Monday, June 13th 2011
Gossamer Golden Ale
(Half Acre Beer Company)
Another work of art both in the can and the can itself. Half Acre truly does some great things as far as graphics go on both their cans and their bottles. Whoever the artist is he/she is doing an awesome job. I'll be sad when this can is gone as I've got no others to enjoy and Chicago is far away...
From the Half Acre site:
"A drinker. This Golden Ale is a quality travel companion that aims to please with subtlety and aroma pop."
Here we go...
Pour - a bit opaque in appearance. Yellowish-orange in color. It looks almost "soft" with about a half inch of head on top. Nothing to worry about coming out of the can.
Aroma - an unexpected dose of fresh hop aroma comes at me as I approach the glass. Wow. Nice citrus and tropical fruit aromas along with some subtle malt sweetness. This has some pineapple and mango going on...I'm ready to dive in.
Taste - soft on the tongue and easy on the palate right from the get go. Those tropical fruit flavors come out nicely, not strong at all, just right for a beer of this strength. Everything is subtle, the malty sweetness and the hop profile sit perfectly. The balancing act they play is also performed almost flawlessly.
Overall - one of the best blonde ales I've ever had. This is the benchmark for sessionable beers. I am blown away by how drinkable and tasty Gossamer truly is. If you've not had this beer than you are missing out on a piece of brewer's art. Well done Half Acre!
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. Just like their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, this would be on the grocery list each week if I lived in Chicago.
Note - Half Acre also cans their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Over Ale (a brown ale).
Posted by Russ
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