Green Can Gold Ale | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Norfawkers on 05-08-2010

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 63
Photo of tigg924
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

A below average blonde ale. Has elements of pilsner and flavors of what I typically associate with an alt bier. The net result does not come together as cleanly as it could. For me this is a pass.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Golden orange in color. Somewhat clean in appearance. Light lager flavors include toasted malt, grain and light earthy hops. Perfect palette cleanser beer. Could crush a ton of these in the summer time but they're not that good.

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As hardly drinkable as possible, if they made this at 1% abv it would be something. 16 IBU is a good indicator of any flavour. Middling mouthfeel, light coloured body, a wisp of a head. Neutral aroma. Light honey and malt, a faint drop of hop. More hops would make a difference.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this beer at the grocery store so I thought I would give it a shot.

A-Poured a decent head with a nice golden color. It also had a good amout of tiny bubbles risng to the top of the glass the whole time i was drinking it.

S- When I smelled this, the first thing that came to mind was nuts. It had a slight nutty smell with a hint of hops.

T- Again the first thing that came to mind was something nutty. It finished with a qucick burst of light hops.

Overall, this beer was just ok. It's something else to drink with some friends other than bud. I don't think I would buy it again.

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Photo of Csikic93
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green can is O Connors cheapest beer. It's a little bitter, but so are a lot of their beers. If you are at the brewery ask them to mix it with an el guapo, it's called a redneck, not terrible and believe it or not evens things out.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad for the first attempt. Support your Local! This lighter ale is drinkable but a bit cider-y. I will continue to support this local tidewater brewery and I'm looking forward to more offerings from O'Connor.

Appearance: Clear golden; bubbly; lightly foamy

Smell: A bit cidery; some malt

Taste: Light and a little cidery; it may need to condition a bit longer. Good potential

Mouthfeel: Light; CO2 noticable

Drinkability: Drinkable en masse or with a meal

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Photo of cambabeer
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a pick six picked up from the brewery in Norfolk. A good, but unsurprising gold ale. The sweetness isn't overbearing which is nice. Clean feel, dry finish. Overall a good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at O'Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk, VA. Pours a golden, well-carbonated light body with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is grassy with some hoppy accents on the edge. Taste is dry hops with some maltiness on the back end, fairly heavy carbonation on the tongue. A mildly above average blonde ale.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, golden straw, with a slight haze. 1/2-inch head, fair lacing and linger.

S: Aromas are fairly weak. There's a touch of floral and citrus hops, maybe some cut grass, but that's about it

T:The best description is a weak IPA: faint malt, medium hops, and not much else. Lingering, faint bitterness not bad.

M: Actually quite nice, crisp & carbonated while refreshing.

O: Decent, but not memorable. Not really worth buying another

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks LambicKing!

Bright golden body with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a creamy white ring on top.

The smell is grain forward for sure. Lots of grain, with an earthy thing really taking over. A bit more sweet than other middle-tier blondes.

The taste is a bit sweeter and more slick than the average Blonde. I dont get a load of hops, but I dont mind. Its drinkable and sweet. It goes down easy and tastes good. Id drink this if it were hyper local to me.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold body with two finger head that died quick with a little lace retention. The smell is airy, not a complement, with some decent bitter citric hops and some grainy malts. Beer is light bodied, not watery but very light, smooth, easy to drink, balanced but very simplistic as I get a smattering of hops and some minor sweetness.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Still in Portsmouth VA

A clear golden pour with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is solid. A moderate hop character is present, very Cascade like with citrus and a little chalkiness, and the malt character is mild and surprisingly dense. Along with a pale base malt, I get some honey, butterscotch and a little toffee. Still, this does smell fairly light. The palate mirrors these flavors, with the hop flavor being moderate, hop bitterness being ample, both of which work quite well with the malt flavor. The butterscotch does seem a little bit higher on the palate than on the nose, but not obtrusive. In fact, it pairs reasonably well with the toffee and citrus, making this seem like an blonde ale that was partly inspired by an English Mild. Light in body, drying on the finish with some hops, this beer feels good on the palate, and is quite refreshing. Solid stuff, I would drink it again if someone gave me a glass.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Hell's Kitchen in Norfolk VA. Great place...

A: Clear golden yellow with a small head that settled to a ring and let a little lacing. Pretty average looking

S: Good balance in the smell... Sweet malt up top and a hint of citrus hops.

T: I'm getting the sweet malt upfront, mid palate has a nice hit of citrus hops... Finish is clean with very little aftertaste... Pretty well balanced.

M: Somewhere between mid and light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and clean

D: Very drinkable beer, went very well with my Cheese Steak sup. With a 5.5% ABV you could have a few of these... Worth looking into...

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the brewery yesterday, had a good chat with the brewer/asst brewer? They are only selling to local establishments in kegs at this point, building up a solid clientele before doing anything else. Tried the Gold Ale in a TexMex restaurant afterwards. Solid gold color, small white head with average retention and significant spotty lacing. The head might have been better if it wasnt served in a frosty beer glass. Smell of grassy hops and mild bready malt. Tastes like a good lager - grassy hops malty backbone, slightly sweet - no hint of rice or corn. Mouthfeel is rich for this type of beer and drinkability is good. Not an exciting style but a good solid beer that I would call sessionable. I like the more robust Red Nun better, but this is a good summertime beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brewery is still not open for tours and tastings so I had to hunt this one down at a local restaurant/pub.

Had on tap at A.W. Shucks in Norfolk, VA

A- Golden yellow color with a good carbonation to it. The white head dissipates fast and there's not alot of lacing but the champagne style bubbles continue for as longs as the beer is still left in the glass.

S- Had a dark purple fruit like smell. Take your choice between figs, grapes, raisins, plums. it's all a mesh of these aromas.

T- Has like an apple cider taste to it. Light hops with a slight bitter hint on the finish.

M- Light with a good carbonation and a crisp creamy finish.

O- Not a bad beer. Good drink for the early summer/spring time. It gets better as you let it sit so don't drink it too fast. Give it time to fully develop as you sip it.

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Photo of Jimboozle
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer is a wonderful summer time session beer. Very nice mouthfeel, light bodied, mild bitterness and hop aroma, all the things an easy drinking beer should be. Not to light or mild though. The malt and hop character are present but not overwhelming. Very clean and crisp. Appearance is golden and just a small fine head on top. All in all, a very drinkable session beer.

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Green Can Gold Ale from O'Connor Brewing Co.
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