Golden Chaos Golden Ale | Bootlegger's Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dbONE on 08-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/21/16 bottling date

A: Pours a clear amber. Small tan head that fades out fast, no lacing.

S: Grassy and grainy sweetness.

T: Grassy up front with a little citrus. Sweet grains in the middle. A bit of cloves and especially white pepper in the finish and aftertaste. Another hint of grass lingers between sips.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: Pretty nondescript BSPA. Hops are pretty weak, maltiness is high. Decent chunk of belgian spices. It's all sorta muddled and meh at the same time. Not bad, not amazing though.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a dingy and mysterious orange in color with a good head.

Smell - The rich yeast hits first followed by the complex sugars. The fruits are amazing and I can't even begin to pick them all out. There is definitely a strong apricot aroma along with some good citrus but not orange. I get something else like grapefruit but without the rind-like bitter smell imparted from most hops.

There's some good spicing in here as well. The coriander which somehow in most American efforts at the style turns into a medicine cabinet here is very pure and freshly piqued. I just made some lettuce wraps the other day spicing the turkey with coriander and this very much reminds me of it.

Taste - The spices come on big at the taste but manage to stay smooth and in perfect harmony with the yeast. The fruits stay true to form and now I'm getting some light cherries and maybe some darker things such as plums. The fruit flavor is so intense that I found myself just staring into the glass.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with some light carbonation that didn't quite live up to the "chaos" namesake.

Drinkability - This was one of the best-flavored American efforts at a BSPA that I've had in a long time. It doesn't quite measure up to my all-time American classic favorites - Pranqster & Symposium - but is running close with a few other beauty shops like Spring Fever and Demolition 1800.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1571st Review on BA
Bottle to Pokal
750ml C/C

New Label Design
My prize for winning a bet with a co-worker.

App- Was a whole lot darker than I thought it would be. It was more of a brown with a bit of gold to it. Fairly dense in the glass with some good cling. Just a unique color for the style.

Smell- This was a pretty nice strong ale. Fairly boozy with a bit of citrus, cream, candy, grass and hay. A little strong but got the point across.

Taste- It was good but something just didnt sit right. It had a lot competeing in the glass and was flavorul. You got more orange fruits with orange, apricot and peach flavors melded with a bit of that aroma from the hay and grass. A little bitter and hoppy to balance it all out.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a low-medium carbonation. A lot of peach, apricot and bitter on the finish. Fairly smooth and creamy as well.

Drink- It was a nice beer to sit with. I might have not needed to open this one last night but was good none the less.

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Photo of crob3888
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orangeish brown color with a head that fades to nothing almost immediately. Pleasant aromas of overripe banana, clove, spices, Belgian candi, and yeast. Flavors are a middle mix of fruits, yeast, Belgianesque spices, and too much alcohol heat. Unbalanced with a sticky mouthfeel with too much alcohol burn. A decent beer but not great. I'll have a Duvel next.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyBread
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Yard House in Los Angeles.
Slightly hazed, orange yellow color. Creamy thick head, good retention, thichk sheets of lace.
Smell starts with some yeast, and sweet fruitiness. Orange, grapefruit, maybe even peach. A bit of bitter hops.
Taste has the same fruitiness, but finishes a bit spicy. Some witbier - like notes of coriander or clove, and a bit of yeast at the finish.
Medium body, light carbonation make it refreshing and clean and not too oily or slick.
A good tasting beer, didn't sense any alcohol burn, very drinkable.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aquazr1
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eureka Bakersfield. Pours a hazy golden color with little head. Taste has some light spice notes. A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this 750 up at Holiday Wine Cellar on a recent trip to San Diego. After a slight struggle with the cork, I poured some into my Duvel tulip. Bright golden color, with an inch of fluffy white foam. Aromas of juicy pear and tart apple. On the palate, this one seemed kind of thin, like some of the body was missing. Lightly sweet, a little spice; easily drinkable, but almost instantly forgettable.

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Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Lucky enough to try this at Hollingshead.

Pours with a golden, elixir-ish appearance. Normally I'm not a big fan of brews that pour with little head and not much carbonation, but the rich golden hue was very attractive.

Smells sweet, yeasty, and Belgian candi-y. Taste is nice, with a rich sweet background, some dark/sweet fruits in there, and a nice complicated yeast profile. Let it simmer on the tongue. Don't know how drinkable it is over the long haul, but very impressed with the glass I had. Nice chewy/thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Hazy, medium-golden beer. Head is virtually non-existent: a tiny ring of lacing is all this one had.

Soft, powdery yeast aroma mingles with honeysuckle note.

Flavor follows nose: slightly sweet with honey, powdery yeast and floral notes. Low bitterness, though it can be tasted at the finish.

Medium bodied but unfortunately, not dry.

Run-of-the-mill overall but properly executed.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Golden Chaos Golden Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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