hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think this would be a good hot weather beer. Pale golden body with virtually no head. Slightly bready aroma with some sweet citrus. Mild, smooth mouthfeel. Decent, if not exciting, flavor. Malt and fruit sweetness is mildy tempered by citrus hops. Not bad.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle on 03/07/2011 courtesy of Butters. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet honey, corn and malt aroma. Sweet corn flavor with some grain and faint fruitiness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
mjg74 (2458) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Grocery Outlet. Medium golden in color. Nose is caramel, bread, and a little sweet. Not very flavorful. Some malt with a light hint of hops.
MrPresentati (37) - Gualala, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I drank this one from the bottle. A light, friendly ale. I enjoy blond ales, and this one fits the standard. Nothing distinctive enough to merit a discussion. Medium carbonation. Light aroma. Mild taste with only hint of bitterness at the back end. A bit of caramel and malt midway, with a relatively crisp clean finish.
jmohno (998) - Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear yellow gold light froth,ok carbonation.
Grainy buttery carmel malt aroma,maybe a slight floral/fruit slightly.
Taste is same as aroma with a smooth,good body-nice mouthfeel, more floral in finish,some grainy carmelness,slightly sweet.Pretty tastey for a session ale.Carmel butter notes with light floral mainly in taste.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A nice malty aroma with some caramel notes. This has a tasty strong initial flavor but finishes with some old painty notes. Actually the more I drink of this, the more painty it becomes.
Oscbert (964) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crisp malt aroma slightly sour wheaty
Clear golden color with small creamy head
Crisp light malty flavor with some spice hop notes
Med light body med co2 crisp bitter finish.
Decent Ale taste a bit like a pilsner. Could drink a few of these.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
callmemickey (2090) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: cloudy golden body... off white head that lingers
S: wheat and yeast... nothing noteworthy pops out
T: the taste follows suit... wheat and yeast with a hint of spice
M: Light bodied... easy on the mouth
D: Goes down quickly.. not likely to drink again (review from 2008)
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2011
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was my second go around with this beer and i forgot to rate it. It was a little better than I remember but wasnt all that impressive. A little thick on the palate.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
Served in a tulip glass. The pour is a slightly-hazed golden color with a really tall white head that persists for quite some time and leaves oodles of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose isnít too much, but is much better than the majority of blonde ales that Iíve had. Some light grain and bread plus a touch of fruit. The taste is a bit more plain with a bread-like character. The feel is really nice with a good body and carbonation level. Nice and sessionable. For what this is and against its competition, I really enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010
ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hook and Ladder Golden Ale has a medium to thick, off-white head and a hazy, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation and a decent amount of initial lacing. The aroma is of over-ripe citrus and some lightly-roasted malts. It is an unpleasant, off smell. Taste is predominately citrus, but roasted malts and a subdued hop presence is also there. Mouthfeel is medium, and Hook and Ladder Golden Ale finishes semi-dry to wet and fairly refreshing. Overall, this is okay, but Iíd rate it higher if it didnít have that sort of spoiled aroma.