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 mnrider
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into pint glass. no freshness date

A: pours a golden pale straw color with one finger white head which is bubbly. Good amount of lacing which slides down the glass with the beer. Head turns paper thin.

S: Hops are strong with a citrus aroma, i think grapes? Not to too much else going on really.

T/M: Crisp/smooth. Citrusy and a little bitter. Pretty average too me.

D: It was refreshing and different. Not good enough that i would drink this brew again.


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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale straw. Bright-white and fluffy head. Drops to a small cap and collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly sweet light malt base. Crackers with some floral backing. Light yeast adds a crisp earthy character to the back everything. Light and sweet. Some biscuit dough. Some slight corn and grassy notes. Lightly hopped. Clean, but ultimately a bit sweet and lacking depth.

Taste: More of the same. A bit of baked cracker sweetness. Some light earthy undertones. A bit more floral than the style would usually indicate. A bit grassy. Clean and easy going. Sweet light malts take a bit more as the beer warms. Some corn and light husk.

Mouthfeel: Clean and light with a moderate carbonation. Lacks a bit of crispness on the finish.

Overall: More like a stone spike.

Easy drinking and light, but missing some depth and crispness. Nice sweetness. Average.

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Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't realize this was a Kolsch until I read the header. The bottle gives no indication and I was expecting an American style ale. The beer pours into a frothy head that does linger. The color is a modest yellow on the pale-ish straw side. The smell is citrus some maltiness, I don't smell the hops at all. The taste is on the dry side, a little lemony, some hoppy bite towards the end with a little yeasty zing added as well. The mouthfeel is creamy and the aftertaste is not overpowering. This is not an overly interesting beer, but it is refreshing and quite drinkable. For a summertime ale, I prefer a wheat or hefe to this style, but that is just me.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" head which eventually dissipated completely. Hazy sandy Naples yellow color. Smells of sweet malt. Flavor is not sweet, in fact it's a lot like most BMC mass offerings. Which leads me to say this is a good looking beer which happens to taste like many others you've had before. Upper average.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy light amber color, yeast settling out. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts with a malty/hop flavor, finish is clean. Definitely a summer ale. $3.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I will never forget last year, around this time, when one of the brewers was in attendance for the 20th Anniversary of Stoudt's Brewing and the Stoudt's "children", now all of age, kept referring to him as "Uncle Gary". Ha!

The color was a very cloudy, light yellow, like lemonade. The nose was very light, almost non-existent. The head was bone-white with low retention. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, crisp flavor on the tongue. The finish was slightly dry, but otherwise unremarkable. This was a summer-weight beer - light, refreshing, but not terribly flavorful.

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Photo of hopdog
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of initial skunkiness then followed by breadiness, earthy, and grains. Tastes of straw, grains, and wheat. Has a light tart finish. I can see chilling this one way down and drinking it on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Floral and spicy hops, clean pils malt

L: Hazy golden yellow, white dense head that dissipates quickly.

T: Fairly clean malt with some herbal undertones. Medium low spicy bitterness leads to a clean maltiness, light. Finishes slightly spicy with a prominent cereal note. Quite dry in the finish, some fruitiness as it warms.

M: Medium low body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, not one of BBC's best efforts.

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Photo of muttyd
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow with a thin white head.

S - Grainy malt, slight earth hops. Somewhat reminiscent of an American macro lager, but without the corn / roasted vegetable aroma.

T - Crisp, clean slightly fruity malt flavors dominate the palate. Some earthy/grassy hops in the finish.

M - Light body with a refreshing carbonation.

D - Drinks like a 4.2% ABV beer. Nothing too exciting, but still very enjoyable (for the style). A solid go-to for a hot summer night.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold Spike Ale has a clear golden body with a finger tall white cap that deposits a few scraps of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is clean and grainy, with some bread and cracker in there. All light, pale malts.

Gold Spike Ale has a hint of wheat, a good grain flavor, and then a bread/cracker characteristic to it. The finish has a flash of hops. I don't really pick up any good fruity characteristics from the yeast though.

Light, effervescent, not bad at all for the style.

Gold Spike Ale is a beer that you could definitely drink a few of on a summer day, and I appreciate the low alcohol. However, there really isn't much to it, and I would love to see a kolsch that has slightly more expressive yeast, and maybe just a dash of more Noble Hops.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent goldenrod color, producing just over 2 fingers of foaming head that dissipated into about a centimeter.

S: A very clean, Pils-like smell. Citrusy hop smell barely, with a light malt aroma.

T: A flat and bland taste, somewhat watery. Some hop bitterness toward the end, but the flavors weren't standout. Similar in taste to a macro, only slightly better. For some reason, the complexities didn't present themselves to me in this one, and I believe it was still fresh.

M: Adequate carbonation for a decent mouthfeel, ends with an enjoyable dry finish.

D: It's possible to drink many of these, but in the way you could slam a six-pack of Bud or bottled water. Was not overly impressed with this one, but will give it another chance in the future.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold color with a decent white head that fades rather quickly with minimal lacing

S- grainy, bready. very little yeast and no hops. not much goin on here but nice none the less

T- similar to the nose. sweet pale malt, chracterized by grain and bread. no yeast can be picked up and only a slight hop characteristic in the finish

M/D- Medium carbonation, light bodied. easy drinker, could easily polish off a couple of these on a hot summer day. nothing extraordinar though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with some light hops and a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a bitter hop flavor laid over a light pale malt base. It's light and refreshing, but it's an off flavor. I think it's the yeast. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average beer. It's got some hop character and a light malt feel, but it just has something going on here I don't like.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Berkshire for me. I have had so many of their offerings when I stumble upon a new one I am always shocked. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/19/2009.
Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.
Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, pale gold with a thin white head. Retention is good for the style.

Smells of light grains and yeast. Tastes of lemon tinged light grain. Crisp but I'd like more from a Kolsch. Soapy, sourdough finish: not as clean as I'd like.

As a huge Berskshire fan, this is not one of their best.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale hazy straw colored. Pours a thick foamy head with some retention. Some tiny bubbles rush to the top and forms a small layer at the top of the glass.

Aroma: Pale malts. Grapes. Some floral hops. Sweet smelling. Pretty inviting

Taste: Tastes like wheat. Weizen yeast. Earthy spiciness in the middle. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Tart grapes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly. Vinous. Slightly sticky. Decent

Overall: A decent offering. A good starting point from pilseners for the uninitiated. Good for summer and its mostly light body and low abv make it a good session beer. Berkshire makes much better beer but this is a decent example of this somewhat obscure (at least in America) style

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale straw and cloudy with a single finger alabastor head. The head dies off quickly, but the thin ring of fine bubbles will leave some stringy lace.

Very grassy aroma with some noticeable wheat coming through. Not much hop smell.

On first sip there is a refreshing quality about this brew, but this gives way to a grainy bitterness that is both unexpected and distracting. The liquor has some very nice body to it that is full for the style. I also like the carbonation which is very fine but present. Again, little to no hop and the aftertaste reflects this: very dry with little lasting flavors.

It's great to even have a kolsch since I've found them to be as rare as hen's teeth in New England. I would not put this one on the top of the list. I would, however, suggest trying it on a hot and humid day where I imagine it would reach the highest "refreshingness" level.

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Photo of mschofield
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold topped with a one finger white head.
Leaves rings of lace.
Fruity, toasted bread aroma.
Bit of floral hop, buttered almond. An unplesant note - kind of an unripe banana, but kolsch is not my favorite style. Lemon and grass.
Light- medium bodied and crisp

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Photo of blackheartbilly
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 OZ bomber poured into pint glass

A: Very hazy, like a Hefeweizen, didn't seem to carbonated. tiny head on this one.

S: very yeasty, I thought fruity, and I couldn't smell the hops, maybe I have a cold?

T: Definitely smooth, At first it is very fruity. The after taste to me reminded me or corn, but I see others saying bread, so umm, maybe corn bread, haha.

D: I remember thinking that this brew would be great for a family event, because it is not to strong for the beer drinkers that don't like high alcohol content (most my family thinks Bud is good) At the same time, a more sophisticated beer drinker could appreciate the bottle conditioning, and fruity hops. It was a great way for me to try what a Kolsh style beer is. With such a low alcohol content, I could have a few and not have the wife yell at me! haha

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw colored with a one and a half fingered head. Lots of bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. Quickly dissipates to minimal lacing.

S - Dark caramel and malt. Very sweet smelling.

T - Light and sweet, some fruity esters, possibly banana. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

B - Very light body and carbonation, almost a bit watery.

O - A bit of a letdown, definitely needs more depth in both the aroma and flavor profile, along with a slightly fuller body to prevent it from feeling like a light beer. Would probably not get again.

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Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one poured a clear, yellow gold color. It had a fair sized white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was nice, but a little mild. Notes of malts and grassy hops. It had a very clean taste to it. Some malts and light fruit flavors. Very refreshing.

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Photo of akahn
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, very clear hay color. Lots of streaming carbonation and a snow-white, lasting head. Leaves some lace later on.

Aroma of crisp hops, Pilsner-esque.

Taste follows through with crisp, spicy hops, like in a Pils. Faintly sweet malt in the middle, with a hint of fruit, then a drying grain finish. Simple but good.

Very light bodied, but impressively smooth, and carbonation is kept in check. I'm impressed to have a light-bodied beer that isn't watery or fizzy. Definitely drinkable with its light body, inoffensive taste and low alcohol -- but it isn't really interesting enough to have a bunch of. It's not worth the same $3 for the bomber as their pale ale and IPA, which I think are phenomenal.

NB: This is my first Kölsch, so I can't judge entirely to style.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cask Republic, New Haven, CT:

The beer appeared a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a foamy white head with some retention. The aroma was a pleasant sweet malty smell. The taste had a definite German tilt to it, as expected, but wheat and banana...reminded me more of a Kristalweizen than a Kolsch. The beer had a light feel to it, but it was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer and one that I would get again, but may not be my first choice.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a moderate head.

Very mild aroma of sweetness.

It's a light flavor with high carbonation.

This is a lighter style of ale, but I find it very similar to a lot of pilsners. Recommendable as a summer seasonal for hot weather, but if you like big dark beers, you'll find it unremarkable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Why does this remind us of chili peppers? (in terms of flavor at the finish.)

Anyway... A golden color with a little haze to it. One finger of white head... No lace sticks, but the legs are nice. Retention is good-- the head settles to a fluffy collar

Smells grainy like light malt, maybe even some pils malt? The yeast offers a little fruitiness, but not too much, and just hints of apricots. The beer finishes nice and dry, a good refreshing finish.
This is a decent summer beer, but not one I would seek out again. I much prefer Krankshaft.

The body is light and airy, almost effervescent in terms of carbonation.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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