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

Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale
93 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach tart, dried mango, honeyed biscuit, and bread pudding with a silky, crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, relaxed finish manifesting accents of honeyed raisin rye toast, spiced orange and yams, and radicchio finish. Not really a golden ale, but very tasty and satisfying none-the-less.
Potosi Brewing Company "Good Old Potosi" Golden Ale
92 points
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty, savory aromas and flavors of buttered nut toast and fig soufflé with an even, soft, bubbly, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, brisk finish with notes of lettuce, nutskin, and lemon muffin finish. A rock solid, super drinkable golden ale that hits all the right notes and will be a great pivot for macro lager drinkers.
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.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Golden
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Mild, curious, savory meaty aromas and flavors of schmaltz doughnut, dried meat, and frosted corn cereal with a satiny, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a polished, refreshing, brisk finish revealing accents of roasted corn, peppered spinach, and Playdoh finish. An very savory and interesting golden ale for the table
Infamous Brewing Company "Hijack" Golden Ale
87 points
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of apricot jam on raisin toast, yams, and corn bread with an even, bright, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting touches of honey roasted corn, praline, and watercress finish. A savory and flavorful golden ale that is sure to please.
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.
Narragansett Brewing Company Summertime Citra Ale
86 points
Gold color. Toasty, grainy aromas and flavors of buttered corn pepper muffin and hint of citrus and melon with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium finish that exhibits nuances of touch of pepper and hint of apple and sprouts finish. A nice, mellow lawnmower beer.