Gold Digger IPA
Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

Gold Digger IPAGold Digger IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,590
Ranked #32,486
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
California, United States
Very Good
Gold Digger IPAGold Digger IPA
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matcris from Arizona

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: A slightly hazy golden with a small white foam that leaves a mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Canned pineapple, slight astringency, white bread, and mild pine/dank vibe.
TASTE: See above.
FEEL: Well carbonated, dry, and medium body.
OVERALL: Had it a million and one times before.

Feb 20, 2018
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HaoleBoy from California

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- pours a clear gold with a frothy head that quickly dissipates
- initially a powerful hop aroma, slightly catty, that gives way to a lovely citrus bouquet
- crisp and hop forward on the tongue. finishes with an astringent/grapefruit quality I quite liked
- nice "bite" and not overly carbonated
- while not the biggest fan of IPA's this was quite good
I like "drinking local" and this certainly qualifies as we are less than 20 miles from the brewery. This beer was bottled just 2 weeks ago!
Poured from a 500 ml bottle.

May 02, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 9/21/15.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hop aspects that much better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 27, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 05/13/14

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden in color with an eggshell white finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is fair with decent stick.

Smell - Beautiful aroma; a bouquet of citrus with orange at the forefront, while notes of grapefruit, pine and pineapple sit beneath. A touch of breadiness comes into play as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange peel bitterness upfront, along with moderate pine and grapefruit with a trace of pineapple bite. Malts come through lightly once the brew warms, hinting at bready qualities. Light pepper spice. Finishes with some dankness and a lingering citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A great IPA, bordering on excellent. A little more balance would be nice, but hey, it's an IPA, so it falls well within the boundaries. Personally, could do without some of the dank, but it's not too much that it kills it for me.

Jun 15, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Puffy white head over pale brass.
Mad kronik nose with some flowers.
Lean salty wheat crackers with lemon zest, pine needle and sappy hops.
Lt-med, oily, round.

Light but oily with dank, cannabis hops. Yet, a bit too full and cloying. Sticky hops exacerbate an overly sturdy malt backbone and lose some of the zesty aroma that could be there.

May 30, 2014
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Iain_Riule from California

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 22oz from local Ledgers liquor store. Very nice IPA, well balanced and not too bitter. Easy drinking ale which can be drunk on its own or with food. Light in color and pleasant mouthfeel. Pleasant drinker cold or a little warmer.

Will certainly buy again.

Feb 18, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap with one finger of head on a straw colored body.
The aroma is all pine. Simple but nice.
The taste is moderate bitter from pine and lemon. Straight forward but good.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall a solid IPA, though not amazing.

Jul 23, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The suds fade fast from this number when poured into the Duvel glass. Even the carbonation seems to be fleeting. Medium body with a few prickles.

On the positive side, it has a really deep and flowery hop flavor. It's on the perfumey side along with a bale of pine needles. Rather sharp after a few sips. Bitterness is substantial but manageable. Some malt in the mouthfeel but it fades out fast. This is not going to win any awards, but the hop flavor is outstanding.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Feb 01, 2013
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Nugganooch from California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ O’Briens Pub

Listed as Auburn Alehouse IPA – 7% ABV

A: Pours a light amber color with real nice clarity and just a swirl of khaki bubbles at the top. There are light scribbles mixed with some dots of stick on the way down the glass.

S: Nose is malt forward with a scent full of baked breads. There is a bit of caramel to it as well. Background of some ample orchard fruits, citrus, and floral pines. Decent but malt heavy for sure.

T: Predominant with baked goods flavor is confirmed by taste. Caramel as well but not overly sweet. There is some nice stone fruit juiciness with a backdrop of hempy herbals. A light citrus zest perhaps. Not incredibly potent with a moderate level of bitterness but there. Alcohol well masked.

M: Middle weight in body from that breadiness. Nice even carbonation gives a smooth consistency with a halfway decent dryness towards the finish. Overall the feel is wetter with a residual bittering effect to the palate.

D: This reminded me much more of a PNW style IPA . Not sure if that was the intent. A bit hefty with breads and caramel malts. Hops are present but not exactly accentuated playing second fiddle. A little clunky and filling. Needs a bit more balance overall.

Not bad but this will make very little impression here in SD.

Dec 11, 2012
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ThePaleRider from California

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

A - Nice amber with a thick two finger off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Beer is crystal clear.

S - Lots of citrus, but they seem to be a little muted. Grapefruit, orange zest, and passion fruits. No malts to speak of which is what I like in a Cali IPA.

T - Very bitter shot right up front that stings the tongue a little. Then the pine fades in. Seems like this guy is mostly pine and not so much on the citrus. Really dig the bitter bite. Little heavy on the malts in the back. Pretty standard IPA that doesn't seem to be much above a pale ale.

M - Medium body that really leaves a bland hp film on the tongue long after the malts disappear. Decent carbonation.

O - Glad I got to try it, but wasn't really anything special.

Nov 06, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent IPA. It's too salty overall, and that blocks the whole beer from really showing anything subtle or interesting. Punches you in the mouth a bit and that's that, for the most part. There is a covering of citrus character, but it provides little beyond what you get smacked in the mouth with. This has some potential, but the wrinkles need to be ironed out if someone were to make an interesting and unique beer. Awesome nose though.

Aug 05, 2012
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cosmicevan from New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously tossed my way from Taylor, cheers bro. Enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured classic transparent orange with a huge frothy white creamy head. Some visible carbonation could be seen. Sticky lacing.

s - nice balanced malts and a medley of hops. Really nice, some citrus and stickiness, but lots of sweet candied hops.

t - a bit more malt forward than the nose suggest, but the bouquet of hops is there. Finishes a bit bitter, but not piny and sticky.

m - nice balanced carbonation, finishes bitter.

o - overall a nice ipa but malt forward. The hops are there, but seems far from a west coast IPA as billed. Not bad by any means, but in a style all about hops this ones falls deeply into the good not great category.

May 18, 2012
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billshmeinke from California

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic. Slightly hazy golden color. Massive two finger fluffy head that exhibits great retention and lacing.

Fragrant nose, honey like sweetness, floral notes as well.

Nice bitterness, some honey like sweetness that quickly disappears into dry, resinous, and bitter flavors with subtle floral notes.

Mouthfeel is ideal for an IPA. Super well carbonated. Medium bodied. Super, duper dry.

Despite a complete lack of complexity, this well balanced and super dry beer kept me coming back for me.

Jan 18, 2012
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from City Beer Store.

Pours murky dark gold with a quarter inch head of beige. A quick dissapation left a partial skim coat on the surface and some errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with grapefruit and pine, heavier on the latter. A hint of butterscotch and caramel follow through.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. A bit sticky and syrupy. Carbonation low for the style.

A heavy whack of pine and hop bitterness starts the palate with grapefruit pith quickly stepping forward. The biting bitterness continues and pummels any malt that trys to rise up.

Finishes with a slight warmth, lingering raw bitterness, and piney resins.

A pretty aggresive IPA. The nose is subdued though and the bitterness is rough. A bit malt-forward for a west-coaster also.

Nov 16, 2011
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Klym from California

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I often see this sell out at my local (decent) beer store pretty quickly so curiosity got the best of me and I picked up a bottle when it got restocked. Poured into a surly nonic.

A: Pours a nice darker gold with a foamy off-white head that leaves a sliding wall of lacing.

S: Not too aromatic. Hops, herbs, floral scents, a little bit of jasmine too.

T: Taste up front is a strong hit of hops that blossoms into various herbs and grasses with a touch of pine that rolls into a smooth jasmine tea sweetness and finishes with a spicy hit in the back of the throat which dies off quickly. This one really comes in big and leaves quickly, but I'm pleasantly surprised. This reminds me of the stone japanese green tea IPA without the overly bitter and sometimes overly sweet finish and a lighter body to match.

M: Medium-light bodied, an overall smooth drink.

O: Highly sessionable and it gives me a lot of what I really liked and found unique about the Japanese green tea IPA. I love the jasmine tea notes in the finish and the play between harsh bitterness and mild, smooth sweetness. It's the kind of beer I could find myself in the mood for and could session all night long, but it'd be hard to rank it among the great IPAs out there.

Sep 07, 2011
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popery from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes 11/10/10. Draft, City Beer Store. Nice IPA with some good tropical fruit flavors, a good bitter bite and a light, dry body. There’s some solid pine hoppines, but the tropical-citrus hop character was the star. I remember trying this beer at the last Bistro IPA Fest and it didn’t seem nearly as good - perhaps, it just suffered from comparisons or my exhausted palate, though. Anyway, this beer poured a bright gold with a nice white head. The mouthfeel was fairly light, some hop oiliness. The taste was rather dry with good bitterness throughout, particularly in the finish. Good IPA.

Aug 14, 2011
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OBeerMeGreatOne from California

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Smith pint. Pours a nice, clear gold with a slight hint of amber. It starts with 3/4 of an inch of white head that ends up as a fat island on top, excellent long lasting lace.

The smell starts very floral with grain and grapefruit following. Not very West Coast, but still very nice and straight-forward.

Great balance in the taste. Slightly sweet, with pale malts, citrus, floral/herbal hops, a very nice bitter finish. I have no idea how this is an overall B. Easy going down. Not simple or overly complex.

I'll be grabbing more. Either they tweaked something or other reviewers are drinking older bottles. Not top notch, but certainly very tasty and worth grabbing 2 or 3 22's. Mmm mmm.

P.S. If NorCalYeti's hop profile was correct at the time, then it looks like they may have changed up the brew. A new bottle lists the hops as Columbus, Simcoe and Nugget.

Jul 24, 2011
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jethrodium from California

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft. Pours a clear, light copper color with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is large dank hops with some pine as well as some light floral notes. A little bit of biscuit as well. The taste follows with dank hops, pine, and some biscuit. The finish is strong with pine as well as a very strong bitterness. A bit too bitter. Medium-full bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Jul 19, 2011
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CAcreeks from California

4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the finest single IPAs I have tasted. Despite a lower IBU rating, 75 vs 95, its aroma and aftertaste is similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA, except with citrus hints of lime instead of grapefruit. Gold Digger IPA is not as smooth as Stone IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin, but it has more character, in fact as much as many double IPAs.

I don't see how an IPA could be any better, just different. I prefer this bold style to the smoother ones, anyway. Color is light amber/orange, not exceptional, but all other characteristics are tops. Mouthfeel is particularly intense, and Gold Digger's superb aftertaste (not a category) lingers a very long time.

Jul 18, 2011
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bbb099 from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Auburn Alehouse.

A - Clear golden amber color with white frothy head. The look of your everyday IPA.

S - Citrus hops up front with a hint of grapefruit, but not much else.

T - Clean citrus and piny hops flavors with a small amount of malt characteristics. Taste wise was fine, but it could use a little more hops as it tasted more like a fresh hoppy pale ale to me rather than an IPA.

M - Good amount of carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O - Overall the ibu could probably be higher though this was a nice and refreshing IPA.

Jul 16, 2011
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gamwich from Hawaii

3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with no freshness info.

Orange with very little head and lazy carbonation.

The nose is nice, with some pine, grapefruit, and an underlying sweetness. The flavor isn't bad, with some grapefruity hops with an underlying malty sweetness. It tastes a tad bland and underwhelming, perhaps this is an older bottle.

The beer seem very thin and also a tad under carbed. Not a bad beer, but it didn't do much for me.

Jun 26, 2011
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper-orange color with a finger of off-white frothy lacing. The head fades down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hop and grapefruit. There is also some sweet caramel malt and a touch of bread.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hop flavor and bitterness and some sweet caramel malt. Through the middle some more bitterness and a bit of pine. Finish is a mix of grassy hops and bitterness and just a bit sweet.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and dry from the bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is very nice and the hop malt balance is also very good. There is a nice bitter kick at the finish.

Jun 20, 2011
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Arbitrator from California

2.2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. No date on the bottle, but the price sticker has a date of 2-11, so I'm assuming this is reasonably fresh.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a very subdued head. Even a vigorous pour is slow to bring the bubbles out of solution, and they never rise to more than a half-finger in height. Off-white in hue. Some streaks of lace.

S: Very grainy aroma up front. Mild notes of caramel and a pine-grapefruit blend. It's not all that pungent or vibrant, but it's not bad.

T: A decent flavor. The malt body is mildly sweet, with some hints of caramel. The initial taste is a nice combination of pine and grapefruit. It segues into a grassy bitterness. Everything falls off the tongue very quickly, resulting in an anticlimactic finish, but the bitterness eventually comes back and leaves a grassy coating on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit watery. The beer has some heft to it, but it doesn't seem to have the flavor to accompany that heft. There's no real finish. And yet, the bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste. Very odd and disjointed.

O: This was $4 and change. Not something I'd spend the money on again.

Mar 17, 2011
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NorCalYeti from California

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

brewers- brian ford and bill wood

ibu's- 75

abv- 6.3

bittering hops- summit

flavoring hops- nugget

dry hops- nugget, simcoe

overall impression is that the beer was okay but not great by any stretch

sampled this at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival august 7, 2010

Feb 19, 2011
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zodiak3000 from California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden/honey like color with orange hues. Some hop haze

S- Nice grapefruit, pine, a little orange peel and lemon. Inviting standard ipa smell...

T/M- Killer hop FLAVOR. Bitterness is good, but im really digging the hop bursting/late kettle additions on this one. Mouthfeel is smooth. A very balanced, yet hop forward offering.

D- Easy knocking a few pints of this stuff, obviously no alcohol detected. The hop flavor is just yummy. Most def my favorite year round offering from this brewery.

Jan 24, 2011
Gold Digger IPA from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 97 ratings