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 PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Slightly hazy, just a shade darker than gold. 2-3 fingers of white head rise. Great retention and lots of lace.

S - Big spiciness from the hops. Pepper and a touch of grass clippings are accentuated by a noticable alcohol presence. Soft aromas of honey and biscuits hide in the background.

T - Quick honeyed sweetness starts things off followed by a blast from the spicy hops. Pepper and grass from the nose, along with slight herbal notes and touches of citrus peel are all present. Late palate a general pepper/orange peel flavor persists alongside a growing alcohol presence. Alcohol becomes extremely strong and imparts a sharp bitterness. Bitterness begins to fade with soft bready notes from the malt and a strange combination of spiciness and weird herbal/medicinal flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Carbonation level is refreshing though bigger body brings the crispness down a notch. About what I'd expect from an imperial pils.

D - A decent beer and exactly what I imagine an imperial pilsner to taste like, though it's all a bit intense for me. The strong alcohol presence plus the abundance of noble hops make for a unique and unfamiliar experience. Not a quaffer, but not exactly something to be sipped either. A great imperial pilsner? Of course. But this begs the whole question of whether a pilsner should even be imperialized...I for one believe it should not. Golden Era is a curiousity at best.

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Photo of Buebie
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from tprokop7 in a trade. Been wanting to try this for a while.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into my long since used pilsner glass.
Forming a very foamy 2 inch off white head. The color is a darker golden pale with some chill haze. Very constant carbonation rise.
The head takes several minutes to settle, leaving mounds of clumpy foam and plenty of very thick curtains of sticky lace.

The aroma is a sweet, floral honey smell with plenty of light cereal grains and a hint of somthing citric, or orange like in the backround. Some floral hops set off the aromas nicely.

The taste on this is quite good, my only complaint is some moderatly warm flavors from alcahol. The honey like sweetness does a good job at masking this and keeps it from lingering. The taste upfront though is actually pretty sweet with plenty of unfermented honey like flavors and alot of great grain taste, not husky or overbearing, but just right.
Finishing with bitter hop bit in a piney citrussy snap. Dry and crisp on the tail end with lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel is carbonated, yet still somwhat creamy with a bit of slickness.

Delicious brew! This is the first pilsner I can actually say I adore. Very good indeed.

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Photo of marvin213
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a dirty brown-lookin' pilsner. The head is purty thick and it impresses me as it sticks to the sides of my pint glass. Had the beer not overflowed upon opening (taken from a cold mini-fridge), I might rate it a 4. Minus 0.5 for spilling on my newspaper.

The smell is weird. Lemon rind, watermelon, cucumber...seriously, those are the smells that come to mind with this one. I know it was originally called "Golden Shower" so perhaps one other smell comes to mind.... Really, the smell is not very appealing to me. It's interesting and unique and, therefore, slightly impressive, but I can't say it smells good.

For a pilsner, this is really thick. The taste, particularly for Dogfish Head, is blah. I don't really sense all of the fruits (and vegetable) I smell. I taste a thick plisner. It's like a double pilsner. Is that what it means by "American Double" on this site? I figured that meant DIPA, but perhaps this is the first double pilsner I've encountered. That makes it more appealing to me, but I'm simply unimpressed with the taste of this one. I'm trying to be fair as I cope with the fact I don't really like pilsners that much so I think, considering that, that this one tastes slightly better than your average pilsner.

The mouthfeel is actually good. If I refrain from looking at, smelling, and/or tasting this beer, and just let it sit in my mouth, it does feel good. It's that aforementioned thickness that just lets it sit well. This is like the fat girl hook-up in college--it feels good but the details are worth overlooking.

Drinkability ain't so good. It's a cool beer because that's what Dogfish does. Still, it's named after piss. That's less cool. I can't imagine ever having more than one. I probably won't buy this one again. Though I like the thick mouthfeel and I admire and respect DFH brews, this one is perhaps the least impressive.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with obvious carbonation. A thin head which falls quickly into nothing. No lace. Aroma is moderate hops, spicy and herbal, with a light malt sweetness and slight alcohol scent. Taste has a good malt sweetness, honey. Hops come in strongly with sharp bitter spice that's enhanced with alcohol warming. Bitterness lingers long after a sip. Medium body, excellent carbonation. A decent lager crispness but I'd like more of it.

Thanks PEBKAC for the brew.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle, under the name "Golden Shower".

This was a clear, deep yellow brew under a five finger, fizzy head. It took a while do subside.

Aroma was bready and fruity, with slightly grassy hops. It was a tad sweet and a little grainy.

Taste was of pine hops, slightly sweet, grassy, and a little grainy. Hop resins were definitely there, behind the other flavors, and lingered.

Mouthfeel was a bit creamy and carbonated. Not too thin.

Drinkability was good. I suppose I will try another some day, under the new "Golden Era" name.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006, "Golden Shower" moniker. 750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours with a sparkling clarity of pale gold, and a massive four inch head of dense white in a tulip glass.
Several long minutes later the head had swelled down to a remnant cone in the middle of the surface with a myriad of sticky lacework.

Aromatics lead off with syrupy malt, clover honey, and biscuity dough. Hints of peppery hops, orange oil, caramel, and a smidge of butterscotch follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. Crisp and creamy with a slick finish.

Plump, doughy malt, caramel, and spicy hops start the palate. Sweet honey, chipped toffee, citrus fruit, and mild grassy notes step forward. A firmish bitterness trys to make a run past the residuals but falls short.

Finishes with a mildly building warmth, peppery undertones, and honey-drizzled toffee.

The hops are subdued as expected, but overall the brew is in terrific shape. I can't say for sure but I would bet that it is significantly drier than when it was young.
At this point in the cellar I'd say it was close to peak, as everything seems pretty integrated and mellow. Zero oxidation, and could probably pass as a blonde Barleywine.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a crème head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is, well, boring really. Flavor is just okay. It is smooth and even, but interesting? Definitely not. I would expect much more from DH. But hey. At least it is smooth. Feel is low on carbonation. Liquid is okay as well. I figured this was going to be more interesting than it turned out being. There really ended up being little that impressed me with this one.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at New Beer Distributors in NYC. It pours a slightly hazey orange color with extremely busy carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The dense, frothy cap coats the glass in foamy lace. The aroma is hoppy with green tea and mint notes and a doughy breadyness. The taste follows suit with the addition of an intensely sweet honey flavor, its not overpowering but unique. Some alcohol heat also shows itself without shame. The finish is long, herbal and very bitter. The mouthfeel is quite full and coating with residual sweetness. There is definitely a lot of malt in this beer.

A nice Imperial Pilsner, though maybe not dry enough to my taste. the alcohol could be a little more modest too. Still, very enjoyable with a massive hop flavor.

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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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It has a nice light golden colour and the pour produced a 1 finger head of foa.

The smell is big on the sweet malt. I can't really smell much else but that malty goodness is nice.

The taste is as sweet as the smell, well, almost. I get some caramel malt, an ever growing amount of bread notes, some graininess, more sweet malt and a bit of hop bitterness that is strongest in the finish. A good taster here. The alcohol is there but it's not too intrusive.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, and it finishes slightly bitter. Head retention turned out to be good but there's very little lacing.

Bottom line: A tasty sipping Double Pilsner and I'm very glad I got to try it. I recommend it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 and a gentle lasting fade after the swallow.

D: Great drinkability nice for a hot summer day and a good twist of style.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Too bad it's not called Golden Showers anymore. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a soft white head. Good retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose is grainy and I would say too sweet for style (even though it is a Imp Pilsner). Some very nice grainy aromas with noticeable pilsner malt aroma. Some notes of candy sugar as well, that is a little off. Some heat and yeasty notes as well. Some light off notes as well, mostly drainage notes as well.

The taste is similar but has a bit more off yeast notes. To start the malt really comes out nicely. Some of the pilsner notes back off and leave more of a generic malt flavor. But unlike the nose there is a strong malt profile, versus a sugary backing. The bitterness is a assertive and leaves a boarder line astringent texture. Very limited finishing hops, could use more. The yeast is really a deterrent for me. Noticeable yeast notes and butyric/drainage. Some medicinal notes as well.

The body is moderate with some good chewy textures. Carbonation is a bit low but if it was more the astringency would be a bit much from the bittering hops. Overall there are some good flavors but the yeast really comes out with some off notes that really distracts.

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Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/20/08

Poured into a pint glass. Thin, white layer of head. Clear and golden (surprise surprise) in color.

Smell had a slight sweetness, presumably from the ABV. Nice bitterness with slight amount of spiciness.

Taste was sweet but crisp with a mild amount of hop bitterness. The 9% isn't even noticeable.

Mouthfeel had medium carbonation and a oily texture.

Drinkability is good flavor and mouthfeel wise, but the 9% will definitely catch up to you.

**Take this review for what it's worth.. I'm not a big pilsner drink so flavors aren't easily indentifiable, but this was a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Dalem
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally called Golden Shower (the name change was a smart idea on their part. I know I've lost how many times I've heard someone like a grumpy old uncle refer to the swill he was quaffing as "Horse piss" then down another can) the color isn't really gold as it is a robust orange. Bubbles race up to the inch tall and slow fading head. A strong grain and honey scent to the nose along with a light slap of alcohol (but at 9% abv-how could there NOT be?).
A very sticky and sweet malt taste up front. It's followed by a honey-like soothingness then some crisp and dry hops show up at the end to rock the scales a little bit with a smack of (good) bitterness.

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

Had this one at Falling Rock a few weeks ago.
I apologize for these somewhat vague reviews notes, I think this was the last beer at the end of a long day of drinking at Falling Rock. Damn I love public transportation!

a: Glowing orange body (or was it just the lighting?) with a whit head.

s: Spicey citrus hops.

t: Sweet malt with spicy, tea-like hops in the finish.

m: Smooth and full-bodied.

d: Easy drinking for the ABV. I have only had a few Double Pilsners, I like this one better than Odell's (a bit smoother, cleaner, better flavor). I put this up there with Sam Adams.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a nice fluffy head. The aroma was sweet. It had hints of citrus, floral notes and a slightly fruity smell. The Taste was hoppy and bitter. It tasted nothing like it smelled, but was still quite enjoyable. The finish of the beer was hoppy and bitter - by far the best part of this brew. The mouthfeel was on the thin side of medium bodied. This is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Slynger
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, pale malty, orangey citrus, floral-grassy hops smelling.

Heavy full pale malty sweet with a little bit of orangey citrus and lots of buttery, floral, and spicy-grassy hops.

Not bad, but not one of the most impressive versions of the style. I know my bottle was a little past prime, so perhaps a more fresh one would impress me more, next time it is released.

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Photo of changeup45
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker shade of gold, slightly hazy with nice head and lacing. Fruity and floral in the aroma with hops and a touch of malt. Mild malty flavor followed by a pretty big spicy, fruity, hop bite. Grapefruit and oranges are the fruits that come to mind. Somewhat tangy finish but overall the flavors balance extremely well. There's a lot of flavor and enough complexity to this while being very refreshing to make it a good beer. Unfortunately it is expensive and only brewed every once in a while. If you see it I definitely recommend giving it a try!

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a clear, pale straw yellow color with a solid 1 inch white head. Heavy amounts of bubbles rise up from the glass bottom. Dense head lasts very well while leaving thick (but quickly falling) lacing.

S - Scent is actually rather grainy & candy sweet. Of course there is a good deal of floral noble hops, but its more balanced than I anticipated.

T - Strong bittering noble hops dominate throughout. Floral and grassy. A bit of sweet corny grain at the start. A bit of melon-y fruit flavor (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.) Finish is dry and grassy with a good deal of residual bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A bit oily and sticky. Dry at finish.

D - A clean, flavorful take on the double pilsner. Hops are very bitter, taking the drinkability down just a notch. Alcohol is well hidden for a 9% beer. Worth trying out, especially it you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold with a two-finger off-white head. Light amount of carbonation visible. Great retention and lots of thick lacing.

Smell is clean grains, fresh cut grass, floral hops and a hint of pine.

Taste starts off with some light malt and toasted grains before some herbal/floral hop flavors. There's a mild fruitiness there too, like cantaloupe or something. Finishes long and dry with more floral hops, pine notes, and just a hint of alcohol.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very refreshing on a hot, humid night, almost too refreshing for its ABV.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich golden-straw pour into my Brooklyn footed pilsener. Creampuff head tops is off, leaving behind a little blob of it after receding.

S: Citrus, herbal, and floral aromas. A long and deep malty sweetness, vanilla, and maybe a little bit of sugar cookie.

T: Quite a sweet flavour - the 'sugar cookie' comes out much more in the taste, along with the vanilla (perhaps more like a vanilla extract). Peppy hops add a little liveliness, but it is certainly leaning more towards being a maltbomb than incredibly hop bitter.

M + D: Not a great deal of carbonation, but perhaps for the better. A little thick, with a bit of stickiness over the tongue - manages not to become cloying, fortunately. The sweetness makes it kind of like a dessert, but that ABV will catch up before long. An interesting offering from DFH - though, one must admit, they kinda ALL are.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: As in the name, this beer is gold, very gold. Quarter inch head upon pour, but falls quickly.

4.5 S: Malty, sweet as hell. Nice smell.

4.0 T: Strong sweetness, bitter aftertaste. Not quite woody taste, but something similar. I just can't put my finger on it.

4.0 M: Thick and a bit syruppy. Carbonation tickles tongue.

2.5 D: Sweetness alone makes this beer less drinkable. One beer, however, is a good amount for this beer so I can't complain too much.

Though not Dogfish's best, it's still a beer I would buy from time to time. Maybe they should bring it back, but that's for them to decide.

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Photo of asabreed
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, which, yes, may not be the best vessel for it, but alas.

Appearance: A hazy golden color with hints of copper and brown. Soapy and rocky head with nice retention, huge frothy white rings, and always above the body of the brew, even if it's 1/4".

Smell: Huge pilsner hop aroma and sweetness, ala frosting and vanilla and candi sugar aromas, backed by some nice citrus hops.

Taste: Huge in every way, with big hop flavors and pilsner malt, but the sweetness is just a tad overbearing. Maybe out of a pint glass it's weird too since it's easier to take bigger sips. I should've opted for a better glass. That said, lots of flavor and balance, but extremely sweet and heady in its fresh state. I wonder if laying a bottle down would do it some good.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully the rather monstrous sweetness factor doesn't prove to be too cloying or sticky in this full-bodied brew.

Drinkability: At around $4 for a bottle, or at least that's what I paid for it, it's slightly expensive, but also the sweetness would not make me want to drink it more than once. A quality beer and certainly one I enjoyed trying, and I wish more folks would try this style and see what would happen.

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