Ghost River Golden Ale | Ghost River Brewing

Ghost River Golden AleGhost River Golden Ale
BA SCORE
25.5%
Liked This Beer
3.38 w/ 153 ratings
Ghost River Golden AleGhost River Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing
Tennessee, United States
ghostriverbrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops, Ghost River Golden’s mellow, refreshing character is accentuated by Memphis’ soft water. Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish.

19 IBU

Added by Vancer on 04-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,199
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
153
Liked:
39
Avg:
3.38/5
pDev:
17.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 32
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Better than average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet breadyness

T: Follows the nose, graininess & soapiness up front. More graininess as this warms, dryness & soapiness as this warms. Finishes grainy & dry, with some sweetness

MF: Light body with firm carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks easy but nothing special, a little too sweet for the style

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Photo of mdfb79
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for less then a minute and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, and some light earthy malts. Not bad, but very bland and nonexistent.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, light lemon, and some tea/herbal notes. Better then the nose but still quite bland and light.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, a little too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a very average beer. Nose and taste and pretty bland, with some light herbal notes in the taste. Easy to drink but nothing special. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus hops, hint of wheat, and grain. Overall, average Kolsch, at best.

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3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of fizzy, frothy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: a bit on the sweet side for a Kölsch, but then again the label markets this as a golden ale, not a Kölsch. Grainy, slightly fruity; frankly, with its sweetness and lack of direction it doesn't really grab me.

Taste: again, it's just too sweet. There's a bit of maltiness here, but nothing in the way of astringent graininess or bitter hops to take the edge off the sweetness. There's just a serious lack of balance here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a big carbonation and a pretty satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this is definitely more like an American blonde ale than a Kölsch, but in either case it doesn't strongly appeal to me.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Mississippi's finest. Golden in color. Clear in appearance. This gold was light and crisp. Nicely carbed and thin bodied. Easy drinking. Wasn't anything special but it's nice on a hot day. I would drink this over any macro any day.

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3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at Buster's Liquor Store in Memphis, TN on 1/20/12 --

A: Extremely clean. It's a pale, fair yellow in color. A standard pour yields a loose and white 1.5 finger head. Minimal lacing and collar.

S: Some untanned leather, dry corn flakes, unbuttered popcorn and clean, untoasted malt.

T: Crisp and a bit sweet. A hearty helping of creamed corn steals the show here. The back end features just a touch of white smoke.

M: Lively and playful carbonation up front, which quickly whisps away to reveal a light to medium body.

O: In no way does Ghost River's Golden Ale resemble a traditional Kolsch, though it didn't prevent me from moderately enjoying it. This actually comes off like a cream ale, not too dissimilar to Sixpoint's Sweet Action. If you're looking for a reasonably flavorful craft session option, this would most likely deliver your fix.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
3/2.5/2.75/3.25/2.5
Limpid yellow-gold with mild effervescence and an initial finger and a half of head.
It smells unpleasantly grainy. Ah? It's a kölsch. All becomes clear. Mildly sweet-sulfuric lager yeast as well.
Huh! It tastes okay. Way too grainy and sweet, but at least not watery swill. This is a clean, delicate Lite Beer. I don't understand why craft brewers continue to manufacture craft beers that craft beer drinkers allege to revile. Either we all secretly love lagers or there's a wide swath of the populace willing to spend 40% more for gussied up Bud Light.

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3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Ghost River Golden Ale from Ghost River Brewing
Beer rating: 25.5% out of 100 with 153 ratings
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