Celts Golden Ale
Moylan's Brewery

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #811
ABV:
5%
Score:
73
Ranked #49,535
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 17.36%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
72
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Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
73
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 06/17/17:

Clear and rich yellow amber, with pillowy yellow-white head of fine and structured froth. A chunk or two of lace here and there. Smell is vegetal but in a light and not unpleasant way. Same kind of thing as in their Irish Style, but less overpowering. Yo might almost call it a type of “grassy”. Palate is all grain and dry grass, a combination of the malt bill and probably also the hops. Very strong, verging on the vegetal, but not what I would call “harsh.” Less overtly hoppy than most other Goldens/Blondes you encounter, which is a nice change since some of them might as well be Pale Ales if not IPAs. Medium in body, with tingly, medium-sized bubbles throughout, refreshing enough to handle the more robust palate.

Apr 14, 2018
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a mild grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with an earthy flavor on the finish and a noticeable alcohol flavor that stands out. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a weird off flavor that makes it somewhat unpleasant to drink.

Nov 21, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinkable and forgettable light beer. Faint beery smell but not much of the
hop aroma. Light golden amber in the glass with an attractive head. Sudsy in the mouth, but the body is, you guessed it, extremely light. A glimmer of malty sweetness, and the lack of hops makes it a little insipid, though clean and fairly dry.

There's really nothing wrong with this, it's just a very light Blonde. I sort of like Moylan's description of this as a "California Golden Ale," but then that would have to be a blonde anyway. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine.

Sep 04, 2012
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DovaliHops from California

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet malt aromas with just a hint of hoppiness. Some grain and fruity aromas as well. Taste is initially sweet...reminiscent to adjunct lager flavors. Grainy and a bit grassy. Extremely low hop bitterness with sweet floral flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and somewhat crisp. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, it's an American blonde. Not really expecting much. This beer is quite underwhelming, but I was expecting that. Very drinkable with not a lot of flavor. A good transition beer for BMC lovers.

Nov 15, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours, indeed, a golden colour, but surprisingly hazed, with a filmy white head that forms into a ring. Very light body, and no lacing. Carbonation forms in pleasantly fine bubbles at least. Otherwise, it's a pretty average looking beer.

Nose is wheaty, with a green twinge suggesting grass in the rain. Slight apricot hints to it, but these are mild. Not bad, but all a bit thin and insipid.

Taste is extremely empty. A hint of damp, flat grain around the edges, but otherwise non-existent. It's almost adjuncty in its complete absence of flavour. A very faint, hollow and echoey bitterness at the end, that's almost no different from the bitterness at the back of a sip of soda water. Very poor.

Empty, and bland as hell. An "ale that complements all occasions"? God, you must have a boring life, Moylans.

Oct 16, 2011
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy light copper to orange body with golden hues beneath the billowing, cloud like white head that is packed with dense bubbles of vigorous carbonation.

Aromas of faint hops, yeast, and a candy or nutty like sweetness are first noticeable with the malt possessing more of a bread quality throughout the duration of the beer.

The toasty bread-like malt flavors are most prominent followed by some faint noble hops, but the flavor ultimately reverts back to the bread or wheat like malt.

This beer has a lighter body although plenty of flavor and generous carbonation.

As far as blonde ales go, this beer is more on the bread/biscuity side of flavor as mentioned above with some of the milder hop aromas one may expect from a west coast brewery. Not a bad example of the style overall.

Jun 27, 2011
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Offa from California

3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, small off-white head soon thins to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is apples, toasted white bread, hints of lemon & peppery green leaves, nice and firm, but simple and light.

Taste is nice, light crisp apple sweetness with light bread and hints of leafy-grassy bitterness and lemon. It holds up well to food, and is a very solid, drinkable light ale.

Apr 19, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very weak aroma of hops, malt, and grass.

T: Tasted of some hops, malt, and a grassy quality. This last quality is never - in my opinion - a good thing, but the flavor did get better as it went along.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a mixed bag of a beer. Not undrinkable, but not something I'd readily return to.

Mar 18, 2011
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theopholis from California

3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma- Crisp and fresh with some biscuit malt, malt sweetness and a bit of floral hops.

Taste- Not what I expected. I was thinking a Scottish ale with the name "Celt ale", but it's listed as an American blond. As an American blond, it's not half bad. A nice melange of maltiness, malt sweetness with a touch of biscuit malt. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a moderate carbonation.
Drinkability- It's okay.

Dec 30, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour an effervescent straw color with a sliver of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & floral hops

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, some mineral/flinty hop notes as well up front. Some pear notes, dryness & grassyness, plus some some very watery apple notes. Finishes watery with grassy notes

MF: Light bodied, medium carbonation that become prickly as it warms

Drinks okay, hard to believe Moylan's makes such a mediocre beer. Avoid this rubbish

Aug 26, 2010
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Flashsp2 from New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Moylan Celts bomber into goblet

Pours medium orange with golden highlights and perfect clarity. There
is a short lived offwhite head that leaves touches of lacing

Aroma is buttery, biscuit malt, and herbal hop. Not the greatest nose,
but it isn't offensive.

Lots of diacetyl, more biscuit malt, and a touch of malty sweetness. I
find this close to Fat Tire, which I'm not really fond of either.
There is a real light touch of hop bitterness and a light
drying/crispness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with a moderate carbonation. Nothing
memorable, but it works with this beer.

Drinking this beer isn't a chore, but I'm not rushing it down either.
I guess this beer just isn't doing it for me. Oh well. I like their
other stuff.

Mar 22, 2010
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Minkybut from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden ale that did not pour a very impressive or long lasting head. There was a hint of apricot or something. The beer was not bitter and not overly hoppy. I liked the beer and would gladly drink another one one day.

Mar 22, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with an off-white, small, thin head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses with a hint of caramel. There was an odd musty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a mild grassy hop presence. Not a lot going on here.

M - It was a little soft and somewhat thin. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay blonde ale. It was easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a good value at $4.50 for a 22oz average ale.

Mar 20, 2010
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BlueBloodBrew from California

1.85/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber poured into an oversized wineglass. Not much to this beer.

A - Color is amber, good carbonation with a good one finger head retention. There was a bit of sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Rancid smell of machine oil. It was difficult for me to distinguish any flavors. There was a caramel aroma mixed with some herbal aromas.

T - There was not much flavor to this beer. It was a rather flat palate but it did have decent body. No hint of hops. To be fair, I shared this with my wife and she really enjoyed the flavor of this beer; she is just beginning to roam from BMC beers. This could be a good stepping stone beer for those new to craft beers.

M - Again, not much to say about this beer. This beer reminded me of a BMC beer with just a bit better body character.

D - I will not have another, but will probably buy more for my wife.

Oct 09, 2009
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

2.24/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what to think of this beer. It's not a blonde for sure. An amber? nah. No idea.
The pour is golden, more orange than yellow and a nice head, for a short while. No lacing, I'm hesitant to score it a 3...could be lower.
No aroma. No "1" score b/c it isn't awful, but there's nothing really. Perhaps some very very weak orange peel. Pale malt?
Taste is flat, but not horrible. It's easy drinking b/c it lacks flavor and complexity. What is this thing? It's like water, a bit thicker. Nothing else. Weird.

Aug 04, 2009
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight head that fades to nothing. Smells grainy, slightly sweet and with a hint of earthy bitterness. Tastes similar. Quite grainy with a modicum of sweetness and some late earthy bitterness. There is also some grainy sourness in the aftertaste, which I'd prefer wasn't there. Smooth and a bit creamy, but there is that late grainy hit too. Pretty plain Jane all the way around. Not terrible, but meh.

Jul 16, 2009
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efhart from New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this beer in 22 ounce bottle poured into glass. The color was golden with slight head. I found the beer not to have much aroma, but the the aroma was not unpleasant.

This beer really stands out on taste and drinkability. The taste is very pleasant, in fact outstanding. It's a beer that could be drank all night if one so desired.

Generally I don't care for golden beers or wheat beers, etc., but this golden ale is just a real cut above others I have tasted. Moylan's produces some really fine beers.

Jun 23, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orange-amber body with a full, frothy, whitish head. Closer in color to the alternating stripes on the bomber than actually being golden.

Smell: Spiced citrus and doughy, bready malts with some sweetish honey and light caramel notes.

Taste: Bready, sweetish maltiness with a light touch of caramel. Tangy fruitiness with tastes of apple, lemon, and a hint of peach. Seemingly spicy, lemon-laden hops with a medium-low bitterness. The breadiness devolves into a more basic, generic doughy taste interspersed with hints of sweet honey. Finishes semi-dry with some enduring hints of dough and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, lightly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the movie "Journey Into Fear". Well-balanced, easy drinking, and I'll even say it has a bit more going on flavorwise than many blonde/golden ales out there.

Jun 13, 2009
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So-so beer from Moylan's. Normally their beers are good, but this is an exception. That said, most blonde ales I come across aren't that spectacular.

Light gold-orange colour with a nice white head. Bland, uninspiring scent of malt. Equally unexciting flavour, sort of a generic pale ale taste.

Nicd carbonation, okay as a session ale but fairly average. It could be better but its not horrible.

May 12, 2009
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washburnkid from New York

3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Davis Graduate. Served in a pint glass with the Miller Lite logo.

A: Transparent dark golden and copper. Zero head retention to speak of.
S: Sweet malts, caramel. Not the most complex nose.
T: Honey malt sweetness. Slight metallic notes with hoppy bitterness left behind. There's definitely a skunky ordeal here that the beer would do well without.
M: Slick and light.
D: Not awful for a warm day, but also not the first brew I'd reach for. I look forward to trying others from Moylan's.

Apr 08, 2009
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surfer4life from California

2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this at Moylan's Brewhouse and Restaraunt.

A - Transparent golden with a decent head, no lacing to be found.

S - Faint smell that Old shoes leaves in a bag, I found this to be a terrible and weak smell. A small hop smell in it and slight sweetness, but mostly was not a pleasant aroma.

T - Way weak, any taste that there is, does not linger long enough to even establish what it could be. Just not good.

M - High Carbonation, light body. I guess this is just the same as any light ale or lager. Would rather have some water.

D - Not so much, won't be chasing this one down.

Apr 07, 2009
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Gavage from Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a orange color with some golden highlights. The head is big at 2" and lingers a bit. No lace develops.

Smell: very minimal malt sweetness is detected.

Taste: the malt profile is sweet and bready. Some lemon zest, grass, and golden apples are present. Mild bitterness does not bring the sweetness into balance.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short but sweet.

Drinkability: this bomber was tough to finish. Usually I like blonde ales but this one was just did not hit the spot.

Apr 04, 2009
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CrellMoset from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber courtesy of and split with dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange amber body with a half-finger of foamy, fast-fading white head that leaves a thin collar and an erratic dusting of lace atop the surface. The body itself is slightly hazy and complete with a few nucleating bubble sites, fine, fast, and dense. Dkachur (who got the end of the bottle) has some floaties, too, well-dispersed and suspended.

Aroma: Pale, biscuit and graham cracker-like malts and a faint, backing hop profile, lightly spicy, but mainly lighter citrus zest-like notes, more orange peel than lemon, but a dash of both.

Taste: More of the same. A pale, sweet, lightly roasted, and biscuit-like backing malt foundation that sustains a light, leafy, light citrusy hop profile, more lemon zest than orange this time. All in all, it's not too intense, but it's not really off-putting - just sort of weak, a little watery, and pretty boring.

Mouthfeel: Soft and crisp, light and slightly fluffy, in a relatively thin (almost nonexistent, really) body. Appropriate for the style, and slightly refreshing.

Drinkability: This one is what it is - a 5.0% abv blonde ale. Does that mean it's drinkable? Sure. Does that mean I want to drink it? I'm less sure. It's plain, boring, straightforward, and not really my style. Fortunately, though, it's unassuming, so if this is your thing, give it a shot.

Mar 21, 2009
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber body, topped by two fingers of slighty off-white level foam. Dense lacing.

Incredibly slight hay aroma. This is a foam in the nose sniffer.

A quick flash of malty sweetness, a speeding bullet of fruit, and it all vanishes in a quick swallow. No finish, no aftertaste.

Light, airy, almost fizzy mouthfeel. Drinkability is unimpaired and uninspired.

The beer to give to Bud drinkers when the BAs have Hopsickle.

Mar 17, 2009
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little smoky up front with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and provides some balance, but overall it's kind of bland. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easy, not very filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are certainly better beers in the style.

Feb 20, 2009
Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 72 ratings