Gossamer Golden Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

Gossamer Golden AleGossamer Golden Ale
369 Ratings
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: 369 |  Reviews: 128
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall-boy can into a pint glass. Bright golden body with fine head. Sweet malt dominates the nose, but decently balanced. Taste is smooth and mellow. This isn't my favorite style, but chicks seem to like it a lot--sweet finish with low alcohol. Nothing crazy exceptional here, but it's a good session blonde ale if you're into that sort of thing. Decent deal in the 4 tall-boy packs too and nice to support local breweries. Not sure if they distribute much outside of the Chicago area, but recommended...will order it on draught sometime and post a tap review too as this is frequently available on tap at bars I go to.

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Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Unclejedi. Thanks Jim!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big but short-lived white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves spotty lacing.

For a blonde ale, this one is pretty hoppy in the nose with some herbal grassy notes and a little lemon zest. There is some toasted grains and light crisp biscuity malts.

The taste is very crisp with lightly toasted bread, but there is a much more prominent citrus presence with lemons and orange peel. Finish is clean with a dry, hoppy kick.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and really, really drinkable.

Clean, crisp and highly hopped for a blonde, this is one of the better versions of the style I've had.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 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 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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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from growler.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy head. Little spots of head retention.

S - Grains, little hops, and an almost earthy feeling, reminiscent slightly of some farmhouse Belgians. Quite faint though, not very overwhelming.

T - Smooth and crisp taste of grain and some slight malt for a little body. The light hop provides some bitterness. But a little too much space in the taste, feels a smidge watery.

M - Good mouthfeel, light and refreshing. Carbonation is good, and easy drinking.

O - A nice beer for warmer days where the just need some crisp, clean beer that is easy drinking and still provides a little flavor and body. Not an earth shaking beer, but it has its spot and fits well. Thankfully I drank this on a hot day where I did plenty of activity, so fit perfectly.

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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 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 jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing and very drinkable blond ale. Nice hop, like a pale.A little yeast. Orange flavour. Above average mouthfeel. See what can be done at sessionable abv levels!SilverX's 500 ml can.Golden colour with wisp of head. Clean and crisp, neutral aroma.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap @ Goldie's, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours a straw yellow color. Boring. It looks mostly indistinguishable from many flavorless industrial beers. You can tell its craft (or at least all-malt) however because of the tighter head. This is a pretty average looking beer. Nothing inherently wrong with that; some styles just look boring.

Gossamer smells mostly like biscuit malt and lager yeast. Pilsner yeast, really. There are some grassy European hops in play (but falling short of the crispness needed to be a truly good pils). The most interesting note I pick up is a bit of juniper. I don’t think that this beer is brewed with any juniper berry but that aroma is certainly present (though faint).

Beyond the pilsner malt sweetness and the minor bittering edge of the hops, this beer doesn’t have much to offer at first. With a little bit of warmth, though, it pulls off a flavor that I haven’t quite seen before. Gossamer tastes like juniper mixed with Juicy Fruit brand chewing gum. Like, if Wrigley’s were to introduce a gin-flavored variety of Juicy Fruit, it would taste a lot like this beer. Unfortunately, it has a weak finish. Or, better put, it has no finish at all. The flavor just drops off a cliff on the back end like it was a cheap $6 bottle of pinot grigio. Gossamer seriously finishes as clean as water, and yes, that does undo some of the favor it gained with its unique flavor profile.

Despite that watery finish, it never feels watery in terms of mouthfeel. It stays at a consistent light-medium body with a balanced carbonation level. Overall, this is a mostly average beer. I do appreciate the unexpected or unique flavors here, I just wish that they stuck around from the initial taste through to the finish.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was golden yellow, not perfectly clear. Some carbonation bubbles can be seen rising. Good head.

Smell is fruity, with hints of the hop. The taste pretty much follows the smell. Fruity with a hint of citrus. Slightly bitter, but not offputting.

Overall, decent beer. Not terrible. I could drink it again...it's definitely a sessionable beer at 4.2 abv. Refreshing.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff! Poured into my Flossmoor Station pint glass, also courtesy of AleWatcher.

A- The beer pours a nice golden color with an inch of snow white head. Nice lacing as the foam recedes.

S- The nose is citrus and pale malt, with some nice floral notes.

T- Follows the nose with great citrus characteristics. Pineapple, and mango meld seamlessly with a refreshingly light malt profile. The finish is lush with citrus notes and a very slight bitterness.

M- The beer is light bodied with a high level of carbonation that is fitting for the style.

O- Overall this a very refreshing and enjoyable brew. Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon or a day at the beach. If this were available to me locally I would certainly have it on a regular basis. Very tasty.

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4.89/5  rDev +31.5%
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 yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Half Acre/Two Brothers Firkin Night at SmallBar Logan Square in Chicago during Chicago Craft Beer Week 2011. First cask review for Gossamer, woo!

Appearance -- Strange doesn't begin to describe this beer. Appears identical to orange juice: no head, utterly opaque canary yellow. Toward the end of the glass yeast sediment is evident and abundant.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, vivid yeasty aroma, grassy and floral hops, and a mild tea-like note. Rich and vibrant, as a cask ale should be.

Taste -- Husky grain, biscuit dough, earthy yeast, floral hops, grassy bitterness, a modicum of bright citrusy hop character. Finish is yeasty with husky grain and a hint of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. On point for cask ale.

Overall -- Aside from being the weirdest looking beer I have EVER come across, the cask version of Gossamer is a decisive improvement from the standard issue. The yeast derived flavors add nice complexity and the cask conditioning make this much more drinkable, albeit much heartier. With all of that yeast I think I'll be all set on Vitamin B for a while...

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Photo of chugalug06
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours very nicely in to a Delirium Tulip. Amazingly clear golden color with slight yellowness. Head is very foamy and very white! Nice stream of bubbles in the middle of the brew

S - Very nice relaxed citrus scent. Definite pineapple, green grape, and orange.. Smells like it could be a sugar bomb... Not an overwhelming scent, but quite nice nonetheless

T - Very smooth and light. Tastes foamy with slight bitterness. Bitterness doesn't overwhelm, but definitely distracts. Maybe some slight grapefruit... Hops are slightly out of balance. Almost tastes like a Lager... Slightly sour.

M - Over carbonated, but still quite a good brew. Extremely light and airy. Hops definitely pull away form the brew on the back end. slightly bitter.

O - A nice brew, not one I would seek out, but I'm glad I got to try it! Good brew in a good trade! Try it if you find it! I would be a delicious summer camping brew!

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