Golden State Ale | Uncommon Brewers

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Golden State AleGolden State Ale

Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by illidurit on 07-26-2008

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4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A plain light beer. Yes, it's golden in the glass. Modest head. Odd flavor that makes no connection but the bartender says "poppy seeds." Thin on the malt. Virtually no aroma.

It's more of a California Common with an unfortunate edge of walnut shells? Butter pecan ice cream? Melba toast? Then the long bitter aftertaste takes over. A scratchy, nutty, off-kilter flavor. I can't see much reason for this. On tap at Rogue Ales restaurant in San Francisco. [review notes from Jan. 26, 2012 tasting]

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AaronOp
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of MrIncognito
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Margie4986
4.88/5  rDev +37.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a giant billowing foamy head. Aroma is sweet, orange-like citrus.

First sip is sweet at first, with a surprisingly dry, tart finish. I get a lot of sweet citrus flavor, with a touch of phenolic yeast. Very refreshing.

All in all, a pretty solid beer that I'm enjoying. Maybe a tad simple, but I'd prefer it this way instead of being overwhelmed with spicy yeast and phenolic flavors.

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3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned 7/17/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, peanut butter, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a peanut butter quality that I can only assume is from the poppy seeds.

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Photo of chuckv
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Golden color with a thin white head
smells like a farm house saison
it tastes funky taste the belgian in it, its a good beer might like it aged maybe. the flavors need more time i think
but overall good brew would drink again

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky golden hue with a strong effervescence and a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly funky farmhouse aroma on top of rich, sweet malt. The hop component is green and noble in character. I like it!

Taste: like the aroma -- a bit of funk, a bit of green-tasting hops, and a bit of malt. Well-enough balanced; it's good, but lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. It feels young, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Great!

Overall: tasty, drinkable and satisfying. I still feel like it's missing something, but for the most part this is definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Belgian Pale Ale from Uncommon Brewers is decent. I am not a huge Belgian guy...but this is good. The beer pours a hazy yellow with thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent is acidic with that typical Belgian twang. The taste is sharp and definitely has Belgian yeast and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is decent.

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Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with an inch or two of foam on top; decent retention but very little lacing

Smell: Sweet and spicy, with an odd shortbread lemon poppy character

Taste: Shortbread and syrup-soaked stone fruit with an odd almost medicinal flavor from the poppy; tastes a bit like a lemon poppyseed muffin with a phenolic bite

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Uncommon certainly makes some uncommon beers but just because you CAN, doesn't mean you should

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site), for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Golden State Ale from Uncommon Brewers
3.56 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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