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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Our Golden State Ale is a Belgian-style golden ale, brewed in homage to our home state with toasted poppy seeds. It’s our quaffable summer beer, light on the palate with a crisp poppy zing to finish. 6.4% ABV

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
THOUGHTS: Unusual beer for a can. Quite Belgian. The poppy seeds seemed to detract from a nice beer. I thought I’d really enjoy this one, but I almost couldn’t finish it. It tasted nice, but the aftertaste was what put me off. Once the bottom of the can was poured in it improve slightly because it added more fruit flavors and covered some of the unpleasant one, but it was still there. TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a hazy, dark yellow to light orange with a small, ever so slightly off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate light bread, toasted malt, and nutty malt; light to moderate cobweb, fruity, spice and dust yeast; pear; peach; pineapple; apricot; honey; light fruits; and slight burnt rubber. I think it was the poppy seeds, but to me it smelled a little like burnt rubber or an electrical fire. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, slight to lightly bitter and lightly acidic. There was honey, candy sugar, something like burnt rubber or electrical fire, toasted malt, peaches, pears, apricots, canned fruit syrup, spicy yeast, dusty yeast and metallic hops. The light to medium body was syrupy then oily and a little dry with tingly carbonation and a chalky, dry, lightly astringent and slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (12214) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2014
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Hazy golden with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, banana, yeasty and light fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. Tastes very much like a German Hefeweizen. 151214

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"this golden ale has a nice sweet, floral and herbal aroma, is light-medium bodied, and quite easy drinking. Nothing spectacular, but the sweetness and mellow belgian yeast go well together."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Emeister84 (1216) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Aromas of butter, spiceless baked apples, cereal. Yellow, mostly lasting white head. Dry, the flavor of bland peanut butter, subtle spice. Light bodied, doughy. Bleh.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
zickbeer_ye (307) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Aromas of cider and alc. Pale golden champaign body and white bubbly head. Tastes like dry citrus and poppies. Crisp and dry on the palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HellesBunny666 (221) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Aromas of cooked or fermented apples, very sweet apple juice from concentrate, and syrup. Sweet. Nutty. Bananas, apples and sort of a lemony flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4167) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Really janked up can. Someone must have dropped it. The bottle shop owner didn’t charge me for it, which is good because I thought I already rated it. Good karma. Rich honey and lemon nose. Cloudy amber, headless. Much less prominent honey flavor, applecore. A surge of dandelion, sudden but neither strong nor distinct. Raw potato finish. Despite the can being compromised, there was still carbonation, soft and unseen. Sessionable and unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (4060) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours golden, light fruit, toffee, sweet, sugary, some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1895) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Tap at Crafty Crow, Nottingham. Hazy gold. Film of white head. Ripe banana. Clove. Light toffee. Taste is light sweet, turning dry. Light chew on the palate, but feels clean. Finish is dry, with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Muddy color thin layer of head. Taste of malt, slight bitterness with a nutty finish. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (1064) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a murky, dark honey-golden color with a short-lived white head with a greenish hue. Green grape nose. Full mouthfeel that ends up feeling a little dry. Pickled corn that starts out mildly sweet but gets funky toward the finish.

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