Golden Ale
Sweetgrass Brewing Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #652
Ranked #46,405
3.35 | pDev: 12.84%
Sweetgrass Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can from the LCBO; canning date of Aug 20 2016. Served well-chilled.

Pours a sparkling golden-yellow colour with streams of effervescence rushing towards the surface, where they merge with the base of a soapy, foamy, persistent white head. It's about one finger high, with excellent retention and a strong tendency to cling tenaciously to the sides of the glass, which also triggers the gradual deposition of a thick layer of lace. A blonde beauty. Not getting much off the nose, save for pale malt sweetness, grain husk, and perhaps a few grassy, herbal notes.

A decent blonde. I can taste bready pale malts, grain husks, lemony citrus and red apple, rounded out by some grassy, weedy, somewhat herbal hop bitterness on the back end. Kind of a vegetal note in the aftertaste, with lingering malt sweetness. Light-medium in body, with average carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Very sessionable, and effortless to chug, but not interesting in the least.

Final Grade: 3.47, a passable B-. Sweetgrass Golden Ale is a basic, straightforward blonde beer that drinks well, but doesn't do much to draw attention to itself in a crowded marketplace. Something you could share with the in-laws, or most macro loyalists - or pick up a two-four of prior to a camping trip and enjoy thereafter - but not something that will rouse much excitement from the beer geek set. I'd drink it again, but I doubt I'd go out of my way for more.

Jan 06, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a Guinness pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.75 CDN. Appears to now be brewed in the Hammer, Hamilton, ON.

Appearance - Clear pale golden straw color. Some mild levels of visible carbonation and a nice fluffy head that lasts for a few minutes. not much in the way of lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell - Clean and crisp with lots of grain. Some slightly metallic and skunky notes. Nothing too exceptional here.

Taste - Again quite clean and refreshing, some creamy corn flavors to go along with mild grain. Little bit of sweetness and very restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well carbonated with a light body. Not much else to go on here.

Overall - Sweetgrass Golden Ale certainly won't turn any heads, but it's a solid and approachable blonde ale without to many frills. If you're looking for something that's affordable and a step above macro lagers, this will certain hit the spot. A brewery worth watching to see where they go from here.

May 19, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $2.50 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for less than a minute before film out. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- Not much here at all. Not much at all.

T- Pretty pedestrian and very mass produced flavor. Not a good beer at all. It's a Bud with a touch of a moldy taste to it. The malt is ok which is this brew's saving grace but still not worth more than a 3.0 on the flavor scale.

M- Just like a mass produced North American produced brew like a Bud

O- Not so good. Just a mass produced bland North American brew like a Bud. Nothing to write home about and will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew went well with....... Yup! You guessed it! Whatever you would pair a Bud with.


Sep 21, 2015
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is of sweet doughy malt, sugar cookie with a mild earthy hop as well. Taste starts out quite malty, biscuity and bready, low bitterness and light fruity-earthy hops, lingering malty finish. medium carbonation, medium body. Good and pretty easy drinking, however wouldn't be a go to for me based on personal preference.

Sep 09, 2015
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can.

This is a nondescript, inoffensive yet enjoyable Blonde Ale. There is a sweetness in the nose that translates to a mild sweetness on the tongue. Smooth finish with next to no bitterness. This is certainly what I assume falls under the "gateway craft beer" category. It is unlikely I would purchase again.

Aug 19, 2015
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a can at Bite Burger. Nice and light, refreshing. A relatively bland beer with no single aspect standing out. Sweet malt with some light hops made for summertime porch drinking.

Dec 30, 2014
Golden Ale from Sweetgrass Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 27 ratings