Small Axe Golden Ale | Rush River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rushriverbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 08-16-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,460
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
53
pDev:
17.03%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head of thin foam. It quickly receded and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat and mild touches of yeast.

T - This was a pretty weak pale wheat ale. Lots of lemon flavor overpowering the wheat and any hints of yeast.

M - The best attribute - it was crisp and sharp with a nice bite. A light/easy drinking ale.

D - This was okay. Uninspiring but drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one from this brewery thanks to bunkrock (Reddit).

It pours a pasty white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, over crazy hazy, a wheat beer looking hazy golden straw colored, with hints of lacing. After nosing I realized it was a wheat beer, so not that bad on the actual appearance.

Nose also brings some wheat aromas, light fluffy malts and light golden pilsner malts, light straw, some yeast additions as well with hints of hefe like spices, touch of citrus, and a bit of a sweet sticky like addition. The yeast starts to overpower and get a bit yeasty smelling.

Taste starts again with wheat, straw flavors and almost hay like. Malts bring a light sweet syrupy like flavor, and fluffy flavor. Quite a bit of wheat, hint of banana and light citrus, yeast additions of spices and hints of actual yeast flavors. It also gets slightly fruity, with apple and pear like fruit flavors, and some esters. Just a hint of bitterness as it finishes, not quite very dry, a bit slimy feeling, with lingering citrus and wheat flavors, and a slight bitterness that comes through even more on the back end of the finish, and it does seem to dry a bit more.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall eh, I'm not usually a big fan of wheat beers, and I was not expecting a wheat beer at all, more like a golden ale. The yeast comes through a bit too much, and not the best flavors all around, finish is not great either.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rush River's "own version of the classic hefe weizen with a Midwestern twist", brewed with white wheat from Wisconsin, but only 40% of the grain bill, "engineered to appeal to those favoring a lighter beer." I think they did the trick with this one.
Pours out a pure, golden hue, hazy, with a slim white head, at least in this sampling. Aroma is zesty, and promises some of the typical weizen aromatic delights, but falls a bit short. There's a lively, citric feel in the nose, but it doesn't flower as full as a Bavarian weizen would, nor does it intend to, I hasten to remind myself.
Taste is smooth and lemony, mixed with orange, lacking the twang and the bite one might look for in a hefe, but, again, that's not what this is, it's built for smoothness, and that's what it delivers. There's just enough taste here to make a beer fan happy, and enough lightness to make a non-beer fan satisfied. It's a niche that needs to be entertained folks, and this will do it. Not if your idea of a "light beer" is yellowy water, though, for the flavor fills the mouth, feels flush with fruit, though never too much, and then mellows, and ultimately finishes dryly. Bright orange and lemon charcter continue throughout the drink.
A very interesting alternative, I'd like to see this as a next step up from "lite beer" drinkers, those who really aren't into hefes, perhaps, but would like a little more in their glass of beer than what BMC are putting out.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Yup, it's a blonde ale. Nothing really sets it apart from the average. It's light, not thin, has a bread crust taste with a hint of caramel and hops. It goes down easy, but just tastes uninspired. It tastes like real beer, but why would I want to drink this? There's no real character.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%

Spicy hop nose with a touch of fruit and biscuit. Pours azy gold to orange amber under a 1” off-white foam cap that descends to a thick film that produces thick lace. Creamy palate with light tropical fruit with a hint of orange over biscuit and a light a touch of bitterness on the finish. The fruit starts melony and by the finish becomes more like pineapple and orange. Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, rileys

appearance: pale golden orange body, foamy beige cap with decent retention

smell: pale wheat base, a touch grassy and a little earthy sweetness

taste: i dont have any major issues with this beer - its crisp and easy to drink, often resembling an APA...grassy and sweet

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: very high

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Dec. Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - Poured with the sediment, Small Axe acts the golden part of it's name and its hazed over completely while topped by a generous dollop of white foam. Great retention eventually results in thick lace.

S - Barnyard straw and soft wheat give the aroma an inviting, raw feel. Pale malt plays the background part well. Hops seem absent but the brew doesn't go unbalanced. Mild yeast finish.

T - Pale and pils malt are happy to let luscious yeast and abounding soft wheat walk all over them. Dry straw adds a raw feel and I love it!

M - Soft, supple yeast and wheat give the mouthfeel a relaxed, smooth, almost creamy texture and slightly dry but quite refreshing finish!

O - I was worried about the date going into this brew but wow am I surprised. I don't really understand where all the negativity surrounding this beer on BeerAdvocate is coming from. I find it to be a stellar example of a refreshing pale wheat beer. If the rest of their offerings are like this, I'll be one happy camper!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whistle Binkies Pub in Rochester. Poured into a pint class this brew was a cloudy golden-orange color and had a small white head when it arrived at my table. The aroma had some nice tang to it, but was rather faint. It would have been a great aroma if it where stronger. The taste is very nice; tangy with a hint of cloves. The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than medium bodied, and very smooth with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew. It is the second offering I have had from Rush River Brewing, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I can't wait to try their other beers.

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Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of cokes
2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a lightly hazy straw golden with a thin skin of white bubbles. The head dies out with haste, and leaves intermittent lacing.
Husky grain nose, with some sweeter wheat notes. A touch grassy as well, but there's not a lot here to sit around and savor.
Grain enters the mouth first, slightly coarse, but it's tough to analyze it for too long, as it is quickly pushed aside in favor of apple juice sweet-sourness. While almost tacky sweet for a moment, the tartness then takes over with some additional notes of white grapes and limes. Grain pops it's head up again late, but is slathered with buttery diacetyl notes, with some burnt, smoky undercurrents. A minor grassy bitterness lurks late, but it can't cover up the buttery apple must mess that precedes it.
Lazy carbonation and a grabby feel further prevent any sense of drinkability, but there's not much to salvage, anyway.
Some bizarre shit is happening here, and not in any kind of good way. I'll take even the most pedestrian, flavor-needy versions of the style over this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of einman
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebigredone
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden very clear with a very thin white head. Retention is mediocre. Some lacing
S- Smell is bready, musty, grainy, with just a touch of green apple.
T- There is a touch of fruity sweetness up front, with peach and green apple. Bread dough comes through in the finish.
M- Light body, carbonation is aggressive and not pleasing on the tongue. Generally to light and fizzy.
O- It's ok, but it's not exciting and not much better than Grain Belt, Summit EPA or any of the other light bodied midwest beers.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean, yellow colour. Smells like tropical hops, pineapple, mango, a little floral, and sweet malts. Tastes crisp and light, clean, smooth light-malt body throughout, semi-bitter, dry and hop finish. Simple and straight forward.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LukeGude
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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