Location: Rancho Cordova, CA
Beer: Au Golden Ale
Alcohol Content: 5%
What the Brewery Says: "This all weather beer is perfect for anyone who wants a fresh, clean, crisp beer that is both flavorful and refreshing. AU Golden Ale is our lightest beer; it is gold in color with great head retention. There is a nice bready character that is balanced by a slight grain flavor. Our golden finishes crisp and clean with just the slightest hint of spice. Ask for an AU and see who turns their head."
On the whole, the beer was pretty average. It wasn't bad or anything; it just wasn't exciting or remarkable in any way. The beer describes itself as "bready," which just about sums it up. It had a smell that was very much like uncooked bread dough, and the taste had more than a few hints of graininess.
To be honest, I thought it tasted like a cheap American lager during the first couple of sips. However, it started to grow on me as I worked my way through the glass. Eventually I started tasting some very mild fruitiness, and I actually grew to like the pleasant aftertaste. Turns out this is a cheap American beer that worked hard, got itself promoted to a menial job at a craft brewery, joined the middle class, and settled into the comfortable suburbs with a wife and 2.5 kids.
I can see myself wanting this beer at a barbecue or family gathering where I don't want to offend my guests with my much preferred overly-hoppy beers, but I don't see myself ordering it in a bar.