UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found a bottle of this tucked away in the bottom of a cooler the other day, and figured I'd try it. Sadly, it was pretty far gone. Body was really huge for a golden/blonde ale. Hopefully New England will open up again and I can try this fresh. Rating is boosted to make up for oldness. Rerate if i can find a relatively fresh one.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden coloured. Sweetish, malty, medium biterness.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As I first poured it, I remarked that it was an impressive appearing beer. They call it a gold ale, and it sure is a bright golden color. It had an amazing rocky and firm head that rose up almost an inch above the rim of the glass without spilling over- completely held its shape and lasted the whole glass (although that didn’t mean much as I loved this so much I downed it within a couple of minutes). The aroma was really complex and amazing. At first I noted a ton of hops: piney, citric, herbal and generally crisp - there’s alot going on there. Next I picked up some almost chocolatey or caramelly notes. Taste was clean and crisp. Refreshing hop character, medium bitterness, smooth maltiness. Medium bodied and so easily drinkable it was gone before I knew it. There was even still a big creamy dollop of the foam left in the bottom of the glass.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 What a sad thing it is that I won’t be able to update this beer again as they have ceased production, not that its available here, but I did have a few kind people to take pity on me and sent me a few bottles now and then, a tear has been shed, hopefully this will be reversed.
The beer pours a beauteous clear gold, large and impressive white creamy head and some thick sheets of lace to seal off the glass. POW! hops right in the schnozzle, sweet malt under pinning, citrus crisp, a real treat, the start is sweet, the top is middling. Finish is “Big Time Hops, moderately acidic, dry and lightly bitter aftertaste, a damn good beer and one I hope to see again, as I’m sure the beer God’s won’t let us down.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark tan; fruity-hoppy aroma with lots of spices (tumeric, black pepper, rosemary); woody bitterness, hop-spice flavours reminiscent of sandalwood and hop oil; long, lingering bitterness.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2000
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
honey colour, big creamy head, fresh, lemon and nutty aroma, nice acidity, some astringence, very dry aftertaste - don’t shoot at me but this beer as some analogies with the great Orval.