Golden Ale
Salt Spring Island Ales

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Salt Spring Island Ales
British Columbia, Canada
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #112
Ranked #20,289
3.77 | pDev: 13.79%
Jun 11, 2022
Sep 04, 2003
Notes: Made with the very finest Canadian two row barley and hops from Salt Spring Island and the Pacific Northwest, this ale boasts a nutty flavour, citrus notes and beautiful golden colour. This brew was awarded a gold medal (best cream ale) at the 2004 Canadian Brewing Awards.
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Salt Spring Brewing 'Golden Ale' @ 5.0% , served on tap at GCBF'12 , now a 473 ml can
A-pour is a dark gold from the tap/can to glass with a medium size white head with a pillow's of fine spotty lace along the sampler/pint
S-barley malt stands out
T-crisp & clean golden blonde ale
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-beer has gotten better than the original tasting back in 2012
prost LampertLand
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 2.56 by systemlayers from Canada (AB)

Aug 13, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours a clear gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - toasted biscuity malts, hint of spicy hops, hint of lemon.

Taste - Starts off with the toasted biscuity malts. It then goes into the spicy hops followed by a tartness from the lemon.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering tartness.

Overall - An enjoyable and sessionable ale. I like the tartness in the finish. This is a crisp and refreshing brew.
Oct 11, 2015
Rated: 2.51 by rab53 from Washington

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 3.2 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

May 07, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by harpus from Alabama

Sep 04, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by CWVegas from Nevada

Aug 11, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Feb 04, 2013
Rated: 4 by EskimoDave from Canada (BC)

Nov 21, 2011
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Reviewed by Graham5161986 from Canada (BC)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Well, after being very disappointed by their porter, I'm hoping for much greater things with this beer.

This "Golden Ale" does, indeed, pour a bright gold colour with a healthy, frothy white head that lingers for a short while but leaves lots of pretty lacing on my glass.

The nose on this one displays some very nice bready, grainy notes matched by a subtle but evident spicy, citrusy hop notes and a good amount of honey and caramel as well. Quite intriguing.

On the palate, this brew displays lots of grass and a good amount of bread up front without a whole lot of sweet caramel malts coming through giving this brew a nice and dry flavour overall. There is a good amount of minerality to this beer with the hops coming through mid-sip and on to the finish for a very crisp, dry finish. It's a refreshing flavour profile and is quite enjoyable.

This beer's mouthfeel is light, very crisp and finishes clean and bone dry. Simple, effective and refreshing.

Drinkability is another one of this brew's strong suits. I could happily drink this stuff all night. It;s light, easy-drinking and easy on the alcohol. This could become a great go-to session ale this summer.
May 06, 2010
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Reviewed by JanM from Sweden

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
After a series of disappointments tasting local beers in British Columbia I was very pleased to find Gulf Island Brewery's Salt Spring Golden Ale. Let me say it at the start of this review: it's a great beer. What I like particularly about it is that it is not only a good American Blonde. It has a distinct personality too. My respects to the brewmaster. It poured in a golden yellow colour with a kind of reddish shimmer to it. The scent was complex with notes of yeast, lemon, honey and grassy hops. The initial taste had a light sweetness. Then the strong bread notes rushed. There was a bitter bite at the end. Just like I want it! Since it has not been pasteurized the hops taste so much fresher. A well-balanced and very drinkable beer.
Aug 16, 2007
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Clear golden-straw; a touch of fluffy white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Plenty of hop aroma (floral, lemon zest, a touch of earthy spicyness & hints of soapyness); grainy (slight astrigency).

T: Some tart, grainyness that's a little astringent (I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there, perhaps it's not in prime condition?). Plenty of hop flavour (mostly lemon citrus with a little rind/zest & floral flavours in the background). Moderate bitterness provides a crisp finish.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; a little acidic.

D: Easily approachable for a macro drinker, but I can't get over the slightly tart grainyness.
Sep 11, 2006
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Reviewed by BDTyre from Canada (BC)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I like the new label better than the old labels, which were somewhat cartoonish. Aptly named, this is a nice golden colour with a decent, two finger head. Sweet malty smell, with faint buttery, nutty aromas and a bit of hops.

This tastes very pleasant. A good balance of malts and hops, with the malts a little more dominant. A bit of a sour, citrusy note to it.

Like Old Yale's Chilliwack Blonde, this is a nice, smooth drinking beer than borders on being a session beer.
Jan 21, 2006
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Reviewed by LaSalle from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: 650ml bottle with an almost campy “authentic micro” look. Pours a golden/brass with reasonable head.

Nose: Awesome nose; extremely fresh golden buttery feel, subtle notes of almonds with a noticeable hop presence. Very nice.

Taste: Assertive but delicate golden malt flavour with a perfect balance of hops which add a pleasant amount of bitterness to the palette. The hoppy bitterness transforms into a buttery citrus as it moves towards the aftertaste.

Finish: Great balanced finish, leaving the nice delicate malt and faint citrus of the initial taste with no lingering bitterness.

Comments: Overall this is one of the nicest beers I’ve had the good fortune of tasting in a while. The freshness and interaction of the flavours gives off a “cask conditioned” feel that I’ve never had before in a bottled ale. Quite an awesome brew that puts many others in perspective.

(Afterword: Although my second tasting of this beer several months later was quite different (sour with no head retention), I am confident that the second bottle that was the exception and the first was the rule.)
Jan 05, 2005
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Reviewed by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a very nice attempt at what is considered a gateway beer. There is decent hops and good acid in this beer to make this a step above many other blonde ales. The finish is sweetish but I could drink this beer all evening which I suppose is the point of this beer.
Aug 26, 2004
Golden Ale from Salt Spring Island Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 18 ratings