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Sunspot Gold | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunspot Golden Ale is an American take on a traditional Czech Pilsner that distinguishes itself by being infinitely drinkable. Brewed with fresh Czech Saaz hops and American Pale Barley, Sunspot Gold has a deep, rich golden color and delicate hop character. Americans have a habit of taking products and improving them. We believe this is especially true with our Sunspot Gold.

15 IBU

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours from the can pale, gold with some haze and a thin white lace. Fresh bready nose. Soft, creamy, smooth body with a semi-crisp bite and a light lemony smack. Herbal undertones. More bready malts, a bit toasty with sweet cereal grain finish. Dries out with a starchy flavor and feel on the palate.

Not as clean as a traditional Czech Pilsner, but they're going for an American stab at the style. It works. Balanced, straight-forward, and poundable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at SanTan Brewing; March 2011
The beer arrives with a clear, light yellow-gold color and is topped by a pale, almost white colored head. There is a sort of grainy, almost corn like note to the nose, perhaps even reminding me of sweet corn and there are other aromas of clean cracker-like malt as well as a hint of spicy, herbal hop notes. The nose is about what one should expect from this type of beer.

A dry, cracker-like malt character lingers on the palate after my first sip and there is very little bitterness here; though this seems to work better than expected due to the perceived dryness of the finish. After my palate adjusts a bit to this beer I begin to pick up a bit of sweetness. There is a herbal hop component that nicely spices up the flavor of this beer. A touch of corn is found in the finish and it becomes a bit annoying as the beer warms up. This is a light and quaffable brew that should be kept cold to remain a serviceable refresher.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crafted on 09/11/18 stamped on the bottom of the 12 oz. can:

Pours light golden with a head that immediately fizzes away. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell is of grain/cereal with a light floral touch.

The taste is of a honey-like and grainy sweetness. A light floral touch in the finish gives it some balance.

It is light-bodied. On the thin side even for its being appropriately light-bodied. Crisp. Easy to drink.

Inoffensive. Forgettable.

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Photo of PhxHorn
2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright gold in color, not much head at all. Not a whole lot of smell, either, but a trace of citrus maybe, but it seemed like there was a soapy flavor, too. Taste was disappointing, the main reason being that I'd ordered the IPA and couldn't believe that's what this was. I was right--they'd served me the wrong beer. At any rate, I suffered through 16 ounces of this. Moderate carbonation with a bitter aftertaste. Even within the style, it didn't do much for me.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of AlleywayRover
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap. I was at the brewpub in early June and I was looking fir something light to complement the warm evening air. This fit the bill.

L: Bright gold and clear
A: almost non existent. A little bit of light malt

T: Pilsner malts with a clean finish. Not much to say about this. If your looking for complex flavors, move on. Looking for a refreshing drink on a summer night with friends, this should do just fine.

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Photo of FMetzger
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can

clear, light yellow in color, white head. mild earthy hop aroma, grain. taste is again mild, slightly sweet malt flavor, mild hop flavor. thin body, easy drinking.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Is this a wildly-excellent golden-ale? No. But honestly—and I make this note on account of the very middling reviews—it's pretty delightfully in offensive.

Starting with appearance: Sunspot boasts beautiful, ferocious bubble-streams, which highlight a nice burnished-bronze. The nose is a step down, but not far: nice dry, dusty, husky malt aromas, with very little detectable sweetness but solid undertones of orange-zest and coriander. Flavor, if not complex, is nonetheless hardly milquetoast: solidly crisp and refreshing, there are mild, white-bready characteristics, touches of orange and lemon peel, and a sort of soft, crème-fraîche creaminess at the finish that is velvety, but more tart than thick-&-frothy, as some overdone goldens. All of which amounts to a pretty sessionable, and—as aforementioned—very inoffensive brew that nonetheless *does* have flavor.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrJolly
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Lucklys
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sunspot Gold is "an American take on a traditional Czech Pilsner," according to the SanTan Brewery website. At first glance, it had very little head in the glass and held almost no distinct smell. It was bright gold in color with barely any carbonation. After a few tentative sips and swishes through my mouth, I came to a few conclusions on the taste: That it was very light in flavor and had a little bit of a citrusy sweetness to it with a subtle bitterness that hung around afterward. While it was lacking in flavor, it was quite smooth, and I found that it caressed the roof of my mouth rather than my tongue, which I can honestly say I've never really thought about before while drinking anything.

I made sure to sample it before I ate my meal, so no worries about conflicting flavors there. When I did take sips of the Sunspot Gold between bites of my braised short ribs, I found that it managed to cleanse my palette in a way; wiping my taste buds clean of the heavy meat and starchy potatoes and leaving my mouth dry and ready for more. I'm not sure if this means that it complimented my meal or not, but it was refreshing to be able to still recognize the citrus in the beer after only two sips between bites.

It was really easy to drink with very little bitterness and no aftertaste.

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Photo of Geuzedad
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of vader06
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tjcamm
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PStriedl
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Aclucari
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Sunspot Gold from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 53 ratings