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

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Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by surfer4life:
Photo of surfer4life
2.13/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Drunkenass
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, refreshing golden ale. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Clean, grassy, floral aroma with some honey, grains, and straw. Cereal taste with lighter malt. The most relateable taste would be that of a glazed donut. Sweet, piney hop finish.

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Photo of rastaman
1.53/5  rDev -50.2%
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 IntriqKen
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a very mild ale.
Pours very light clear yellow with a half finger of white that melts slowly to sticky lacing which maps the glass all of the way down.
Aromas are very pale malt with faint citrus hops. Almost as if they have been weakened with an adjunct like rice.
Flavor is a crisp and clean reflection of the aromas. Very pale and only slightly sweet malt balanced nicely with very faint citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is a little watery.
Aftertaste is clean.
Definitely a session beer and one you could shove under the nose of a macro drinker without them turning their noses up at it.

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Photo of russpowell
2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-orange with a frothy 1 finger head that displayed very good retention, slowly settling to a thin film covering. A nice near full sheet coating was left behind for a lacing.

S: light overall with some fresh citrus (oranges) and a touch of honey and holiday spices (cinnamon).

T: semi-sweet, dry with some dried oranges and a light spiciness of cinnamon. There was a noticeable fruitiness of apples and white grapes along with some dried lemon peels. The malting was dry, perhaps some munich malting that left a nice residual sweetness. Dried honey, light toast and a herbal, almost minty quality was observed. Overall had a dry but sweet character with a nice dried fruitiness, spiciness and a light herbal mint hopping.

M: light in nature, very smooth with only a slight effervesce felt on the tip of the tongue. A nice residual malting coats the tongue on the swallow leaving slight hints of dried fruitiness as well.

D: Drinkability was very good, smooth, easy, crisp making for a great summer session ale and worthy of future purchases.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
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 theopholis
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Flashsp2
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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 marc77
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BlueBloodBrew
1.85/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chill-hazed golden with a thin off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is yeasty, a bit grainy, with a touch of citric fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and yeasty. This a vague floral/citric fruity touch. It's so thin that some alcohol shows through. A bit chalky, with some oxidation/wet cardboard, in the finish.

It's on the upper end of light-bodied, with a buttery slickness. Medium carbonation.

Well, it drinks easy enough despite its lackluster character. It really doesn't stand out over the run-of-the-mill blonde ale made for the less adventurous. Don't know if this really belongs in a 22 ouncer for a bit less than a 6-pack of this would/should go for.

Bottom line: a pedestrian, light, blonde ale that is just too yeasty, sweet and a bit chalky in the finish to really make this stand out.

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Photo of Mark
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Gavage
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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 flexabull
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow color, very clear too. Head poured big, and stuck around for a while. Pretty good looking beer.

Aromas were faint, a bit of banana?

Taste is pretty much what I expected. Very pale and light. Reminds me of a pilsner in a way. This beer seems to lack a bit up front, but has some round mouthfeel in the finish, with just a hint of sharp hoppy flavors.

Decent beer, certainly drinkable.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 efhart
4.65/5  rDev +51.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of kmeves
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear straw color with a very large frothy off white head. Aroma is moderately sweet with light lemon yeasty, mild fruity light caramel. Flavor is initially sweet up front, lemon, tangy and grassy. Light body, big carbonation. Very dry finish. Really a pretty decent blonde.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip it forms a decent sized, loose head, ivory white, fizzy and fading quickly, no lacning to speak of. Light yellow color, quite pale leaning towards the clear end of the beer world. High carbonation levels.

Smells like it could be interesting, a bit of some raw mash, some sweetness, and a touch of a hop presence.

Not much of this translates into the taste. More to the point actually is that they may come across but its such a jumble. Like a mad hatter threw in a bunch of ingredients and left it to the peons to pull it together as he went on vacation. It starts off quite thick for a golden ale in the mouthfeel, grainy to the point of being wheat laden. Metallic twinge here and there. Malts are sweet and musked up, kinda boring all told. Turning back towards a sharpened carbonation in the middle and finishing with some sweetness and citrus that lingers forever...and ever.

Notes: Admittedly the American Blond ale to me is a style I could do without. I've had some that are good, this one is in the below average category. Seemed like a jumbalya of a blond, meaning it has a bit of everything you'd expect in this category but I'm not sure the blend was spot on for me.

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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 72 ratings