Friday, April 19, 2013
Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale. I had a chance to try this beer about a year ago on a trip to Carmel (and I really liked it). Then at the SF Beer Week Opening Celebration I had a chance to try a few of Uncommon Brewers’ other offerings, but still hadn’t run across it locally until I made a trip to Mission Liquors in Fremont.
From the Uncommon Brewers website: “The signatures of our Golden State are the mountain quail and the poppy flower. We can't make beer with quail-- yet--and so we settled upon the poppy.
How better to enhance the flavor of a traditional Golden Ale than to include the tanginess of toasted poppy seeds? Our Golden State Ale blends the sweet bite of toasted poppy with the aromatics of a simple California yeast. It's crisp and light, but carries enough body for the self-respecting beer drinker to think, "This is an uncommon ale."”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a big white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malts, honey, Belgian yeast, poppy, coriander and citrus.
Taste: Sweet and biscuit malts with toasted poppy seeds really standing out. Citrus, banana, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander and tart fruit rounds this out.
Overall: A little sweet, light and delicious, Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale is worth seeking out. At 6.4% ABV a single can of this will leave you wanting more.
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