Golden Censer | Apocalypse Ale Works

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Brewed by:
Apocalypse Ale Works
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ygtbsm94 on 12-05-2013

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by siege06nd:
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Golden in color with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops and sweeter citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus and slight bitter finish.

Overall: Suprisingly good brew. Refreshing, great for a hot day.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ordybill
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- A nice blend of wheat, citrus and spices
Appearance- Pours a very nice amber color has a lot of carbonation. Pours a large white head.
Taste- Great flavor! Honey, wheat and malt. More than i expected
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation.
Overall- My first beer from Apocalypse, it was a really good beer. Looking forward to their other products.

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Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ravenscraft
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shout out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild wheat, honey. Taste is malts, honey, some lime, hints of coriander. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a little different flavor than most witbiers, but a refreshing and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chardonnay in color, fairly clear, with a gigantic white head.

S: A light malt aroma with honey, and a touch of a tart aroma.

T: Some nice light malt, a touch of a peppery note, and a decent amount of citrus..

M: Light with moderate carbonation. Slightly tart, with a finish that is semi-dry.

O: Overall tasty, light, and refreshing. Would be killer on a hot day to cool down.

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Photo of robebo44
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Gusher out of the can.. Losing points already.. Exceedingly aggressive off tan to white head, soapy with big bubbles. Manages to get itself after control though after opening so not a total loss. Very nice dark amber orange body, somewhat clear, real nice pinhead bubbles rising not too crazy. Aside from the opening pretty nice. Lots of scattered pill like soapy lacing as well.

Real big nose. Lots of chewy malt and almost biscuit, but more of a big husky note. Dense and thick, with some floral and citrus qualities, even a bit of juice as well. Very nice. Definitely not smelling like a witbier but a real solid American Pale Wheat hopped with lots bakery density.

Palate seems a bit more subdued. Finish has a bit of depth but is also really coming with a chalky mouthfeel, and large hop dryness that doesn't take much of the citrus character. Hints of mild orange, and luckily stays away from seltzery quality a bit but does come off with a bit of soda character.

Overall not bad, also where is the honey on this? But otherwise some minor tweaking and this could be real lovely.

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Photo of obywan59
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange against my off white walls, but more golden against my review screen. A 1 1/2 finger whitish head dissipates rapidly leaving decent, but quickly disappearing lacing..

Smells of lemon and spice.

Taste is way tart with subtle honey. A bit of coriander here. Like lightly sweetened, lightly spiced lemon water except for the bite.

Mouthfeel is borderline frothy and maybe a bit hot. Moderate in body. Drying.

I didn't see a date anywhere on the can, but I'm thinking this was past it's prime. I got a six pack from West Lake Kroger at Smith Mountain Lake when I was on vacation, and it was the last one on the shelf. Tasted more like a sour ale than a witbier to me. Still, I enjoyed it I'll give it another chance if I happen upon it again.

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Photo of julzalex
1.53/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Taste like someone added sweetener to bud. Not a compliment.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am both proud & embarrassed by tone77's mentioning me in relation to this beer. I clearly purchased some in support of each of our CANQuests (tm), but I am embarrassed to say that I have no reCANlection of it before it appeared in my backlog.

From the CAN: "Virginia Crafted"; "Honey Wheat Ale"; "Recipe By: [undersigned] Rosalie F Johns[,] Artwork By: [undersigned] Adam Valentine".

Actually, I am CANfounded by said artwork since none of it depicts a censer. The reverse has a chalice. Hmmmm.

The Crack! revealed another brimful CAN with nowhere for the tongue to go when pushed in by the tab. This not only led to a fingertip spray, but then I was getting a LOT of foaming through the vent. Time for a gentle Glug, if I knew what is good for me. I was glad that I made that decision as I ended up with about a half-a-glassful of foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. In fact, the beer's evident carbonation in the glass was creating more foam from below! Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose was evident that honey had been incorporated in the brew along with a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium, but there was a prickliness on the tongue from the intense carbonation. The taste CANtinued to provide a honey sweetness along with a treacle-like flavor and a biscuitiness, the last two undoubtedly courtesy of the malt(s) involved. Finish was semi-sweet, which made it all the more enjoyable. The yeast had done a nice job with the honey, leaving it just sweet enough to be noticeable without leaving it a sweet, cloying sugary bomb.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-gold coloring, with a thin, wispy, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, crackers, subtle berry fruit, wet grass, and pine. Flavors are roasted and toasted forward, with a grain overlay pulling back on a toasted caramel sweetness that is funky and awkward. Subtle piney hops and pepper spice, but that tangy sweetness hits a citrus component and the palate goes off the rails. Light and crisp body, with a heavily roasted and tangy malt dominated aftertaste. Crisp, dry finish overshadowed by the lingering tangy-sweet character. Not for me.

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Photo of Nosnhojm20
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KWrightVT
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great wheat. Very smooth and balanced.

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Photo of josh32219
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Golden Censer from Apocalypse Ale Works
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