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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
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 +16.6%
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 washburnkid
3.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 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 CrellMoset
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 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 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 Gehrig
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a bacon-wrapped meat loaf sandwich with horseradish mustard and mozzarella cheese. A blue-collar session lunch for a session beer.

Hazy cider orange with yellow highlights supporting a big, soda-like head of white foam that thankfully receded to a thin, somewhat durable layer; no lacing. Malty smell with some fruit, particularly orange and apricot.

Malty taste, somewhat boozy flavor, and very effervescent, a bit too much so. It's as if Celts only appeared to calm down from the patient pour. A decent roasted hazelnut taste emerges as it warms a bit, nice. Yet this could use a serious flavor infusion. More fruit would do wonders for this, especially providing it a defining flavor characteristic that it currently lacks. I wouldn't complain about more hops in future manifestations, either.

Once it settled, Celts has a nice effervescence, not too overbearing in the second half. This allows the smooth texture to emerge more, giving it a nice balanced mouthfeel after some time. In all, a pretty decent beer, certainly as a session brew. However, I'm not so sure about the $4.59 price for this. I'm not one to complain much about price. Nor do I think $4.59 is exactly steep. Yet for the relative quality of this, it would be better suited for $7 a six pack of 12 oz. bottles, not so much for a more expensive bomber bottle. I know it's what Moylan's does, but this doesn't quite fit the moderate bill.

Decent stuff, not top notch as most others from Moylan's are.

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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 arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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 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 ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, a little hazy. Smells unobtrusive almost nothing there but a tad of malty cereral. Flavor is ok, little bit of citrus but barely, easy to down but nothing special. Even though this is easy to drink it just lacks any real flavor. Blah.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
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 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 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 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 Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +16.9%
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 BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a few orange highlights from my view. Good, tight head that doesn't retain very long but is nice while it lasts. Good, slightly skimpy lacing.

Unacceptably light power in the aroma, but what's there is definitely quite floral. Relatively sweet.

Again, a hop presence and malt presence that dovetail into moderately sweet, very floral and sort of delicate, nectar-like flavor. Slightly watery, the carbonation does say hello, but overall it's a little too thin for me.

The finish is dry, a bit like tonic water with an herbal hint. Not much is left behind, what with the lightness of the flavor and the generally high carbonation/thin body combination.

I bought this particular bottle by accident - it was in the wrong spot at the grocers'. I was aiming for a Hopsickle, hahaha. Juust a bit different. After I saw the BA comments, I was expecting worse. Faint praise, but praise nonetheless: I don't think the Celts Golden is quite worthy of its C ranking.

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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
3.07 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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