodied beers, and I'd really only be dissapointed if there was no head at all.

Hops are the scene stealer though. Very evident in the finish, with sharp slightly grinding bitterness following the initial spicy herb flavors. Some flavors from the malt are there, but they are delicate and very overpowered by the hop bitterness. I kinda like light thin bodied beers that showcase a strong hop flavor.

Aroma is weak, but it's there. A simple and hoppy beer. Dunedin should put this in a six pack.

Mar 14, 2006
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Jredner from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy aroma that hints at some underlying sweetness. Pale gold in color with huge, creamy, fluffed up white head. This is not LIGHTLY hopped the way they describe it. There are a lot of hops here for the style. That or they used a very pungent variety of hop to lightly hop it. Still it is an easy drinking ale and what American doesn't hop their beers more than their European counterparts?

Feb 27, 2006
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pounder bottle with a bright yellow & red label sans freshness date.

Fills a glass with a slightly unfiltered hazy peach orange pour, building a small head cap that instantly setles to nada.

Fluffy grainy scents with a light apple fruit aroma.

First swigs: Light fruity apricot touches with a dry finish. Just a one trick pony here of focused ale style. Some tea astringency dries the flavor out. Well balanced with the hops and malt characters.

Feel is medium bodied and softly carbonated.

Last swigs: Just a regular ole ale. Nada mas. Just trying some Florida beers while here this week.

Feb 02, 2006
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from Fla. Sampling in a pint glass and a pint bottle from the refrigerator. Those pint bottles make the pouring process a very delicate endeavor. The beer pours a light golden color with some slight haziness. A frothy bleached white head of 2 cm foams up nicely upon the pour. Aroma is grainy malt and lemony/spicy hops. Fairly mild nose overall. First sip reveals a light body and small fizzy carbonation that tickles my tongue. Flavor is lite, crisp and refreshing. I get some light grainy malt up front that is quickly overpowered by a bitey citrus hop presence. Some lemon flavor finishes the beer. Overall a mild flavored, crisp and refreshing brew that I think fits very well with the image of sitting on the beach in Florida. I now know one beer to track down for just such an occasion when I visit Florida again.

Mar 16, 2005
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice small bubbles create a yummy white head. This beer has a bright clear golden color. A very clean floral hop aroma greets you as you raise the glass for a drink.The taste has a light grainy followed by a smooth balanced hop finish. This a smooth easy drinking beer. I especially liked the light hop boquet with every sip.

Jan 30, 2004
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my favorite from the beers from Dunedin. This lovely golden bodied ale had a nice white head that laced with gusto. The malt base was joind by nice hops that let you know they were there in both the nose and the flavor. Great light citrus hop notes balance out the delicate light malts. The feel is medium with very nice crisp endings. Great drinkability. I could do this one every day. According to the bartender this is not one of their most popular; I think the wheats rule here and they are quite good.

Jan 19, 2004
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ecoboy from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Touch of clouds in the dull gold hued ale. The mixed bubble head dies quickly.

Buttery-sweet aroma still within acceptable profile. The low-weight mouthfeel is also acceptable for style.

There is a complexity to the flavor, especially in the impressive use of hops. The grassy finish lingers and lingers. The problem: a metallic/stony/concrete flavor.

Refreshing, complex, flawed.

Jan 05, 2004
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SigEp from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Kolsch style. hoppy enough to let you know it, but not overpowering, as it should be in this style. Mouthfeel a little over-carbonated. very crisp-clean excellent summer brew, crystal-clear light straw color. from a great brewery if you live in Florida.

Oct 29, 2003
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UnionMade from New York

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this sent to me in a beer trade. Wierd sized bottle, printed, which was pretty cool. Pours a pleasant looking amber-ish gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very pleasant, with a good hoppy bite and mild malty sweetness. Lagery smelling. Body is light and effervescent. Malts are smooth and understated, with hops taking over and lending a nice crispness to the beer. Great for summer, with some actual character. Kind of rare in the land of summer ales. Good.

Jul 21, 2003
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