Ghost River Golden AleNovember 1, 2012
Ghost River Brewing Co.
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops, Ghost River Golden has a mellow, refreshing character accentuated by Memphis’ soft water. Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1048
Thin foam dissipates quickly. Sweet nose, some light fruit aromas, not much else. The flavors are mostly malt and bread, sweet and a bit heavy, and the finish trails off to a mineral-tinged thud. The body’s heavy for refreshment; the flavor’s not exciting. This might do better with the right food—a spicy pizza could do the trick—but on its own, it’s leaving me flat.
- Lew Bryson
Almost an anomaly today: a craft beer with no pretensions to be anything other than a simple golden ale. Which is precisely what it is, rich gold in color and a little sweet and cereally on the nose, a bit like Wheaties with honey. The body is similarly on the malty-sweet side of dry and slightly grainy, with soft golden delicious apple notes, ending mildly bitter and a bit creamy. Pleasant enough and certainly approachable, but it doesn’t have me scrambling for more.
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That’s all you need to know.
Once described as “beerdom’s Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel and how it all goes together.
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