Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale AleStyrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,531
Ranked #32,288
3.77 | pDev: 8.22%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale AleStyrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale
Notes: This Single Hopped Pale Ale is built on an English malt base of Golden Promise, 2-Row malted barley, and Caramalt to allow the hop qualities to shine through. The zesty bitter orange peel qualities of Styrian Golding hops are balanced by the English malt base, offering a slightly spicy, assertive, herbal, and dry finish.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am working diligently to eradicate The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & my efforts are not helped by new bottles showing up to replace ones that I have already drank & reviewed. It may seem a petty complaint, but it keeps me from the finish line. Onward!

From the bottle: "Explore Our Craft * Taste Enlightenment"; "Hop Odyssey Limited Release Series"; "Epic Journey Limited Release"; "We believe in hop experimentation, constantly exploring new varietals, fresh combinations and innovative brewing methods. Our passion for hops presents infinite possibilities. Embark on an epic journey with each Hop Odyssey (tm) release, and discover unexpected brews to inspire and enlighten your palate."; "Adventurously hoppy"; "Delicate notes of earth & citrus shine through a British malt backbone"; "100% Styrian Golding hops"; "40 IBU".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour as befits my newfound enlightenment. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it an in-glass swirl to raise nearly three fingers of foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). The orange zestiness of the nose was really stunning! It was beautifully underlain by a light caramel sweetness & my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, kind of big for the style. The taste, while remaining orangey, was quite bitter and pithy with the earthiness of the malt kind of intensifying the bitterness. As a hophead, I appreciate the opportunity to try these single-hop beers, but with some varietals, it becomes clear that they need an accompaniment of some stripe. This was one of those instances. Once I had a feel for the citrusy earthiness, I felt satiated, but I was still faced with half of the bottle to be drank. Finish was undeniably dry and while I usually prefer dry beers, this was approaching the level of liquefied alum. It was just a bit too dry and bitter, especially for an APA, IMHO. YMMV.

May 11, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not intrigued by the somewhat harsh and earthy taste but the aroma is sublime with its sweet oranges and herbal spicyness. The rest is not bad either. Glad to have this experience with Styrian Golding. (For those who wonder why a hop is considered Slowenian but called Styrian. Styria nowadays a province of Austria used to be much bigger during the times of the Austrian empire.)

Jan 20, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the variety case - imperial nonic glass
First had this on 10/10/15

Light caramel color body with some mild cloudy haze to it. Massive and dense khaki tan suds. Exhibits some incredible hang time that plasters up my glass a with sticky lace. The hops leap forward presenting candied orange peel with herbs and spices. Base bready English pale malt comes through with a light toasted caramel note. A touch of stone fruit and some solid earthiness there as well. Flavor is an interesting mix of tangerine peel, light earthy pine, kitchen spices, some assorted grasses and minty herbals. Balanced with a good tote of bready malt, orchard fruit, and a mild caramel-honey like sweetness. Has a reserved bitterness overall and no alcohol to report. Moderate to lower body with a nice frothy texture and good drying in the finish. Fairly clean overall.

This came better than expected. Was actually intrigued by this citrusy Styrian Gold single hop offering.

Jan 10, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like earthy lemon and grass and catty hops.
T: It tasted like earthy lemon grass, with some catty hops and light malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very tasty brew. The hops might work well when blended with others, but not good solo. The body was ok, and the finish was fine, so it wasn't difficult to drink. It just wasn't that great.

Sep 16, 2016
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mac31 from California

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, dry, minimally tannic, yet earthy hops crash the palate. Modest spiciness from these Goldings with some decent pungency noted. Bitterness is mild. Resin is delicate. Hops are nicely laid over a pale, thin, crackery, caramel base. Orange peel evident, as part of the base as well. Just a touch of sweetness can be detected as an under note. Subdued brightness mid palate. Dry finish with floral notes from mid palate lingering in to the aftertaste. Thin bodied, as it should be. Nice carbonation. Very distinctive. Unique.

I appreciate this beer because I have experience (home) brewing with these hops. With that said, IMHO this doesn't translate to the average consumer. No doubt, finely crafted. I think of this as an English Pale Ale. Nothing wrong with English style beer, I enjoy them very much. But this is the antithesis of what's on trend today with the tropical flavors in pales and IPA's. Kudos to GF for going against the grain. I got a single at Trader Joes. That would be enough for most. Try it. Hopefully, you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Sep 09, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

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

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed tulip style glass. Copper color, balanced aroma of malt, bread, and some earthy hop aroma. Definitely a British style pale ale, more malt forward, with this British hop. I still enjoyed, but like strong citrus hops more.

Sep 02, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early June for $1.99 and refrigerated since then. Best by 09-30-16.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is oranges forward, quite nice.

Taste is orange rind bitterness over pale and caramel malts. Rind is too dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but the rind is too big a detraction for me.

Aug 28, 2016
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, cloudy dark amber color and a pleasant aroma of mostly citrus. The taste is also citrus dominant, rather "rind-y." A bit too much so for my taste. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Pretty refreshing.

Decent overall. Not a must-try, in my opinion.

Aug 25, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz

Pours a clear rich golden, white film for a head.

Smells of honey biscuit malt and piney floral hops.

Dry cracker malt flavor with a mild dry woody hop finish.

Full body with fluffy tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Nice pour, aroma, and body, but disappointing flavor. Malt and hops are both more boring than the nose suggests. The result is a so-so ale, many better ones out there.

Aug 18, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times willybecher pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.34
Purchased: July 22, 2016
Consumed: July 22, 2016
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Best by Nov. 6, 2016 (as always, really Green Flash?)

Had seen this one in stores for a long time, but didn’t want to pull the trigger on a six-pack. Picked up a bottle earlier in the day at Trader Joe’s. Had never heard of Styrian Golden hops, so this will be interesting.

Poured a copper, amber, clear color with two fingers of khaki, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very bad watery lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Got those English malts right away on the smell. No idea what Styrian Golden hops are, so this is new. Getting something similar to Cascade, Citra, caramel, earthy orange peel, herbal, menthol and grass. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose, really reminding me more of an English Pale Ale (like the nose). Got citrus, orange peel, earthy grass, herbal, hints of menthol, light peppery spices, nuts and dry slightly spoiled citrus zest. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Glad I got to try this, but probably wouldn’t have it again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.65 | 83 | B

Aug 04, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours and slightly cloudy gold with a medium head. The aroma has lots of sweet bready malt, with caramel, light resin, mango, orange peel, and some grassy, earthy funk. The flavor is less sweet than I was expecting from the nose, with notes of caramel, chocolate, resin, pine, wet earth, sweet orange flesh, something floral, and some nutty malt flavors, reminding me strongly of cashew. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy with good carbonation. This is an interesting beer - neither strongly American or English in style, it is certainly a cool offering, and a good exploration of a lesser known hop.

Jul 30, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/30/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine. toasted biscuit, and herbal/frloral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 16, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Best By Sept 2016 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is dank, earthy bitterness. There is a little malt backbone but the hops are dominant. Allowing it to warm softens the hops somewhat and brings out a little more malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Somewhat dry, bitter finish. Not something I'd go out of my way to procure.

Jul 09, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked the Styrian Golding off the Binnys Single shelf. It poured a clear copper with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is subtle dark plum peel. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is slight bitterness with hint of fruit. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good sessionable ale but more middle of the road than anything.

Jul 06, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber brew with plenty of foam in the Piraat snifter. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth, some malty body, and a bitter tang. A different but fruity aromatic. I am thinking tangerine.

Sipping this slowly while reading endless blather on the forums allowed it to warm up more than I usually like. But it had a good effect on the flavor. Hallo England! The flowery and fruity hops seems more aromatic and less bitter than at first mouthful.

This has some unusual character that is faintly British, but the brusque hoppiness is all American. This is actually a pleasant sipping beer. From the 12 oz bottle sold in six packs around San Diego.

Jun 29, 2016
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rarigney from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked this a lot. The Styrian Golding hops characteristics of orange peel are really front and center, yet still nicely balanced. I could drink too many of these.

Jun 26, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Stellar head retention & good lacing

S: Weedy, catty,

T: Follows the nose, breadyness, pears & grassiness up front. Herbal & grassy bitterness as this warms, some pear & dryness. Finishes with pears, bready sweetness, leafy hops & grassiness, plus tangerine

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, pretty good balance

Easy to drink but nothing life changing here...

Jun 24, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not familiar with the hop so I was excited to try this and I find this to be very enjoyable. Definitely an English feel to this...grassy, herbal, floral....just a hint of apricot like fruitness...decent bitterness...pretty hop the aroma on this....flavor pretty stellar too....

Maybe a bit sharp on the bitterness on the finish but overall this is loaded with aromatics and flavor that are unique.

May 27, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold/ amber with a large, stiff off-white head. Nose woodsy and metallic in a good way, in some ways like rotten wood. When tasted, the hops profile emerges and declines gradually, in some ways typically bitter, with a long profile. A bit of funk emerges at the end. The malts are quite understated; their body could be bigger but as it is this allows the hop flavor to stand forward. Overall a nicely balanced beer. Mouthfeel somewhat plain and clean. Best by date was 30 Sept 2016. I think this program (the single hop series by Green Flash) is a great idea and look forward to trying other beers in the series.

May 19, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Good color orange yellow slightly hazy with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that takes a minute to dissipate.
S - Smells real clean and hoppy yet balanced and not bitter as expected. Good sweet and pale malt ratio.
T - Balanced hop bitterness somewhat toasty pale malt taste with a slightly bitter finish. Not bad!
M - Smooth a touch heavier than I expected so not terrible but good.

Overall a good Pale ale with some aggressive hop bitterness but I am not in love with it.

May 17, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, malt, and a bit of citrus. Underplayed in a good way.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, some malt, a lot of orange and pineapple, a little bit of caramel, and an earthy quality. Much more aggressive than your average APA, but this isn't a problem. The fruit elements are very much front and center, but there's a good balance with the hops and malt.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a vibrant, easy to drink pale ale. Well made and drinkable.

May 05, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and a fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle, but nice. Some rubber and pineapple notes. Some fresh bread and cracker notes as well. Hints of caramel malts to round things out. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Clean and sharp bitterness. Lots of fresh grass. Malts are there, but the hop bitterness still shines. Some subtle tropical notes in the finish. It finishes very clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has a body to it with active carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

This is a very nice traditional pale ale. It might not be flashy, but the craftsmanship is on point. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Apr 29, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DeCicco: Pours a red tint amber (as if that were a color) with a cap of head that dissipates to a ring. Faint bready aroma. Taste follows nose. Non-discript...

Apr 15, 2016
Styrian Golding Single Hop Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 108 ratings