Gossamer Golden Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OttoBomb on 12-15-2009

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Photo of lm0406910
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 16oz can into my New Belgium glass

Appearance: Nice golden color with a slight haze. Nice head after the pour, head subsided but left a thin layer.

Aroma: Unreal, great fruit pineapple, grapefruit, and a touch of raisins. To me, not much on the hop side, maybe a slight hint of grass.

Taste: This beer blew me away. I would say it tasted like a piece of toast with a pineapple jam.

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess, left my mouth clean and wanting another sip.

Finish: Great finish, smooth. I loved this beer, perfect for the summer. It gives great taste without killing your taste buds.

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a can before and wasn't all too impressed. On draft, however, it is damn near sublime.

Rich pils and medium strength American hops blend into a lightly bitter, lightly verdant, very grassy aroma.

Tastes it smells, only with some softer fruit nodes tossed in for variation. Grass, dandelions, strawberries, light spicy hops at the end and then a pronounced ale yeast finish of more spice. Starts out grassy, sweet, and wet, ends dry as a Brut champagne.

One of the very best American blondes I have ever had.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can (from the very first canning run!) into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy and pale, straw-gold color. Sitting on top is a thin wafer of bright white head that never really gets thicker than 3/4 finger. Ample carbonation feeds the thin skim that remains.

S: Fresh cut grass and crackery malt were the first things to greet my nose. After that, I noticed waves of lemongrass, sourdough, citrus, and grain.

T: See above. The hops adopt a really grassy flavor that I felt was a nice compliment to the crackery malt, slightly sour citrus, and bready yeast.

M: Refreshing and dry with a spicy prickle on the tongue that really helps to maintain my interest.

D: I've had the pleasure of enjoying this on draft, from a growler, and now from a can. I can say that (as soon as it is readily available around town, in cans) this will be my go to summer session ale. This is a wonderful, easy to drink, and flavorful Blonde Ale. Great work guys!

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Photo of VerbingNouns
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16oz pub can poured into a pint glass.

A: Orangy-yellow with a thin, pale head. Translucent.

S: Fruity with a hint of cereal and nectar. Very sweet and flowery, but at all not overwhelming.

T: Mild, crisp. The malt has almost a fresh baguette taste. Less fruit flavor than the smell hints at, but it's not a shock. A good summer afternoon feel. Almost no aftertaste. As it warms up, the taste remains stable.

M: Thin, but with a bit of sparkle.

D: I'd drink this as a session beer any day. It's not the most complex beer, but it's got a solid flavor that stays stable and refreshing until the end. I was pleasantly surprised when I remembered I hadn't poured the entire can, and that it survived warming up handily.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler poured into a (tulip) pint glass (December 9, 2009). This is the first glass from the growler which was filled just 20 minutes ago, so I'm reviewing the first and freshest glass.

Eyes: Pours a very nice clear amber/gold color. A two finger light fluffy head appears. Head retains well with good lacing.

Nose: A nice piney hop aroma wafts up, there is just a tiny hint of malty sweetness, but only on deep inhales.

Tongue: Wow! A very nice clean, pine hop flavor that mimics the aroma. There is a very low malt presence, but one isn't required here. A nice flavor profile overall, which is not aggressive in any way, but makes a good statement. Quite smooth, with no bitter aftertaste.

Mouth: Very high marks here, smooth, evenly carbonated and good body.

Libation: What can I say? This is an excellent ale. It has all the characteristics of what I'd want a great sessionable lager to be. Clean, drinkable and a complex flavor profile that does not try to assault the palate. It's unfortunate that so little of this was produced, it would be nice to see Half Acre offer this one again. Let's hope they do!

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Photo of jawlessbody
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler.

Appearance: Hazy yellow topped off with a thick, fluffy white head.

Smell: Pretty grainy, as I expected, but with a bit of a citrusy pop and a background of yeast.

Taste: Very grainy, but not overwhelmingly malty or sweet. It has a lemony note and a surprising amount of bite from the hops. Very, very impressed with this one.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation, which makes for a very smooth drinking ale.

Overall: I'll definitely be tossing these back for most of the upcoming summer. This is the embodiment of what a session ale should be.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lovin these new Half Acre tallboys. I really like the resuable can holder as well.... poured into Schlafly imperial pint glass.

A: pours a slightly cloudy golden, not a lot of head, not much retention

S: a brief appearance from some lemony hops followed by a big bready malt profile with notes toast, wheat, and a touch of fresh grass

T: the front is slightly bitter which then, like the nose, turns into a very malty brew. The malt profile is very similar to that of Daisy Cutter, but with out the big hop profile, the malts take center stage. This beer is insanely refreshing and leaves a long finish of delicious bready notes.

MF: medium carbonation, light body

D: if you want a sessionable brew with loads of malt flavor- here you go. This is an expertly balanced brew. I don't typically purchase golden ales or blonde ales (not sure exactly what this is- can says golden, BA says Blonde), but this one is special. These Half Acre cans are my new summer go to beer.

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Photo of Maction
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent gold, with a hint of orange in color, big foamy head that collapses into a pillow and leaves big rings of lace.

S: Mild lemon verbeena, hazy grain, fairly big aroma for a "session" beer.

T: Front flavor is sweet lemon in step with nose, then grains like cracked wheat and nutty barley.

M:  Light but not watery, well carbonated.

D:  So drinkable, and designed to be that way at around 4%(according to the brewer).  I could kill a growler by myself on drab evening.

Notes: This beer is probably too hoppy to be considered a bitter or mild, so I guess the brewery defined it as a "session ale."  I see it's listed as an American Blonde here, instead of any of those. I just hope they brew more in the warmer months. We need more flavorful low alcohol beers.

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Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I owe great thanks to NorthsideFred and his Chicago Cubs (or my Cincinnati Reds) for this one. Either way, excellent and generous BA with excellent taste in beer. Loved this one!

Pours from the can a nice soft golden shade. It isn't completely clear, and tons of little gentle bubbles rise throughout. The initial 1 finger soapy white head fades to a smooth, watery skim and leaves behinds loads of soft white lace.

Nice pleasing hop aroma in the nose. It is sweetly and bitterly citrusy all at once. There's a little bit of toasted, crisp grain in there, too. Very light and subtle.

What a pleasing and refreshing beer! Half Acre has struck a great balance between tastiness and lightness in this beer. Nice citrus hops add just a hint of bitterness, but really add more clean, juicy flavor. The toasty malts border slightly on caramel with just enough sweetness to balance the citrus. Mouthfeel is deliciously carbonated, making the beer light and crisp. Aftertaste is full of ruby red grapefruit juice tartness and sweetness.

Drinkability is immense. Not since Surly has a beer in a can been so good to me. Thanks again, Freddy - never heard of this beer before you, and I definitely seek it out next time I'm up in the Chi.

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Photo of jayhopkins23
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, pours a bright golden hue. Thick, rocky white head. Intensely and pleasantly dry-hopped; not overwhelming. Very little malt in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fresh, satisfying and fufilling but not heavy or crisp, just right. This beer has some legs to it, very enjoyable. Hops stay with you throughout, fruity, citrusy, not dry. Great beer...not surprising from the guys at Half Acre, they're off to a great start. Cheers!

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Photo of abuliarose
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to PaulV for sending this one my way. Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy golden body under a thick white head with excellent staying power and pretty lacing. Very refreshing looking summer-evocative beer. Smells like sweet hops and light floral honey with hints of coconut. I don't have many blondes under my belt to compare this to, but this is how I would want one to smell.

Tastes light with a hoppy bitterness up front and a watery, slightly nutty sweet malt finish with a bit of floral honey character throughout. Very fresh, clean flavors and well-balanced. Large, rounded and slightly tingly carbonation accentuates an otherwise light body. Drinks like water. I might wish for a little more flavor somewhere in the middle of it all, otherwise this is a perfect summer beer. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, many thanks for this growler, Dave! Please send more! From notes on 3.26.

Pours a decently clear, golden-yellow straw color, big white foam subsides to nothing. A spot of lace or two cling to the tulip.

Something weird was in the aroma... hiding underneath the hay and grassy hops. I couldn't quite figure it out and it wasn't appealing at first, but then the taste revealed it. Pretty distinctly sourdough bread contributing a little tanginess. Crackers and a little lemon rind. Really pleasant once I figured that out. Some grassy hops in the finish and just supremely drinkable. It really grew on me as I kept refilling my glass. I could drink this all day. Extremely flavorful and palatable for a beer of such small stature. Impressive.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with a tiny white head.

Scent of sweet malts, bread, and bitter hops. A simple and effective scent.

Taste fresh bready grain, lemongrass, and some hops. As with the scent, this is a no frills beer, but that doesn't stop it from being damn good.

Light bodied and fairly crisp, not too thin, not too full, refreshing.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice deep gold/light gold color with a very nice, tight white head. Lacing and retention are both great.

The aroma is initially hoppy with delicate grassy and fruity notes. A little bit of hay like grain/bread in the back. Yeast character is minimal.

A small bit of initial sweetness is up front with a light, dry finish. The most prominent character is sourdough bread. Low bitterness but with a nice, delicate hop flavor. It simply tastes like fresh beer made with high quality ingredients.

The mouthfeel is very dry and light without being lifeless. The carbonation is at a high, refreshing level. I'm glad I got to drink a low abv beer that wasn't boring, even in between all the big stuff we were pouring this night. I would kill this growler no problem on my own. This was a good American style session beer, or "imperial session" for the English blokes.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Golden-yellow with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly chill hazed with moderate carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya and caramel.

Pineapple, papaya, candied orange wedges and lemon. Caramel cover grains covers the grain bill. Finishes with pine, tangerine and orange zest.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

This is like a lighter version of Daisy Cutter. Good doses of tropical fruits. Easily one of the best American Blonde Ales that I've ever had.

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Photo of FievelGoesWest
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, light, clean, crystal clear. Head comes and goes quickly, with a bit remaining.

S: Subtle wheat smell, subtle fruit aromas, subtle...

T: A light touch of hoppiness to it. The malts hit gently and sweet. This makes me think of some pilsners. The wheat backing is fantastic.

M: Just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O: This is my favorite session beer, bar none. I could drink this stuff all day and not grow tired of it. It's not too sweet to get overwhelming, but has enough flavor to keep it interesting and refreshing.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gossamer has a hazy golden yellow body and a solid looking white head that leaves some very nice lacing behind.

The aroma features biscuity malt, cirtusy hops and fruitiness, with the malt being the most powerful and the fruit being the least.

The flavor proves to be more of the same, but in a good way. The biscuit flavored, marris otter malts are great, and they are definitely the main attraction of this beer. They pop up first and are the last thing you taste as you swallow this beer. The mild fruitiness lingers in the middle, and the hops come at the end, providing a good bite of citrus and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty moderate, and almost feel like a pale ale in consistency.

I really enjoyed this blonde. The malt bill is very good, and the hops are assertive. I'm also impressed with the flavor that is packed into the relatively low ABV.

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Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into my Half Acre pint glass...finally a canned Chicago local!

Pours a light/pale golden yellow, somewhat hazy. One finger of soft white head forms and quickly dissipates. A thin layer of white haze is left on top of the beer as is a decent amount of lacing...

A fairly docile nose on this one, some subtle citrus mixed with banana makes for a sweet aroma overall. Malts are the focus here, with a bready/cereal focus...a very slight earthy/floral bitterness gives some balance here. Pretty much just smells like it will be an easy drinking, refreshing beer...

Light and slightly citrusy. Malt forward, bready and sweet, not as much fruit in the taste as in the aroma. More dry and grassy than expected...finishes somewhat dry with a hint of lingering bitterness...

Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking with decent carbonation...

This is not a stand-out beer by any means, but is a great candidate for the cooler in the summer. Easy on the alcohol and somewhat easy on the wallet (in craft standards). Full flavored enough while still being incredibly easy to drink and refreshing. This is a great summer beer that will probably see a lot of cooler time from me this summer, whether it be concert tailgating, golfing, fishing, or chilling on the lake...cans are the way to go for the summer!!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - a bit opaque in appearance. Yellowish-orange in color. It looks almost "soft" with about a half inch of head on top. Nothing to worry about coming out of the can.

Aroma - an unexpected dose of fresh hop aroma comes at me as I approach the glass. Wow. Nice citrus and tropical fruit aromas along with some subtle malt sweetness. This has some pineapple and mango going on...I'm ready to dive in.

Taste - soft on the tongue and easy on the palate right from the get go. Those tropical fruit flavors come out nicely, not strong at all, just right for a beer of this strength. Everything is subtle, the malty sweetness and the hop profile sit perfectly. The balancing act they play is also performed almost flawlessly.

Overall - one of the best blonde ales I've ever had. This is the benchmark for sessionable beers. I am blown away by how drinkable and tasty Gossamer truly is. If you've not had this beer than you are missing out on a piece of brewer's art. Well done Half Acre!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. Just like their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, this would be on the grocery list each week if I lived in Chicago.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint. 4.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks to both emerge077 and DavidEddie for cans of this great brew!

A - Pretty hazy golden yellow in color, the can pour leaves a short-lived white head resting on top of the beer. The loose bubbles lower leaving some lace clinging on the sides.

S - Citrusy, resiny, light and floral cascade hoppy goodness reminiscent of my personal hop-harvest a few days ago. Pale malts fall behind, almost to the point of absence but the hop aroma remains fantastic.

T - Mild pale malts and a dab of raw honey back up the fully floral and lemon citrus kick of cascade hops. A touch of resin also comes through. Good hop flavor!

M - Light-bodied and crisp with full carbonation to the finish, Gossamer is completely smooth with mild bitterness and a dry finish.

D - Very well hopped, this is the best example of the "style" I've had I'd say. Still, I can't get a Patton Oswalt quote out of my head when I think of this beer, "Write it in the sky with gossamer teardrops. Battered...chapped...pussy."

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Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a Half Acre Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a faint haze.
S - Very crisp and clean, with lovely aromas of lightly toasted grains, grassy, floral hops, a little bit of apricot and mango, and some slight yeasty qualities. Very nice.
T - Pretty close to the nose, the tropical fruit flavors really come out to play with notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot, all backed up by a lightly toasted biscuit malt profile. Excellent balancing act here, the malt is in perfect harmony with the hops. Very flavorful for a Blond Ale, I've had IPAs that weren't this bold.
M - Wonderfully sessionable and refreshing, with a slightly watery mouth-feel, medium-light body and sharp carbonation.
O - Very likely the best Blond Ale I've had, I could blow through a lot of these on a Sunday afternoon!

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a yellow with orange/gold tinge to it with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates to a white cap. A stream of bubbles continues to replenish the cap.

S. Malty bread, orange zest, nice floral hop character. A nice balance of malty sweetness and hop character. The floral character dominates as the beer warms.

T. Sweet bready malt with lots of nice citrusy character.

M. Nice body with creamy carbonation that fills the mouth.

D. Very good. Another great beer from Half Acre.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, clear straw. Head is bright-white, and full of small bubbles. Carbonation is on the high side. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thin cap on the edges of the beer. No head after a few minutes.

Smell: Faint, slightly earthy and grassy malts. Hops add a nice touch of citrus. Grapefruit and earth. It's a solid blend of both malts and hops, not something I'm used to with the style.

Taste: Nice snap of grapefruit up front. Malts add a touch of sweetness to the whole thing. Earthiness creeps through the back and gives the beer some much needed depth. A little grassy. Touches of something tropical...mango maybe.

Mouthfeel: Thin, clean, and highly drinkable. A little rough around the edges, but that's a good thing here. Carbonation is a little high overall, but works for the style.

Overall: Easy to drink and with just enough flavor to keep things interesting. This would be a solid beer to have around for drinking outside or on a hot day. Half Acre scores again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you crushedvol!

a - cracked the can and filled my E snifter. the 16 oz and head filled the glass to the brim with a heaping portion of foamy frothy head. the head slowly dissipated away leaving chunks on the side of the glass. color was a soft orange...semi transparent.

s - earthy malts with a hint of fruit juices.

t - nice subtle blonde.

m - very nice full mouth. a full rich smoothness with an even carbonation level.

o - overall, this is not a style that i jump for joy over, but hi enjoyed this beer a lot. great example and smooth mouth...this is a beer that i could drink all day long in the summer. another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large head that had good retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. I pick up floral and grassy hops in the aroma. I do not smell malt. The flavor is more hoppy than most blonde ales. The hops gives some fruity qualities to the taste. The malt has a dry cracker like quality. Very clean taste. Bitterness is higher than most as well. Light body and nicely carbonated. Feels lively and does not linger on the palate for long. A nice little blond ale that comes in "pounders". A good summer brew with great packaging.

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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