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Gossamer Golden Ale - Cactus Pear & Brett | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry hopped Blonde Ale with an addition of prickly pear, commonly called cactus fruit and Brettanomyces in the firkin.

Added by GbVDave on 04-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from the hand-pump at Fountainhead.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar and a few spots of lace. Lightly hazed pale yellow body.

S - Initially I thought this smelled a lot like Gossamer - I was actually suspicious I had received the regular beer and not the special cask variant. However, letting it sit for a moment and warm up revealed tropical and earthy brettanomyces notes. Still, the main flavors were those of Gossamer's sweet malt backbone and potent dry-hopping. As it warms up there's an odd vegetal note, but it didn't seem much like prickly pear flesh - perhaps they used the whole fruit in the cask?

T - Less overt hop character, with more sweet malts mid-palate as well as some lightly toasted grain. Finishes with a mildly funky and slightly medicinal brett note. Still, it's largely Gossamer in character.

M - Smooth body, dry and mildly tannic fruit husk texture, lower cask-style carbonation, and some dryness in the finish.

D - Easy to drink, but a fairly tepid attempt at a wild. The aggressive dry-hop character seems at odds with the wild elements of the beer, and the use of prickly pear cactus doesn't add much depth. The aroma actually reminded me a little of the infected can of AXL Pale Ale, but this tasted much better. Not a bad attempt by Half Acre - was the brett added directly to the cask? Perhaps it needs a bit more time to work (and for the hops to dissipate).

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Photo of GbVDave
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Fountainhead 4/2/2012.

A: Gorgeous cask pour. Cloudy, bright golden color with a creamy/frothy bright white head on top that hangs around for quite a while. A few whisps of lace were left behind.

S: Really kinda mild. A faint amount of hops mixed with a a faint amount of fruit. Became a little more assertive as it came up to temp.

T: See above but the taste hits the ground running a little faster than the smell. Obviously Brett-y.

M: Dry and spicy with a long lasting prickly finish.

O: Pretty cool experiment. I got there at 4pm and actually got the first glass out of the firkin. A little too cold for my liking at first, but it didn't take very long to warm up. I'd love to see how this opens up and changes after a few hours of getting air at it.

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Gossamer Golden Ale - Cactus Pear & Brett from Half Acre Beer Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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