Gossamer Golden Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 368 |  Reviews: 127
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a free pour from Half Acre brewery consumed during the tour. I know not the best way to review it, but I definitely took notes.

The one poured a nice golden color with perhaps a minor haze to it. The head comprises of a nice ecru foam that is pretty cloudy and stiff. The nose was of hoppy citrus notes as well as some notes of the pale malts that may have been slightly roasted. The taste was fairly uneventful. The aromas that had been in existence to give it that extra pop were not very evident. As was agreed on by the others in my party, this tasted like a toned-down Daisy Cutter. There was a wheatlike breadiness to it that was surprising due to the relative clarity of the beer. It sat rather well in the mouth. The carbonation was spot on, and you can't say anything against the freshness of it. Overall it was extremely drinkable and very sessionable brew and something I would recommend for a relaxing summer day.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cadaugherty for the can. Cheers man!
Review input from notes

Poured into Pilsner glass. Golden straw body, remarkably clear. Three finger foamy white head develops atop, The head works its way back rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Very pleasant aroma. Sweet pale malt is balanced by a combination of citrus and grassy hops. The aroma is not going to floor any one but it very good for the given style.

The flavor is rather similar to the aroma. The malt is sweet but at an adequate level. An actual grainy flavor is left instead of a generic sweetness commonly found in the poor examples of the style. Refreshing hop bit counters the malt. Lightly citrus with just a bit of grass.

Light bodied beer with lively carbonation. Very smooth across the tongue finishing rather dry.

Color me impressed. Not a beer I anticipated liking based on the style, I was pleasantly surprised. Flavorful enough to keep me interested and light enough to drank several in a sitting. I would pick this up on somewhat of a regular basis if it were available here.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Received from fear025 (Jay) in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay. My first Half Acre. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a fluffy white head that drops after a few minutes, leaving a wisp of thin rocky foam and lots of lacing.

Aromas of resinous, piny and citrusy hops. Light malt sweetness in the background.

Flavors of faint malt sweetness, a yeasty quality, and lite citrusy hop bitterness. Finish is quick with a light bitterness in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking, light golden ale. Nothing aggressive or offensive. Good all around session beer. As light as a gossamer wing.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a CAN into one of my pilsner glasses. Because I feel like I don't use them often enough.

Crystal clear aside from a touch of chill haze that goes away as the beer warms a little. Not much head. It is coarse and is not retained really at all. The color is light straw/amber.

The aroma is almost pilsner-like, with light malts and piney and grassy hops as the dominant aromas. The taste brings on more complexity, as some citrusy notes mix with the piney and malt aromas. This ale yeast has a German feeling to it, contributing some earthy notes. There is also a touch of toasty malt aroma that sneaks in towards the end.

Light, refreshing, and easy to drink. I was unaware that this was a style, but this seems to be a pretty good one all around, to me. The finish is drying, but not overwhelming. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, and a welcome beverage after a day of work around the yard and house.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 ChadQuest
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, i can see my oil fingerprints on the otherside of the glass, and there is sticky lacing. solid.
Aroma is grassy, like a "Baby Cutter", and faint oranges taking up the 2nd position.
Tastes clean and dry with grassy hops, citrus, some biscuity malts, and a slightly apricot note, maybe a play off the citrus hop note.
The mouthfeel is maybe a tick ore viscous then Daisy Cutter, or maybe just a bit less carb, still a clean finishing beer all around.

Good stuff, when the temps get rocking, grab a gossamer...if there is no Daisy Cutter. Maybe the best Golden ale i've had, i normally don't buy them, but i will buy this each chicago trip.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Gossamer Golden Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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