Celts Golden Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Celts Golden AleCelts Golden Ale

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: 71 |  Reviews: 57
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 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 ZAP
1.89/5  rDev -38.4%
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 heygeebee
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -31.9%
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 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -29.3%
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 Mebuzzard
2.24/5  rDev -27%
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.

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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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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 IRONRakkasan
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of BlindPig
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" white head on a clear golden body.
S-Big malts with some grassy hops.Maybe some light spices.
T- Light taste. A pretty bland malt a light balance of hops. Very watery taste. Pretty lacking on everything. It is a sweeter taste. Almost like sugar water. The taste that is there isn't bad but I could probably make this with carbonated water and sugar.
M- Thin body low carbonation.
D- Very easy to drink since it is like water. It would be a good beer to sit and drink tons of but if your not just going for a chugging contest this beer is pretty worthless.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Blakaeris
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden-amber with a thick fluffy head.

Tropical fruit with a hint of lemon and a decent caramel malt base.

Taste is light fruit and malty. Sweet and lemony up front, a little grainy. Then a crisp light hop finish.

Medium to light bodied; very carbonated.

Nothing extraordinary. However, worth a try. Crisp and lemony.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.72/5  rDev -11.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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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 beernut7
2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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 Jayli
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy, light golden color. A finger of white foamy head that recedes rapidly leaving a white film for the remainder of the beer. No real lacing to speak of. Nose is pretty grainy, slightly sweet, touch of hops but overall very weak. Taste is very bland - slight sweetened malt which leaves that sticky sweet aftertaste to it. Mouthfeel was rather light and watery at first with a very sticky finish to it. The beer goes down easily, but not one that I will pick up again.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 zeff80
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours an orange/brown color, wait a minute...what? This should be called an 'Un-Golden Ale'. It sports a small white head that leaves some soapy stick-age. No blatant nose, after sniffing around for a while all i could really gather from it was some, subtle woody malts and some smoke. It tastes like a damn good lager, wait a minute...what? 'Un-Ale Ale', no never mind. Some smokey, grainy malt character, no real complexity, no hop presence at all really except for some slight peppery notes. I dont really know whats going on here. Good drinkability however.

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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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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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