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Golden State Of MindGolden State Of Mind

Brewed by:
Ale Industries
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Orange Kush.

Added by t0rin0 on 09-30-2009

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 66
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the MoreBeer in Concord, which is pretty close to the Ale Industries brewery (but they were closed). I'd been meaning to try this out, and figured grabbing a bottle would be a good start.

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Too dark and clear for a wit, but then again it says "Whit" on the bottle, so ... Golden color with moderate carbonation that dissipated quickly, leaving only a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S - Smell was ... interesting. Intense orange and spice, like a Blue Moon (gag).

M - Light body and low carbonation. Very 'drinkable' but felt more like a light macro brew.

T - The chamomile really hits you when you take a sip. You thought you were getting orange and coriander but man you had no idea. To me it basically tastes like a light American pilsner with chamomile flavoring added. Bitter bite on the front end but lacking on the finish, which is the most disappointing part.

Overall, disappointed. Totally forgettable brew with a gimmick. Will not buy again.

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Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of sourdog
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Covocali
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice look & smell pretty good taste fresh feeling

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Photo of dertyd
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted on tap at The Pig & The Pickle in Concord, CA.

A tea beer that pours a light/medium orange with a fast fading white head. The nose is lemon, oranges and light varnish (but a nice light varnish). The real problem here is that it is extremely light bodied - almost feels and tastes watered down. The flavor profile is pleasant oranges and light tea but the lack of body, texture and character just hurt this one a lot.

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3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty standard witbier, which I happen to love, but this one has chamomile in it. This addition was a huge negative for me and ruined the experience. Among all these usual layers of flavor that are associated with a witbier, this sole flavor did not work for me and had quite a negative impact on the overall flavor, which was very good if this one point was taken away.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in Clayton at the little village market.
Poured into my Sam Adams glass

Appearance- pale yellow color, foamy head, clear, some pretty good lacing

Smell- orange

Taste- light flavor, orange

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. It wasn't cloudy like most witbiers though but that didn't bug me too much. I would probably drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy straw gold with a very thin white head. No lacing.

S- Loads of chamomile tea and cinnamon.

T-Holy crap. The chamomile is right up front on this one. Never tasted a beer with so much herbal tea character. It complements the light orange peel.

M-Light bodied with a lingering finish.

D-Pretty high, actually. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it's pretty pleasant.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Champagne like light golden color, miscellaneous particulate floating but nothing alarming.

S - WOW, smells like tea, citrus and spices.

T/M - Taste is complex and subtle wrapped into one. Almost like drinking a tea mixture, but bitey dryness from the carbonation. If teas tasted like this I would turn into an Englishmen and hit up tea time all day!!

O - Perfect summer beer, spicey and intense where its needed, yet subtle and refreshing in every other aspect. Delicious.

PP (Price Point) - $5 for a 22oz bomber of local craft brew that is extremely refreshing and well constructed is a fair price in my opinion!

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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Golden State Of Mind from Ale Industries
3.45 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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