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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Photo of Reaper16
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of Northsider
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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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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 Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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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 yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -5.3%
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 +0.5%
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 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 titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to dug for the opportunity to try this.

A: Pours a mostly clear, light golden color..just a little bit of haze. Finger of soapy, white head with mixture of small and very large bubbles. Leaves a curtain of lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: Grassy, lemony hops stand out in front. Honestly, the malt is a bit hard for me to pick up at first, pretty mild.

T: Lemon and grass qualities from the nose are what I notice first. Has a tea like flavor that I really like. Malts are easier for me to pick up in the taste. They lend a toasted, biscuit quality to the beer. There's a little sweetness here as well in the beginning that balances out the bitter finish.

M: Almost fizzy from the carbonation. Good, solid mouthfeel for a smaller ABV beer.

O: Gossamer is refreshing as they come and a joy to drink..the perfect beer when you've just finished mowing the lawn. Honestly, this reminds me a lot of some of the IPAs I had while in the UK a couple of months back due to their tea like quality and more muted hops, especially when compared to their American cousins.

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Photo of larsenju
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear golden body with a dense white head, close to two fingers, but it dropped very quickly.

S-Grassy with just a little lemon and a touch of mango, some generic malt, but it is light.

T-Very light and approachable, even a little watery. Grassy hops cover the palate with some light fruit, lemon is forward with some biscuit and very very light fruits behind it.

M-Very light and somewhat dry body, medium carb.

D-Daisy Cutter could be both a success and curse for Half Acre, I think that this beer will always be compared, and it just isn't as good. It is very light and drinkable, I think I would really appreciate having this on a hot summer day, but given other options there are plenty of beers I would pick first.

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Photo of betsona
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. No freshness info.

A- Clear golden color that had a finger worth of white head that dissipated rather quickly. There is a thin cirrocumulus cloud like head that remains. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Has a very subtle nose. Very mild scents of wheat with a barely noticeable traces of apricot and lemon. Reminds me of certain bread doughs. Almost smells like a pilsner.

T- Hmm. I had to double check the can to make sure this was in fact a golden ale. It has a sweetness at the front in a orangish lemon flavor. Some biscuity malt in the middle followed by a lemongrass bitter finish. Bitterness that lingers for sometime after drinking. Complex tastes that I don't normally associate with the style.

M- Light body with a crispness due to the carbonation. Sits well on the palate and is an easy ale to drink. There is an ever so small puckering on the cheeks.

O- I found a nice easy camping beer with this one. The can is an added bonus. The taste is somewhat disappointing because the smell is so pleasant. Overall, it is an easy drinking session beer that I would have no qualms about having quite a few in a row.

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

From notes: 30OCT2010
Can purchased from West Lakeview and poured into mug.

Tasty orangecicle in a glass. Hoppy as a american pale and easier to drink than a pilsner. This tasty little diddy did me just right as a warmer than expected Chicago afternoon session brew. I may or may not have crushed one on of these on a bench whilst the "Rally to Restore Sanity" was going on in the distance.

Great session brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this canned beer.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly simple but is very inviting. I get a lot of biscuit malt and some orange citrus notes from the hops.

The flavor is heavy on the oranges and biscuit malt, with a little bit of light toffee and grassy notes. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, light to medium hopped blonde ale.

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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 dali27
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass.

A: Light to medium gold in color. Very thin head. Active carbonation.

S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Grainy malts.

T: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit. The citrus hop flavor gives this beer charactor that regular light beer never have allows this to be an easy drinker with some flavor.

M: Light and watery. Probably how it is intended to be.

O: It's a nice little beer to start off with, but by the end I kinda forgot what I was drinking... was it lite?

Good light beer drinkibility, with light flavor.

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Photo of grover37
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16oz can from the brewery poured into an imperial pint glass. A 4-pack of cans was $8.99.

Appearance (4): A very clear light gold that pours with two fingers of white, thin head. It dissipates immediately to small patches and a ring. Tons of streamers around the edges.

Aroma (3): Very bready and light citrus hops. A sharp orange smell almost resembles ethanol, but I must be wrong at only 4.2%. It reminds me a lot of a very toned down Daisy Cutter.

Taste (3.5): Orange and some grapefruit up front but pretty mild. A bit of sweetness and a touch of pine in the middle. The bready, grainy malts - maybe some wheat in there - come through in the end. A lingering sweetness with some more spruce. Again, a lot like a mild version of the pale with a very similar flavor profile.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Thin and watery. Medium to high carbonation and light bodied. The sweet pine lingers a bit which is pleasant but otherwise not much here. I'll chalk it up to the style so it gets a bit of a pass, especially at a (nearly) session strength.

Overall (2): While very drinkable, it's not anything special. A good, light beer with some flavor but not something I'll come back to frequently if ever.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter

A- Very carbonated, almost Champaign like. Very light gold color, two finger, off white head, very clear.
S- Nice smooth aroma, hints of lemon and citrus, hints of orange/grapefruit.
T- Slightly sweet, citrus as well, very light.
M- Small mouth feel, very refreshing.
O- This beer surprised me, very easy drinkability. I could throw down a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for another solid extra

A - pours a clear yellow with a nice looking head

S - smells of grainy malts, bright citrusy hops. Pretty good for the style

T - starts off with the grainy malts that fads to a lemony citrus malt. There is also quite a bit of bready malt characteristic to it. This is the hoppiest golden ale I have ever tried...pretty good.

M - nice full and smooth body and it goes down

D - Golden ales aren't the most complex beers out there, but this one did a pretty good job of keeping itself interesting. I really enjoyed the Daisy Cutter and enjoyed this one too. Half Acre keeps impressing me...

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Photo of Genghis22
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oreo, for the Disc Golf hook up!

A - Pours a clear, golden yellow. A mellow head formed but didn't stick around very long. Large visible carbonation bubbles.

S - Suprisingly clean and hoppy. Lots of malty goodness, but there is a distinct touch of hops, a pleasant surprise. Slightly citrusy, like lemongrass.

T - Clean, smooth and buttery. First taste is the lemony hop characteristics. The malt immediately washes over the tongue. There is a certain biscuit quality, but it's not overbearing. The finish is very smooth and buttery. The aftertaste is crisp and dry, with a touch of lemon.

M - Thin to medium body, but not watery. The carbonation is at a moderate level. The mouthfeel overall is at the appropriate levels, but nothing jumps out as distinct or mind blowing.

O - A solid blonde ale. I'll admit, this usually isn't the type of beer I would normally buy if I were searching the beer cooler at my local shop. This beer is a fine example, and very refreshing. I can only imagine how nice this beer would be if I were outside shooting a round of disc golf. This would be a perfect beer to take to the course. I would buy this if it were available. It would be a great summer ale, or party beer. I would absolutely use this beer to convert BMC drinkers.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 henryd30
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden yellow with frothy bright white head. Screams crisp and fresh by initial appearance.

S: Grassy, citrusy, bright scent.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, great clean crisp flavor. Mirrors it's appearance. Really enjoyable. I would say it even though it's listed as a golden ale, it is very IPA-ish in it's qualities.

D: Mmmm - session beer for sure.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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 dciBA
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber tinged straw color from the tallboy can. A small head forms but quickly fades to nothing. A spotty amount of lacing as it goes down. Smell is mostly bready malt with a light vegetable odor underneath. No hint of any hops. Flavor is pretty boring. There is some toasted, bready malt, that's about it. Thankfully the veggies don't come through in the flavor. Carbonation is fairly high, but that works for the style. Quite drinkable, albeit boring.

Judging by other reviews I'd say I got an old can, but with no dating I can't be sure.

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