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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
Photo of Arbitrator
4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

A: Pours a milky golden-orange body with cream-colored foam that retains well.

S: I see where it gets the name. It smells more like orange pulp than orange peel. I can pick up light hints of lemon, banana (progressing into hefeweizen territory, I guess?), and coriander.

T: Deliciously orange-driven, but now I get that peel that I couldn't pick up in the nose. The rindy component is well complemented by lemon and layers of yeast and coriander. Orange lingers well into the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, with mild carbonation. Surprisingly flavorful for something under 5%. Wow!

D: This would make a great summer beer. One of the better wits I've tried in some time. Great job, Ale Industries.

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Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to my man Fred Abercrombie on hooking up this tasty Bay Area local. I enjoyed it with my girlfriend on the last evening she was in town from Atlanta. We visited with friends and enjoyed a sessionable witbier. Perfect.

The beer was less than perfect, but not far from it either. When you want a light and drinkable brew, you're not necessarily looking to be blown away by heavy flavor. That's why the chamomile notes in the smell and taste of Orange Kush (Shush) are so on point. They are flowery, spicy, soft, and light on the palate. Orange Kush has a golden to orange unfiltered body, good sustaining head, a briliant and bright smell, and a clean and crisp taste. The pale malt and grassy hops perfectly complement the coriander and orange peel added to the brew. There's not much yeast present, and the wheat profile is subdued. Those impact the taste, making it a little less complex and a little more drinkable. Overall I'm impressed.

Sadly, the beer went by quickly. Just like the ladyfriend's visit. Guess I'll have to get more.

Beer. Not ladyfriends.

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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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Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a hazy orange body with a small white head. Aromas similar to Belgian witbier but differs slightly due to replacing Belgian with California yeast. Sweet wheats with a lot of camomile and touch of coriander carry beautifully from the nose to the palate. Smooth texture and herbal tea finish make it even more exciting. Good stuff!

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Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Here’s one I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed yet. Glad I checked.
This pours a clear gold with a cottony cap of white clouds.
The aroma has a pleasing orange-lemon-citrus note to it, and a hint of coriander.
Tastes clean and clear, with a refreshing quality. It’s a wheat beer? But with an English ale yeast? I liked it. Easy drinker.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast, pepper, and some other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat with some orange peel a touch of lemon zest and some coriander. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast, chamomile, and a bit of pepper come through. The finish is a mix of wheat, orange peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, and some other spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance and some nice flavor is added by the herbs and spices.

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Photo of japr88
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown unlabeled bottle (label attached via rubber band on a card with style and details written on the back) into a plain pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful, cloudy golden color with a decent bit of creamy white foam on top.

Smell: The fruity esters are very strong but pleasant, has a bit of a sweetness to the scent.

Taste: As the smell indicated, the fruit flavors are definitely strong, it almost tastes as though there were an orange slice added into the glass. The name "Orange Kush" is fitting, since the orange flavor is very prominent, but in a rather pleasant way, as the body still feels much like one would expect a standard witbier to. Smooth finish and a lingering fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a smooth feeling, very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: The lightness and slightly sweet flavor make this beer extremely pleasureful to drink one or two, though it doesn't seem like something that I would session.

Overall, the dominant orange flavor makes for an interesting and rather pleasurable twist on the witbier style. If you enjoy adding a slice of orange to your wit, you should give it a try for a nice fruity treat.

The yeast was at the bottom of the bottle and I was unable to suspend it all, which most likely effected the flavor. I would definitely try this beer again, hopefully from a fresher source.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, spice, herb, and citrus-like aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal, spice, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting earthy ingredient presence that comes through slightly better in the smell.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark orange-yellow colour with a filmy but fine white head. The colour is very dark for a witbier, but perhaps they didn't realise the Flemish translation of "wit". Hazy but not cloudy, not a great look for a witbier overall.

Nose is pleasant. Cinnamon bread on the nose, with decent orange blossom characters as well. Minimal spice apart from the sweet cinnamon. Fragrant and pleasant at least but missing some of the classic characters.

Taste is similar. Pleasant cinnamon sweetness, with a light citrus rind undertone. Light butter rounds out the palate with a smooth sweet finish. Very light feel, but the characters work OK with the thinness.

Not a bad brew, and quite pleasantly drinkable all up. Smooth and clear, with pleasant, if not classic characters. Worth a try.

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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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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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Photo of Kornoms
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Although it is a lighter colored beer it has a nice appearance to it, very opaque.

S: The smell is not very strong, but you get a very faint smell of spices.

T: The taste is a bit lighter than we thought it'd be. There is suppose to be coriander and chamomile, but we only get a faint taste of these flavors.

M: Good mouthfeel.

O: Overall a nice beer, light flavor, easy to drink.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10/16/2010. This witbier pours a very hazy yellow gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, orange, honey, and sweet with traces of chamomile. A medium to light bodied witbier. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange, coriander and chamomile. The hops are herbal. Decent carbonation. The chamomile flavors come through more as it warms. Some orange at the finish. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Radome
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a brandy snifter.

L - Had a slow-moving geyser of foam overflow the bottle as soon as I uncapped it. No smell or obvious infection, so perhaps it was overcarbonated from long aging with bottle-conditioning yeast? Light orange color (very dark for a witbier) and hazy. Head is huge, fluffy, and white. It lasted as a thick layer throughout the session.

S - Strong citrus aromas over wheat and bread from the grains. Light spice or herb note, but i can't identify the spice. Neither yeast nor alcohol contribute to the aromas.

T - Sharp orange flavor dominates with strong spice following. Low wheat in the background. Finish is fairly dry with a grainy aftertaste that may be from Pilsner malt.

F - Medium body. Fizzy but not overly strong carbonation (surprising after the geyser). Moderate hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - I find the sharp orange citrus and spices to be more assertive than a traditional wit, but it may have been the brewer's intention to show off the California ingredients, as the label states. Regardless, it is enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very light beer with nice pale amber color. Plenty of carbonation, fine bubbles give a decent mouthfeel, and the lacing is good. Sort of a pencil shavings hint. The chamomile is unmistakable both in the nose and in the taste. You keep smelling it when you breathe. Rather bitter. Give it some credit for plenty of flavor in a low-alcohol beer. Aftertaste is herbal, slightly medicinal. Seems well made but I can't get through a glass of it.

01/28/2013 update: This is now called "Golden State of Mind" in the 22 oz bottle. New label, new name, same beer. This one even has "Winter 2013" very prominently on the label.

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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 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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Photo of bonapartist1
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I was hoping for - the addition of chamomile to a witbier is both genius and obvious, but my bottle didn't really impress. Appearance was promising, golden and hazy, with a decent fermentation and good head formation/retention in my chouffe tulip.

Smell is promising, but no signs of the chamomile. Mouthfeel is pleasant and fits in a middle ground, but I have a problem. The taste has a certain, bready off flavor, almost a lagerish kind of note, which I didn't find welcome in the flavor profile. Would probably not purchase again at 4.95 a 22 with other wits to be had. I am completely willing to entertain the idea that I had a bad bottle and the chamomile didn't come through and the bready character was a fault.

BTW, it's called orange shush now because the orange kush was deemed to be a cannabis allusion by the ATF.

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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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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Dreadful taste. Can't even describe it... Laquer or turpentine maybe. Not funny. Not funny at all.

Looks good and the mouthfeel is right but this sucker is my first drain pour ever.

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