Gold Spike Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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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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Photo of JAXSON
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of hopheadjuice
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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Photo of beernut7
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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Photo of alleykatking
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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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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Photo of williamherbert
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright but flat golden color. Finger of thin head that melts quickly. Has a nice, promising haze. Looks good.

The smell is a cross between a light blond ale and a typical pub ale. Has a mild hint of lemon. Seems to have some pale malts. Again, not bad.

The taste is a nice, sweet & fruity first sip; lemons and (blue)berries. Light and refreshing; sweet but with a bready malt base. Well-balanced. A very solid golden ale flavor with pale malts.

Like a light juice; a bit of thickness, but smooth enough. Absolutely the perfect consistency for summer. A major summery triumph. Flavor is nice, repeats required.

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Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, best by 1/25/11.

Appearance - Clear golden straw body with a creamy white head that last only a short time before mellowing out. Leaves a creamy sudsy with light wisps of lace.

Smell - Subtle fruit notes of pear, apple, and some faint cherry. Clean overall with a light hop zest hidden beneath.

Taste - Notes of pear and apple caress the taste buds first with dry grains and earthiness coming in midway. Snappy fruity hops adds just enough spice to round it all out. Dry doughy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable with a great balance. Would be a fantastic beer to have on hand for the warmer months, but is doing me just fine on this cool November night.

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

Poured a bright golden color with monstrous white puffy head.
Smell is light and summer fruity with a touch of yeastiness.
Taste is light and refreshing. Just enough fruit tastes are present to keep it interesting.
Finished sweet and refreshing.
An enjoyable beer on a hot autumn afternoon.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow color with a thick head and some decent lacing. Aroma is malty, bready and reminds me of a pilsner for some reason. Taste is strong and bready upfront. Aftertaste is smooth and delicious. Kind of like drinking a loaf of bread. Goes down easily, very drinkable and I'm tempted to say that it's quite sessionable as well. Has to be the style for sure.

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Photo of Stimack
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good offering from BBC, would I say it is one of their best, no way but it is a good beer. The brew poured to a somewhat cloudy golden yellow color with a solid sized head that had great retention that left a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice as both malt and yeast scents come to the forefront. In the background I think I am picking up a citric scent that I think would be hops, just wonder if I am trying to hard to pick it up. The taste is nice as a few other things come out here. The malt and yeast flavors seem to clearly be there but also picking up a clear, though not dominant, hop flavor. Also some flavors of nuts, lemon, biscuit and others that all seem to come and go which lead to a complexity that I was not expecting. This would be a nice warm weather brew as it is very easy drinking.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear yellow beer with a short foamy head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was of faintly floral hops, slightly sweet. Not a strong scent, quite subtle but fitting.

The taste was initially bitter, crisp, faintly fizzy, with light floral hop overtones.

Mouthfeel was a little thin for me, but better than most macros.

A good example of the style.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This kolsch ale poured a clear, golden yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was wheaty and malt. The taste was wheat and malt with a hint of hops, but with an unexpected hint of banana. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. This beer was light and refreshing though the banana flavor was a bit unexpected for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Sierra Grille, room temperature basically, warm beer is better beer. Pours a very hazy, pee light yellow with a one finger head that leaves nice thick lacing. Smells of funk, wine, fruits/citrus and malts, not very strong smell though. Tastes of wine, grapes, malts and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light a bit too watery, warming, creamy and a good flavor coat. Drinkability is good, good taste, good price, no off flavors to kill it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow. Great clarity, though the dregs of the bottle will make the beer cloudy should you choose to pour it. Highly carbonated, and as a result a nice rocky white head forms. Good retention, small globs of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, straw, perfumey floral hops. Subtle hint of lemony citrus zest.

T: A light dose of grassy and herbal hops kick things off. Pilsner malt, biscuit, and yeasty bread. Vague sweetness and a slight hint of toasted malts. Floral hop tastes and a light citrus zest come out toward the end. Finishes dry with grainy tastes and grassy hops.

M: Light bodied. Lush, well carbonated, and refreshing. Good.

O: A pretty good example of the Style. Perfect for summer.

Notes: A great summer choice. I'd take it over their Czech pilsner.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow/gold with a bit of chill haze and a thin, white cap. Some sticky lace was left on the glass. Aromas of biscuit malt, hops (light citrus, lemon, floral) and peaches. Balanced flavour, solid hop character that was the same as the aroma, biscuit, light toast and soft peach, with lingering fruity hops. The body was on the light side and carbonation was average. Smooth texture and not overly attenuated. Pretty good and an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Berkshire bomber into a pint glass. Picked up at Anconas in Ridgefield CT.

Pours brilliant clear gold with fast acting white foam. Clean smell, lemongrassish. Taste is clean crisp smooth. Some citrus at the close. Flavorful yet simple. Very nice.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BBC has definaltey changed the recipe on this one within the last four months. When it first came out many people where appalled that BBC would let this go to the shelves as is. Times have changed.

Being a light style doesn't help in its “appearence" however, does have some positive, nie lacing, pretty active. Fortunatley this doesn't carryover to the mouthfeel. Nice crsip Europeon-type feel, strong wehat/pilsner finish. I do wish it were a little stronger though, at 4.2%, kind of week in that department, but on the other hand, makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Dimly lit golden hue with a fresh looking white lace that does its job just fine.

Smell: Aroma of yeast and pale malt with a nutty back ground. Malty with a faint citric hop as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and a bit slick from a bottle conditioned mouth feel, the moderate body flows quite well. Quick juicy burst of lemony hop, then comes a wall of nutty yeast and malt dextrin. Light on the malt with dough biscuity notes. Slight bite from the hops and yeast in the drying finish.

Notes: Very refreshing with some simple complexities. Between the freshness of the brew and it being bottle conditioned it brings me to a happy place in beer heaven.

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Photo of bigone4
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow golden color. There is a nice light bright white frothy head with good retention and a mild lacing around the pint. Smells light and dough like. Yeasty sweetness with a mild pale malt hint. Seems to be nice and airy with good carbonation. Mild floral hints with a pinch of a citrus lemon hop smell. Very fine tasting brew. Nice rendition of the Krolsh style of beer. Funny label with the two owners on the Gary and Chris. Scene from when the Gold Spike brought together the two railroads. Not notched for freshness. Very smooth and light. Enjoyable beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head.
A fresh, outdoors, grassy aroma. Some citrus.
Spicy lemon taste, a little bit of hops.
Crisp and refreshing. It went down pretty easily.
Good summer beer. Would drink this again.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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