Celts Golden Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

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Photo of marc77
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange hue. Thick, dense, slowly dissapating head. Assertive citric fruity esters consist of lemony - lime, old citrus rind, slightly sour mustiness and a hint of nutty malt. Subdued damp floral Goldings hop nose. Odd aroma overall. Very well carbonated, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel. Flavorwise lemony fruit esters and grainy malt dominate. The light hop bitterness is appropriate considering the equally light malt backbone. Citrusy hop flavor. Dry, citric, lightly nutty finish. Not a beer to be savored... it's too odd. The lemon - lime flavors and light, spritzy feel make this beer reminescent of shandy.

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Photo of Mark
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium gold and topped by a decent white head. Lacing was in scattered patches, Grainy aroma with a touch of lemony notes. Smooth yet unspectacular on the palate. Mostly malt with a touch of hops. Mouth feel is light with above average carbonation. This beers strongest point is it's easy drinkablilty. If you are looking for a session beer this is not bad. I think Moylan's brews this rather uninspiring beer in hopes of turning the macro swillers on to craft beer. Not up to par with others in the house but not as bad as some reviews suggest. Would be best in summer.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow straw color, large head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. Crisp and slightly hopped, kind of bubbly, a little over carbonated? There is a slight fruitiness to this beer, and a subtle, soft mouth feel. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of beernut7
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was once of the least impressive brews I have had in a while. The bottle gushed immediately upon opening. Considering I bought it off a shelf instead of the recommended cold storage, this isn’t really surprising. The color is very hazy and straw golden underneath an unrelenting head. The aroma is fruity and wreaks of yeast. Once I got down to the actual liquid a smooth mellow malt flavor melded with a buttery and ester yeasty flavor. The bitterness starts and remains mild throughout. All together I think if properly stored this ale might be more impressive, but for now, I’m not too hot for it.

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Photo of ZAP
1.89/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Myabe a bad bottle...super duper charged..pours a huge head...fruity aroma (pears/apples) soapy tasting..bitter like drinking soap...too charged up...nose is about the only thing average about this beer, the rest is poor...I'm not finishing it it's that bad...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep golden body. Damn near copper. A bit murky looking. Odd for a Blonde, but I'll go at it. Topping is thin and dim. Cream colored vanilla. This beer kind of has a rustic malt aroma with some flowery hop overtones. Nice smell. Rustic flavor as well. Organic and earthy malt tones. Herbal hops and slight fruitiness. Medium-full body. Creamy texture with carbonation on the low side of the spectrum. This beer's decent. Not $6 a bomber decent, but decent.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
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.

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Photo of rastaman
1.53/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tap, Moylans Brewery. Too fizzy for a start, grainy sweet malt and some lemon tang, too thin. I don't see to many BA's or beergeeks getting into this in a hurry. No interesting flavour, or even flavour itself for that matter, you're better off sticking to Moylans IPA's and such.

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

Excellent, another new Moylan’s beer to try, this time it is the Celts Golden Pale Ale at 5.0% ABV, I’m tingling already, but is this too soon?

Pours with a pastel pale golden color that has a feint orangey hue, it has a slightly milky appearance that spoils the overall apperance a little. The head formed quickly, a controlled expansion as I poured the beer into my oversize handled Mug ensured that it always stayed on the right side of the glass. Looks are of a mildly hazy thirst quenching golden ale.

Aromas are fruity but restrained, a swirl reveals good inherent carbonation, but this releases little else in the way of any other smells apart from a lemon/lime character. The subdued nose is somewhat of a disappointment after other Moylan’s beers that I have had recently - I expected more than just the light fruity and lemon bouquet to be honest.

Introduction is a mildly fruity one with some lemon-hop presence. The middle builds to a average sweet bitterness, with an equally light malt taste. The finish is crisp, clear, well-defined and dry with some citric personality, but short-lived. No lingering tastes here. Although towards the end of the beer I detected a light bitter hop-oil coating in my mouth, but it was feint.

I am struggling at this point to make my mind up, all of the other Moylan’s beers that I have had have been excellent. And I find no “fault” with this beer. But yet I find this beer far too restrained for a Pale Ale, or my liking. Is it supposed to be this “light”? I guess it is?! – If so, it is just too laid back for me. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer, and far from offensive, but for a West Coast Pale Ale – and this is the crux of the problem I believe – whilst I do not expect it to be aggressive, after other Moylan’s beers, I do at least expect it to be bold.

Maybe a good 5% Summer Beer, but I will stick with their highly superb IPA instead I think.

A reasonable beer, but for me, it is the “odd-one-out” in the Moylan’s line-up to be honest.

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

The beer decamps the 22-ounce brown bottle slightly hazy amber with a huge light tan head that is foamy in texture and as it erodes a thin sheet of lace is left to cover the glass. Malt nose with hints of citrus and a very slight floral tone also noted. Lightly sweet at the start, very light top, the finish has a nice hop bite, dry, very acidic, but not what I would call 'Great', does appear watery, not overly so, but more than I like.

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Photo of Gavage
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $2.99.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head. Nose if of sweet malts and perfumed by a light floral hop. Taste is of those sweet malts, accentuated by a very light hop leaving almost a breakfast cereal taste behind. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. This is a nice session beer that has enough character to make it interesting.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.37/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent $3.49 at Whole Foods for a 22oz bomber bearing no freshness date. I hadn't had a Moylan's beer in a while and figured it might be the time. I trotted out my trusty mug and got to it.
Okay, I tip the neck over the lip of the glass and tas soon as the clear yellow beer touches the side it simply grenades into a towering mass of foam. I quickly righted the bottle and, in doing so, just manage to keep the roiling foam from escaping the glass. Five minutes later I can try to sneak in some more beer, with similar results. I finally have enough to drink after nearly fifteen minutes of pour-and-wait. Ridiculously over-carbonated.
The smell is entirely one-sided as all I can get is the aromas of orchard fruits - apples, pears, apricots - and a hint of citrus. No spicy or herbal notes at all.
Hmm, each taste is a disconcerting replica of the smell; all fruity sweetness and lacking any hops character. The complete lack of bitterness makes for a lop-sided, fruity mess. The feel was light with a big-time crispiness thanks to the extreme carbonation.
Well, I won't go running back to this Moylan's offering any time soon. Far too carbonated and off-balance. Too bad that a beer that had promise as a good summer refesher turned into such a disappointment. Save your cash for something else on the shelf.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Honey yellow color, slightly hazy. Big ol' near white head. Annoyingly explosive head, to boot. Good retention and nice fluffy chunks of lace.

Smell: Light smell of aromatic hops, kind of herbal. Faint smell of pale malt. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

Taste: Splash of herbaceous hops with a light smattering of pale malt sweetness. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a 98 lb. weakling. Little aftertaste, rather refreshing.

Drinkability: Advertises itself as a session beer, and I'd say it delivers on that promise. A decently made beer with mass appeal, but I suspect us jaded BA palates might not get all excited about it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled April 2007
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it easily produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, light gold colored brew. The aroma smells of soft, fresh milled grain a berry like fruitiness and a touch of green herbal notes. Something in the aroma makes me thing of green grapes, perhaps even of the Sauvignon Blanc variety (though unfermented of course).

Dry, with a nice biting bitterness to it up front. The bitterness continues on through to the finish where it picks up some lightly sharp, astringency. Quite light feeling, in fact this is quite light bodied. Herbal, green flavors abound in this beer; they add a bit too much sharpness as it seems to make this beer a touch unbalanced. A bit more perceived malt character might help. At times a touch of sweet malt is noticeable, but it soon gets washed out by that sharp, almost vegetal, herbal note. This clearly has character to it, but I find it a touch too unbalanced.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer erupted from the bottle when opened and was a crystal clear pale golden with a fluffly, huge, enormous, lasting, rocky, off-white head.

The aroma was fruity with pineapple from a few feet away. Also a slight ginger aroma like that of ginger ale was present.

The flavor was dry with ginger ale character. A ginger spiciness and flavor lead to a very one dimensional flavor.

The finish was dry with ginger (like ginger ale). The body was medium light to light and extremely overcarbonated.

22 ounce bottle with awards from 1998 and 2000.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lemon yellow beneath a bleached white head of tidy, tight-bubbled foam. Despite the fact that Celts is yellow instead of golden, it's a pretty good looking beer. The surface of the cap is both cobbled and pitted, loses altitude fairly slowly and leaves a decent amount of lace in a 'sponged-on paint' pattern. Works for me.

The nose is pathetically weak. All I can appreciate is a faint grain-like aroma that might lead me to guess 'beer' in a blinded beverage smelling competition (emphasis on the words might and guess). The fact that there are no off-aromas keeps the score out of the basement. Sure would be nice to smell something though.

Simply amazing. I've had a lot of beer over the past three years, but I can count on one hand the ones that have been this tasteless (the only one I can think of on the spot is Michelob Ultra). There's so little to go on here, I don't even know how to proceed. How do I describe impressions when the beer isn't making any?

If I focus... unsweet, untoasted pale malt; moderately bitter, virtually flavorless hops; and old, tired lemons give a minor blip with each mouthful and are then gone in a flash. Moylan's makes a big deal about Celts being a session beer. That doesn't mean that sessioners don't like a little flavor to go along with the liquid. There isn't enough here to keep me interested to the bottom of this bomber, much less during an average length session.

The label boasts of numerous medals (although no golds) won at the California State Fair over the years. Google tells me that it won a silver again this year in the Cream Ale division. American Blonde, Cream Ale... whatever you call it, call it worthless, pointless beer. Warming changes nothing except the temperature of this tonic water.

Actually, tonic water describes the mouthfeel exactly. I defy anyone to tell me the difference between a mouthful of tonic water and a mouthful of Celts. If you need specifics, it's lighter than light and finely, buzzily bubbled. I could handle all of that if it contained even a little... say it with me now... flavor!

I have a lot of questions, but no good answers. #1: How does this nearly flavor-free blonde ale continue to be brewed and sold. #2: How does it continue to win medals at a state fair in the best craft beer state in the nation? #3: How can a brewery that is capable of creating such superior beer as Moylander DIPA, Hopsickle Imperial IPA, Tipperary Pale Ale and Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale also be capable of creating such colossally inferior beer as Celts Golden Ale?

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a thin cap of fine off-white bubbles. Some stickage, but the head was sort of short lived. A little bit of malt and fruit in the aroma, light caramel and citrus. Mild bitterness with more of a sweet malt focus, again with some caramel and citrus hops. Lightish bodied with fine carbonation, quite smooth with a bit of dryness. Straightforward and nicely balanced overall, quite easy drinking.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/18/06- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating, poured into my Duvel tulip. Had to choose between two bottles...one with a brown label and one with a green one. Which one is older????

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour, about a 3/4 inch head. Decent head retention with just a tad of lacing.

Smell- A small handful of hops, a slight grainy scent, maybe a dash of fruity sweetness.

Taste- A sweeter malted flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Pretty refreshing. Short and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, a bit of a heavier mouthfeel due to the malt sweetness.

Drinkability- Better than expected after looking at the review average. Nothing to great, but nothing offensive about this one. A middle of the road to good blonde.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
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.

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Photo of theopholis
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
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.

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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 72 ratings