Chaco Canyon Gold | Empyrean Brewing Company

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3.47 w/ 78 ratings

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brew this easy-going golden ale with a bit of Nebraska honey for a unique, sweet-yet-dry character, balanced with a crisp hop finish. Brewed with American, English & German grown barley, American hops and Nebraska honey.

21 IBU

Added by PhantomVodoo on 07-29-2002

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Lazlo's, which is Empyrean's resteraunt. This is one of their most popular beers and i've seen it in a lot of places in six packs, but i really was not impressed when i ordered one.

Poured a clear golden color, as you might expect from a blonde. no head, at least not when it got to the table.

no real odor, except maybe a bit of honey.

Taste of some honey and some malt. really just very bland though. i feel dirty saying it really has any real "flavor" at all.

Wouldn't want another of these.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Leaves nice lace.

Aroma: Wheat and honey. Lagerish. Bready malts.

Taste: Wheat with a noticeable lager flavor to it. Very bready. Light honey. Light off flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light. Decent carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, kind of boring. Not much to this one. Not overly flavorful.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps a bit disapointed in this beer. Expecting a clean, golden lager with crisp pilsner character and soft esters. The beer took on a haze that never settled and gave a slight head retention that fleeted rather quickly. Aromas of bruised apples and vegetables took over, while the softer malt base, pleasant spiciness, nor the hops could never balance the beer. Flavors were more complex than prefered: phenols, sulfers, and fruitiness is quite high and never sold me on the style. The body lost carbonation quickly, letting the beer sit too heavily and sweetly on the toung. Finishes with that strong apple / fruity flavor. I would have thought that something was wrong with this beer, except the same apple, sulfer flavors also came through in the Scotch Ale as well.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle from his home state.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is fairly basic, with a lot of honey and wheat coming through. That also pretty much describes the flavor, which has some honey, wheat and some graininess. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle a nice clear golden color. Good 1/2 white head forms, which falls in short order to a little white cloud and ring around the glass. There are some patches of lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Smell is well, clean...Minimal aromas, some citrousy scent, touch of malts (a touch grainy - barley, oats and sweet). As with about any other "Honey" beer I smell no scent of honey. Perhaps I my senses can not detect the smell of honey?

Taste: Some maltiness on the outset, (touch biscuity) with a slight bitterness on the finish. More sweet then bitter, with just enough to keep one sipping.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light in body yet not watery, good carbonation, light and lively.

Drinkability: Probably the easiest drinking beer in Empyrean's lineup. It is the go to beer for the BMC drinker. Light, with just a little flavor, but nothing too over the top.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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Chaco Canyon Gold from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.5% out of 100 with 78 ratings
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