Hook & Ladder Golden Ale | Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)

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Hook & Ladder Golden AleHook & Ladder Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
Maryland, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cichief on 04-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 119
Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very nice golden color with a small off white head that disappeared very rapidly to a small ring that stayed with the beer throughout.

S- The aroma was nice , a little bit of hops and a little bit fruity.

T- It tasted like an old time ale. Not overpowering, again a little fruity with an aftertaste that really lingered.

M- Again was ok, a little creamy.

D- A perfectly drinkable beer. It went down easy, would have liked another.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a very clear appearance with some visible carbonation and a bright golden color. Its head is light and sudsy, bright white in color and fades out quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smell: Its aroma is mild and brings only a light hint of grain with very mild hops in the background.

Taste/Mouth feel: A simple but nice light grain flavor and a very mild wheat twang mixes with a good balance of bitterness from hops. The body is fairly light and highly drinkable with a thin texture and average carbonation.

Notes: Its overall appearance is a bit dull and its flavor was simple and light making it a nice summer time beer.

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Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of nem2006
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow-gold with good carbonation visible. There is a good head that fades a little and nice lacing was left on the glass.

The nose is sweet with a little orange.

The beer is light bodied, but fills the mouth. It is slightly sweet with a little orange hint to it. It is quite smooth without much hop finish.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a good golden color. Head stayed until first drink, was very similar to that of a pub ale.

S: Slight sweet, but dull smell. Overall, fairly apeasing.

T: For an ale, which is one of my favorite beers, this tends to be up top. The beer had a quality to be surprising each time, but yet something that I remembered.

M: The beer was somewhat syrupy in my mouth, but still left me wanting a bit more full feeling. I still feel that it is on par for other ales that I've had, but I wanted the taste in my mouth a bit longer.

D: I feel that this beer was something that I'd reach for on a regular basis. I was able to consume more than half the bottle without thinking about it, while still enjoying each drink.

Overall, I'd suggest this beer as a regular drinking beer for my friends, and to you as well. Best of luck in your findings, and as always, Cheers.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of far333
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw yellow colored with a thick foamof bright white head. A fine stream of bubbles rises up.

Very low aroma of creamed corn, some fruit and lemon.

Non-complex flavor of buttery, biscuity malt, a little doughey, some hints of corn and lemon.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Average to slightly above-average, all around. Not complex at all, okay to try once but I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comparing this one to the Backdraft Brown, this one is stellar. Overall a very solid golden ale, more interesting than your typical version. Appears a slightly hazed pale yellow golden body with a bright white foamy head, after dwindling minimal lace is left behind. Aroma has tart apples with a slightly grassy hop presnce with a mild refreshing citrus note. Pale malts provided a biscuit malt sweetness but those esters from the yeast are very nice. Flavor has a delicate yet flavorful approach that I really enjoyed with a slight green apple tartness with notes of herbal and citrus light but hoppy appeal, nice semi sweet balance acheived with the pale malt profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied even stream of carbonation very easy going and refreshing. Drinkability always good to get more outta of a beer than you were expecting especially out of a Blonde Ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a clear, coppery amber color and pours a creamy white head with fairly good retention and light lacing.
The smell is some light malts with a crisp apple on the nose. Perhaps pear? Hops were also present, though not heavily. Light grains are detected as well.
The malt and hops balance well. The crisp apple / pear melds with a light bicuity malt. Hops bitterness is light. There's even a little spiciness to the hops. Husky grains are present in the back.
The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Body is light to medium and carbonation is quite active.
Don't let the rating fool you. This one is worth a try.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another brewery/beer that pays homage to firefighter's, seems like a very popular thing to do these days. "A penny in every pint" says the lable. "For evey barrel we sell, we make a donation to a local burn foundation" Seems like a good cause. This was brewed by Mercury Brewing Co. out of Ipswich, MA.

A yellow golden color with only a slight haze, very fizzy with a one-finger, thick, smooth and dense head that dissipates slow to only minor lacing.

Musty scented spices over sour dough bread, wheat 'n grains with a semi-sweet,red berry scent and a pine-tree resin hop edge.

The flavor at first is a toasted sour dough malt that is quickly dominated by an sweet 'n sour, lager like yeast effect that throws off the balance a bit. A semi-sweet, red-berries hop flavor does it's best to bring back balance but the musty herbal yeast tends to pop back in the picture and finshes with a lager-esque tangy yeast flavor. This one tastes much like an Australian sparkling ale but a bit fruitier.

Feel is light and crisp but ends pretty smooth.

I can't say i really enjoy the overall effect due to the balance being askew with a dominating yeasiness.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow. White, 2 finger head. Average retention. The resulting lace hangs well and is somewhat clingy.

Smell - Grainy notes. Somewhat grassy.

Taste - Grainy malts and grassy hops. That's it, from start to finish. Fairly boring.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation is on par for the style.

Overall - There's nothing bad about this beer, but there's nothing great, either. Simple and straight forward. Drinks like a German pilsner.

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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden with a dissipating white head. Typical pale lager aroma. This has a decent amount of body and is not overly carbonated like it's peers. The maltiness has lots of sweet and pale wheat breadiness, with some hints of biscuit, and honey. Hopping rate is very low and puts this somewhat out of balance for my personal tastes. Short and clean finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lace.

S- The aroma is pale malt, wheat with some fruits and just a hint of hops.

T- The taste features some wheat malt and is a bit fruity with a very mild hop presence in the finish. Not overly complex by any means, but an easy drinker for sure.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This one is pretty damn drinkable. Not much flavor in this beer, but I could see myself easily consuming a few bottles in a sitting.

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Photo of tempest
1.95/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looks good enough with a light gold body with a little white head, but this beer reeks of plastic and cholorphenols. The flavor at least has some pale malted barley and wheat in the aftertaste, but plastic and cleaning chemical notes are way too strong. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, but the drinkability suffers from the flaws. If this beer was contract brewed for me, I'd be pissed. I haven't come across a beer flawed this badly in a long time. Avoid.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bconsidine
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wsunate
1.56/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The only redeeming value of this beer is that they donate 25 cents to a burn victim fund. Other than that, I just burned $5.50 on a disgusting, offensive tasting, flavorless beer. The lemon really is quite disgusting for this beer.

You really do get what you pay for. For two more dollars I'll take something local, something great.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. twist off into a pint glass, this beer pours a light golden in color with half an inch of soapy foam. Nice and clear in appearance with a steady carbonation to keep a thin surface cap and yield some decent temporary lacing.

Bit of orange on the nose along with a light and sweet hint of banana couple with a prominent maltiness. Nice hop notes after some warming and agitation

Light citric sweetness carries forward to the taste. Wheat is evident in the flavor though I was unable to pick it up in the smell. A touch of simple sweet fruitiness offers a decent finish which lingers briefly. A light bitterness on the finish is quickly quenched with a final bit of citrusy malt. Excessive warming does deter a bit as a bit of a metallic nature reveals itself.

Overall somewhat sweet and full bodied for the style, but an interesting take nonetheless.

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Gmann
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small but dense egg shell colored head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is sweet with grains and honey, some cookied veggie smell. Overall kind of odd. The taste is of cooked veggies, quite grainy, a stale grassy or tea hop bitterness can be detected towards the end. A jumble of off-putting flavors. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, finishes malty/grainy sweet. Not sure what they were going for with the brew. It seems to be a failed attempt at a Kolsch.

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Photo of jaredtp
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of philipquarles
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a surprisingly large, fluffy white head. Smells slightly grainy with some off-putting metallic notes. Pretty faint. The taste is similarly non-descript. Hints of malt, some slight tang from the wheat, but all-in-all, not a lot going on. Light-medium body. Unoffensive, but so characterless that one doesn't want to drink it.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts with a touch of citrus. Taste is light, mild, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Hook & Ladder Golden Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 154 ratings