poured a 12oz bottle into the official Steadfast pint glass. There was
no freshness date on the bottle, but I know it’s fresh because I got it
directly from the brewer himself.
Appearance: The name is completely accurate. It pours to a
crystal-clear, white gold hue. Highly effervescent when poured, but
eventually calms down to virtual tepidness. Forms a soapy white head
that fizzles out like a soda.
Smell: A light aroma of flowers, sorghum, and a hint of spice.
Taste: Steadfast’s initial offering was a borderline IPA that was big
and bold and tasted good enough to distract from the fact it’s
gluten-free. With their Golden Blonde Ale they’ve gone in the opposite
direction; light and refreshing and they’ve succeeded again. I think
this might actually be the more impressive brew.
Judging by the description and ingredients list, it seems this beer is
intended to be the equivalent of a gluten-free witbier. Honey, coriander
and orange peel create for a relatively familiar, summer seasonal-type
palette. It’s not a beer I would describe as "spicy" though. It’s more
like a blonde ale with real flavor to it (a style I usually dislike, by
the way). The overall taste is akin to a cider with a hint of tartness
riding shotgun throughout. The spices are enough to notice and taste,
but mild enough that they don’t overwhelm. Same thing with the sorghum
base. Yes there’s that "twangy" flavor on the finish, but it’s mild and
easily tolerable and you barely notice it after a while. I’m not saying
this is the best beer ever, but for those who don’t usually like sorghum
beers and want something easy to handle this will do nicely.
Drinkability: Sorghum-based beers tend to have low drinkability because
it takes the palate some getting used to. But in the case of Steadfast
Golden Blonde Ale I was amazed by how quickly I downed it. In fact, I
had to pour another bottle to have beer in the glass to review! The
flavor is quite refreshing, and the thin, tepid body makes it highly
quaffable, especially considering how smooth the finish is. I’m
surprised it’s 5.5% ABV as it drinks like something even lighter.
Sessionable in hot weather that’s for sure.