Golden Ale
Hoptown Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - American
3.49 | pDev: 9.17%
Hoptown Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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MenloBeer from California

3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Straw gold and hazy. This beer, so says the label, is unfiltered, hence the effect. I definitely see some yeast suspended in there. Good sized head died down to two fingers, but laces very, very heavily. Carbonation visible through the center.

S: Citrus and fruit notes up front. Cherries, grapes, and a hint of wheat. Not much hop bittering going on.

T: Hops showed up, nice and mildly bitter. Nothing Imperial going on, which is nice for a change! Bitter grapefruit on the back end. There's a malty sweetness evident, and combined with high carbonation you get a real nice balance out of this beer.

M: Mild, not oily at all. Dry, and sort of puckers the tongue.

D: Very drinkable. A light summer beer, this does not assault the taste buds, and would probably be a good intro beer for those not familiar with microbrews. There's complexity and depth, but it is too far out there a departure from common mass produced styles available.

Jul 10, 2010
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aquaderek from California

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a slightly golden straw color the head is a slight lacing that dissappears rather quickly and it is unfiltered so it is cloudy. The nose is very hop forward can get faint malts in the background. The taste again hop forward followed by grapefruit type notes with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp. This is a fairly decent hoppy session brew.

Apr 16, 2008
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katan from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle undated single buy.

A - Pours a nice golden color - light and clear with a few floaties. Not much of a head on this one. Clean bubbles.

S - I smell hops on this one. A nice sweet variety. Really dominates the nose.

T - A fairly light tasting beer. Not much of a initial flavor on this one. It finishes with something that is hard to describe. Those hops that I smelled just aren't there. It finishes with an odd bitter aftertaste.

M - Not much carbonation here. It has kinda a flat feeling to it.

D - A decent drinking beer. Its okay for a try, but I'm not sure I'll be back.

I have to wonder if age or something played into this one. I felt like I was drinking a partially skunked beer.

Oct 20, 2007
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Ratman197 from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear golden yellow with a small lingering white head with medium carbonation.

The aroma was of straw, some bread, citrusy hops and a hint of earthiness.

The flavor starts out straw and bread maltiness. then the hops come in all citrusy and a bit piney.The finish is a blend of the two with moderate bitterness and a dry finish.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Great on a hot summer day.

Aug 17, 2007
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stephendr from California

3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle- color of honey yellow , with a decent frothy off white head - nose of hops , sweet , egg whites , grape fruit , resin , and slight malts – taste of chalkyness , slight sourness , hops , slight bitterness , and slightly malty - body is dry , and well carbonated – aftertaste of hops , grapefruit , and dry chalkyness

Mar 23, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy, pollen-dusted goldenrod with waxy lemon borders. The manila head is reminiscent of some Belgian ales with a firm, fluffy stickiness that leads to a Badlands-like landscape of foam and great gobs of shaving cream lace. Golden Ale looks for all the world like a world-class BSPA.

As expected, it's unable to maintain those stratospheric heights and comes quickly back to earth when it's time for aroma assessment. It is, however, decently blonde malty with something less than the usual Hoptown barrage of hops. It's a pleasant aroma, just not a great one.

Blonde Ale seems like such a blase category to someone who loves gigantic malt (Russian Imperial Stouts) and gigantic hops (DIPAs) as much as I do. Their calling card is balance and drinkability, qualities that don't lend themselves to exciting beer in most cases. Golden Ale does what it can within the confines of the style and is actually a pretty good effort.

It helps itself most of all by having enough ingredients and even more so by favoring the hoppy side of its personality. The malt is strictly pale, or pils, and possesses no trace of toastedness. The hops are neither purely American citric nor purely European floral-herbal-spicy, but are probably a melange of the two. And a well-done melange at that.

A blonde ale that delivers a respectable amount of flavor is ahead of the blonde ale game. I don't know that warming is bringing about any appreciable changes, but I continue to be impressed by a beer that, I'll admit, I didn't expect to be impressed by. One of its biggest strengths is that a great many people from all points of the beer spectrum should be able to drink and enjoy it.

The body/mouthfeel was, no doubt, designed for maximum drinkability and is probably exactly what its brewers intended it to be. It's light-medium, zestily carbonated and is as unchallenging as the flavor profile. I appreciate the way that it works within the context of the beer as a whole, but I'd still like to see a more full creaminess and fewer bubbles.

Hoptown is one of those breweries that releases remarkable beer after remarkable beer, but never seem to get any recognition. Their 'Old Yeltsin' Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Breakfast Stout and IPA are some of the finest examples of their respective styles that you'll ever drink. Golden Ale doesn't quite measure up to the flashier offerings in the Hoptown oeuvre, but it's still a delicious, drinkable beer in its own right.

May 19, 2006
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DogFood11 from California

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So far I've been happy with beers from this brewer and this one is another solid beer. Their name says alot about their attitude in the brewing them. They like hops and it shows even in a blonde. Nice sticky white head with chunked lacing. Impressive. straw with orange blended and a little cloudy.

smelled lots of fresh hop w/ graperfruit citrus notes as well. The style reads that it should be or most are an all malt brew but this seams to break from that a bit with the hops being dominant. Slight caramel sweet backdrop. Taste is similair although after a while the bitterness tends to bite.

This one has a place and I'm sure alot of people will love this offering. For me it was above average, interesting combination.

Sep 02, 2005
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Troyone from California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear almost like a light apple juice color with some carb action. Had a huge head that dissipated within minutes with some lacing.

Has a caramel malt smell with a resin orange hop aroma.

A lightly sweet and acidic caramel malt taste with an orange hoppy flavor.

A light bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, with a smooth almost flat finish.

Definitely a session beer however the flat finish would be a bore.

Aug 14, 2005
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donnebaby from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the cap and a blast of dry hop pellet-esque aroma came out. Sweet and somewhat neutral smell over the mild hop base -- which I was somehow happy to note was not from Cascades (over-saturation?). Lightly sour. Large poof of light and creamy foam over a mostly clear golden body.

Taste varies in the mouth, jumping between sour lemon juice, sweet peach-tinted sugarcane, and hop fruitiness. Small, bittering hops come out mostly as an afterthought, before finishing cleanly.

Body heavier than light, with good initial soft carbonation, followed by next to nothing. The beer grew on me as I drank. I wondered if it'd be too sweet, but ended up not being so. My first sampling of a Hoptown brew -- and I'm definitely not disappointed. Unique, yummy light brew.

Apr 28, 2005
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watermelonman from California

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a bright and gold color with a medium head that did a reasonable job of lasting. Lacing was present but pretty minor.

The smell isn't so great. It's of grains and hops, but entirely plain. There's some good flavor in there, but it's a pretty plain hop blend. That's the bulk of it, both up front and in the finish. It could use a little more balance.

It feels a little too sharp in the mouth, but it remains pretty drinkable. It's not a bad choice for warm weather.

Jun 16, 2004
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Zorro from California

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is a highly hopped brew with a slight tart smell. Plenty of grapefruit and pine scents.

Taste is dry even sort of tart with super mild amount of hop in the taste compared to the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable but uninspiring brew.

May 30, 2004
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joecast from Australia

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle conditioned brew, no bottling date or abv on label. lots of sediment in bottle.
appropriatly named as the color is a bright gold and forms a large white foamy head.
light lemony (citrus), spritzy aroma. flavor starts much the same. as the beer warms a slight bitterness comes through.
this is surprisingly close to the description on the label. has a refreshing citrus flavor to it, but not tart or mouthpuckering.
much lighter ale than the others i have found so far in socal but a nice change of pace.
the drinkability would have been much higher had i tried it on a hot afternoon after doing some yard work.

May 28, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber with a 3/4 plastic wrap label that has the generic Hoptown Brewery bottle label, with only the words “Golden Ale” to distinguish it from the rest of the range.

I usually get to try Hoptown Brewery products either on Tap and/or at Beer Festivals, which is probably testament to the rarity of their bottled beers. This is a new one for me though.

Appearance: Hazy golden body with plenty of conditioning that pours with a nice frothy white head. The head is thick and clumpy and looks like a mass of whippy Ice-Bergs. I poured the whole bottle into a 25 ounce handled Mug, when I took the first drink the floating head peels back as the beer races from underneath it, as it flows backwards the head sticks against the far-side wall of the glass as you drink, leaving a thick clumpy lace on the one side of your drinking vessel, which looks rather cool.

Nose: Smells like a fresh unspiced Wheat beer at first mixed with a small dash of some fresh Hops. It has a sharp nose, like that from a freshly cut Grapefruit or Pineapple.

Taste: A very refreshing feel at first, so much so, that you may loose concentration on the tastes. It is a lightly hopped Pale Ale that has enough flavor to keep your interest but not enough baggage flavor-wise to weigh you down if you are doing Jobs around the house, or even outside on a warm day. Starts with a Pilsner like Malt entrance, has a fruity twangy middle, and a very nice hoppy ending with some crisp bitterness. The levels of flavors are never over powering. The finish is particularly crisp and fresh which adds drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average feel, but totally befitting of the beers style and not out of place at all. If anything it offers a little more than most comparable beers.

Drinkability: Definitely an easy session beer, though the hoppy bitterness is rather low it is sufficiently appealing to entice you into the next mouthful.

Overall: A great Golden Ale to start the night with, nothing earth shattering but a tasty enough Pale Ale with a nice crisp hint of hops that quenches a thirst and cleans the road for some more stronger beers later on. A nice enough drink. This is one of those beers that would be great on Nitro- dispense and convert those Lite drinkers in large hoardes no doubt. There I said it.

Dec 29, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Gold color, large foamy head. Aroma is hoppy and grapefruity. A light golden ale with big hop kick, no maltyness. Full flavor, but way, way to hoppy for a golden ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is very bitter. BEER NOT TO STYLE.

Aug 24, 2003
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Mark from California

3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bright golden ale was a difficult pour. The head was almost out of control. The plus side is that retention was fantastic and lacing prodigous. Aroma was pretty non-existent, maybe some faint grainy aromas but little hop in evidence. Taste was smooth and malty but a bit pedestrian. A nice quaffer for warm weather for sure, but a bit too boring for my present tastes.

Apr 30, 2003
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BeerManDan from California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light yellow with very little foam that dissapates quickly. The aroma and taste are of hops, malts and of yeast. Nice pleasant after taste with a medium bitterness at the end.

This beer is brewed with two-row and wheat malt and hops and is non filtered!

Oct 21, 2002
Golden Ale from Hoptown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 17 ratings