Golden Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2002

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dewsby
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

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Photo of trebbates
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of bmjivi221
2.47/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jessaay
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of BEER88
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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!

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Photo of sisterofba
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of admonster00
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
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.


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Photo of Boone757
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of jprivott
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dsshuck
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheElleCo
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hophugger
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 !!

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Photo of sebaastionb
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of patre_tim
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

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Photo of KTCamm
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.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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