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
Photo of drabmuh
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a nice head with no staying power, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Whoa, not what I expected, heavy handed hopitude in this beer. Its so fruity and bright, interesting. Smells great.

Beer is pretty thin and a little watery. There is a lot of fruit hop flavors in the midpalate and the finish is so wet that there is no chance for an aftertaste....almost....there is a really late aftertaste of grains that comes much after you've finish. Overall its a decent blonde, I'd have it again, i love the artwork on the can and the flavors and aroma were interesting.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Foothills Pint Glass-

This beer is exactly what it is supposed to be. It is light, refreshing, and pretty damn tasty. I tend to find American Blondes either so light that I shudder to call them beer or to sweet and cloying on the palate. Gossamer bridges the gap nicely. It has a decent body, a crisp clean taste, and is not overly sweet. It pours a beautiful gold with an impressive head and consistent carbonation running up from the bottom. Not much smell but there is a little fruity estery thing going on there. This is a lawnmower/grilling beer. It almost seems like a mistake to focus heavily on tasting notes. Super drinkable.

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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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Photo of Tilley4
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade...

Pours an attractive clear light golden with a very thick creamy head... Very thick head.. Foamy and persistent...

Once the towering mound of foam subsided, the faint aromas of piney hops began to waft out of the glass along with a nice pale malt aroma to compliment it quite nicely. Nothing overwhelming, just nice and solid...

First sip brings a faint hop/malt blend and then this one vanishes and actually gets really unpleasant... Quite watery and flat tasting actually.... Another sip brings more of the same... I'm guessing this is indeed a bad can but its all I have to work with... 2 sips into it and I'm giving it another try... Dang... This one goes down the drain... I had high hopes for this too...

I'm definitely planning on revisiting this one as soon as I get the chance as I find it hard to believe that this is legit... Looked and smelled very good and then went downhill fast...

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Photo of RDHerm
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a thick white head that thins out to a nice thick ring that holds for the duration.

Strong aroma of citrus and hops, solid notes of bread and light malts, and a hint of yeast.

Surprisingly complex for the style. Initial taste is sweet, with notes of citrus, yeast and malts. The sweet taste dissipates very quickly, overpowered by a hoppy bitterness, with a touch of lemon. The aftertaste is a bit bitter as well, but with the slightest hint of honey.

Lighter in body, and with a great carbonation level. There's a certain crispness to it, and just a little bit of a bite.

Light, refreshing, and a lower alcohol content - you could drink this all day long.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear golden coloration. The head was a thin white and quickly resolved. Thin streaks of foam mark the beers passage.

Smell: A bit of citrus and baked bread.

Taste: The flavor of the beer a bit of lightly toasted malt and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but not thin. Carbonation levels work well for the beers character. This is definately a throw back sessionable beer. I could drink a bunch of this.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden.

Aroma: Grassy, earthy hops. Has a touch of belgian yeast. A touch of fruit citrus. Bready malts. Fairly straight forward.

Taste: Very bready. Lots of pale like malts. Grassy hops. A touch of English malt flavors as well. Light fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amound of carbonation. Ends very bready.

Overall, an average beer. Nothing to special. I have had better from half acres. Okay drinkability.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tasting cup.

You gotta love free beer while touring a brewery, right? This freebie pours a clear bright pale straw topped by about a finger or so of fluffy white foam. The nose is a blast of florality, as though a small meadow had been pressed into my cup, which had been previously lined with some light buttery caramel. The taste toned down the florals by a fair degree, leaving some fossils to be gazed at while munching on some watered-down caramel corn. Basically, tone down a Daisy Cutter a bit, and you'll be left with this. That doesn't mean I dislike this flavor, by any stretch,, it's just a way to describe it. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a very nice, sessionable blonde. Good times down at Half Acre, I tells ya.

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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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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 Damian
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to Gonzoillini for including this as an extra in our trade.

Slightly hazed and pale yellow in appearance with a billowing, bright white, near three-finger head of froth. The head quickly faded to a thin, flimsy film. As the beer warmed, the chill haze disappeared to reveal a completely transparent body.

Immediately after the pour, the aroma was surprisingly complex. Quite hoppy for the style. Citrusy, fruity and sweet with a biscuity, malty backbone. As the beer sat however, the nose transitioned to something much simpler. The punchy hoppiness and complexity disappeared. Bready malts, some grassy, noble hops and a touch of wheat were now all that was left. It was astonishing how much of the aroma was trapped in the head. On second thought, maybe the citrusy hops did not totally disappear.

The taste was crisp, clean and refreshing. Bready, biscuity malts and grassy, noble hops dominated. Some tart wheatiness appeared in the center. The off-dry finish was crisp and somewhat bitter. Once again, noble hops were noticeable. A touch of lemon came through as well.

The mouthfeel was quite standard. Medium bodied for the style with a bubbly, medium effervescence.

This is a highly drinkable, summertime session ale. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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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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 MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden straw color. white head is somewhat minimal and diminishing-is it the glass? if so, that would surprise me, as this was served from a can at the bad apple, which should know a beer-clean glass.
S: very muted. struggling to get the citric, floral, resiny hops i was promised on the description on the menu. some doughy malts are noted.
T: light sweet crackery malts, well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes clean.
M: would like this to be a bit frothier/carbonated given the style, as it comes off as a touch watery. light bodied.
D: i love that this is a refreshing 4.2% beer in a 16 oz can, but i'd like a bit more american hops, or something, to make this anything more than a typical blonde/golden ale.

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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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a gorgeous soft fluffy head.

Smell is grass and lemon with a little toasty touch.

This has a nice hop side to it for a golden ale. Grass and lemon zest are most noticable with a trace of grapefruit. Toasty/bready malt balances this well and there's a nice sligtly dry and bitter finish to it.

This is a little thin in the mouth, but otherwise carbonation is good.

This is a perfect low-abv sessionable summer brew. I really wish they would distrubute a little further into the western Chicago burbs because I haven't had anything I haven't liked from them and there use of hops is just phenomenal.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sending me this one. Nice looking can, a moderate pour into an Imperial Pint Glass leaves about 2 finger widths of brilliant white head. The body is a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. The head has good retention and the lacing is very nice. Outstanding look.

Smells like a nice bouquet of flowers, very nice flowery fragrance here. This is without a lot of that kind of dull crackery smell that a lot of lighter beers fall victim to. I also get a decent amount of hay and grassyness along with a bit of lemon and orange. There's not much malt here to smell at all, and that's okay. Damn good smell for the style.

Tastes chiefly of zingy citrus at first, lemon/lime/orange, and maybe a hint of grapefruit. I'd be really curious to know what hop varieties are being used late in this one, because I'm really digging that part of it. Underneath all that hoppy goodness is a delicate sweetness that tastes like pale malt.

Mouthfeel wise it's pretty good, but I'm looking for a little bit more of an oily feel, and this feels a little bit watery to me. With that said, the carbonation level is pretty good.

Goes down really easy and is a very refreshing beer. Also digging the low alcohol by volume and the fact that it's canned. A really great American Blonde from Half Acre. If they nailed the mouthfeel it may have helped bump up the drinkability by 0.5 as well and made this a solid A.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright clear corn colored gold. Nice 2 finger white head with some spotty lace and decent retention.

Smells malty and slighty fruity... A nice sweetness with a crisp fruity bite and clean malt taste. Nothing crazy complex-- but tasty, and a good summertime alternative to BMC stuff...

Light smooth body with plenty of carbonation.

Very easy drinking.

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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 sisuspeed
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint can

Poured into a pint glass. Dull, almost clear, yellow in body with a decent fluffy white head on top. Sticky, patchy, lacing left behind.

Light, grassy hops, hints of citrus and pale malts on the nose. A little bit of grainy earthiness and faint floral qualities.

Grainy, citrus, lemon notes on the tongue. Pale, golden malts with a touch of hop astringency.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a subtle amount of creaminess. Fairly light.

Drinkability is good. Not a lot going on with this beer, but the flavor has some decent citrus to it, the body is fairly crisp and the ABV is low. So a pint or two of this would be easy on a hot day.

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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 woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest rolls on! The company name puts me in mind of my mother complaining, when I was a kid: "I'm tired of running you kids all over Hell's Half Acre!" Maybe they should make a Half Acre Helles. Maybe I should move on. CAN I at least allude to Ol' Blue Eyes first? "A trip to the moon on gossamer wings, just one of those things." Thanks, Frank!

From the CAN: "CANned crafted. Beer is better in here."

Nothing like a big blonde! I got two fingers' worth of French Vanilla-colored head off of my initial pour, which I had to back off of lest it spill over the rim of the glass. Color was a slightly hazy golden yellow (and remember, boys and girls, clarity is over-rated). Nose had a fruity sweetness, like tangerine or melon or both. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fruity, but drier than the nose had led me to expect. Finish lingered with a pleasant fruitiness. This would be good on a hot day in the sun, especially given its low ABV, but conversely, it was not exciting enough to warrant seeking out for the cooler.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my half Acre pint glass. Poured golden yellow in color with a bright white frothy head. The head settled a bit but had some good retention and lacing overall.

The aroma has a sweet, grainy and bready malt flavor to it. It also has some nice citrus hoppiness to it that are I liked. Pretty nice, crisp, refreshing and balanced aroma to it.

The taste, like the nose has a light citrus flavor to it that really helps this to be a nice crisp and refreshing beer. The grainy and malty flavors are also a big part of the taste, and very nicely done as well. I's pretty flavorful but also pretty light.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice flavors to it. The crisp citrus flavor was particularly nice and made it a pretty nice and refreshing beer. overall a very nice, flavorful and well balanced beer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one is a faintly golden-tinged yellowish straw color. The two-finger head of white foam is fluffy and somewhat loose. The retention is okay and the lacing is okay, as well.

Light cereal malt notes mix it up with a good deal of sweet citrus hoppiness. The nose is mild, but good.

Very nicely balanced. Citrus hop notes with a definite touch of sweetness to go along with that nice bitter bite. Slight earthy notes. Mild grainyness and cereal malt presence.

This is medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing.

Nicely easy-drinking. At 4.20%abv (dude!) this one is definitely sessionable.

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