Cross Of Gold
Revolution Brewing

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #76
Ranked #29,889
3.77 | pDev: 10.88%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Crisp golden ale with a delicate hop finish. This is our lightest ale and it is brewed with a bit wheat malt for body and Munich and Aromatic malts for and undertone of honey-like sweetness. Lightly dry-hopped with Cascade hops for that classic American golden ale aroma.

25 IBU
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Photo of defunksta
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear golden color with a copper-orange tint. Ferociously bubbling with a good lacy head.
Aroma: Light aromas of orange, pineapple, citrus. This is followed by a honey, graham-cracker sweetness.
Flavor: Taste follows the nose with lemon and orange citrus upfront. Some honey, cracker, and American grains and corn in the middle. A little cauliflower. Mild to moderate bitterness... but finishes with a honey and slight sweet baked cherry & raisin on the finish due to Munich malts.
Feel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated. Very drinkable and rounded. Finishes rather sweet as expected. Alcohol is non-detectable.

Overall: This is a great American Blonde ale. Light citrus notes, Great honey and grain malts. Nice German malt addition too. As I write this on BA it's listed as an English Pale Ale, which this is not. It should be updated. This is an American Blonde with some light Munich malt additions. Drinks very well.

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defunksta from Illinois, Jun 15, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somehow I missed this one for seven years... and it was in my backyard.
I've been getting shy of Revolution because their use of hops, while not dominant, was becoming too predictable.
So, I catch this can. And this pale is done right. Pleasant, refreshing, just sweet enough and, at least for me, not too hoppy.
Cross of Gold hit the spot on a warm October late afternoon.
It is nice to think that a can of beer can put the world back in balance.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Oct 08, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass boasts a bright golden bubbly body and floats little more than a cap of white head that disapates to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Aroma and flavors include a cracker malt, floral hops, and a little honey sweetness for good measure.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
Overall, put it in your golf bag and enjoy.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Aug 25, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden with thousands of bubbles. Sort of looks like ginger ale in appearance. Frothy white head dissipates leaving a thin white film on the beer. Bubbles eventually settle down leaving a clear crisp appearance.

Smell is light and delicate. Floral hops, honey, some mild citrus. Malt notes also peak through. Very simple, but appropriate for the style.

Taste is a well balanced mix of malt and hop. Initially some pale malt flavors up front with a nice floral almost grassy hop bitterness coming through to the finish. Some slight sweetness reminiscent of honey. This is a classic english pale ale. Simple and balanced yet flavorful.

Feel is light, crisp and drinkable.

Overall a very nice example for the style. When fresh this is a great and drinkable beer.

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FBarber from Illinois, Aug 03, 2016
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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh this one was ok. The carb was a bit off and it almost gushed on my counter. The smell was super malty and the flavor was similar with subtle notes of hops.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pleasantly bitter and hoppy and thoroughly drinkable; a style I can totally appreciate when it's mild and drinkable and this certainly is. Not burdened by an abundance of excessive hops and palette-assaulting flavor and winds up being delicious; would love to see this canned like the current "series" offerings because if it stay sin bombers, even for the great price of $4.99, it'll keep getting overlooked.

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SteveJeremy from Connecticut, Jun 29, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is wheat with light citrus hops and a touch of grapefruit. Super smooth beer that is very tasty. May be one of my favorite English pale ales. Certainly one of the better non-barrel aged beers I have had from Revolution. Perfect warm weather sipper.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Mar 16, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark straw with a mild haze. One finger head that leaves an initial ring of lace and then spots thereafter.

The smell starts with an old beer line, stale nose. I then pick up light berry and spicy (like oregano) hop. Overall the aroma is okay but the initial whiff is definitely off.

This starts with an exclusively pale malt flavor. The hop is more biting than the smell suggests. The bitterness lingers almost like a hot sauce. After the initial sip, it's hard to detect the pale malt flavor. The body is predictable for the style. The carbonation leans ever so slightly to the bubbly side.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Dec 19, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with greatclarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, lemon, lime, chewy, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with balancing malt backbone. Easy to drink and traditional to the style. Tasty, balanced, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, light chewy notes, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty popular beer tonight. Now I see why. Light and tasty. Will look forward to more of this in the future.

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Flounder57 from Massachusetts, Nov 05, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Jellyfish. L: Pours brilliant gold crowned by a 1” white foam collar. S: Very perfumey and earthy T: Light fruit and light malt with the balance towards the fruit. Light sweetness balanced by moderate hop bitterness. F: Medium to medium light body, above average carbonation. O: A flavorful and easy to drink light beer.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jul 22, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best golden ale I've had yet.
Light on the hop aroma but extremely crisp.
Perfect for the summer & the price is right!
Will definitely be enjoying this again!

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NMA from Ohio, Jun 27, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great crisp beer. Had this on tap and would definitely have it again. I was expecting a more golden color to the beer but it's still a great choice. A great light beer.

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Trooper92292 from Illinois, May 11, 2015
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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%

Bottle as a trade extra. Thanks! Pours bright clear golden with a big fluffy white head. Strong aroma of lemon peel and orange rinds, some grass, not much else. Flavor is orange rinds and stale hops, some sweetness like honey, a bit of biscuit malt here. Light bodied and medium plus carbonation. Dirty unpleasant finish. Overall I’m not very impressed with this one.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Oct 13, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, and pleasingly touched with a slight stone-fruit flavor, this golden ale—while perhaps not one of Revolution's most interesting or distinctive—is one I find myself drinking a lot, both because it's usually found in five-dollar bombers and because it's so solid and flexibly paired. The nose is airy, with grassy, flaxen notes—which match the bright, soft golden hue—along with a refreshing suggestion of Belgian yeasts.

It boasts just the right restraint in its amount of effervescence, as well as with a solid malt selection that's never cloying, too sweet, or otherwise overpowering. There's a lot of balance in each twenty-two-ounce bottle. All in all, it's an incredibly drinkable beer: smooth, clean, and extremely sessionable, with an aforementioned crispness that bespeaks its “English-Style” qualities, but with a seasonal flexibility that belies its designation as a “Summer Ale”. The only discernible downside is, perhaps, just how smooth, clean, and slightly uncharacteristic Cross of Gold is.

Still, it's hard to fault a beer for being too drinkable, even if it isn't extraordinarily interesting or experimental. Really, though, that's the case with many members of Revolution's standard rotation: tasty, drinkable, and of an even, dependable quality, but decidedly less avant garde than the brewery's name might suggest. This is, again, not a slight: it's just a necessary remark in a region that boasts such heavy-hitting tinkerers and boundary-pushers as Three Floyds, Half Acre, Off Color, Two Brothers, and even (when considering the stuff they still brew in Chicago) Goose Island.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle per into glass.

Touted as an English style summer ale, but I think it is more similar to American summer ales. Mild citrus aroma with a gentle hops aftertaste. Golden yellow to straw color thin head with little lacing. The beer is rather mild as expected for a simmer beer. Good and easy drinking with good flavor.

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lazy8 from California, Jul 23, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cross of Gold pours with a thick white head that diminishes quickly with frothy lacing on the glass and a thin layer of foam as it warms. Pale golden in color, the nose has spicy hops and some lemon mixed in with sweet malts. Taste is sweet up front with citrus hops and a light herbal spice and sweetness in the back. A very good session beer as well as a great after mowing beer for summer. Not the best beer you ever had but a solid offering for the style.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, date stamped FEB1214 (bottled on)
L - golden body, nice clarity, thinner white head leaves some lacing as it fades
S - mild aroma of biscuity grain, herbal, earthy hop
T - earthy, spicy, sweet but bitter, biscuit, grain, toasty, fresh grassy hop, easy drinking and refreshing
F - thin-to-medium body, nice carbonation, finishes spicy and semi-bitter and fairly crisp with some of the fresh grassy hop lingering a bit
O - I really like this for what it is. Nice complexity and flavor, fairly good price. I'd buy it again if the timing was right and had a craving for it.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Apr 18, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/21/2013

Appearance: Clean transparent body. Bold golden color. Head of about two and half fingers on the pour which settled around a finger. Highly above average active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Juicy tropical fruits which a dry malt body of straw and light caramel. Some slight funkiness going on here in a non-offensive way. Easy fruit hop tones win out in the end.

Taste: Front a straw and prairie grass. Yeasty funkiness warms up briefly on the body then solid fruits pop up toward the back end and ride this brew out. Hop tones dry out the palate leaving flavors of english yeast and straw behind.

Mouthfeel: Balanced front leads to a sweet body which gradually dries out. Crisp carbonation makes this a refreshing brew as well.

Overall: This brew comes out as an incredibly easy drinking english pale. Not as flavorful or complex as their "A Little Crazy" but I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again. I got this in a bomber but a better format would be in a six pack in my opinion.

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KFBR392 from Illinois, Feb 23, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a mostly clear medium gold, white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of grassy malts, light citrus, and mild piney hops.

Light grassy malt flavor over light citrus with some honey.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a really enjoyable and pleasant ale with a nice balance of flavor and a good aroma. Very easy to drink and definitely worth trying.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Golden color with a two-finger head
S: Wheat, fresh bread, florals & a hint if citrus rind from the hops
T: Floral with light wheat & again a bit of citrus. Nice subtleties but needs a bit more flavor
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: Love the aromas, solid overall just could use a little more intensity

Edit: I see after the fact this bottle was dated almost a year ago. I'll find a fresher one and re-review

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4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at my local, Farmhouse.

A: Pours a not totally hazy, not totally clear medium gold with a short but resilient white head. When the head does finally dissipate, I'm left with a beautiful lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: The first word that comes to mind with the smell is "barnhouse." That is a strong aroma of wheat and bready malt with definite hops and a grassy finish. There are certainly some citrusy smells here but not the dominant ones.

T: Much to match the aroma, this is both wheaty and citrusy but more in the reverse order. With the taste, the citrus hops hit me first suggesting grapefruit. Then I get the much more earthy flavors with a grassy wheat finish.

M: This brew has a heavier mouthfeel than I expected but is still crisp and refreshing.

O: A very balanced brew. This is not the most original combination of flavors coming out of Revolution but a very enjoyable one. It is citrusy and refreshing while being just heavy enough to have all year round.

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kaplunk02 from Illinois, Nov 17, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. I had it with my bowl of cheddar beer soup that is made with this beer in it. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer pours a medium gold color with a 1-finger white head that lasts quite awhile before settling down to just a white cap on top. The lacing is incredible.

There's a nice smell to this beer. It has a mix of wheat, bready malt, and citrus hops.

I also like the taste. There's a noticeable tart lemon flavor to it, balanced by wheat, crackery malt, and a kiss of honey sweetness. Then comes a mild and lingering bitterness (25 IBU's) from the dry hopping of Cascade hops. It's a nice mix.

Light to medium bodied with some medium crisp carbonation.

They told me this is the lightest beer they make,, but out of the 20 or so that I've tried here I also rank it one of their best.

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matjack85 from Illinois, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big citrus hop presence and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with good flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blond ale! All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 19, 2013
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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice gold color of this beer makes the anticipation very high.

Smell - Smelled like a Ale should, little citrus note

Taste - very well balanced beer, I think this is more of a lager style then and English pale.

Mouthfeel - Clean and crisp.

Overall - It is a great beer to have a while waiting for dinner a pallet cleanser.

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SCOTT1974 from Illinois, Sep 27, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had the Cross of Gold on tap at Sweet Baby Rays on Clark Street. Served in a standard pint, the beer is gold with a fluffy white head and awesome lacing. It has an aroma of milled grains, crackers and a bit of citrus.

Taste closely tracks the smell. It is slightly hoppier than I thought it would be but it works as a very approachable cross-over beer.

The mouth is yeoman like. The whole beer ties together nicely. This is a good beer to pair with food.

One of those beers that I see on tap everywhere and or some reason have not had. That is my mistake, don’t make the same one!

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Redrover from Wisconsin, Sep 05, 2013
Cross Of Gold from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 391 ratings