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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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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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 puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on May 6, 2009.

A - A glittering gold with good clarity and a moderate half-finger off-white foamy head that lingers for most of the tasting. SOme positive lacing.

S - Wheaty and grassy with a slightly hoppy boost and fairly pleasant overall.

T/M - The mouthfeel leans medium and smooth on the inner mouth. The taste has a good balance of wheat, hops, and distant malts.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark golden color. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles. Spotty bubbly carbonation remains on the surface. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Decent dispersal of lacing remains.

S: Grass, hay, and a cornucopia of malts and grains. Kind of a sweet, buttery bread. . . but subtly put together.

T: Light, sweet malty flavor. A little piny, but very subtle. Light hoppy flavor.

M: Light, refreshing. Has a full palette, and a dull slightly rubbery aftertaste. Maybe a bit too carbonated, also.

D: Pretty good. Again, light body, nice balance of grains, aftertaste is okay but fades quickly if you're offended by it anyway.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Solid appearance, really pleasing nose with a nice mix of grains. Solid flavor. Light and malty, a little sweet, mild hops. Overall, pretty good quaff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had little to no head and left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and mild floral notes.

T - It had a sweet caramel flavor with a toasty malt flavor. It had a very, very mild spicy hop bite to balance it out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light bodied ale that is very sessionable.

D - This is a nice blonde ale. It is refreshing and easy drinking.

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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 hustlesworth
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- crystal clear dark golden color. eggshell colored foam looks nice for a second but quickly shrinks down to a thin haze. no lace.

S- fruity and grainy, very aromatic wheat here, like italian bread, citrus and pear in the background. slight earthy hop. a bit of peppery spice.

T- fruity, wheaty just like the aroma. some lemony citrus, white pepper, but very toasty and malt flavored. barley & wheat. bready & biscuity. some mild earthy hop flavors goin on too.

MF- just under medium bodied, with the feeling of wheat protein. medium carbonation and slightly filmy.

D- crisp and refreshing when cold, a bit cardboardy when it warms.

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

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring 08 Long Island Craft Beer Festival.

A: Respectable enough with a light gold body with a little white head.

S: Not much beyond plastic and other unsavory chemicals.

T: Mile pale malted barley and wheat in the aftertaste, but again chemical notes were way too strong.

M: Crisp and light

D: Poor, skip it unless they brewed a bad batch for the festival. Guy serving seemed uninterested.

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Photo of lvbs
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A "clean" beer with "no aftertaste" like many of the lesser goldens, this beer was a fine beer for a hot day, which appears to be all that H&L set out to make. Still, for an unambitious easy drinking beer, it was remarkably enjoyable even by those of us who aren't big light beer fans.

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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.

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Photo of riversider76
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head. Very good retention,and a nice lacing. Aroma is malty and creamy. Body is medium with a good amout of carbonation. Taste is not like the usual wheat. Some honey,and malt with a bit of hops in the finish. Very creamy. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, Golden Ale pours a heavy head; but it sinks quickly, evaporating into a thin white wafer-like top - without discernable lacing. A faint nose of butter essence. The glass contains a wheat colored liquid with minimal clarity and zero carbonation bubbles.

The first sip surprises; it's more like a lager than an ale, "Golden" or otherwise. No hops, little body but a fine crispy mouthfeel. It is an average session quaff, but nothing unique.

There is a tinny aftertaste to this one. Not great; but not bad. But unlike, the previous reveiwer, I would NOT pour it down the drain - it ain't a Bud.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler pint. No visible date on the bottle.

A - Clear gold that pours out highly effervescent with a one-finger loosely packed off-white head. The action goes down quickly as the fizz and head recede to a ring with no lacing.

S - Sweet honey overlaps crystal malts and a grainy aroma. There is a kiss of hops on the nose but nothing impressive. Faded into the background is a dry straw huskiness.

T - The lack of hops on the aroma is immediately made up for in the flavor. It's subtle noble hop flavor rounds out the sweet honey and maltiness with background grains. Not bad in flavor, a bit above average.

M - Smooth and slick on the mouthfeel, it has a crisp finish to it but it's not outstanding in any way.

D - I wouldn't have been too disappointed had I purchased a six pack of this beer. It really is a daily drinker much like a Miller Lite but a bit more flavorful. Not shabby but don't expect to get hooked.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color with a decent head that disappates quickly. Typical looking golden color.
S- Smells clean. sweet and bready, but very subdued.
T- pretty simple. sweet dough. faint taste. not much going on here, but not bad.
M- Good carbonation and substantial body.
D- Light body and plenty sessionable.
It's not a terrible beer, but there isn't much going on. Simple and good, but there's nothing special or extraordinary about the beer.

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Photo of rmmm16
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber. Decent head, but does not remain long. Leaves almost no lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of cranberry, almost. Taste is not as sweet or fruity as the smell, a good balance between malt and hop. Finish is mildly bitter and lingers for a moment. This sixer is not as fresh as ones I have had in the past (Bought at a Kroger, my fault). Overall it is just a decent beer, good for a hot day, or with a pizza, but not much more than that.

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Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale malt scent along with some light esters. The taste is average. It has a very dry, malty flavor that boasts of pale malts and not much else. It does have a bit of sweetness, but little complexity to speak of. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent beer, but nothing to get excited about. It's very dry and light on the malt palate.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle: the color is a golden amber topped by a one finger white head. Lacing is minimal.

The aroma is hard to pinpoint, but, I detect some peach, apple and flowers. The taste is caramel apple, sweet and tart. There is a small hop bitterness. There is some graininess to the taste too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. So so overall.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden honey colored, wispy head.
Not impressed with the smell, it reminds me of mildew. Not repulsively odiferous, I had to take a deep whiff to make that observation.
I like the taste, slightly malty. Not bad, not great, but overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 12 oz. glass. Deep golden color with a 1" white head which quickly withdraws. Some moderate lacing and a nice film head persists.

S- Definite malt presence which is a bit on the sweet side.

T- Fairly well-balanced with malt dominating early and some minor hops bite in the finish, which makes it somewhat drying.

MF- MF is ok, with moderate carbonation, pretty full for the style.

D- Overall not a bad beer. Nothing special, but no significant flaws are present. Not a bad session beer if you are not looking for anything special. This is a good transition beer for the macro drinker who wants to embark into the "real" beer world. All of the H&L beers I have sampled fall into this category, IMO.


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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very light and fresh aroma. Very mild fruity, wheat beer smell. A bit of hops sneaks through as it warms.

Tastes like it smells. Fresh and light, fruity wheat flavor. Just a touch of hops, very mild bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Light body, mild carbonation.

Very easy to drink. Equally as easy to forget.

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Photo of flexabull
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are pretty faint. Kind of sweet, bready, and creamy. There is also a dusty note as well.

Taste is pretty clean and simple. Soft malty flavors, kind of sweet, creamy, and dough like. Finish is pretty fleeting, with not much in the way of hops. Just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is actually fairly good. Well carbonated, and with a nice full feeling.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty decent golden ale. It's fairly mild, but also refreshing.

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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

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

The second of the three beers that are now offered in Lexington from the brewery. BeerAdvocate have five beers listed from this brewery. I just finished the Lighter and now drinking the Golden. You'd think that they would go out on that limb a bit.

This beer does fare better than the Lighter. It begins with a stronger straw color with some golden highlights. The same formitable head, retainage, and lacing gives the beer a lot of promise, as they did in the Lighter.

Aromas start with a caramel, butterscotch character that fades as the session continues. A part-malt, part-grain blend gives good balance to the nose. A little corn-like later, but no fruitiness to mention in the nose.

Flavors of caramel-corn candies sets the tone for the beer. Malt flavors are light and allows grain flavors to persist too much. Again, no fruitiness or hop flavor. Honey-like flavors come thorough at mid-palate and helps to move the beer along.

Slick textures throughout, which compromises the would-be crisp, dry, malt character-- too bad. Still a light grain-like bite over-rides the hop bitterness and causes yet more distractions.

This beer has some of the same off-flavors as the Lighter, but also delivers a diacetyl character that dominates the beer-- sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. It's worth a try...once or twice. But not a drain-pour by any means.

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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.

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