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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A West Coast style golden ale. Hoppier than many throw away beers, it contains a generous amount of citrusy hops, German and domestic malts and has a deep gold color. Winner of the golden ale category at the ’94 Great American Beer Festival.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8419) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottle from New Beer. Pours cloudy blonde with white head. Nose and taste of bready malt, lemon peel, barley and sugared grain. Medium body.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy pale golden color with a huge sudsy yellow-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy orange, lemon and sourdough bread. The flavor was bitter and very tart with strong citric acid and light touches of egg white and grapefruit. Long tart citric acid finish. Light to medium body. Not good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet cereal notes with light hoppy and floral notes. Taste is a mix between some semi-sweet clean cereal malt backbone with some light floral and hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable though nothing to write home about either.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Tap at Spuyten Duyvel. Wow, this stuff was money. I don’t think I have ever had a non-infected McNeills beer before so this was quite the treat. Super fresh, lots of hops, some nice honey malt sweetness to balance things out. Could have downed several more pints.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage, served cool in a tulip glass. 17MR12.

App.: Clear deep golden with a nice orange-white foam. Aroma: Oddly sharp, astringent, possibly medicinal, some light peach/apricot fruitiness, apple/pear as well, not great. Palate: Medium body, very relaxed effervescence. Flav.: There’s a medicinal note that reminds me of Buckley’s...pine gum or eucalyptus or something, still a decent amount of fruitiness, soft, friendly, inviting malts, I wish I could put my finger (tongue? Nose?) on the notes that I can’t describe; dry with limited bitterness and a mostly pleasant malty, biscuit, fruity finish.

This blond is more eclectic than explosive.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (7839) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2012
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC, on January 30, 2012
Really hazy golden color, white head. Apricots, acidic, malty, lemon taste. Warming alcohol. Moussy (a bit) mouthfeel, low bitterness. Acidic scent, a bit too much so.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bomber from Carl. Pours hazy orange gold with a fizzy/creamy head. Light citrus aroma. Med body, nearly. Very nice carb seems to enhance the citrus aspect. Malt is present, but this is more about fruity citrus hop than malt. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2023) - USA - MAR 20, 2011
Mild grain and yeast aroma. Cloudy butterscotch colored pour. BB is a mellow, bready brew with an undercurrent of malty sweetness. I tasted wheat and a bit of melon. No tsunamis here, but this is a solid, everyday beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid orange with 2-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is orange marmalade, hopcitrus, tangerine, very tropical fruity. Tastes caramel malty, with tangerine, pineapple, hops, and a complex flavor.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 Bottle. Pours golden orange with a white head. The flavor is grainy with a little bit of a weird tartness. This tastes like it’s probably infected. It’s not awful, but there are some definite tart green apple like notes. Not awful, but pretty bad.


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