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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Pours a shimmering gold with a frothy white Cumulus head. The mouth is crisp, dry and refreshingly effervescent, light to medium body with a dreamy well balanced honey complexity. Low, low IBU’s and only 6.5% ABV leaves our Golden Ale with a drinkability of 100% pleasure.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick fluffy development of foamed head while the liquid appeared as a dense golden honey color. As for the aroma, there is a bold presence of Belgian yeast and spices that instantly gratify my nose once the cap is removed.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3446) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy, orange with a moderate beige head. Caramel, spice aroma... Caramel malt, fruit, mildly yeasty, honey flavour. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2013
This beer poured from a bottle has a small tan head with good retention, hazy body, very little visible carbonation, very little lacing, and a golden hue. The Aroma is malty, some hops, caramel, sweet, and honey. The Taste is semi-sweet, lightly bitter, fruity, malty, and lightly hoppy. The Palate is tingly and semi-dry and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is quaffable, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nealblind (686) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2013
Dark opaque brew with a rich orange brown color approaching a dubbel in appearance. Thin foamy head. Aroma of apple cider (tartness)and butter. Tastes of cereals, tartness, roast malt, and medicinal hops. Dry finish. Not a typical belgian. I didn’t really like it though. Too much acidity and not enough yeasty flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2/8/13. 12oz bottle from my main man Steve (Kickback’s)! Murky copper pour with a very small, loose, frothy head that fails to linger. Burnt caramel, a bit of sugar, and oxidation on the nose. Lightly sweet burnt caramel in the flavor with a bit of cardboard, sweet sugars, and a lingering dry aspect. Eh.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with very little head. VERY sweet nose on this. Too sweet for my tastes. Really don’t like this one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2012
1 cm thick head of fine off-white bubbles. Spicy aroma with some pears, pepper, caramel malts and some cereal grains. Color is a hazy copper. Dry palate with a bit of fruitiness, more spicy hops, some dry straw and more cereal grains. Bit of bitterness late swallow. No real alcohol presence. Ehh. ot a brew that I would seek out again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Stubby bottle and served in an Ommegang tulip: Coppery amber hue with a fading frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, pils, and aromatic malts along with a hint of noble hop, pepper, and lemongrass. Even some meaty esters countering some bubblegum esters that I am digging quite a bit. A touch of honeycomb is found dancing here and there. The taste is a tad sweet but hardly overwhelming, some fruity notes (peach and apricot) and very light spice adds to the complexity. The only issue is the finish is a bit short and fleeting. The mouth feel is oily and properly carbonated, again a bit of watery short finish kept this down but then methinks that is sort of what the brewer was going for when creating this. For the genre this is indeed quite drinkable and a nice entry brew for those not familiar with Belgian Ales. Damn shame Mad River never gets enough love by beer geeks.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Aroma of bread, honey, caramel and dirt. Light brown, heavy suspension. Sweet caramel flavor, almost no contrast. Medium to thick body. Feels like a lighter beer than it is.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Date: December 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: BVery Description: Dark orangish brown pour with nice amount of head and some lacing, citrus, malt and slight belgian yeast in aroma, taste was similar with some honey and a very slight bitter finish, light bodied and some carbonation.


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