Golden Era | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden Shower is brewed with all continental pilsner malt and hopped with the finest noble hops.

This beer is dry-hopped in the conditioning tank for 8 weeks.

80 IBU

Added by Jason on 03-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AKA Golden Shower AKA Prescription Pils... Now Golden Era

A - Real clear real light for the punch.

S - Very malty with lots hops at the end.

T - Wow. An Imperial Pilsner huh. Amazing. Really complex with not a lot of alcohol in the finishing taste.

M - Very crisp and light. Perfect for a hot summer day.

D - Dangerous! You could easily drink more than you know of this amazing one of a kind beer.

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Photo of baos
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color with perfect clarity. Then up comes a nice white 3 finger head. Head retention = awesome. Lacing is exceptional as well.

S: Unexpected hops with malts and clover honey. Also hints of fresh grains.

T: Hops, clover, beeswax, and a bit o' malt. Floral notes, and it ends with a nice bitter dryness.

M: Really nice especially for this type of beer.

D: Good. A one. Bravo. As the beer warms the floral note become more pronounced with little hints of nutmeg and caramel. This beer is complex and wonderful to drink. Bravo Dogfish Head!!!

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Photo of jaysephx69
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a pale bronze-gold with a tightly woven white head that was sticky leaving a rim lacing behind.

S: dry grains with some light doughiness and hints of spicy alcohol.

T: The initial flavor had a light breadiness to it, floral hopping and dried citrus. Very smooth and refined flavor and not as hoppy as one would expect. There was a light dry grains and grassiness detected in the finish with a gentle lingering fade of pale malts and light citrus flowers.

M: Crisp mouthful

D: Great drinkability

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Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA unclederby for the chance to snag this one in Central OH

Bottle inspection: States that the batch was "continually hopped" and bottled on 3/21/06.

Aroma: Orange juice, carmel, flowery fresh hop aroma. I'm digging the aroma but it's definitely got more of an APA or IPA aroma.

Appearance: Orange body fading to golden (go figure!) edges. Creamy "root beer float"-like head that cascades and is most impressive.

Flavor: Citrusy up front with notes of biscuit and carmel sweetness. There is some crispy notes (possibly from water treatment?) but it's not at all like a pilsner. Tastes very much like a beefy APA or a West Coast IPA. That being said, it's finely crafted and highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy. An alcohol dryness that lingers on the palate.

Overall impression: If you are a style guidelines geek then you probably will hate this beer. However, if you enjoy DFH pushing then envelope, then this will be one to savor. I fall in to the latter category as I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I can see why some say it's too sweet to be a pilsner. That being said, this whole American Double Pilsner style seems a bit sketchy to me. Both examples I've had (DFH and Sam Adams version) seem to fall more in the APA or IPA style. Either way, both were enjoyable and definitely recommended.

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In typical Dogfish Head fashion the beer was remarkably sweet. It was smooth and easy in a candy-like fashion, just not exactly what I would have expected. "American Double Pilsner" can you believe it LOL so many styles. =) Anyway, I had no idea really what to expect from an Impy Pils, but I was expecting twice the hop middle and twice the dry finish. In fact it was more sweet and sugary than any Pilsner, I have ever had. Here's the break down.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep Golden color, that actually seemed to glow. It had a nice creamy off-white head. Certainly this is an attractive beer.

Smell: The aroma is packed full of raw DFH sugar and lots of sweet caramel. I think a few people said this beer was reserved. I disagree but understand. The hop character is present and shows up as a gentle spicy floral German Hop character, but still it sits as second underneath the heavy blanket of Pilsner malts and sugar.

Taste: The flavor was both a big surprise and a revelation. The surprise was the huge, smooth sweetness. The revelation was how typical this big sugar character is in DFH beers. The initial inspection left me hanging on how sweet and caramel this was for a “Pilsner”. After getting over that fact a tremendous amount of complexity did show though the malty blanket. There was some peach or pear and a hint of white grape soaked in a nice helping of Vanilla. It made me think of oak barrels, as there is a hint of wood. The beer is not cloyingly sweet. It is balanced by a nice hop flavor, but it does come in second.

Mouthfeel: I was definitely expecting a bigger dryness in the finish, but found it to be exceptionally smooth. Velvety around the edges and slick through the center this is terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability: It is remarkably easy to drink! The 9% ABV never showed up. Completely masked making this so approachable. Still, as sweet as it is, you would be hard pressed to call it sessionable. I will stick with the adjective, tremendously quaffable!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with 2007 bottled date. The appearance is bold with a golden white color, topped by a 21/2 finger white head that has very good retention.

The aroma is buttery, peachy and flowery. Taste is very hoppy. The tartness is also high with an accompanying alcohol flavor. I also detect a small bit of sweet malts.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, tart and spicy.

A unique flavor and another good one for DFH.

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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of kwakwhore
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Shower 2006
A big bottle produced a lovely golden pour with a white head.
Some citrus hop aroma
Beautifully balanced hop and malt profile with a bit more accent on the hop. The flavors are surprisingly delicate for such a big beer.
Refreshing mouthfeel with some carbonation. Hop resins are present and give a bit of a syrupy feel as well.
Easily drinkable for such a big beer although I wouldn't have more than one of these bottles.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Its a deep golden color with a visable stream of steady carbination. It also has a big fluffy white head that laces very nicely.

S - Strong aroma of noble hops. It its a nice combination of piney hops with a citrus zing to it.

T - Creamy full bodied sweet malt encompass the tounge. It is followed up by flovorfull hops that I think might be too much.

M -- Big and viscous. No carbination bite.

D - Its a great beer. Imperial Pilsner? I guess it is by BJCP standards if you look at Imperial stouts and base the gravity/taste scale to this. This is a tough judge ment call due to its style. I Think Its absolutley fantastic other wise.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bronze color with an enormous off white head, and a lot of visible carbonation that floats slowly to the top. Lacing is excessive, and sticks all over the sides of my pilsener glass. The aroma is like a bouquet and a fruit basket mashed together. I have never encountered a beer that smells anything remotely close to this, and I'm loving it. Orange, tangerine, flowers, pollen. The taste is all that is in the aroma with a touch of alcohol in the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, I this is only the second Double Pilsner I have had the joy of drinking, and I really like them both. I would certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle. Marked "Bottled On: 3/21/06 E."

Bright gold in color with a thick, pock-marked white head that leaves a film on the glass. Aroma is crisp, lightly hoppy, biscuity, with maybe some lemon. First taste is nice - grassy, medicinal, herbal, phenolic, some hops, touch of lemon, and a warm-ish alcohol finish.

Smooth in the mouth, easy drinking, but packs a nice punch. An excellent representative of the style, perfect for an unseasonably cool Spring afternoon.

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Photo of spointon
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my tall pilsner glass.

A= This beer poured almost an completely clear (just a hint of a haze to it) dark golden color with faint orange highlights dancing through it. The initial head was something to behold - at least 2.5" of amazing fluffy white perfection. The head slowly settled to a thin creamy cap and left sheets of incredible lace down my glass.

S= To my surprise I found the aromas of this beer to be startlingly fruity and filled with heavy notes of citrus, sweet malts, and of course spicy hops. There was also a modest alcohol presence, which came forth better as the beer warmed.

T= My initial impression of the taste was that of an imperial ipa blended with a hoppy euro pilsner (such as FFF Dreadnaught or ST Unearthly blended with Pilsner Urquell). Since that's just crazytalk, I'll move on. The initial flavors I noticed were sweet chewy malts and spicy noble hops. The malt base was brilliantly supportive but not too syrupy or cloying like many "Imperial" beers can be. Other flavors present included grapefruit, lemongrass, and maybe some slightly tart melon. The finish was comfortably dry and back to the noble hop spiciness. Alcohol never really made itself the center of attention.

MF= This was a medium-bodied beer with a soft, slick mouthfeel. The carbonation was low, yet it worked enough to make the beer feel refreshing.

D= I really enjoyed this beer, maybe because it was way better than I expected when I picked up a single bottle to try. Dangerously deceptive, this 9% abv wonder drinks like it is 5.5% or 6% at most. I highly recommend this to those who occasionally feel that DIPAs can be a bit heavy sometimes.

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Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml Bottle sampled thanks to Imstillthegman.

Pours a clear coppery gold colored beer with an off white head that has a clear gold tint to it. I could almost call this beer copper colored but it really is a shade of gold. Fairly high carbonation level keeps the head for a very long time.

Smell is sweet with a clear and strong noble hop aroma very perfumed and spicy scented to the nose. Alcohol is noticeable as a peppery smell here but it does not detract from the pleasant aroma. All my attempts to get nuances of the aroma here fail due to a strong but pleasant spicy aroma.

Taste is quite sweet and fruity and spicy at the start. Lots of spicy Saaz hops kick in very quickly and deliver a concentrated Pilsner flavor to the tongue. Flowery bitters and a bit of hay from the hops are the dominant flavors here. Sweetness diminishes greatly after a few tastes and just leaves the Pilsner on steroids taste. This is at least as good as Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest. Has absolutely no harshness to it at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy, sort of weird for a Pilsner but it is enjoyable.

Certainly easy to drink. Some have commented that this is too sweet but it doesn't seem that way to me. Super strong and concentrated Double Pilsner that is better than the Boston Beer and Rogue versions by a long shot. This is a must try and best of the breed for this new American Beer class.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon the pour from the 750ml brown bottle is a deep golden, almost copper, the head is creamy and a luminous white, modest in size, and after its demise leaves a thick and sticky sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Nose is crisp with the aroma of hops quite noticeable, sweet malt at the back, start is sweet, the grain profile superb and the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is rich in hops, spicy and biting, the acidity modest and the aftertaste dry and a bit of alcohol warming at the dead end.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Very attractive, two fingers of white, sticky head that left great lacing. The Body was a clear, dark golden color.

S - Very attractive, the grapefruit-like hops really show up, and a nice, pilsner-like cracker malt aroma made itself more present as the beer warmed.

T - Starts with a very round, full pilsner maltyness. Sweet pastry and grapefruit pop up before the finish, which is dry and long with cherry notes. A high octane pilsner that hits all the right notes with a sledgehammer. Very good.

M - Full bodied pilsner, doesn’t exactly dance on the tongue, but not major complaints.

D - For a beer that clocks in at 9% APV, it is very, very drinkable, like 4 in a sitting drinkable. Dangerous....

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Photo of Terp96
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been looking for an imperial pilsner that would knock my socks off and this one comes pretty damn close.

Pours sort of like a Belgian golden ale. Golden-yellow hues, slightly hazy, with a big head. Very nice.

Smell is amazing. You can tell immediately that there is a lot going on here. Floral, grassy hop aroma. Like a great pils on steroids.

Taste is equally as good. Grassy notes. Nice malty sweetness and a dry hop finish true to form. The "imperial" comes through with the noticably big malt presence.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Very smooth. Very quenching and easy to drink. The alcohol does not linger but the taste does. Nicely done.

Drinkability is solid as well. I felt like I could drink two bottles of this stuff without thinking. Too bad my four year-old knocked over my second and final glass from the bottle. Damn!!!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to wheelinshirt for this brew.

Golden Shower
750ml Bottle

Poured into a DFH glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight hops, some spices, pepper, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, and caramel. Has a nice sweetness at first, and finishes a little bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, I like this one, very tasty, recommended.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 3/12/06 under the name "Golden Shower".

A- Deep golden/slightly orange color- the first pour was a thin head, but it got thicker and fuller with subsequent pours from the balance of the bottle. Subtle lacing when the head dissapated.

S- lots of suble sweet scents- grassy, slightly fruity, a bit of hops.

T- slightly sweet, reminded me a bit of the Dogfish Sahtea. Caramel, toffee- slight hints of candy-like flavors.

M- thicker viscosity- good light fizz.

D- this was my first Imperial Pilsner- I could have easily ordered another bottle, but had to drive home! It went well with my meal- I found it to be very drinkable.

This ale (IMHO) is what I like about Dogfish- something different and "Off Centered" that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When the store manager saw my disapoinment that someone else had discovered and purchased the last of the Rogue Old Crusty 12 oz. bottles, he said " Oh - you want something old? Ive got a couple of big bottles of this DFH stuff in the cooler - Golden something...?" "Show me." I says. In the back of the walk in , behind the stacks of 30Pks, on top of the small craft beer shelf were 2 lonely bottles of Golden Showers. " They've been in here for over a year he says" I reply " 3-22-06 bottling - not old at all!" He gives me a funny look and says " Ill give you a deal on em" "OTay~!" I says!

Poured into a tapered Paulaner Pils glass, producing a Great big white fluffy head supported by streams of vigorous carbonation seen thru the crystal clear, deep yellow beer. Long smears and spatters of lace trail down the glass to a tight white cap of head till emptied.

Aroma is a heady mix of worty malt and floral herbal hop. Some higher alcohols swirl in and out in the background but dont over shadow the sugar and spice. Individual aromas are hard to pick out but suffice to say, one of the more interesting and inviting beers Ive ever smelt.

Besides a distracting initial blast of strong alcohol, the up front flavors are heavily malt dominated - rich and almost syrupy. Not clean or crisp as in a lightweight pils, but I wasnt expecting it to be. Firm but not harsh hop flavors work themselves in quickly to balance things. Fresh and "green" hop flavors mix with the sugary malt in a unique way - berry and a hint of tangerine along side an herbal bite similar to a Gruit. Alcohol dances around it all as a long ,lingering bitterness smolders at the back end. No clean, abrupt finish to this Pilsner!

Mouthfeel is medium heavy , tho it doesnt get cloying as it warms up. A fine example of an obscure " new" style that we should see more breweries take a shot at. Not really reminiscent of a pilsner in any way, but a very tasty brew. Great balance and flavor without being over the top ( as many DFH brews are). It seems 16 months is a good age for this one. Make some more Sam! We dont care what the prudish bureaucrats make you call it.

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Photo of jcipa88
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sediments completely to jettjon - "beautiful golden clear color" stands out and is a fine way to state it, I do not agree with the "no carbonation" though. Not sure if it was the golden shower doing it or well - heck, the specific 4-pak I purchased came right from Milton, DE. The scent is evident and running of suds on the glass is perfect in my book. The malty-ness gives it that smooth balance, with lively flavor, with a sweet touch. With a sip, with a swill, enjoy it at will.

But let’s get to the taste in the mouth. It's tangy in the chamber and the flavors just hang for like 3-4 seconds - what a nice feel it is. To put it in place, I just enjoy the delicious DFH style, haven't had the other renditions, but if yah have a chance - get to DE, the brewery and the brewpub should be high on the list.

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Photo of rayjay
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one very good double pils. Not my favorite style, but I actually liked this beer better than the 90 Minute IPA. The alcohol is better hidden, and it is generally smoother. Decent sized hoppy bite. There is definately a lager profile, but this drinks like an IPA. The things I feared, sugary stickyness and thickness, didn't show their head at all. Also, this had one of the biggest heads I've seen in a DFH bottle. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vibrant golden color leaning towards the orange side. Loads of activity with hundreds of bubbles magically conjured from the bottom of the glass. Head is full and creamy, the color of butter creme. Leaves gorgeous lacing behind.

S: Tangerine sherbert, honey, copper and butterscotch.

T: Immediate butterscotch above and beyond any beer that I've had in the past. Wow. Strong natural honey, grass clippings and a metallic bitterness can be found under the covers but its the butterscotch that gains the limelight. Very sweet and sugary but well balanced and enjoyable with cookie dough adding a nice backbone. Finishes very sweet with pronounced honey, cantelope and toffee.

M: Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

D: I'm having a hard time believing this was Reinheitsgebot but the label said it was. I'm thinking this beer had some age because of how pronounced the butterscotch was. What a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy off-white head into a tulip glass. it left great sheeting and lace throughout and billowed easily with a swirl of the glass. the body was clear and the color of straw-gold.
s - floral and sweet with an underlying maltiness like honey.
t - hoppy, grainy with a nice malt backbone.
m - so clean and smooth, this is great.
d - goes down easily, a terrific beer.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (Vintage 2007) into a pint glass. Have seen much hype about this style due to the Sam Adams Hallertau coming out this fall. As I have continually been impressed by DFH, I wanted to try their version as well.

A. A beautiful dark golden color with a healthy 2 finger head that leaves a decent lacing.

S. A hoppy start with a follow-up of sweet fruity maltiness.

T. Great hoppiness with a hint of malt. Typical dry DFH Hop finish.

M. Decent carbonation with a great dry finish.

D. Except for the 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. This is hands down the best I have tried in this style.

Head and shoulders above the Sam Adams version. A close tie with the Terrapin version.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank the Golden Shower and it was... fantastic. Clear gold with a bubbly white head. The noble hops, saaz, and danky malt aromas are thick and rich with a touch of honey. A full taste of the same, but perfectly balanced with the battle between the sweet pilsner and tart hops at a stalemate. An excellent beer that destroys Sam Adams' version.

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Golden Era from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 327 ratings