Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gold Ale

Thanks to Joshua Schipp for getting a craft pack of this for the house. Tasted Saturday afternoon awaiting Jen to move in. Reviewed while digesting a large Indian lunch in between runs to round out another 97 mile week.

Appearance: Gold colored with a prominent haze to the beer, which may confer chill haze. Head resides as a thin film coating with some larger specked bubbles throughout. Carbonation is persistent and in high concentration as it rises to the surface. Flocculated particles visible.
Aroma: Pungent and yeasty. Malt bill is slightly sweetened with a honey and biscuit malt character. Pilsner hops are smelled, but difficult to decipher over the...skunky scent.
Taste: Starts with a biscuity malt sweetness that isn't realized until the carbonation sets in midway through. Definitely skunky or maintaining an element of stale hops. A bit floral with an earthy undertone. On the way through the finish, I can draw out somewhat of a resined, though lightly fruited character of apricots and pears. End is dry and even a bit woodsy.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a carbonated spike at the end, across the middle top of the tongue. Goes down a bit watery while leaving a dry resinous texture in the mouth.
Overall Impression: I really don't think this is their best work. Either storage was insufficient, or something was up with the brewing process. Otherwise it was pretty well balanced, and drinkable. Attempt it and let me know.


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