Peregrine Golden Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Peregrine Golden AlePeregrine Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden body capped by a frothy bright-white head that holds OK, drops to a creamy collar, and then leaves some minor lace. The aroma is quite unique with a very floral character from lightly spicy, grassy and citrusy hops above a hay-like, sweet and fruity maltiness that's almost wheaty. The body is medium and the carbonation is gently crisp on the tongue. It starts gently fruity (mild berries, some very light orange), reveals some lightly sweet and delicate malt as it crosses the palate, and then slips gently away with a mild drying bitterness. Some fruitiness lingers reminding you of what still waits in your glass. Really well balanced... no, exceptionally well balanced! I love that way that the citrusy hop flavors combine with the fruitiness of the fermentation. Well done! Quite interesting and refreshing. An exceptional summer quencher!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmaples
4.9/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am rating this as a golden ale. As compared to other goldens this beer is by far on the top of the heap. If you are nothing but a total hop-head or stout fiend the subtlety of this beautifully designed beer might be lost on you. As a golden it is not aggressive in any way but the flavors it does have are in perfect balance. It has a little malt presence, a perfectly accompanied bitterness, with a nice modest hop flavor. All in perfect balance.

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Photo of Mark
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very lager like appearance but then most golden ale is on the light colored side. As is typical of Mendocino's line, head is small and lace is minimal. Aroma was malty and slightly sweet. Taste profile leaned heavily towards the malt and had a grainy touch too. Lightly hopped and lightish body wise as well. While this beer might be unspectacular it is very drinkable, a warm weather quaffer for sure. For some reason I think this brewery just misses the boat. I want to like their stuff but it is pretty drab. Red Tail is probably their best.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. Mild ale with a slight hop flavor, nice malty taste. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp, not a lot of bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What is it with this style that doesn't give head. Don't you hate that?! This beer pours a lightly hazed very pale yellow with about 1/16" head that quickly leaves. The smell is a roasted malt and biscuit aroma with a slight twang. The taste reveals tangy roasted malt flavor with very light hops that have a small citrus tone and finishes very watery. This is a light bodied beer that finishes with a light sweet thinness.

Notes: At this point, I'm thinking that I'm not into this style and I don't see it ever happening. That said, this might go with a spicy dish because it so watery thin, it would put out the fire. That's about all the positives I can come up with. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured had a hazy golden hue to it. The smell of citrus and hop's dominated this beer. The taste of mild hops and a hint of citrus with a little spiciness was apparent. This golden ale had a smooth feel on the palate with a good smooth balance. Just feel short on the taste.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at the very back of my Fridge, with a Trader Joes price tag on. A long forgotten beer, that I think I picked up from the 'Singles/Broken Six Pack' part of their Beer Aisle.
Presentation of the Mendocino beers is always good; the labels are works of art in themselves. A Peregrine Falcon was a rare site in the UK, it appears the name is appropriate as it seems that this is also a rare beer as well – I note only one other person that has reviewed this beer, which is amazing. But then I read the label and it states that this beer, first introduced in 1983, was only previously available on draft at the Hopland Brewery, California’s first brewpub (their words not mine).
A huge frothy white foamy head overflows the glass as I poured the beer, and settles very slowly from 6” down to a more manageable 2”. I am also astounded at the color, a turbid murky pale yellow, that coupled with the large head gives this beer an uncanny resemblance to Hoegaarden Wheat Beer (or is my impending trip to Belgium ‘clouding’ my judgement?).
The nose has a lovely spicy fresh aroma, again very reminiscent of wheat beers. A light spritzy mouthfeel makes this an easy drinking beer. Hops and spices are evident at first with a soft mild sweetness in the middle, a citric bite with the classic hint of Cascade hops at the end. This beer is delicate, but refined, and needs to be handled with care. It would not couple well with strong tasting foods, and is really a thirst quenching beer best suited to those long hot Spring and Summer nights.
A Golden Ale, according to the label...
...I suppose it is, but certainly not in a ‘classic’ sense.
A Wheat Beer ?....
...looks, smells and drinks like one – so perhaps, well maybe!
Not one to stir things or confuse matters, I would diplomatically say, that it is a “Golden Wheat Beer”.
Either way, whatever it is classified as, it is a cracking highly quaffable, but subtle tasting beer that impresses me. If only I could get some more!!!

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent golden color, the head miniscule, the color white, the lace patchy. Nose has a nice floral aroma, underlying malt, citrus crisp and clean, quite nice to sniff. Start is sweet and malt laden the top middling in feel to the palate, finish has a moderate acidity, the hops pleasant in their spicy bite, aftertaste droughty, drinkable but there are much better “Pales/Golden Ales”.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok 12 oz brown longneck with a bad depiction of a Peregrine falcon on the label.
Pretty average looking golden ale..that is light golden colour, tiny white head, minimal lace.
The aroma is weird,maybe Im going crazy ( or nuts) but i detect roasted peanuts in the shell..salty strange.
Flavour is almost lager like again I get a faint taste of rosted peanut..sickly aftertaste.
Pretty average on the palate..aftertaste is not good though.
Not that drinkable..a bad Golden ale..not good at all..I have yet to have a good beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a nice golden color with a quickly disappearing head and very little lace. Also had a small amount of bubbles ascending.
Smelled mainly of spices and citrus.
Taste was quite good. Fruity, citrus at the start with a nice hoppy bite at the end.
The Peregrine's mouthfeel was crisp, clean, and very refreshing. It's not got a huge ABV so it's great for a couple on a hot summer day. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of gnaussea
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly golden in color, clear, with a mild white head that settles moderately. Smell has a light malty character with cascade hops at the nose. Taste is much the same. Not all too much to say about this beer. A simple, but good, drinking beer. Not all too interesting.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a modest, white head.

Smell – The nasty American grain is offset by a soft sweetness of some kind.

Taste – Ugh! The “soft sweetness” turned into rotten Gummi Bears and the grain is just horrid.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel isn’t too bad here. It is light, of course, with some decent carbonation.

Sinkability – Sorry, I can’t stomach this one.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Pours out golden yellow with a fizzy, like-it-was-just-poured-from-a-soda-fountain, head.
Head quickly dissapates and leaves little to no lace.
Aroma is pretty non-descript. grainy malt, slightly grassy.
Flavor is much the same. Bland lager.
You could keep a sixer of this in the fridge for your mooching, BMC drinking friends

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.34/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow-amber with a small, slightly dingy, white head that is diminishing rapidly despite the vigorous carbonation in the beer beneath. The foam lacks any substance whatsoever and is now nearly gone. It leaves the glass as lace-free as if the inner surface was coated with Teflon. I hate to say it, but this beer's appearance is scarily similar to some of the macro lagers that have entered my pint glass.

Big comeback in the aroma department. Still though, the nose is incredibly muted and isn't all that interesting. In terms of specifics, it's lightly fruity with the barest hint of hops. The label says "100% Cascade", but I would never have guessed.

Lackluster and insipid are words that come immediately to mind after tasting this blonde ale. Peregrine Golden is way too light and way too fizzy with very little flavor. Is it possible to brew a malt-free beer? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see 'low carb' on the label. No malt flavor, no sweetness, no substance. No thanks.

Like the nose, the only thing present is a teensy bit of fruity (weak lemon) hoppiness. Again though, I can't appreciate Cascade for the life of me. Maybe they waved the hops over the brew kettle a few times. The beer is slightly sour; understandable since sweet and bitter missed their wake-up call. The mouthfeel is ultra-thin with a specific gravity that feels barely greater than water.

I haven't been too thrilled with Mendocino beer in the past, but I don't recall any that were as uninspiring as this. This beer's biggest fault is a simple lack of ingredients. Don't bother. Peregrine is more like a ratty old pigeon that has lost the will to fly.

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Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colored ale with a skimpy head.

Smell is a little fruity yeast and some light biscuit malt scent and that is about it.

Taste is quite a lot of light malt and an OK balancing bitterness. Not much more to this one.

Mouthfeel is Average.

An OK drinking beer but this just isn't that great. Leave this on the shelf and get any of the other Mendocino brewing beers.

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Photo of KoG
4.37/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden body adorned with a slightly fizzy white head. Little lacing on the glass but a ring stays on top the whole time.

Smell is a bit fruity on top of light malt and some light flowery hops. Nice and subtle.

Taste is very nice. Slight fruityness with some pretty good malt strength. Slight hop bitterness can be found on the end.

Goes down very smooth and at 4% ABV a session can be easily obtained.

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Photo of rowew
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with an ornate label with a handdrawn Peregrine falcon. 100 % cascade hops.

Appearance: Pours golden with a slight haze, and a thin head. Slightly bubbly. Head fades quickly.

Smell: Aroma is slightly salty? Smells like beer nuts, with just a hint of hops. Definitely a bit strange, but not unappealing.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me about this beer is the carbonation level - way too much. This tastes more like a wheat than a blonde to me.

Overall impression: Not bad, but not one I'll be seeking out again. It's a bit of a strange combination.

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Photo of russpowell
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poors nice clear and light golden with a fluffy white head leaving an immpressive ring chasing the beer down the glass.

Citrus-like smell of hops and grass is faint.

Godd bitter taste of hops on the tip and back of the tounge. Not a lot of maltiness, but a good summer-time refresher.

Liked (didn't love) the spicy hops and prickliness. Not a big fan of the "blonde" style, but better then most

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Photo of Wasatch
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazing golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/hoppy, slight citrus, some spicy tones, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew for a good price.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The usual fizzy head that falls to nothing. Golden and highly filtered appearance.

Grassy, light malts, cascade hops in the smell

Tastes like it smells, although the hops are a bit crisper than I was expecting. Watered mouthfeel, mellow carbonation. This is built for drinking in rapid succession

This is your run of the mill golden ale/blonde ale and just a blip on the radar screen of a fine brewery. Don't get me wrong I'd session this puppy in a heartbeat if it was offered, just not something I'll pursue.

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Photo of VinylHanger
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was inny meanny minny moed by my daughter for me to try. I am trying to teach her that beer is an art form in it's own way. Of course she still has about 15 years before she can sample it. There was no freshness date I could find.

I poured it into my favorite Pils glass and was astonished at how quickly the head disappeared. As little foam as it had, it disappeared in about the time it took to pour it, this worried me a bit, though the glass was fresh washed and not totally dry, maybe this affected it a bit. The color was a pale milky gold, I couldn't see my fingers across the glass. One spot of bubbles rising. I was afraid I was in for a klunker. There is no one overwhelming smell to be had, though as it warms it is giving off a nice fruit liquor smell, very pleasant and light, not overwhelming at all.

As for taste, it is light and refreshing, I can't really find anything that stands out about it, but it is really enjoyable. A good summer beer, or it would be a great cookout beer with friends. The chewy, full bodied mouth feel was nice as well.

I'll buy this one again for sure. It is totally drinkable though a bit on the watery side. Refreshing would be the word.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I must say it has one of the coolest looking labels and when poured it is an almost clear golden color with minimal white head and lacing .

Smell: Grassy and herbal with mostly dominant citrus scents.

Taste: Sweet malt and spicey hops complimented by a subtle orange and lemony flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with crisp carbonation and clean aftertaste

Drinkability: I thought this was a decent buy and will try again.

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Photo of stephendr
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull gold murky appearance – white head however, the head does not last long– nose is malts, slight bananas, grassy, caramel– medium body – initial taste is sweet then turns acidic, and malt- aftertaste is medium with a creamy, acidic and bitter chocolate

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.. Nice play on the palate and a decent hoppy aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor

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Photo of JBogan
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear light golden color. Not much at all in the way of a head and no lacing.

Mostly earthy-grassy scent with a bit of citrus in there also.

Taste is pleasant but nothing amazing going on here. Citrus came to the fore, and alcohol was present also. Not a complex brew by any means.

This is a smooth drinking beer with slightly below average carbonation. It's easy to have a few of these at one sitting but afterwards doesn't leave you with any distinct pleasing memories. Better than your average macro but overall it's probably not one I'd seek out in the future.

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Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 28 ratings