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Gossamer Golden Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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3.72/5
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369 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OttoBomb on 12-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,076
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
369
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours slightly hazy with a small white head and moderate lacing. Smell is mild, very fruity, maybe some banana.

Taste is a little lagery, but rich -- a little hops. Nice light beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, a little dry. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RMelyon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lotr15800
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TPONY51
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating

Gossamer Golden Ale pours a slightly hazy deep golden body beneath a bright white head that holds fairly well and leaves some smears and splashes of lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses a basic golden malt base infused with lightly floral & grassy hops.

In the mouth it offers a light-medium body and median carbonation.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, starting with a bit of golden malt that's bolstered by a touch of caramel, which is then immediately washed over by grassy, resinous, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. It's fairly bitter given the malt component that balances it, and in that sense I'd term it "solidly bitter" regardless of how many IBU's are actually there. It finishes dry at first, grassy and a bit raspy, and then softer with a lingering bitterness.

As you work through the pint and it warms, some variations occur. It's at first very piney with a citrus-rind edge, then grassy mid-way, and finally some bready malt emerges by the time it's lost its chill.

Overall, it really doesn't balance well. Just throwing hops at a beer does not make it interesting or complex, just hoppy. One trick pony.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright, clear yellow, big 2 finger head, some nice lacing

S: earthy grass, sweet citrus, hint of spices.

T: grain, citrus, pine, mild bitter

M: light body, big carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D: Great session brew! I still prefer Daisy Cutter over this, but quite flavorful for such a low ABV brew. Check out Half Acre brews, you will be impressed. Excellent Summer and newbie brew.

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Photo of bjacokes
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, purchased fresh at Half Acre's Beer Emporium and poured two hours later.

A - Cloudy, orange/golden. Head drops quickly.
S - Very aromatic. Grassy hops and a touch of yeast.
T - Taste is not as complex as the smell. Thin grainy taste with a bit of yeast in the background, not much hop flavor to speak of.
M - Thin with moderate carbonation.
D - I could lay back several of these. Perfect beer for the spring.

A great drinker and fairly impressive given the low ABV. I wish the flavor had lived up to the smell, but then it probably wouldn't be as great of a session beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden brass color with good bubbling and a thick, well retentioned foam.

The aroma is lightly toasted pilsner amlts, crackers, and a little earthy hop grass.

The taste is light and crsip with a refreshingly carbonated palate. Lots of pilsner malt with a lively body and some more earthy grass and soft fruit flavors that make this a step above a pilsner. The ale yeast adds just a little more depth to this brew.
Very drinkable and local. Will buy again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, light gold in color. Forms a large, bubbly white head. Decent retention.

S: Light scent of noble hops. Grassy with some pale malt and a bit of herbaceousnecss.

T: Light, clean flavor. Some light pale malt. Finishes watery. Mild bitterness. Some grassy hops.

M: Light with appropriate carbonation.

O: Quite easy drinking, though not surprising given how light this beer is. A very good, enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color to a Russian River pint glass, with a fingers width of white head, smell is mild but some danky hop resins and mild citrus. Taste is very nice for being such a mild beer, I could honestly drink this beer all day long with pleasure. Nice citrus hop is most noticeable, slightly floral, and refreshing.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from the brewery in Chicago, IL.

Pours a clear golden hue with a sliver of white foam and strands of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Head retains well, even though it's quite thin.

Smell is apricot, orange jujube, grassy and resinous hops, lemon, yeast esters, faint tangerine note, perfume, and white bread dough. A subtle yet pleasingly intricate nose.

Taste is grainy-doughy malts, orange zest, citrusy and lemony hops, slight saltiness (weird?), and a grassy, astringent bitterness to end. Straightforward flavour profile, but it does the trick. Good thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light side of medium bodied, citric spiciness precedes a crisp, bitter, and drying finish with some grain husk on the cough. Nice!

Overall, Gossamer is a solid session brew with more flavour and hop character than your average blonde ale. Perfect for summer time patio drinking, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of thampel09
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rapayn01
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16 ounce can. It's a low alcohol craft beer with a milt tart taste. It would probably be perfect in the summer, perhaps with nachos.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wedgie 9 for this extra! 16oz tall-boy can. No freshness date.

Pours a bright amber gold with thick sudsy white head 2 fingers tall. Nose is light and husk-like, leafy and dry with some light floral notes. Palate is crisp and lightly bitter, floral hops, some orange juice. Finish is pleasantly dry and crisp with lots of earthy hops.

Notes: Insanely drinkable and super tasty. Don't think I could get bored with this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from kenm2118, cheers Ken!

Pours hay colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Floral hops & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, some lemony notes as well up front, hay & grassy flavors as well. Grassyness, lemony notes & hint of grainy bread once warm. Finishes with firm crispness, grainyness & slight malty sweetness

MF: Light bodied with firm carbonation, good balance, but a little more malt depth would've helped the cause

Always thrilled to try beers from these guys, this is nice sessionable blond ale that goes down too easy in this plus 90 degree weather here now

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Pequods. just getting around to rating this one - have sampled a number of times

cellphone notes

appearance: light golden body, very light beige foam - looks the part

smell: a touch of those half acre hops, light toasted malt, touch of citrus

taste: Gossamer is a simple blonde ale - serves it purpose before a Cubs game or paired with a massive deep dish pie. Light malts, faint citrus hops, and grain fill out the flavor profile

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: good

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this can.

A: The ale is golden color, cloudy fresh out of the can. A thick head, you sure there's no widget in there?, threatened to slip over the sides. As it settled down, the white foam left lace around the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose is grassy with hops, surprisingly so. Leafy hops are evident, adding a 'green' aroma. The light body seems to hold some spices but I don't think that's the case - just the mind looking for things.

T: Very bready, the ale leads off with a malt push. Light toast, biscuity, segues into hops mid-sip. Black pepper joins the grassy flavors, as do orange notes but only after the ale reaches room temperature. The hoppiness is a nice aspect, much stronger than many blonde ales.

M: The mouthfeel is hop-driven. Orange and grasses are nice. The vegetal leafiness, I don't like so much.

O: A low-weight blonde ale, just a hair above 4%. More please, especially the orange citrus and grassy hops.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Town Hall brewery globe on 8/12/11.

Pours a clear golden hey color with a big fluffy white head that dissipates quickly to no lacing at all.

Smells is of bread malts and some citrus with a touch of pine.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Some lager bready yeast flavor with some citrus to balance.

Mouthfeel is very light in weight and it has a slight bitter bite and a little dryness to make you come back for more.

Overall this is a really nice summer beer. Low ABV, light mouthfeel and a crisp refreshing taste . Good beer.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

big thanks to bauermj for this one.

poured fairly aggressively, and very cold, from the can a semi-hazy straw orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a quickly dissipating thinnish off white head that leaves only a slight bit of retention lace.

strong aroma of bready yeast and citrus, very crisp.

initially tastes of citrus, lemonade, and sweet malts, a hint of bitter aftertaste follows, but not to distraction.

smooth and creamy up front, highly carbonated, again, a bit of bitter aftertaste throughout.

at 4.7 abv, cold in a can, looking for a cooler, this one is very drinkable.

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Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 369 ratings
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