Golden State Ale | Uncommon Brewers

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Golden State AleGolden State Ale

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Uncommon Brewers
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by ngeunit1:
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts, lemon and other citrus smells, poppy, honey, coriander, and some Belgian yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet and lightly grainy malts with some lemon zest and other citrus flavor with a bit of coriander. Through the middle, some poppy comes through with some honey and Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, spice, and a bit of lemon peel with a hint of tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, and lightly dry and tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice BPA. Good overall balance with the poppy adding some nice flavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can with no freshness date. Not sure why this beer was first categorized as an APA ... Belgian yeast used so I have moved it to Belgian Pale Ale for now.

A: Quick to foam up, not a gusher though. Hazed but bubbly golden orange color.

S: I can smell the oddness of the toasted poppy seeds, a good oddness. Fruity and a bit phenolic as well.

T&M: Lots of crispness from this can, very smooth as well with a moderate sized body. Ripe fruit, hint of bubble gum and taffy, herbal tone with a hint of poppy. Solid malt foundation here with some breadiness, almost a cracker like graininess as well. Linger of ripe fruit and spice in the drying finish.

O: Complex, interesting ... easy words to use as that is what it is. the real question that matters. Is it good? Sure ... in a very complex interesting way. ;-) The brewers reached out on this one and it worked.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - so, a brew called 'Golden State Ale', made in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Ok, then. At least they used the word 'complemented' properly, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly fizzy ecru head, which leaves some decent layered and streaky lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and bready cereal malt, some earthy nuttiness, gentle Belgian yeast, faint domestic citrus rind, and very subtle musty, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, oily bar-top nuts, a slightly estery yeastiness, ephemeral orange and lemon citrus peel, and more well-understated earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really existing here that might cause any sort of problem. It finishes off-dry, the malt and nutty flavours presiding.

Overall - this comes across as a sort of weird bird, with the Belgian 'character' definitely restrained. I'm guessing that the 'nut' essence is the toasted poppy seeds, but I'm quite familiar with the latter, and honey, this ain't that. At any rate, a fairly benign offering, one which I wouldn't revisit, especially at the elevated US import price.

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Photo of emsroth
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. I love these cans.

App: Hazy golden with a light, frothy head. A touch of lace.

Smell: The wonderful smells of a belgian ale: white grape skin, apple, and pear. The hops are fruity and resinous with a touch of woodland forest in both taste and aroma.

Taste: Light pilsener malt with a honey sweetness. Woodland, herbal, floral, fruity, resinous hops in the middle. I am very impressed with the hop flavors in this beer. They are a blend of all the hop flavors (minus citrus) combined. Ends dry and sweet with some husk, chalky yeast, and higher alcohols. No notice of the poppy, but still delicious.

A medium-high level of tight, spritzy belgian-style carbonation. The can really holds it in. Medium body. Ends rather dry asking for more.

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Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uncontrollable soapy 5-finger white head, clear golden body. Laces a bit, retains well.

Nose is somewhat vinous, but has an unfortunate metallic tang that may well be a product of canning. Some faintly funky Belgian yeast.

Wow, the poppy is so present here. It sort of hits at the front with a 'thud', but balances out into something earthy. The lingering aftertaste is quite faint, but very pleasant poppy sweetness. Sweetness is of course not at all overbearing. Some crisp tart character (unfortunately metallic), and very faint spice alongside the poppy, but ultimately, it's another out-of-left-field hit for Uncommon. A bit of tart apple as well. The poppy taste fades as you continue to sip.

Mouthfeel is unfortunately foamy, possibly undercuts the poppy. But there's no such thing as can-conditioned beer, is there?

Overall another really neat beer. Unless you don't like poppy. Then avoid. Might benefit from aging, but not in a can.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of EBF 2012. 16oz. can into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Coarse thin head with poor retention. Beer is clear bronze. Spotty lace, decent stick. Average.

Nose is caramel, spice, brown sugar, and that Belgian yeast soapiness. Nice but pretty par for the style.

Belgian spices invade the mouth. Very prominent. Sweet, herbal, and spicy. Fruity too. Finishes yeasty. Clean aftertaste. Pretty good.

Spicy in the mouth. Smooth going down. Clean finish, little aftertaste. Solid. Brings out the flavors nicely.

Solid offering for the style. Pretty clean, crisp, and drinkable. Worth visiting if you're into Belgians.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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 tempest
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a can at Abe's Cold Beer for $2.75 and the sticker on the bottom of the can says it was brewed on 3/9/11.

This was a bit of a disappointment, Ballantine's is a better pale ale than this. I might re-categorize it as a blond ale. The aroma has soapy hops and the flavor has an odd licorice note with green apple. The body is smooth and balanced, but there's not much to be positive about. The beer is largely inoffensive, but there's not much to be excited about. It almost comes off like a sweeter white wine.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1-2 fingers of thick looking bright-white colored head. This shrinks down to a thin foaminess that skims the surface, maintaining some rich edges, and dotting the sides of the glass with a good bit of spotty lace. The aroma is grassy feeling on the edges, which surround a fairly bold mix of spice and green ripe fruits. Sugary malt provides a sweet cushion underneath, helping prop the other flavors up a bit. Just a touch of light warmth starts to come out as this warms.

The taste has a LOT of spicy and ripe feeling sweetness to the profile, which mixes in with the breadiness of the grains and giving this a strong fruity tartness. This also has a prominent green and grassy bitterness that hangs in the backend of the profile, along with that tartness. There is also a gentle herbal texture to this that maybe appears to be the poppy flavor that is supposed to be present but I am unsure. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewier feeling up front, before spreading out into more of a crisp prickly carbonation prickles the mouth. Overall, this has some thickness to it that matches with the heft of the fruit and sweetness here. Alcohol is thankfully well hid.

This certainly wasn’t a bad beer and I found the flavors to be quite interesting at times, it’s just that the overall thickness of the feel and flavors were a far cry from the “crisp and light” descriptor that their website uses to convey what this beer is about. The depth of flavor and heft of the body made this more conducive to sipping than treating this as a refreshing quaff. I’m still glad I gave it try though. It was interesting.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another canned beer courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy deep golden color, the head is very small. Smell has some malts and hops, a bit of spiceness. Taste is well balanced malt and hop, a bit of a tangy aftertaste. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can from The Andersons in Toledo. Poppy seeds and all.

A: The ale is golden, bright in my glass. Crystal clear too, a real beauty. The first pour generated a huge head, over 3 fingers that required decisive action on my part. A few patches of lace were left behind although not as much as I'd expect.

S: The nose is very sweet and yeasty. Pale biscuits, soft hops, flowers and light fruits. Very interesting aromas, far sweeter than I was expecting. And I'm not sure what to expect from the poppy seed addition.

T: Very sweet, spicy and bubbly. Flowers, both spicy and hoppy, come through over the pale biscuity base. A leafy flavor runs through the ale, masked by the sweetness but evident. The poppy flavors, I'm guessing are the grainy finishing aspect. An interesting ale that goes down very easily. Even with the graininess I like it.

M: Despite the ample carbonation, the ale doesn't have much bubblyness to it, rather subdued in that category.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from Maiden Publick House.

Sturdy tallboy can with nice botanical artwork depicting poppies. Bottom rim of can is inkjet dated 05/02/11... 5 months old, boo.

Glowing murky saturated orange, thin skim, chunky arcs of lace.

Smells like peanut butter and sunflower seeds, must be the toasted poppyseed. Unique, but nothing too extraordinary. Poppyseed ale, they nailed it.

Flavors are malt forward, slighty sweet with impressions of sunflower and poppyseed. Clean and lightly toasty, sweet, ale yeast notes. Simple but effective. Medium bodied, clean fruity finish, somewhat dry. It has a unique flavor from the poppyseed, but little in the way of hops or other distinguishing characteristics.

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Photo of leprakhan
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a film and thick ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, Belgian yeast that is reminiscent of saison yeast, light fruit. Flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, light apple and stone fruit, nice Belgian yeast, a hint of Belgian spicing, slightly vinous. Light bodied, but pleasant mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant, somewhat sweet take on a Belgian pale. The poppy seed component is not obvious, but may add to the slightly floral fruit flavors. I enjoyed this as interesting change of pace.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single from WF Fairfax

a: served in a wide piraat chalice, golden state is a perfectly clear golden hay in color, topped with a thin white head and low retention

s: surprisingly nice nose - a full serving of pale malts brings a moderate sweetness level, mild banana esters and hints of clove, bubblegum, poppy seeds not really distinguishable, a pleasant mixing of clean malt character and Belgian yeast aromatics, grassy hops with touches of citrus

m: carbonation just over moderate, somewhat lively, with a body raging light but not thin

t: slightly sweet pale malts on the palate, estery banana and delicate yeast spice, some earthy notes suggest the toasted poppy seed - but again it's not really something I can pick out, starts to dry out about halfway through, towards mild grassy hop flavors with some lemon pith, lightly bitter with a clean finish and lingering notes of pale grain, I like the transition from start to finish but it seems to happen rather abruptly - not really a balance thing, hard to explain

o: for some reason had a little prejudice going in to this one, but it was surprisingly good, not gonna judge it by strict belgian golden standards as I don't think it was intended to be - a tasty, drinkable beer with some interesting things going on

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a very high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half white head that took a long time to start dying down and left lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass.
S: It smells a little like a Riesling wine and has aromas of white grapes as well as hints of yeast. Hints of the poppy seeds become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of sweetness, although this isn't cloying due to its bubbly nature. No flavors of spices are apparent. Flavors of green apples begin appearing after the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has an extremely high amount of carbonation.
O: Like its name, this beer is uncommon but I found its uniqueness to be in its simarities to a Riesling wine in the smell and taste and a champagne from its highly carbonated nature.

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Photo of Chasecrandell
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWH999
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bigmike59
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can. Bought at wine works in Marlton, New Jersey. Crisp clean and well balanced. Nice replication of a trappist style. Slight poppy seed nose and taste. Straw color with a creamy head. Definitely would recommend. Look forward to other offerings.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Man do I hate the carbonation on this I get over two inches of rocky head that overflows the glass. Color is a bright yellow with a touch of orange.

S - Smells of a nice Belgium golden ale. Fruity yeasts, mild hops, and a touch of lemon. Not getting much poppy seed but it must be in there.

T - At first I really didn't like this. Cold the Poppy seeds gave it a bitter abrasive kind of medicinal taste but as it warmed it became a great beer with fruity yeasts, mild lemon and a good hoppy finish. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied yet the ABV is well concealed.

Overall I picked this one up at the House of 1,000 beers for a dollar and got well over the value of the beer. Not something I would pick up again but worth a try.

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Golden State Ale from Uncommon Brewers
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 96 ratings