Galena Gold | Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-20-2013

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Fatehunter:
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured minimal head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is clean with mild dry grain smell.
The taste is mildly bitter with a sweeter middle to finish. Good balance.
The texture is slightly sticky with a crispness.
An enjoyable and easy drinking ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nuebs
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beardo
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a few Sockeye cans arrived around Boise today... Surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet... The Galena Kolsch is a goto for me when I hit the brewery. Picked up this 12oz can at the COOP... Poured glowing polished golden into my HotD goblet... Short lasting white head is appropriate.

Clean pale maltiness on the nose... some minor spicy hoppiness just to keep things interesting. Never any bitches about the aroma, this is a well done Kolsch.

Again, clean pale malts... same appropriate hoppiness... malts are dry but with a residual bready character... sorta minerally on the finish that helps dry it out..

light/medium body with a good carbonation.

This will be a summertime staple... Would be great sitting around an early evening campfire after a long day hotspringing or hiking.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, slight grain and grassy hops, a bit vegetal. Flavor more in line with a kolch, light bisquit malt and grassy hops, well balanced with a slightly dry, lightly biscuit finish with grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A nice domestic take on this style, the aroma did not do justice to the full, but appropriately light balanced malt and hop flavor. Good job.

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Photo of st9647v3
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, I'd argue against designating Galena Gold a Kölsch: the can itself suggests we consider this is a golden ale, and I'd say it fits that slightly more nebulous profile more than the tighter strictures of “Kölsch”. Indeed: it's not especially sharp, nor tart, nor possessing the ever-so-slightly-creamy cleanliness I often expect from a Kölsch; instead, it's actually fairly malty, considering its flaxen color, but in a light, smooth, imminently drinkable and refreshing fashion. Moreover, it's a beer that definitely pairs nicely with the rod-and-reel evocations of the brewery's name and sigil: it almost screams, “take this six-pack out on the water,” and it's likewise a fairly ideal day-drinking session-beer.

But there is a subtle tartness at the margins, which contributes to the stark, almost smack-in-the-face crisp quality of this beer; combined with the malt's very becoming bite, and a strain of back-palate bitterness sussed out from soft-but-deliberate hopping, Galena Gold really hits high and tight on a lot of marks, despite not really having a stable home, style-wise. With its fairly furious, fairly fat bubbling, pristinely-pale yellow-gold color—which shines especially nicely once decanted into a Goose Island-branded nonic pint—and clean, absurdly sessionable refreshment, it doesn't really matter much to me that this is an otherwise simple, non-experimental, straight-laced-no-nonsense-slam-a-six-pack-on-a-Saturday-style beer (—though I personally savored each can of my six-pack slowly, one-at-a-time, over the course of a couple months, on varied days of the week; but I digress). It's really just a well-made can of beer, and I look forward to trying more from Sockeye next time I'm in Idaho or Idaho-adjacent.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jpuetz
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a whipped egg white head; decent retention that leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Crusty bread with a touch of sweetness; husky grain underneath

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grassy/husky edge building in the mid-palate; slightly metallic and sweet in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A fairly decent rendition of the style with slightly unusual finish; very quaffable

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MikeDAdams
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the best American kolschs I’ve tried. Light and airy, mild grain aroma and taste, slight hop tanginess at finish. Clear golden with laxy carbonation and small fluffy head.

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Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Galena Gold from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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