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 MLasoski
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this golden ale into a pint glass, with a very minimal head. It looks a crisp, golden color but doesn't give off any special aroma. It is slightly hoppy, which I don't mind. It adds flavor and doesn't take away from its drinkability. It's actually somewhat refreshing for a non-light beer. I could probably enjoy a couple of these in the summer with no problem. Being this golden ale was my last beer from my variety pack I bought, it ended it on a good note. The Hook and Ladder Brewery is not bad at all, they brew up some good ones.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 .

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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 coalcracker
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold as advertised. Mildly carbonating. There does not appear to be much in the way of lacing.
Smell: An aroma of wheat is strongest here. Not much else.
Taste: Wheat predominates with a touch of balancing hops in the background. Taste actually gets a bit stronger through the middle of the taste, then drops off at the end. A little light in all.
Mouthfeel: Just a tad on the light side.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. refreshing with good taste.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with Aug 05 2008 stamped on bottle neck (barely visible). Poured into a Nonic pint glass. This is the first I've seen of this beer in Florida.

Appearance: deep golden colored body with a creamy small-bubbled white head with a multitude of lines of carbonation . The surface is constantly covered with a fine layer of foam. Very refreshing looking beer.

Smell: soft subtle scents of lightly toasted grains and faint smell of grassy hops in the background. I didn't get anything that resembles a pale wheat ale, according to the style given by BA.

Taste: flavors are sweet cereal grains and corn followed by a dry crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: generally on the lighter side of medium in body and well-balanced. There's a dry crisp finish with very complimentary carbonation.

Drinkability: all around easy drinking golden ale. Alcohol is barely detectable. I enjoyed this and will drink it again, but at about $8 a sixer, it's not that great a deal.

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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 smcolw
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer overflowed the bottle when opened--lost about an ounce. Relatively tame head after that, but it did last. Good lace. Very attractive light amber color. Crystal clear.

Mostly light malt aroma. Some hop (and cream) in the background.

Ah, some wheat shows up here although it is in the background. I'm reminded of a cream ale--lots of malt with some lactose sweetness. A good dose of hop that shows up in the swallow, but dies quickly. Probably the biggest negative is the over-carbonation, particularly for the style. The body is okay.

This is definitely a mixed bag. Worthy of trying, if you're not looking for a wheat-ish offering.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no ABV listing or freshness date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). This one's a clear golden color with a fluffy, two-finger head of off-white cream that fades at a moderate pace leaving a decent cap and some clingy lace. Mild precipitating carbonation. Not much on the nose, just a general bready scent with some malty-honey sweetness. In the mouth, the semi-sweet honey bread flavor carries through, neither overly sweet nor bitter. No real hops in evidence. Finishes clean and slightly sticky-sweet. On the tongue, a bit bubbly yet crisp, and definitely wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is good overall; it's a good all-purpose beer and certainly a step up from any macro.

Overall: Nothing special, but not bad, either. Definitely improves as it warms beyond fridge temp. I'd probably pass on this one again, but it's OK.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden in color with a thin head and nil lace. Smell of light sweet honey and some fruits. Taste has that same sweet honey maltiness with light hop followed by a crisp carbonation. Mouthfeel is light with good body. A mellow slightly sweet blonde ale, nothing complex just a easy drinker.

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