Golden Naked Ale | 101 North Brewing Company

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Golden Naked AleGolden Naked Ale

Brewed by:
101 North Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep golden in color and made with 20% cereal grains, including golden naked oats and toasted rye. This beer has a soft aroma, with flavors of freshly baked bread and caramelized honey. A great reason to have a beer before noon.

38 IBU

Added by Bouleboubier on 05-09-2013

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow amber brew with plenty of head in the pint shaker. The grainy taste would be explained by the oats and rye in the mix, now that I read the label. It seems quite bitter for the style, but quite drinkable as I seem to have polished off most of the bottle thinking about getting around to reviewing it. The bitterness floats away, mostly, after a swig and the aftertaste. some malty sweetness, even a honey note. But a little harsh at the finish, though better than average for the Blonde category.

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Photo of goldendenizen
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this golden ale. Tasted very fresh and enjoyed the body with nice lacing. I'm secretly rooting for this brewery so this was a good reminder why. As noted previously, cereal grains/rye/oats on the profile. Good price point too!

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Photo of 8BaconBits
2/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've revised my reviews down on all of my 101 North beers.

I live in Petaluma; I've been drinking 101 North beers for years, even going to their tap room. I've ordered it on tap from many locations around the north bay and watch the bar tender struggle with pouring a good glass. The beers have been over-carbonated since the beginning, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt that it was just a one-time mistake from a small brewer, but it's been YEARS of this. It's just poor brewing at this point and it's no longer acceptable.

Additionally, every time I go to the tap room, they ONLY have Heroine and Golden Naked available for sale in bombers (or any size). I've been a few times over the last 3 years, and there's never anything else for sale. Either their tap room employees are clueless or the person running the business is.

Golden Naked is a good ale, but it's no longer amateur hour in the craft brew market.

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of golden naked drank.

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Photo of Irvinator
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flavor was not what I expected with from the aroma.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

one of those beers you go into expecting very little, and come out relatively unphased, but the middle part where you are actually drinking it is quite pleasant. its a little sweet for a blonde ale, even by that resin hop west coast standard, not to say this is hoppy, just that is has more leftover sugar than others and hops never balance it out. feels like a bigger grain bill than many, with maybe even some oats in there, beefing it up and adding some sweets. carbonation could be ramped a little, it dies on the tongue just a touch, and is probably too filling for all day consumption, but it is a little different. the sweetness is almost nice, and the bigness really works. not a beer i need more than one of, but it definitely satisfies and has staying power beyond summer.

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Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rudedude985
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bushdere
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SuperMario
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Jack_Tripper86
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Fremont Diner in Sonoma. Pours a bright golden color with frothy white head. Aroma of grassy hops, light hay, honey, sweet pale malts. Flavor follows suit with slightly sweet and grassy hops. Light bitter, super refreshing brew. Mouthfeel is on the very light side, medium plus carbonation. This came off as a combination between a light pale ale and a nice crisp golden ale and it came together rather nicely. I would have this again for sure, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Belly in Santa Rosa.

Very deep golden/amber, it had a medium-small, lasting off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, wisps, a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma was a mild but fairly full-bodied golden ale, toasted grain and hint of dough with hints of grass and fruit skins.

Taste is fairly similar, a mild and straightforward but full-bodied and well-rounded golden ale, with toasty bread dough, hints of grass and fruit skins, gentle but firm and solid spicy bitterness to balance light but similarly firm sweetness. It's a very good, well-rounded golden ale with good character to hold up well on its own or with food.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Zeitgeist, mid-April - yeah, it was marked as a local beer, so that's why I tried it. I was also curious because I know "golden naked oats" from homebrewing, though I'm only familiar with the ingredient from other homebrewers' accounts of having used it.

The pour was to fill, so it only had around 1/4" white head atop the bright, clear amber liquid...head died quick, left minimal collar and only a lil lace around the top of the glass....kinda looked like a toasted lager, if that makes sense...

Toasted cereal in the smell and toasted caramel out the ass in the flavor, though it drank really clean and fairly smooth and had just enough of a light hop flavor to balance the "nakedness" of its namesake specialty ingredient. Considering the relative intensity (and I suppose I wasn't expecting it) of the specialty additions, the body seemed lighter and it drank a good bit drier than it tasted. So I guess score one for 101. Not a bad beer. Something nice to start the session off with.

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Golden Naked Ale from 101 North Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 21 ratings