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: 114 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by doerickson:
Photo of doerickson
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As golden as advertised; a short off-white head melts down to a crescent on top of the brew pretty quickly.

Smells doughy, a bit buttery and slightly toasty.

Taste is a pleasant balance between a bready, lightly caramel malt flavor and a tea-like hop presence.

Smooth mouthfeel, with less carbonation than others of the style. No obstacles in the smell or flavor to drinking several if you were in the mood to.

Another blue-ribbon St. George beer, and a nice local selection.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really nice rich golden color with small but well retained head.Smelled of caramel and fruity hop extremely well balanced in smell and taste.Taste was hoppy with a malt backbonevery appetizing.Finding these beers all over around here now if the rest are as quality as this I will be having them all!

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden pour as advertised and then the effort goes totally wrong. The brewery prides itself on traditional recipes and authentic adherence to traditional styles. The problem here is that all of those goals can equal bland beer. The aromas are almost nonexistant which is suspect because I drank this beer at a brewers event which supplied the freshest of samples. The taste was hard to decipher other than it was acidic and reminiscent of mass produced pilsners. The ale was very thin and worthy of little other disctinction. Another eh example of the style which is becoming a theme with this brewery. :(

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Photo of blitz134
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first sampled this at a St. George tasting held at City Beverage in Winston-Salem. I picked this out of the bunch to pick up and take home to support their cause for being out there.

Poured a caramel color. Fairly cloudy. Only a little bit of white head which disppared quickly.

One of the brewmasters/coowners that was doing the tasting told me that this was hopped with centenial and cascades. (I was also told that they consider this a pale ale...not the blonde in how it is classified here). There is a strong aroma to this beer although much of it is not hoppy. The fruity overtones with bits of citrus do lend themselves to the hops that were used. A sweet malt in there as well. There is something else in here too though, a butterscotch note possibly...I'm not for sure.

Now that I've had this in a larger quantity than the small sampling, this doesn't come across as the pale ale as I was told. Taste has a grassy malt flavor to it with some citrus, lemony hops at the end. A touch of bitterness in the finish.

A decent mouthfeel. Somewhat full with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is decent. A good summer hot weather beer.

Overall an average offering which might be suffering from some brewing flaws. I'm not an expert but there seems to be some off flavors in this.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Deep unrefined gold color, good clarity and the lace has no problem sticking to the glass.

S- Fresh hay-like and biscuity grain with some soft floral hop aroma.

T- Biscuity malt throws down layers of grain, mild fruity with a peach-like flavor. Herbal woody hop settles the malt down and balances, finishes semi-dry with more toasted grain.

M- Ample crispness, moderate body ... a little smooth as well.

D- Easy to put down, I could see pairing this with some spicy beer sausage or even drinking it on its own.

Wow, lots of flavor in this golden ale. Sometimes it is good just to have an ale, nothing that is going to kill my palate ... this one of those beers.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to find something different on my trip to Virginia Beach over the weekend, and a few beers from other local VA micros. Appears golden with a slight orange hue to it along with a nice full two fingered sized head. As the foam dwindles it leaves clear rings of evenly distributed lacing, how bout some nice eye candy. Aroma has a nice bready malt character to it with a delicate floral hop aroma to boot. Notes of butterscotch sweetness arise from the speciaty malts used in this brew. Taste is sweet upfront with crisp buttery fruit tones balanced by mild hopping. Mouthfeel has mild carbonation with a syrupy texture to it all contained in this medium bodied cerveza. Drinkability not a mind blowingly appetising brew, but a sixer of this stuff could definitely be enjoyed over a session of drinking some beers.

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Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a light beer pretty much, unfortunately. But I guess you don't drink a Golden -- oddly enough? -- for appearance. Slight lacing resting on the glass. The whiteness of the head is slightly above the color of the beer, but it's nothing fantastic.

Smell: Big malt character and citrus come through mostly, but quality ingredients and balance make it nice for the aromas it gives off. Slight hop bitterness comes through a bit also. Not super complex but pretty balanced.

Taste: Again, big malt character, and lots of citrus and lemony sweetness follows it. By the end there's the slightest amount of bitterness that melds well with the malt. Again, not very complex, but very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, moderate body with all the malt, and a nice spritz of carbonation by the finish.

Drinkability: I'd drink this again; it's balanced, tasty, and goes down well and easy. I'd certainly suggest it for a flavorful version of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled version pours a clear, deep amber body with an orange cast that displays golden highlights when held to the light. Its creamy head of ivory froth holds well and leaves some noteable lace throughout most of the glass. The nose displays a rich, sweetish, and caramel-soaked grainy malt that's accented by delicately citrusy, floral and softly piney hops. It's quite welcoming, and very much enjoyable in itself! The body is medium/full with a very fine, moderate carbonation that's initially gently crisp before warming in the mouth to become creamy and smooth. Rich, caramelish and grainy malt (some Munich?) dominates the flavor but is excuisitely balanced by citrusy, piney, mildly grassy, and lightly spicy hops. A subtle, dried-fruit yeastiness appears; and a solid bitterness reigns things in and remains omni-present, but never steps forwards except in its lingering, dry finish. Very nicely done and quite drinkable!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden hue with a small, creamy head that disappears pretty quickly. Nice aroma - slightly malty, slightly hoppy with some pine and citrus. Nice body, rather creamy. Balanced palate of lightly bitter hops, lightly sweet malt and a nice sweet finish. Nice golden ale.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a sudsy, white head. Surprisingly aromatic with some warm toastiness and an impression of coarse, earthy English hops. Some nice fresh malt character but the beer is mostly dry with prominent hops that provide wood stem flavors and crisp bitterness. A nice, enjoyable session ale.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on notes from my trip to VA. Part of mixed 6-xer

Pours bronze with 1/2" white head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Sweetness & malt

T: Herbal hops & honey malts up front. Piney hops, sweet malt & hops crispness in the middle. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied, crisp & sparkling (nice carbonation!)

Drinks easy, but nothing earth-shattering here; just a very well put together golden/pale session ale!

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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 sisterofba
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark gold in color with a nice tight white head. The head will fade into a lace. There is a nice mixture of hops and malt for the aroma. A good blend of the two. The taste is like the aroma. It starts with the malt and finishes off with the hops. A great blend of malt and hops makes this a very enjoyable beer. This beer will complement any type food .

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The ale is more of a copper red color than gold. There is a small head and no lacing.

S: The hoppy nose has hints of fruit and an occasional appearance from biscuity malts.

T: The taste is a semi-sweet hop flavor that is strong and fresh. The malts are lowkey supporting the hops without taking to big a role

M: This is a surprisingly good beer, with a robust hop character that accentuates the subtle malts. The flavor is reminiscent of Rye2 from Terrapin.

D: Very drinkable. I was disappointed that the Dragon Pack did not include the IPA, but this is a better replacement.

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Photo of Jredner
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma comes off soapy and herbal to me. Color is copper with a firm, lasting, thumb thick white head. The commercial description says it all: a slightly sweet, malty flavor with a citrusy finish. Although I would add there is an ever so slight spiciness in the finish that i think would accompany hearty foods like meats, burgers or Buffalo Wings VERY well.

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Photo of Darkale
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color, with a decent, off-white head, slight lacing. Aroma is a faint and pleasant malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy. Taste is sweet at first, followed by hops bitterness. Snappy and gingery at the end, perhaps a bit sour, but balanced. Very pleasant and refreshing.

This is my first St. George, and I am pleased. A very competent pale ale.

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Photo of Murph
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light amber/dark golden with a goodsized white head that sticks around before fading into a nice lace. Very nice floral hops with a very light amount of malt in the background. Taste starts off just slightly malty before fading into a very nice, refreshing, crisp floral hoppiness. Light bodied and extremely drinkable, this is one good brew. This is a very nice brew, not overly bitter, but some nice refreshing hop content that makes this a very nice summertime beer.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A true golden Golden Ale. Nice clear gold color with and invitiing fresh hop aroma; as the beer warms a bit, malt starts to come through in the aroma, too. A nicely balance beer. Easy drinking.

There is a dry finish with an enjoyably bitter aftertaste. I liked this beer more than I thought I would. I could recommend it.

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Golden Ale from The St. George Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 114 ratings