Guinness Golden Ale
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Guinness Ltd.
English Pale Ale
Ranked #194
Ranked #29,394
3.29 | pDev: 18.24%
Mar 13, 2022
Apr 12, 2015
Guinness Golden AleGuinness Golden Ale
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Ratings by Darkbeerlover0:
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Rated by Darkbeerlover0

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 13, 2022
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Rated: 3.75 by izraelc from New York

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
500 ml bottle, from a corner shop in London. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden colour, large white head. Malty and biscuity aroma. Smooth and malty flavour, but unfortunately nearly void of hops.
May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by up4dabah

3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It's a very easy to drink ale. I think it's good as a thirst quencher on a Summer's day. Does lack a bit of character due to the lack of bit and aftertaste but sometimes that is welcome! This is a beer that I've bought many a time!
Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by VicCooper from Ireland

2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
One of Guinness' not-a-stout products. Under their Open Gate Brewery label they seem to explore new territories and in fairness, quite successfully. (Recently I've been offered a standard Guinness Draught, it's dreary. Of course, if you like brown water...)

Top: it forms a generous (1" plus) white head and it lasts quite long.

Colour: well, I may be colourblind, but this is not gold by my definitions. It's borderline red ale territory, if we must name a metal which its colour resembles, the answer is copper.

Smell: malty, biscuit notes wrapped into a strong, forgotten wet mop smell. A very thin grapefruit aroma at the background. Not pleasant at all.

Taste: once you fought your way through the unpleasant smells, actually it tastes quite alright. Unfortunately smelling and tasting are connected, so you can guess, it's rather hard to focus on the taste alone.

It doesn't feel as watery as their standard stouts or their milk stout, at least this one has medium body. Carbonation is just enough. The balance is off towards malty tones rather than the hop side. Sweet notes behind (maybe a bit of caramel malts?).

Summary: it could've been a good ( not great or excellent) ale, but the smell completely killed the experience. I will not try this again. That being said, rather this than a Heineken...

The Guinness Rye Pale Ale was million miles better. It's not available anymore, tho... bring it back!!!
Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
L- Pale chestnut. 1Cm white pillowy head, cleard to lacing.
S- This is my 3rd/4th beer tonight and alas I get no smell from this beer [>2.5]
T- Mild in flavout, indistinct. Quite dry.
M-Gassy . Quite dry.
O- Very forgettable; I've no reason to even remember this beer never mind buy it again.
500ml bottle. BB 26/8/19
Feb 23, 2019
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Rated by th51 from England

5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Deliciously smooth, caramel-coloured, malty flavour, despite the name. The archetypal 'amber liquid'.
Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.01 by jbclib7285 from Georgia

Sep 18, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Puuchased in Dublin. Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is wheat, mineral, and pale malt. Light bodied, sweet, moderate carbonation. Makes for a nice and light, clean sessionable ale.
Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 2.25 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 3.19 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by DerekP from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.35 by MikeGray from Ohio

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2017
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12/12/17 impression from a bottle:

More amber than golden in malt character, to be fair. Pretty unremarkable fare.

Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by degarmot from Scotland

Nov 07, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/6/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of caramel, plum, apricot, apple, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of caramel, plum, apricot, apple, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, woody, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel/fruit, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Fairly clean finishing. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a good standard English pale ale. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Clean bready English malt flavors; with restrained hop and yeast presence. Fits the English pale ale style perfectly fine, but comes off underwhelming. Slight touch of diacetyl noticed after I finished the glass, but well within style limits. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by keeganfrank from Ohio

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Oct 10, 2017
Rated: 3.23 by Verasong from Illinois

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.38 by Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 3.32 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by briandschorr from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A good, but not the best, beer from Guinness Ltd. Pours a dark golden color. The flavors follow the nose. Mild honey with hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and there is medium carbonation. This is close to an IPA but not quite. Fairly dry, with a subtle bitterness. Not bad overall but not something I would select again.
Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Commandophile from Illinois

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This golden ale pours a medium amber color with a
decent head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and showcases light lacing.
Nose of subtle grains, light English style yeast notes, and a hint of sweet malts. Flavors follow the
nose with light exception giving way to mild honey malts and medium grain notes and a medium
hop bitterness. Light mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a clean grain touched finish.

Overall, not much of a golden ale in color and flavor and not much more than a thirst quencher.
This is a shame really, the rye was so nice. Fine for a primer brew after mowing the lawn, other than that
it is pretty lack luster to bear the name Guinness.
Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.38 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by VictoriaTyagunova from Ireland

May 23, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours golden yellow/amber with minor head and light lacing. Smells very mild, light hops, grain, sweetness. The taste is not bad but again missing a lot of flavor. A dry mild hops with some grain mixed in, carbonated, and minor sweetness. The finish is mild and light. Overall a beer that if given more work could be good but it came up flat and boring to be honest. I just don't get the whole side project that seems to focus on ZERO flavor, really disappointed with Guinness.
Apr 29, 2017
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2017. Picked up recently from B&M. I take this to be an attempt to broaden Guinness' customer base.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-amber colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before settling as a patchy surface layer. Darker than expected.

S: Aroma of ale yeast and light malt, with hints of mild grain, subtle stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard in the background. Bland.

T: Tastes of pale malt and yeast, with notes of stewed leaves, faint grain, ale yeast and a vaguely acrid hint of cardboard on the finish. Fairly dry, with a subtle bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of mild grainy malt, faint yeast and cardboard.

O: Meh - pretty dull fare. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are mild and bland with subtle off-notes. Body is decent for the strength. Total lack of charisma, and the Guinness history being thoroughly intertwined with dark beer doesn't help the perception that this is just pish for a segment of the market. Drinkable but hardly worth it - give it a miss.
Apr 18, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Unknown vintage; drank 4/12/17 @ the Yarchives.

See-through copper appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Cream, oats & mild hop bite notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamed wheat & mild honey flavors up front; faint hop bite on the finish.

Substantial & decent; I can't say I'd have another but this wasn't too unpleasant.
Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Drknight from Virginia

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by ewelvaert from Illinois

Mar 26, 2017
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a dull amber, burnt orange colored body and floats a 1/4" off-white head that dissipates to an edge hugging ring. Active bubbles and no lacing.
The bottle marketing boasts: “A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring new ideas to life. A beautifully balanced ale with a rich golden hue. The subtle biscuit flavors of the malted barley perfectly compliment the pleasing bitterness and delicate, fruity hop aroma, giving way to a refreshingly crisp finish.”
Aroma is a toasty biscuit malt with a hint of stone fruit and honey.
Flavor matches.
Feel is clean, almost fizzy, and light with a dry finish.
Overall the toast aroma and flavor throws me off, but I like the clean finish. English pale ale, really? Not a really light porter?
Mar 26, 2017
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
11.2 oz. bottle - Part of a variety pack:

Pours deep, clear golden copper. A thin creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is soft, but pleasant. Caramel and honey mix with an earthy tone.

The taste is of caramel, nuts, honey. Earthy dryness balances most of the sweetness.

It is smooth. On the lighter side of medium body.

An easy-drinking, decent standard English Pale Ale.
Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 2.4 by KrisPaulk77 from Mississippi

Mar 10, 2017
Rated: 3.11 by RBorsato from Virginia

Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 3.11 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2017
Guinness Golden Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 64 ratings