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

Hook & Ladder Golden AleHook & Ladder Golden Ale
154 Ratings
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.

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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 amstokesdb9
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bconsidine
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 DaveMiller
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rabbitguy
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Once again, thanks to chaz over at realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. This ale appears a clear bright straw yellow color with about a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are reminiscent of earthy grassy mildly bitter hops, lightly toasted bread, slightly fruity (think pear). At the least, this ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth a try, I suppose.

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

Dark golden body with moderate amounts of carbonation streaming up to the thin ivory white cap. Aroma is lemongrass, hay and something just a little funky. No funkiness on the palate though. But there is a distinct earthy feel to it. Malt base is substantial enough for a golden ale and the hops are here only in a ghostly way. Little bit of an apple flavor. This is not bad, just not that good either.

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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 thain709
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a copper body...I don't know if it was the lighting but this is not "blonde"...a white foamy head that settled into a spotty ring...some lacing

S - Lacking here...some earthy notes along with some sweet bread aromas

T - Lacking here as well...I'm getting a lot of bready flavors coming through...not yeast but sweet bread as I described in the nose...other sweet notes are toffee/caramel flavored malts...the earthy flavor isn't there as it is in the nose...I was expecting a little hop bitterness...but was left hanging

M - Medium bodied...surprisingly smooth and crisp

D - Not one of my favorites...but with this "Penny for a Pint" thing they have going why not drink to support firefighters!

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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.


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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
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