Golden Ale
The St. George Brewing Company

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The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
American Pale Ale
3.62 | pDev: 12.71%
May 02, 2020
Jul 17, 2002
Golden AleGolden Ale
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Reviewed by vainosuomi from Virginia

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
L-Dark, clear amber. light cream head.
S-Pine and floral hops
T-Moderate/mildly bitter hops and sweet bready malt.
F-Light/medium body, moderate carbonation. A bit dry with floral hop bitterness on the finish.

A pretty decent beer. Nonetheless, less drinkable than it could be for my taste--the malt profile seems more earthy, bready, and full than many in the style and I would have preferred it be more prominent over the hops.
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Nephilium from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Mild grain aroma, pours amber with a thin white head. Mild grain notes, with a touch of yeast coming through. Light bodied, and very little hop presence. Based on the name of the beer, I would guess this is more of a blonde then an APA. Mild body, easy drinking.
Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the bottle, it pours a golden amber with a nice thick off-white head. In the nose, a pleasant scent of malt and a tiny bit of hops. In the mouth, the malty flavor comes through.
Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 3 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Dewsby from Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L) Pours with an ok head and minimal lacing. On the darker side of golden, pouring an amber going into copper.

S) A lovely citrus filled hop profile can be smelled, with a small amount of spice rounding it out. As I understand it, this is made with American hops, but it does come across as more traditional Brittish hops.

T) The taste is well rounded. Lovely clean malts with nutty notes of toffee balancing out citrus and resin.

F) The beer has a medium carbonation and body.

O) This is a decent APA, but for my money, I'd snag their English IPA
Jan 23, 2018
Rated: 3.32 by trebbates from Texas

Dec 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear maize color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, floral hops, hint of spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, floral hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, blend, and aroma.
Aug 01, 2017
Rated: 2.47 by bmjivi221 from Virginia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 2.92 by jessaay from Virginia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by IchLiebeBier from Virginia

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 2.16 by khargro2 from Tennessee

May 12, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Sorry, but this isn't very 'golden'. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention isn't great, but a consistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: This has a very earthen tone to it, perhaps as expected. There are also some crackery, bread-like malts to go with the earthy hops. I'm a little disappointed that the ale esters don't pop well. Come to think of it, they don't pop well at first. Letting this open up will unfurl notes of apricot, lemon, and peach - the longer I wait, the fruitier this becomes. Patience is a virtue with this beer. It doesn't seem overly impressive at first, but I really grow to enjoy this beer's aroma after a while. (3.5)

Taste: The malts come out at first. I get lots of toffee, marzipan, graham cracker, and sugar cookie in particular. Touches of diacetyl also appear (never growing out of control). Letting it sit on the palate will reveal the estery presence. Though it's subtle, it does offer a nice peachy, almost marmalade-like character on the back end. This beer does a nice job of invoking apricot jam spread on graham crackers really well. Yeah, I do enjoy this one, quite a bit in fact. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Not the driest or most crisp brew I've ever had, it still has a nice fullness and good carbonation to will it down easily. This is more of a steady sipper than a chugger. While drinkability isn't the best, I still want to steadily put this away - so it's definitely doing something right. (3.5)

Overall: It's not often one finds an English-style golden ale brewed on these shores! To me, this is closer to an ESB than a golden ale - but an ESB that's actually good instead of a storm of crystal malt messiness. While I wouldn't go seeking this out regularly, it's a fun curiosity worth one's time. (3.5)

3.47/5: More UK golden ales, please!
Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jul 16, 2015
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a vibrant honey-gold coloring, with a low profile, fluffy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle honey and caramel, and subtle floral notes. Flavors are heavily roasted, with tangy honey sweetness, bitter hops backbone, and not much else. The body is light, but smooth, with a dryness that comes along with the hops bitterness. The aftertaste is more of the roasted sweetness, with the tangy honey notes lingering on past the light, smooth finish.
Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by admonster00 from Illinois

Jun 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle from a good Doctor friend. Thanks Chris!

Ale pours a rustic, luminous light amber with a nice off white head of big bubbled foam that lingers long with nice lacing. Nose of sweet grains, light floral hops, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with an abundance of floral hops, honey, caramel, and a moderate grain note that comes in on the back. Crisp mouth feel and good carbonation makes this n ideal session brew that finishes with a nice floral hop character that fades to a spicy hop note. Very nice.

May 24, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by Boone757 from Virginia

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Nov 25, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by jprivott from Virginia

Nov 05, 2014
Rated: 3.52 by dsshuck from Delaware

Oct 09, 2014
Rated: 3.52 by TheElleCo

Aug 17, 2014
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Overall, a decent beer from my local brewery. Nice color and big head. Flavor has a little sweetness and citrus to it. Balance is not bad. There is a slight heavy feel on the palate. Does not take away from the beer, just thought I would mention it, interesting. Good beer, will drink again !!
Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by sebaastionb from Virginia

Aug 09, 2014
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: Golden with lots of fine particles of yeast floating within and little carbonation. 5 fingers of off white head that is chunky, off white and leaves a great lacing.

S: Fruity like apricot jam, a light pineapple scent, a little lemony scent, a little spice like red pepper.

T: A plastic taste first hits the tongue, then the apricot and pineapple, then a rusty metallic hit, then some dough and finally a light bitterness.

M: A medium thick syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Great scent, not overwhelming otherwise. Bought in Williamsburg VA, drank in Pensacola, FL July 24th, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served from a bottle into a pint glass 6/3

Pours bright copper, translucent, with a light ring of white foam. Light malty nose, bready, caramel. Taste is of a light pale, some citrus, and a little lite bitter. Subtle sweetness. Pronounced mildness. Good, yet unremarkable.
Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia

Jul 11, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Drknight from Virginia

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Apr 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by blbarnett3 from Virginia

Dec 28, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by rderedin from Maine

Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by edificio5 from New York

Aug 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by AndrewMichael from Virginia

Jul 14, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by LambicKing from Germany

Jun 21, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by mikejseal from Virginia

Jun 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RedneckBeerz from Massachusetts

May 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Mattyb79 from Virginia

Apr 02, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Brian15 from Virginia

Mar 25, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by TimoP from Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2012
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