Dog Soldier Golden Ale
Cavalry Brewing

Dog Soldier Golden AleDog Soldier Golden Ale
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American Blonde Ale
3.07 | pDev: 26.06%
Cavalry Brewing
Connecticut, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dog Soldier Golden AleDog Soldier Golden Ale
Notes: This fine golden ale while light in color has great malt and hop flavors with citrus aromas. Designed to follow in the footsteps of a classic session beer.

28 IBU
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 25
Photo of lostinfla
2.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow - not as expected at all.
Poured bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy orange color and a wild amount of carbonation. I actually had the glass overflow. Smell was very unusal, not beer like at all.
Taste was kind of non-descript with a hint of bitterness at the end.

Not really to my taste.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy orange, on the dark side,. with crazy thick white foam. Really persistent. Sour malty nose. Lemony too. Taste is a mixed up mosh of malts, hops, and everything else. It is a mess. And overcarbonated to boot. Not.good. at. all.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from Naugros to help me in my collection to eventually get to 50 states.

I poured this into my trusty tulip glass. I immediately got a ton of really light foam. This took a long time to diminish. The smell, however, wasn't as present as the foam.

I get a little bit of funk, like a light saaz hopping. This seems like a better quality replacement for the macro lagers; in a light ale form... of course.

The flavor is extremely simple. This is a good example of a light blonde in flavor.

This is a decent example of a session blonde. Not bad on a summer day, but you don't need to go out of your way to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to HikerCT for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Several fingers high with a ton of retention. The nose brings forward a light amount of caramel along with some bread. There's a touch of floral hops there as well. The flavor is somewhat bitter along with some bready malt. There's just a bit of light caramel there as well. Medium body with some sweetness and a bit of bitterness. Light carbonation. Not bad, but nothing great to speak of.

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Photo of tigg924
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, slightly hazy

Smell: meadow, English pale malt, grain

Taste: toasted malt and meadow followed my a bitter citrus hop spike

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with lingering bitterness that starts in mid-swallow, high carbonation, light body, dry

Overall: Easily my least favorite from the brewery and the only one so far that I really would not pick up again. The lingering bitterness seems a bit off and I wish some of the malts would pop a bit more.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours straw colored, hazy. Huge rocky, cavernous white head.

S: Yeasty apple cider, not that bad really.

T: Bread, yeast, grain. Citric notes defined by apple cider as in the nose. Actually, this tastes a lot like a "Mr. Beer" kit that I brewed! Palatable with a light meal, maybe a salad or grilled chicken.

M: Abrasive carbonation, crisp.

O: Not my favorite Cavalry offering so far. Quite drinkable, though.

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Photo of woosterbill
1.83/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle courtesy of vonschplieffen into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body with two fingers of creamy white foam. Good retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Uggh. The first aroma to tease my nostrils is a sharp, acrid apple cider - like cider that's been left out at room temp for a few days. It's terrible, but intriguing. As I intrepidly inhale more of the...odor, let's stick with odor, the rotten apple gives way to straight silo - hot, rancid malt, like what I'd expect from sticking my face into a horse's feed bag. Uniquely disgusting.

T: I really don't want to taste this, but here goes. Yeah, this is awful. The gross fruitiness starts things off, followed by the dry, husky, astringent malt. As bad as the malt is, it's better than the putrescent, acidic fruit. I love apple juice, but I so, so don't want to let it curdle in the sun all week before mixing it with weak, grainy beer. This is absolutely horrid.

M: Surprisingly substantial body with moderate, sharp carbonation. A little sticky. I'm impressed at the amount of body for a 4% beer, but when the flavors sticking to my cheeks are so awful I wish they would just wash away cleanly.

D: I'm incredibly slow to drainpour a beer, but this one is absolutely trying my patience. Everything about it is offensive, but it's such a weak, light beer that the offensiveness can only go so far. I guess that's good for this category? Maybe?

Notes: This is the third Cavalry beer I've tried, and they just keep getting worse and worse. Hatch Plug wasn't bad, Nomad was poor, and this is just disgusting. I hear decent things about the Big Wally, but I can't say I'm in any hurry to try it. I really want new CT breweries to succeed, but I can't imagine that they will if they don't improve their offerings. The worst part is that I really don't think that this beer is infected, but just really, really bad. Buyer beware.


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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some biscuit notes, hints of citrusy hops, and some sweetness that I can't quite make out.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, nice biscuit flavors, then finished with a nice citrus, floral, and somewhat earthy hop finish.
M: Very light, perfect amount of carbonation, crisp.
D: Very drinkable, a nice blonde ale with a very nice abv to make it a perfectly sessionable beer along with great flavors and feel.

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Photo of Thads324
3.96/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a clear dark yellow with a fingers worth of white fluffy head.

S : Smells light. Vibrant citrus hop with a mellow toasted character on the tail end.

T : the beer starts with an almost pilsner malt taste. Grainy and solid, followed quickly by a long and mild hop flavor. Neither is over baring. Simple and good

M : seems slightly more carbonated than most ales. It is crisp and again, almost like a pilsner.

D : easy to drink and flavorful without being pretentious

a good quality session ale that seems almost more like a lager. This guy is nice and easy, and probably a good warm weather starter to a lazy saturday.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at the Brookside Inn in Oxford, Conn.

A: Light, clear golden color with a small, creamy head of carbonation which left some nice lacing. Clarity is sterling clean and the brew is bright and bubbly.

S: Nice toasted grains aroma with hints of musty hops and a bit of citrusy, floral zest. Buttery cracker smell with some smoked malts to boot.

T: Straight, dry, grainy cracker taste followed by a slightly herbal and citrusy hop bite. Very quick flashes of dry carbonation wash the brew down, leaving a pretty nice, bready, slightly bitter carbonated flavor on the palate. Pretty light and inoffensive all around.

M: Crisp, clean and very carbonated, this light-bodied ale is both quenching and quaffable in big doses, albeit is a bit too over-carbonated at times.

D: The low, session brew for lighter ale enthusiasts who want a bit more malt-forward flavor and balance than some lagers might offer. Cavalry set out to make a session brew and they get it with Dog Soldier. Trouble is, there may not be enough of a full, malty profile for some, and not enough hop characteristics for others. A good beer and I hope it does really well for this local upstart.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.02/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell yeah, keep the CT craft brews coming.

A: Bright golden yellow. Decent head.

S: Appetizing buttery grains with some moderate hoppiness.

T: Sweet biscuit and shortbread matched in equal parts by the slightly bitter hops. An interesting combination. It's like a good blonde with an extra dose of hops. Nothing extreme but enough to stand out.

M: Has some nice body to it but leaves the palate a little dry.

D: Highly drinkable. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours nice clear golden color with a white head that disipates rendering little lacing on glass.

Nose is mild with cereal and grains notes.

Taste is balanced and light. some light toasted light bread, biscuity. Very clean and crisp flavors. Dryness comes with the hops that offer up a prickly citrus taste on the tongue that lingers for a while. It is very reminiscent of some american versions of Kolsch I have had but with a more pronounced hop presence.

Nice mouthfeel, very quenching, light and easy drinking. I preferred it more as it warmed.

This is a real nice session ale as described by brewery. Could drink a number of these on a warm summer day, light but a satisfying blond ale.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden color with a thin creamy head, good bubbles, looks refreshing.

smells of bitter hops, sweet smoke and buttery.

taste is clean and clear with good hop presence, drinks like a light e.s.b. smooth buttery feeling on the tongue makes for easy drinkability, light smoke flavor towards the end.

very happy about another brewery close to the hometown!
CT is on the rise

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Photo of Lupin
3.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the website --- "This fine golden ale while light in color has great malt and hop flavors with citrus aromas. Designed to follow in the footsteps of a classic session beer. 4.0 % Alc. By Vol. 28 IBU's."

On tap at My Place in Newtown. Another patron sampled this and hatch plug ale and decided on neither.

Pours golden with some haze, minimal lacing. Smell is very reserved and not particularly sweet.

On it's own, probably leans a bit too thin and 'bittery' for my tastes. With food, in this case a roasted lemon chicken salad, it is much more palatable. The hop profile is very much in line with the English-style that the marketing claims. Definitely worth a shot if you like bitter blondes, but I can see this being the beer you'd order only if they didn't have something else that you wanted.

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Dog Soldier Golden Ale from Cavalry Brewing
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 25 ratings