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
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.91%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of KarlHungus
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
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 cokes
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
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 sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of thebigredone
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.27/5  rDev -3%
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 Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of einman
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is, well what a surprise crystal clear golden yellow. The stark white head reaches two fingers and nearly escapes the glass. Lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is slightly wheaty with hints of lemon and sweet corn. Nothing special or exciting.

The flavor is non existant. I can barely and I mean just barely pick out a hint of wheat in the finish. I'm not surprised since the style isn't know for full flavor but I was hoping for something.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a flavorless beer that would be a great stepping stone for BMC drinkers to dip their toe in the craft pool.

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Photo of LukeGude
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of polishkaz
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh, didn't find too much to love or object to in this beer. I didn't get that it was a wheat beer, but I didn't read the label all that closely. What can I say? I was expecting a Belgian golden ale from the name, and when I didn't detect any spices, I began to wonder. But now that I find out that there's wheat in there, and I can't say I detected that either. It isn't a bad tasting beer, but it isn't an especially flavorful one either. Appearance is like the Bubblejack - sort of a murky gold. Aroma of one this one is extremely minimal. Flavor is as I've described. Mouthfeel is smooth.

I wouldn't really recommend this beer, but there is nothing to object to about it.

I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= a nice hazy yellow color. Quite yellow but still looks white sort of. Small one finger head rises out of it and lasts a little bit of time with no lacing.
S= all I really get is a lot of wheat smell. A little sweet from the wheatyness.
T= not bad at all for a wheat. Really sort of trademark semisweet wheat taste. Buttery and bready. Really just a nice wheat flavor and not much else.
M= smooth and creamy.
D= great. A pretty tasty wheat beer with a smooth finish.

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Photo of BigAl18
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a little cloudy with a dark yellow color and pillowy head. The aroma is a blend of of pale malt, wheat and a little bitterness. Smooth as it traverses the palate. The brew is refreshing with a little sourness and a quick bite of bitterness at the end. This is a good refreshing wheat ale.

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Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Atron67
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a standard but solid pale beer. It lacks a bit in the wheat characteristics, being more of a blonde, however it is crisp & clean. a smooth beer throughout. crisp slightly bitter finish. at 5.79 its also a solid purchase.

nothing outstanding but better than average and i would call it a great 'average man's' beer.

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Small Axe Golden Ale from Rush River Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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