Mother Lode Golden Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Mother Lode Golden AleMother Lode Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-17-2004

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle Trader Joes.,Salem $3.99 Golden coloured ( of course) beer with a large frothy white head. Spicy/citrusy hops..fresh. Fresh balanced lemony hop flavours. Nice and simple. Good thick mouthfeel for the style goes down smooth Reasonable blonde OK.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the Portland airport.

A - Served a pale light and cloudy orange with a nice foamy cream colored head. Fades fast but leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S - Wheat, sweet and some light lemon.

T - Very similar to the smell. Very light all around.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Light and crisp, but not much on the taste side.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured a clear, straw yellow with a ring of white bubbles for a head. Smell of lightly toasted grains and light fruits. Taste of pale malts, grains, lemon and apple, with a bitter aftertaste. Light-bodied, easily drinkable, and not bad overall, for the style. Good selection for the non-adventurous.

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX, part of a taster tray.

No head, pale yellow body.

Minteral-water smell... not quite chlorine.

Crisp light taste, corny, slightly sweet. Not bad, but kinda American adjunct.

Kinda fizzy, not bad.

A Bud Light alternative?

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Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colour with a tiny white head. Poor head retention.

Very light aroma with just a touch of spicy hop.

Very, very light malt with not a lot of flavour. A little fruity.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay light ale. Good macro substitute.

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

On-tap at the Battleground, WA brewpub.

appearance - poured a rich straw yellow, decent lacing, frothy head that settled quickly

smell - smelled of bread and yeast

taste - yeast, malt, bread, hop balance, grain

mouthfeel - decent body for a light beer, ample carbonation

drinkability - easy to drink, decent session beer

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny tangerine with loads of suspended yeast. A few bubbles can be seen blipping up to a smallish, eggshell colored crown that is sticky enough to last and to lay down abstract patterns of sudsy lace.

The aroma is more hoppy than the average blonde ale. The faintest whiff of crystal malt is appreciated beneath the herbal hoppiness. It's a tough call, but I'll go with Hallertau and possibly Tettnang.

My hopes are rarely high when it comes to blonde ales, but Mother Load delivers where it matters most. The malt load is more than sufficient and provides flavors of toasted bread crust sprinkled with finely chopped nuts. The beer wouldn't be nearly as good, however, without being balanced by the little green cones.

Like my only other Laurelwood beer (Tree Hugger Porter), the hop load is generous for the style without being over the top. I'm still thinking something German. They give the beer a flavor focus on a finish that is ultimately dry and crisp. This would be a more than capable session beer that should stand up to most foods.

Given the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. It's firm rather than lush and is smooth beneath an enlivening amount of carbonation. Well done.

Mother Lode Golden Ale is the kind of beer that shows what a talented brewer can do with what is too often a less than exciting style. I can see how it won some medals along the way.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney hop nose. Flavor is typical golden with hops up front, some sweetness. Dry finish with lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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Photo of lostinyonkers
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Do yourself a favor, give in to the Mother Lode- she won't let you down.

When I tasted this beer at the Laurelwood restaurant and pub, I immediately jotted down the following on a scrap of paper:

"Delicious! Quenching... Well balanced with a strong Barley flavor-- you can really taste the grain on this one. Awesome hop round out- a well balanced pint."

I think that note says it all... Wish I had a pint of it right now.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.39/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at west side location. Pours straw colored. Nice head.

Aroma is very nice. Light crisp malt, and a little hops. First taste is very clean and crisp. No frills here. Just a good session beer. Very good balance between hops and malt. A little bit of a grainy taste, but fits with this beer.

Very good, ended up having two more.

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Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw color. Slight lacing down the glass. Not much head really.
S: Smell like grains. Also has nice fresh cut grass smell and slight hop scent.
T: Light but very flavorfull. Tastes like barley with hints of honey as an aftertaste.
M: Smooth, light on the carbonation
D: Normally this style of beer really doesn't do it for me but this is an excellent smooth drinking beer. Would try it again for sure.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Perfectly clear golden pour with a scant head cap.

AR: Brisk golden honeyish, pilsneresque clean leafy grain.

First swigs: Pilsneresque clean sweet sugary green apple with no aftertaste. Just a clean grain finish.

MF: Basic tight carbonation and medium feel.

Last swigs: A total drinker with a clean style.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is yet another Laurelwood beer whose flamboyant personality will either win converts or fuel detractors. As with the Tree Hugger Porter, I revisited this ale on two occasions separated by several months to see if my initial impressions would hold. With both beers I was at first confounded by the lack of conformity to style and the unique taste sensations that I couldn’t immediately embrace. After some deliberate reconsiderations, I walked away with a slightly enhanced appreciation for both beers though their peculiar complexities remained.

Mother Lode is lemony-gold, nearly clear, and possesses virtually no head or lace. The clean, watery smell is dilute; carbonation is all but absent. Hard working yeasts augment a perplexing lemony taste, while hops play only a supporting role for balance.

It’s difficult to determine what this beer is attempting to be. The yeast flavors are far more prominent than a typical golden ale. The bittering is tightly restrained. This makes Mother Lode an original composition whose initial taste platform kept me at a distance. I did warm to it somewhat by mid-pint, but the finish remained demanding.

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Mother Lode Golden Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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