RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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made with Northwest Hops

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4.3
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Gold color with a heavy, hoppy aroma. A very well balanced ale that gives you the full flavor you expect from a gold ale. I really liked this beer, I would highly recommened this if you are ever at Sweetwater having some beers.

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DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Draft at brewery. Orangish gold color, very slightly hazy. Tiny white head. Pleasing hoppy aroma. Really well balanced flavor of grapefruits, pine, cirtus, and sweet sugars. Tastes like a lot of small micros Iíve had out west, but truly unusual for a brewpub in Virginia. If I could buy this one in stores, you better believe I would.

3.7
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Tap at Centreville location. I think the newest batch of this stuff may be a different recipe than previous years based on the very average past reviews in contrast to the 4+ reviews given on the recent version. This is an excellent ale, somewhere between an APA and IPA. Golden color with full flavor, somewhat strong bitter hop finish. Aroma and flavor is grapefruit/pine. Another sessionable brew from Sweetwater that isnít too harsh on the palate (or the wallet)

3.6
scostel (1) - - JUL 12, 2014 does not count
Slight cloud in appearance while orange in color. Attractive floral nose. First taste is a well represented American Pale Ale - piney and citrus on front of tongue followed a backend bitterness. 5.8 ABV% ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
radagast83 (8000) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft at Merrifield location. Not sure how the pour looked as it was brought to my table, but it still retained a small white head when it arrived at the table. Body was medium-dark yellow. Aroma was hoppy, with a notiable nose of citrus and a touch of yeast and a good helping of sweet malts. Pretty dang refreshing.

3.3
3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Draft @ Merrifield. Chill hazed golden straw colored body with a white head. Nose of sharp pine cone hops, lemon zest and dry cracker pils malt. Flavor is sharply bitter but not pungent or dank at all, more like a sharp ESB with C-note hops. Medium body, very fresh, but with some malt-extract-like twang on the back. But otherwise fairly good and easy to drink, if a little simple overall.

3.3
MadRobin (2986) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2014
On tap 6 oz. sampler at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA. Clear, golden yellow with a fine off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of caramel, citrus and pine. Taste of bitter citric hops, floral hops, pine and caramel. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. This year's version is a dramatic improvement over the last version (2010) I tasted. This has better lacing, more hop intensity and a better mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
GenDV138 (7200) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Sweetwater Merrifield. Clear pale golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of corn, malt. Tastes of corn, wheat, malt. Light body with a dry and warm finish.

3.2
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
A pretty good IPA, has a nice hoppy bite. The hops arenít so much flowery as they are piney and citrusy. The hops are painted on a solid malt canvas. I like this beer a lot and will probably buy more growlers of it.

3.2
QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
A very light pale ale. Nice golden color and a frothy white suds. A bit of a bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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