West Coast Golden Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by boatshoes on 07-28-2009

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Newark.

A: The ale is golden, a clear yellow color and amply effervescent, supporting a finger of white head. That head quickly disappeared as I started in on the glass.

S: The nose is all hops, a thick wall of bitterness that didn't betray any predisposition as to provenance. Citrus and pine are both strong, but they struggle to assert themselves.

T: The blonde ale base was a good idea, light and biscuity. It keeps things grounded but quickly gets out of the way of the hops. Those hops, as in the nose, are strong but undefined. A west coast-hopped ale, neither citrus nor pine really get down to business. The result is a sheer wall of bitterness that numbs the tastebuds. The lightness, only 4%, is deceptive, as the ale comes across as much stronger.

M: The mouthfeel is all syrupy hops, lots and lots of hops. A good beer for the bitterness, stay for the low alcohol, but also be prepared for the bite.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap with dinner, served in 22 ounce mug. It is deep gold in color with a massive,sticky white head. The aroma has lots of sweet pine. The flavor has lots of pine and tropical flavors and a strong, bitter hoppy finish. It is light in body and a smooth drinker. I highly recomend this one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a pint

Appeared a pale golden color with a chilled haze. A two finger, thick, creamy paper white head fell after a long struggle to hold on. A good amount spider web lacing is left on the glass.

Clean lemon peel with an earthy, pine aroma. The nose is soft and delicate as a whole and not very assertive. There is a clean, toasted white bread base in which the hops sit.

A hopped up golden ale for sure. Lemon and grapefruit lend a sweet yet bitter flavor throughout. The clean, toasted bread pokes through in the middle, but only briefly. The hops are not overbearing and lean more towards well-balanced.

A light medium body with a dry finish. I was expecting more of a crispness, but it just meanders into a dry, bitter finish.

This is a great choice for a session beer. You get a nice little hop fix with a light body and a low abv. I could go to town on this for an entire day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brassy-gold with a fairly good clarity and pancake bubbly frothy head that was bright white in coloring. Only a few single straggly trails of carbonation bubbles, light and lazy was observed. The lacing was slight due to the compact nature of the head. Overall a decent coloring.

S: The nose was much lighter and subdued then their ipa. Very soft with dried lemon flower hints, and pine needles. Overall was expecting much more from this due to all the hype and build-up.

T: The hops were spicy and clean, wet citrus and well mannered with light semi-dry toasted bread notes. Their ipa packs more of a wallop, was more dry hopped then this, though this beer is claimed to be dry hopped with a pound of galena. There as a decent crisp citrus finish but was much lighter and probably wont garnish as much respect or excitement from seasonal hop heads.

M: light bodied, soft and once again lacking crispness. More carbonation would of brought out a better aroma and mouthful here.

D: Decent drinkability though I missed the hops. A little bit of a letdown considering the name of west coast gold I was expecting a wet sticky hopbomb but instead got a mellow east coast attempt where the malting was the best part of the drink here. Easy drinking, and only moderate enjoyment from a west coast hop head standard, Their IPA was much better I thought, stick to that for your hop fix.

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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap along with the berliner weiss when I went over to Iron Hill for dinner this week with some buddies. My first beer added to the site, so I'm excited to review it!

Appearance- Comes back from the bar with a nice finger and a half of head and a light golden amber body with fairly lively carbonation in the glass. Head has very good retention and sticks around until the beer is gone. Lots of sticky lacing left down the side of the glass as well as I drink.

Smell- A strong hop bouquet that is primarily composed of a nice combination of piney, resiny hops up front, with a bit of citrusy, floral hops in the background.

Taste- A very pleasant but not overwhelming taste again comprised of pine needles and resin with a sharp hop bite up front. Less citrusy in taste than on the nose but a touch of grapefruit as well. Backed up with a detectable malt sweetness as well but primarily carried by the prominent hop presence. Finishes with a nice sharp drying punch as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very solid mouthfeel on this one with more body than I'm used to finding in many Iron Hill beers. Good level of carbonation though slightly on the sticky side, but not overwhelmingly so. The late drying aspect of the taste keeps you going back for more.

Overall, one of the better Iron Hill beers I've had and very drinkable on a summer's eve. Worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Iron Hill Newark's Cask Fest...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that quickly fades out into a tiny collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge pine and grapefruit with light caramel and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but lighter with small amounts of grain with bitter hops and yeast coming through.
Mouthfeel is bitter, yeasty, and light.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not a huge of fan of Iron Hill's beer, at least the West Chester location's. It has always been mediocre at best. This one was no exception.

The beer looked ok. Nice healthy, 'sparkled' head from the cask. Aroma fairly strong, nondescript hops. I had it last week and it seemed distinctively C hops, but tonight it didn't. Taste could use some work. Just wasn't right. Wasn't refreshing, wasn't tasty. Sort of cloying with fat, lazy flavors that made it difficult to drink. Wasn't very strong, supposed to be a session ale, so I reviewed it hard in that category...probably wasn't that bad.

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West Coast Golden Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 9 ratings