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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

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

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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 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 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 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 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 geexploitation
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and extremely pale with yellow highlights and a bright white head that sticks around well for the style. Slight, grainy aroma with some fresh hop characteristics but little else. On the palate, well-developed cooked grain note first off, but as the beer warms up this dissipates a bit, being replaced by a slightly sweet malt note, then some bitterness at the mid-palate and a slight flash of acidity before the finish dries out. Big carbonation throughout and light in mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fine example of an American kolsch. Not my favorite style by any means, but it's decent.

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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 Dewey0603
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a giant white foamy head. The smell has sweet malt with a background of citrus hops. The taste has sweet malt with just a touch of citus hops and floral flavors. Not bad,but there's not alot here. The m/f is alittle thin with all the flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer,but there's nothing really memorable in this.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 6 fl oz.

AP: Poured a pale straw/golden color with visible bits of yeast and sediment. The head was a pure-white frothy thing with good retention. Very active and bubbly.

Nose: A wheaty and yeasty smell coupled with a mild citrus/lemmon scent.

Taste: A clean wheaty taste with some mild citrus flavors, mostly lemmon ending with a leafy-green flavored hop.

MF: A clean and crisp feel, light on the palate, medium look.

DA: Hearty and refreshing...very easy to drink indeed.

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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 jamie2dope
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have always been a fan of Berkshire Beers. They seem to hit the markw tih me almost one hundred percent of the time. Gold Spike pours a golden straw color, with a nice rocky white head that clung to the sides of the glass. Smell was somewhat pungeant, but with some grassy earth notes that made it a bit more well rounded. Taste was also full of grassy earth flavors, a little bit of honey, and quite a bit of hop bitterness, especially towards the end. Mouthfeel was light, but the hops make it seem slightly heavier then it really is. This was very drinkable in the respect that It was very refreshing. Like everybody else has said of this style, It is perfect for the Summer months, where you need something to quench your thirst on a humid day. Another impressive beer from a very impressive brewery.

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

Appearance: Looks golden... that's a plus, with a decent white head that lasts for years.

Smell: Sweet and thirst quenching, the hops provide a nasal rollercoaster due to the flowery aroma.

Taste: Slight diacetyl flavor that reminds me a little of Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus, but not as overpowering and much better. The sweetness is subtle, making this a great summer beer.

Mouthfeel: The texture leaves the mouth satisfied and refreshed, it's clean and crisp.

Drinkability: Very quaffable on a hot day, and a great session brew... I wish I had more of this around.

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

Berkshire Brewing Company Gold Spike Ale
22 oz brown bottle
December clearly notched on the side of the label.
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a very light golden color with a vibrant shade of white for a head. Fluffy, sudsy head on top with a cloudy body. Trails of sticky lacings all over the pint glass.

Whiffs of grain and light fruit in the nose.

This is a very clean and well crafted Kolsh. Light grains with a sweet and full mouthfeel. A tad creamy in it's own way with a dry, clean finish. Good drinkability level makes this very easy to drink.

I really like BBC.

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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 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 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 MuddyFeet
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my second Kolsch. I remember not liking my first very much. But this is a whole other experience. Pours very pale in color with a thin head that receded very quickly. Any lace quickly slid down the inside of the glass. Aroma is very slight--mostly of malts; very subtle. Flavor is all malts, some veggie-ness going on, but just from the hop additions. Very clean, The hops are pretty subtle also. Very light and crisp finish. Slightly dryness on the tongue too. Very easy to drink. Great sessional brew with the appropriate ABV to drink in quantity.

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

This poured a hazy light golden, sudsy head that left a thin collar all the way through.
Smell: rather citrusy aroma, light hop smell also.
Taste: light citrus with a hop tang on the finish, smooth.
Mouthfeel: is light and bubbly, tangy
Drinkability:I don't know how I missed this one, quite different from the rest of their line, very light, a bit of hops, tangy, very nice! I could definitely make this a session brew,..I recommend!

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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 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 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 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 edchicma
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yello win appearance with a head that disappears quickly, but wit hlight lacing reamining. Light citrus hop smell. Taste was initially lightly sweet, followed by a slight hop presence. Mouthfeel was light with some cabonation. Light quality makes it very drinkable. Probably a good summer brew. Not my favorite style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Gold Spike Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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