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

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

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 78
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 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 brianjay
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light thin head which fades out quickly leaving some lace circling the top. Cloudy, golden body with some hints of life.

Smell is lively, somewhat hard to place. There are some muted spices, but the most pronounced are hay/grass.
Crisp and clean taste. Citrus and some light earthy tones. Well balanced; each taste hits at the right time.

Subtle aftertaste. You definitely want the next sip. This is a light refreshing ale with just enough going on to be interesting, but it does not overpower.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/19
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear, straw yellow with a one finger of bright white, sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is of grain, corn, and hint of fruitiness.

T: Taste is grainy up front with a light bready middle to it. Finish has a bit of fruity sweetness to it, with a hint of light grassy hop notes.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp body.

D: Goes does easily, very mild kick, this is a highly drinkable kolsch, and perfect for a hot summer day.

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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 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 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 ThomasMetal75
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, pale-yellow color. Similar to what asparagus does do your urine (you know I'm right). The head is kind of creamy and dies after a few seconds. Just about no lacing on the glass.

S- First scent I could notice was lemon. I'm not sure, but I suspect the scent was more like lemon zest than lemon juice.

T- Lemony flavor, with a floral-type backbone. This is most likely from the type of hops used in the beer. It's not a bitter or overpowering hop flavor. There was even a slight bite to the brew that the hops gave off that was pleasant. A little biscuity is another detectable flavor to the beer. The finish is clean. Overall, the beer is very crisp.

M- Not heavy at all. Not overly complex.

D-Very drinkable, almost like a lager, but it's a Kolsch.

Overall a solid performer from Berkshire Brewing Company out in Western Massachusetts. I live in Mass, but t have never had anything from this brewery prior to this brew. I'm not real tempted to get this brew again, so I might just want to try more from this brewery from Massachusetts.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. the kolsch appears a hazed pale straw yellow color with a healthy looking two fingers of fluffy white foam. Flavors and aroma are of fruits such as green grapes, pear, lemon, melon, toasted wheat, decent amount of sweet malt. Light bodied with adequate carbonation. Surprisingly tasty. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow with a foamy white head and a fair amount of lacing.

Light malt aromas and some citrus and sweet fruit.

Flavor is lighter that I wanted -- just missing the intensity I hoped for. Light malt, biscuit-like qualities, some mild yeast, a little citric hop bite.

Medium carbonation and lighter bodied, it makes this one very drinkable (from an overfill perspective). But from a flavor perspective, I find this less of a draw than other kolschs I've had. I won't refuse this if offered, but I won't seek it out either.

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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 ThirstyBird
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale straw yellow with fluffy white head. Decent lacing.
S - Not a big nose - I get Malt , light hop, yeast.
T - Tropical fruit, mild hops on back end
M/F - Active creamy carbonation. Nice light body.
D - Nice easy drinking light ale. Great for summer time drinking.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color was lighter then expected, a light yellow with a slightly foamy white head.

The smell was fruity with some citrus fruits such as lemon. A little hint of wheat.

The taste was light with a hoppy citrus feel to it. Somewhat floral feel to it as well.

The overall feel to this beer was very crisp, very refreshing and was lighter then expected. Good even bodied beer.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy, straw yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a thin cover. The smell is pale malts with some lemon and straw. The taste is light with a nutty dry taste followed by lemon citrus and a slight hop. This one is very refreshing. The nuttiness is a little watery which detracts a little from the flavor. It is tart yet a little creamy. The drinkability is great with it going down smooth and easy. I think if the nuttiness was a little less up front and maybe an afterthought this would be better. I like the tart dry finish though. Very well done, maybe I need to try it fresher as this is listed as summer and there is no date on the bottle.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a clouded white, flaxen in color. Creamy, bright white head with stable retention as an intact sheet. Random whispy patches of lacing.

Lemongrass, lime, and faint pear esters over a stiff astringent, wheat base. Faint notes of adjunctory ingredients, but mostly just wheat aromas.

Clean, mild lime and lemongrass citrus with pear, kiwi, and faint melon as well. Thin malted wheat; again very clean, but not quite bursting with flavor. Biscuit-like malts that lead to a clean, slightly dry finish. Notes of tropical fruit and toasted malts in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; crisp and clean. A delicate, balanced body for delicate flavors. Fortunately for a Kolsch, the carbonation is kept in check.

A mild, clean tasting Kolsch with an equally delicate mouthfeel that provides a nice balance. A very good rendition of the style.

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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 thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of 22oz bottle this beer was a hazy light gold color with a nice white head. Good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was an appealing blend of pale malt, fruity yeast and some light hops. The flavors started out with a lemony hop note that then became a little grassy and seemed to be resting on the pale malt backbone. Slightly doughy and slightly bitter. The body was medium/light, the carbonation on par and the experience generally refreshing. Nothing great, but a fine spring offering.

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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 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 wwheeler
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear yellow in color with a thick, foamy head

Smell - muted, slight musky scent

Taste - certainly gave away the style of the beer as a german ale/kolsch

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, slight, very slight hops

Drinkability - at first didn't know what to have while eating BBQ on a warm night, great choice in the end!!! Didn't take away from the great food, but the clean/crisp character of the beer certainly allowed me to feel "refreshed", cleanse the palate, but still have a good beer flavor.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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