About American Style Golden Ale

About American Style Golden Ale
True to their name, American style golden ales are golden to light copper in color and range from 4-5.5% in alcohol. They have a more subtle overall character and lighter body in comparison to typical pale ales and do not contain the same fruitiness of English ales. The most important qualification is that they are brewed domestically. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale, Kona Big Wave Golden Ale and Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale.

Top Picks for American Style Golden Ale

Revolution Brewing Cross of Gold
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered herb toast, honeyed dried fruits, yams, and white flowers with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of citrus scone, roasted corn, and peppered greens finish. A refreshing, well-balanced golden ale with vivacious hop bitterness.
Awards: 2017 Best American Style Golden Ale
Fulton Brewing Company Lonely Blonde Ale
90 points
Golden yellow color. Floral, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, orange blossom soap, and egg croissant with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows accents of herb buttered toast, roasted pecans, peppered kale, and saltine cracker finish. A rock solid golden ale with a deft use of floral hops.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Exit 63 Blonde Ale
89 points
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted tortilla, honeyed raisin scone, corn puff cereal, and clay with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy finish with accents of citrus marmalade on toast, watercress, and white nut finish. A lovely, toasty, super sessionable golden ale that nails the style.
Narragansett Brewing Company Fresh Catch Blonde Ale
88 points
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled mangoes, lemon herb bread, garlic and onion, and grape jam with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy finish imparting shades of white grapefruit, red oak lettuce, orange blossom cream, and plain wafer finish. A nice golden ale with a splash of modern hops.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lightkeeper Blonde Ale
86 points
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter on sourdough herb bread, kidd leather, white chocolate peaches and pretzels, and bruised apple with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with suggestions of roasted root vegetables, peppered melon, and kale finish. A very tasty golden ale with great fruit malt and invigorating hops.
Okanagan Spring Brewery Switchback Summer Ale
83 points
Bright yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas of hi-c fruit juice, raspberry tea, fruit snacks, and lettuces with a tannic, soft, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length grapefruit juice, faint mint, eucalyptus, and lemon-lime soda finish. An absolutely delicious beer that doesn’t fit the golden ale style; think of this as the serious beer drinkers radler and grab a second one.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Basic Blonde Ale
83 points
Light gold color. Hoppy aromas of grapefruit peels, jasmine, sweat, mango pit, and new sneakers with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pineapple, Hawaiian bread, cashew, mustard greens, and papaya vinaigrette finish. A very American style golden ale packed with fruity hops.
Port Huron Brewing Company Honey Blonde Ale
81 points
Dusty deep amber color. Aromas of cashew brittle and buttermilk, butterscotch syrup on toast, bit of honey candy, and wax candy with a supple, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy caramel cake with sour cream frosting, granola, and buttermilk dressed salad finish. An odd fruity ale for the table.
Sun Up Brewing Company Bearded Blonde Ale
80 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple cereal, caramel corn, and banana pudding with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with notes of arugula and butter roasted nuts and toast finish. A sturdy, creamy golden ale for the table.