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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.44/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Artwork is relatively basic. Pours pale yellow and settles a lighter amber in the glass. Little to no carbonation and a massive, frothy head.

Smell - Smells light and crisp. Mouth-watering in a hydrating sense.

Taste - Creamy, crisp, light, and refreshing. They balance the flavors with the refreshment just right here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean, very clean. Perfect in this sense.

Drinkability - Perfect drinkability here.

Very impressive, simple, and done right. A lot of people don't understand that this kind of ale doesn't need to be hearty and even necessarily full of flavor, it's supposed to be light.

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Photo of JoKo
4.13/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright clear golden color with a white frothy head. The carbonation is very high.

Smell: Some pale malts, not getting much in the nose.

Taste: Malts up front, very little hop presence. The taste is reminiscent of a wheat ale. Nothing too complex with this brew.

Mouthfeel: The beer lingers around on the palate after each sip, it is light in body.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, good summer styled beer. Overall, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of Risser09
4.12/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a zotten glass - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow color with lots of active carbonation. The head is 1" tall, white in color, and shows decent retention. The head is quite cakey with no lace left behind.

Smell: A strong cereal grain aroma is sweet and nutty at the same time. Almond, pecan and brazil nuts combine with very fresh pale malt sugar. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Excellent grain flavor includes nutty Munich malt and a little bit of hop bitterness. Almond and even peanuts explain the taste sensations that are coming from this beer. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Delicious malt with a medium, smooth body. Ample sweetness and a tad bitter, this beer has a distinct grain flavor. Good carbonation, too.

Drinkability: Excellent. I did not expect much from this beer, but was well surprised. A very tasty beer that could be consumed in sessions. Nice.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I guess I thought more of this than some others did. Tried on tap at Hard Times in Germantown over a steaming Cincinnati Chilicheeseburger. I know, heart attack on a plate. But the beer was great. Served in the tall (20 oz) tapered glass with a nice foamy head and a deep, shimmering gold color. Smell was immediately subtle, fruity hops and fermented malt ("beer") in the nose. Actually very appetizing, as if saying "Drink me!" Body was moderate, which said immediately "craft brew." And the taste did not disappoint. Almost all malt--rich, smooth (from the wheat) malt--right to the last drop. Others at the table were equally impressed. One suggested it would be a fantastic session beer, though the moderate body and craft-brew price would prevent it from being a "binge" beer (which is OK by me). By the way, H&L products now available in bottles. This one is OK (though definitely not as good) in the bottle.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this to style, not going to compare it to iipas or impy stouts...

Got a mixed variety case of this from the local second-tier grocery store (An Aldi-type place with either expired or generic food...tough econony and all...)

Started with this one, the lightest, which poured a crystal clear lager-looking golden amber.

Aroma is mild, as per the style, with some malty grain character. Nothing off or unappealing here.

It's got a decent sweetness from the malt, and a good slight bitterness to bring it right into balance. Finish is smooth, drinkability is supurb.

A well made beer, clear and crisp, it's true to style and after brew1, im glad I paid $7 for this 12pack!!! bring on the next one!

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of GinDC
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. The pour is a slightly-hazed golden color with a really tall white head that persists for quite some time and leaves oodles of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose isn't too much, but is much better than the majority of blonde ales that I've had. Some light grain and bread plus a touch of fruit. The taste is a bit more plain with a bread-like character. The feel is really nice with a good body and carbonation level. Nice and sessionable. For what this is and against its competition, I really enjoy it.

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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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Photo of MS2k
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and golden with a frothy white head. Decent retention, sleek lacing.
S: Sweet and wheaty. Hints of pear, possibly some apple. Honey.
T: Very wheaty, with a solid toasty malt taste and only some hops bitterness. Also a slight apple-like fruitiness.
M: Has some weight to it. I'd say medium-bodied, but smooth. Nice carbonation makes this a crisp and refreshing ale.
D: Gone before I finished this review. Excellent in the afternoon, and a very sessionable beer. Quenches thirst and tastes great. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Medium golden color with nice white head and heavy lacing.

S: Mostly a mild malt sweetness with a faint citrus hop scent.

T&M: Medium bodied with nice medium carbonation. Like its smell the ale is mostly malty with very mild hop bitterness. Nice flavor, nothing extra special but very good for a golden ale. Finishes with a more sweet malty note, almost fruity in character.

I am not a fan of golden ales, but this is one of the best I've ever had from an American brewer. Not sure if there is inconsistency in brew batches from looking at other reviews, but it is definitely worth a try AND the proceeds go to a good cause.

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Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger off white head that holds fairly well with some good lacing on the glass. nose is the weak point mostly wheat and yeast with a small hint of spice. taste is bready, wheat malt, with a slight tang from the yeast on the finish. light to medium body and carbonation ok. not special but a good wheat beer just the same i would buy it again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hannaford in Gardiner. Pours a hazy golden body with a half inch of whiteish head. Smells biscuity and citrusy with a slight hint of DMS. Tastes biscuity and sweet with a fair amount of lemony citrus, and a hint of pith toward the finish. Light to medium in mouthfeel with plentiful carbonation help make this one an easy drinker. Spot on for the style, and one of the best examples of it I've had. Little wrong with this one, and a good one for a hot summer day, I'd think.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: 0.5L German glass, cellar temp
Aroma: Light maltiness, very little on the aroma.
Appearance: beautiful creamy-white, four-finger head. Clear, golden-yellow in color.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-full body. Light carbonation.
Taste: Very clean. Nice maltiness balanced with earthy hops. Biscuity notes.
Drinkability: Flavorful and very drinkable. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.82/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light gold beer yields an airy, white head which is ~1 finger thick. Retention and lacing are both minimal, as only a very thin rim remains near the edges at the top of the brew throughout the course of the tasting. I see minimal rising carbonation, too.

There's nothing too complex here. It smells like a biscuity malt with a hint of grain and light citrus. I also detect a bit of yeast and hops, but no strong spices.

The malt is fairly astringent, with biscuity notes and a hint of lemon. Subtle hopiness becomes apparent towards the end of the tasting. The balance is pretty good, and any taste of alcohol is well-hidden.

This might sound odd, but the beer is a bit heavier than it "looks." There's minimal dryness, and a subtle crispiness imparted by the hops. It's of medium body, so it's not too dense.

Good balance makes this a very drinkable beer. Minimal alcohol flavor and a nice aftertaste make imbibing quite enjoyable.

Though it's not too sightly, this is a fairly good beer. Even though the taste wasn't exceptional, it definitely wasn't offensive. So, this beer isn't too generic, but it isn't of exquisite quality, either. I also enjoyed the balance and mouthfeel, as reflected in my rating. Again, it's good but not great; I might not go out of my way to drink this beer again, but I most certainly wouldn't refuse it if offered to me.

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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 Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A-Golden and clear. Two finger head rises and settles leaving spotty lacing.

S-Interesting....Citrus and sweet malts hit the nose first. The yeast and some other fruity aromas are in the background.

T/M-Refreshing...The malts hit you first and they come off as an apple and caramel flavor. The hops have a small presence at the end giving it a good citrusy taste. I can see drinking this beer after I have mowed the lawn.

Overall this beer is a good refreshing summer beer. Pick a six pack up. It won't knock your socks off, but you won't be disappointed.


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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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