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

154 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by cichief on 04-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of HarmonMW
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rah1734bones
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of smakawhat
2.24/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Are you drinking a Blonde Ale? Yeah you are.. at least you didn't buy it, ok what's this all about, into a nonic pint glass to go.

A slightly hazy pale amber yellow, lots of carbonation. Head is shocking white, foamy, seems to fall slowly. Pour makes a lot of noise and snapping. Cap manages to keep for a short while.

Bouquet is rank. Smells like bile and vomit, not pleasant at all. Gross. I am trying to find something at least worthy, and I get nearly nothing.

Taste is very lacking. No malt presence, hop, chewiness, density, horrific aftertaste highlighting the nose nicely. Slightly numbing in the aftertaste and even grainy sour. Borderline wet, but with a little bit of seltzery feel.

There is nothing to enjoy here for me.

 737 characters

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of LDemarais
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours aclear gold with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is fruity with hints of vanilla, dough, and honey. The flavor has lemon, cream soda, honey, and hay notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium and dry in the finish. Hook And Ladder Golden Ale is a good beer, recommended.

 284 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yep for sure. Head was kind of a half to quarter inch, small but with some creamy lacing.

S - Smells of a typical blonde, I get some lemon grass, little hops, and sweet malts.

T - Not too bad actually but it might be too sweet for some. Slight bit of grains followed by honey sweetness and a finish with some watery hops.

M - Light to medium, kind of watery.

Overall I thought this one was good better than Boulders "Sweaty Betty" but I can't seem to think of a reason to get it again. Kind of refreshing though.

 529 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never had anything from these blokes so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Served in a shaker pint because I had one handy.

Beer is amber, light, mild haze, lazy thin head of small white bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine to good.

Aroma is grainy and sweet, pretty floral, smells fine.

Beer is medium in body, a little bitter, sweet up front, grainy finish. Eh, it is probably too sweet, heavier than expected, too grainy, too much of an aftertaste, not a drain pour but an average ale for sure.

 510 characters

Photo of joefuzz
2.32/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twist off 12oz poured into pint glass.

Pours golden orange with almost no head, no lacing. Smells of bananna but not really picking up anything else. Tastes slightly fruity with a small amount of malt coming through, not impressed. Mouthfeel is pretty much what I expected for the style. Overall not impressed at all probably won't be seeking this one out again.

 363 characters

Photo of antlerwrestler19
2.45/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured light golden yellow, very clear, with a very small head that disappeared quickly - no lacing. The smell is funky like lemon or orange zest that has been left out awhile with a mellow malt bill and no hop aroma. Flavor follows aroma pretty well - it has an almost funky yeast product coming out that I cannot pinpoint - not good but not bad. The mouthfeel is pretty light - almost too easy to drink down without a whole lot of enjoyment. I would choose this beer over bud light or the like if need be but I was given this beer to me by my father and don't really feel the need to buy more on my next visit to MN.


 626 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hook & Ladder Golden Ale

Crystal clear golden yellow with a small white head and some lace down the side of the glass. Aroma is biscuity malt and light euro hops. In the taste, lightly malty and creamy. Pretty drinkable blonde. easy simple but a bit plain. Light bodied feel, low carbonation, clean finish. Overall, a nice simple summer beer here, nothing more nothing less.

 375 characters

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pale yellow, with only a nominal head and a traces of carb beading
S: light, malty; an ever-so-light hint of macro stench
T: very malty, little hops; lemons, pears at the outset, dwindling into bread/yeast

very drinkable beer, ideally on hot summer days; this beer won't offend too many people

 297 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hook and Ladder Golden Ale has a medium to thick, off-white head and a hazy, amber appearance, with lots of active carbonation and a decent amount of initial lacing. The aroma is of over-ripe citrus and lightly-roasted malts, and the taste is predominately citrus with some maltiness and a subdued hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, and Hook and Ladder Golden Ale finishes fairly refreshing and semi-dry to wet. Overall, this is an okay beer, and I'd rate it higher if it didn't have that sort of spoiled smell.


 516 characters

Photo of Staab016
2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - cloudy and golden with an average head. There was little to no lacing on the glass

S - The first sniff of the beer was confusing, and I wasn't able to tell if I liked the smell or not. I was able to able to pin down a lemon scent but there was an unappealing malty/sweet scent that was overwhelming.

T - Taste didn't blow my mind, but wasn't terrible either. Definitly a super malty beer with little to no hops at all. The lemon was again apparent, and more pleasing than it was in the nose.

M - Watery and thin. Picking up flavors was difficult due to how quickly this beer was gone.

D - I had one and moved on... There's still more in my fridge that will probably be saved for a friend to review.

 744 characters

Photo of hdf561
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appaerance was hard to decifer as it was drank out of a bottle, but it looked golden in color.

Smelled just ok, hard to determine ingredients

Tasted good, but a little harsh

Very harsh after taste, but not offensive

Very heavy beer for me, took a 6 pack to a race and had to switch over. Its an ok beer that supports my profession and a good cause, so I drink a few when I find them, this is not a party or tailgating beer though.

 436 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden color pour with a short lasting, two finger fizzy white head, leaving some spotty lacing, light carbonation . Aroma is of light pear skins, corn and herbs . Flavor is slightly fruity, like apple or pears, corn bread and a little cereal at the end . Light body with a smooth clean mouthfeel, short fruity finish, quite sessionable and an easy drinker.

 365 characters

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.

 560 characters

Hook & Ladder Golden Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
3.15 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.