Golden State Ale

Belgian Pale Ale Uncommon Brewers


Golden State Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale by Uncommon Brewers

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Golden State Ale is a Belgian-style Pale Ale brewed by Uncommon Brewers, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a cup from a can.


This pale pours a hazy honey color and is topped by a thin white head of froth that bubbles down rapidly. A wee bit of lacing clings to the cup.


Sweet aroma consists of candied fruit and spiced with coriander.


The palate begins with a taste of mildly floral hops and poppy seeds before turning syrupy with bready malt and dark fruit. Finish is acidic and bitter.


Mouthfeel has a medium body; smoother than expected.


Overall, the flavors of the Golden State Ale are underwhelming, and thus, is a mediocre representation of a Belgian brew.

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About the Belgian Pale Ale

The Belgian Pale Ale style is also known as the Belgian Blond Ale and its a relatively new style when compared to the history of Belgian brewing. The style was introduced as an alternative to consumers seeking lighter European Pilsner-style beers. Its color is pale to deep gold with good clarity. Its feel is effervescent with medium-high to high carbonation and a medium body that might be slightly creamy. Its alcohol strength is moderate and can lend a slight warmth to the feel. Should have a mildly dry finish. The aroma can consist of grainy sweet malt, a subtle yeast character, and light hops that can be earthy or spicy. The palate follows the nose and can add spicy phenols and a sugar or honey sweetness.