Gold Spike Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Gold Spike AleGold Spike Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 06-27-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 159
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 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 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 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 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 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 tempest
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber for $11 at the Wild Colonial in Providence. As one friend pointed out, it does smell a touch like feet, but I think that's mostly the mild sulphurs from the German character. Overall it's a decent session beer with a lot of subtle spicy notes. As the beer warmed, that foot-like aroma did intensify, but it's otherwise a decent stab at the style. I'd rather have my kolsch have too much spice than too little.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop/yeast tones, some spiciness, with caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweety, malty/yeasty, with a slight touch of hops, spicy, with some caramel. Light-medium body. Drinkable, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this brew, thanks Andrew.

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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 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 puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle best by 11/05/15. Sampled on July 22, 2015.

Straw yellow pour under a boisterous white fizzy head that fades to a ring.

Aroma of crusty malts, crackers, toast, dank cellar, and a little bit of grassy hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste is mildly sweet and toasty with a mild to moderate earthy or grassy bitterness coming up from behind.

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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 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 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 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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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 Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright gold color with little carbonation. It was crystal clear until the last pour from the bomber where some of the sediment made its way into my glass. I tried to save the sediment for the end and was only mostly successful. (My fault, not theirs) Wonderful thick well formed head that was creamy in texture and showed nice staying power. Some lacing remained behind, but not much.
Good looking beer.

Aroma was fresh and mostly of grain and light malt. Not much of a fruit or hop note at all. Very fresh and appealing.

The taste is best described as clean & light. There was a nice light malt flavor that was almost of cereal. The beer had a slight sweetness and the slightest spiciness. Finished very dry and with a cracker or sweet bread flavor. Reminded me of that Hawaiian Bread you sometimes see in grocery stores. (Orange Bag, kind of sweet)

A refreshing session beer if there ever was one. Light, crisp with little carbonation.

Extremely drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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