Golden State Of Mind | Ale Industries

Golden State Of MindGolden State Of Mind
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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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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 20
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1.56/5  rDev -54.1%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
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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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bonapartist1
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
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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2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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 JupiterJesus
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Radome
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3.23/5  rDev -5%
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 Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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Golden State Of Mind from Ale Industries
Beer rating: 37.3% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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