Gold Spike Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

160 Ratings
Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by UnionMade on 06-27-2003

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours hazy straw with a small head. Nose is grainy, fresh, with light citrus. A lot of fresh grains in the mouth with some light lemon. Fluffy texture, has a wheat edge to it. Very crisp, I guess this is a hybrid ale/lager or something and it comes across as a little of both. Must be drank fresh of course, but a really nice beer in that case.

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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin but foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of hops, wheat & grain.

T: The taste is basic and straight-forward with hops & wheat. It’s not very strong, but it’s very refreshing.

M: Very crisp & smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This one is incredibly easy to drink. It’s light with good flavor. It seems to me that this beer is exactly what the macros wish they could be, in terms of quality. Normally, I would go for something with more taste or kick or both, but this hit the spot on a warm night when I just needed something refreshing. It’s just what you would look for in a summer beer.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy golden amber. One-finger head with smooth, tiny bubbles. Retention is fairly good. Smells of malt, wheat, and citrus. Delicate wheat and malt flavors along with rather substantial citrus are the noticeable components of the taste. Mouthfeel is very good, consistent and smooth. Another fine example of beer from BBC. Good for those hot summer nights sweating in your apartment over the boiler room.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, Best by 3/22/11

Golden in appearance and a 1 finger white whispy head that gets the job done.

Smells crisp. Some lemon grassy like hops with a nutty bready malt scents popping out as whiff further.

Very crisp and very refreshing, this Kolsch displays a crisp hop bill being slight citric quality. Bright nutty grainy malts make this beer so well balanced.

Medium bodied with very n ice crisp carbonation. Slightly dry finish has you coming back for more.

Extremely drinkable and very crisp and refreshing. I will be looking for this beer during the summer for sure. Great job BBC!

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Photo of snafui
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big BBC fan and have had this beer several times but before I really had an understanding and taste for the Kolsch style. Now I can pick out some of the reasons why this beer never made it into my fridge regularly.

The beer appears super clear with nice tiny bubbles. It reminds me of a budweiser level of clarity and carbonation which I can appreciate. It's a pale gold with a nice white head the dissipates at a good pace into an around the glass halo. Very nice appearance.
I smell something floral and yeasty. It's pleasant and it led me to expect something that the taste didn't provide.
The taste is what's throwing me off. I get a little acidity or tartness that I'm not very pleased with, along with a lemon flavor. I'm not very good with taste description so I won't pretend, I'll just leave this category with the thought that there's something here I'm just not fond of.
For mouthfeel I think it's a bit thin. I get a lot of carbonation on the tongue. On swallow everything's gone. I consider this all very good for the style.
I feel it's very drinkable. There's nothing truly offensive that would prevent you from pounding back a few bombers on a fine summer day. The acidity/lemon taste is the only drawback I can think of. Even still, there's other local and import Kolschs that I'd rather have. BUT if I were at a typical BMC serving restaurant and this was on tap, it'd be a clear winner.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber straight from Berkshire County. Pours a clear straw color with a nice foamy cloud of a head. The aromas are of sweet honey and bready malt. The malt flavor swims through first with a delicate hop spice. Notes of bready malt float up toward the finish with a refreshing, crisp, easy drinking end.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this Kolsch. It was fruity, light and refreshing. This beer hit the spot after working outside on a spring day getting the yard ready for spring plantings.It poured a very pale and clear yellow with a short lived white head. The aroma was faint yeast and floral. Mouthfeel was light with very little stickyness or oiliness that would cause it to linger on the tongue.

The ale equivalent of a spring zephyr. This will be on my wish list next time my buddy goes up to dDerfield.

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4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Local BIF from ppoitras. Thanks Pete for the entire package.

A- Pours a clear light straw color. One finger white head comes crashing down rather quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma is a little more than most Kolsch styles that I have had. Bigger grassy notes right off the bat. Light lemon aroma right with the grassy notes. Some herbal hops in the backend with a light sweet grainy note.

T- This tastes a little better than a typical Kolsch. Nothing huge and standout in the flavor profile. Some light pale malts with a bready flavor along with some light grains. Hops are light in the tail end with some herbal flavor to them.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light bready yeasts are left on the palate with some interesting hops in the aftertaste. Flavor profile was blended well and no off flavors I thought were in the beer. Clean and crisp tasting.

D- Very drinkable beer. This has to be one of my favorite Kolsch styles. I am not a huge fan of the style but this beer is good. Berkshire has been making fantastic beers and this just proves it once again.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw lightly cloudy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a healthy dose of grassy and herbal hops.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt and an herbal and grassy noble hop. Good residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with good carbonation.

Overall a flavorable and highly drinkable kolsch. Pretty true to style as well.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cold bottle in a pint glas. The beer pours bright clear gold with bleached white fizzy head foaming up .5 cm and fading to a surface layer.
Aroma is grainy malt slightly sugary and spicy hops.
FIrst sip reveals a very lite body and fine rolling carbonation. Flavor starts caramel sweet with some fruit, actually banana. Texture is thin but not watery. THe beer is clean and crisp and super easy to drink.
A nice beer to drink a lot of I think.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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