What is a Golden Ale?

Badger Tangle Foot bottles of golden ale 10th June 2024

Among the plethora of beer styles available, one particular gem often shines bright: Golden Ale. Defined by its radiant hue and nuanced flavour profile, Golden Ale has been captivating palates and earning a place of distinction in the world of brewing for years.

What are the characteristics of Golden Ale?

Golden Ale emerged as a response to the growing demand for beers that offered a departure from traditional bitters and pale ales. This style embodies a delicate balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, resulting in a beer that is approachable yet complex.


True to its name, Golden Ale boasts a bright, golden colour, often accompanied by a slight haze. Its aroma is characterised by floral and fruity notes, with hints of citrus, honey, and sometimes a touch of spice. On the palate, expect a smooth, medium-bodied texture with a clean, crisp finish.

What is the process behind brewing Golden Ale?

Crafting a stellar Golden Ale requires precision and expertise. Brewers typically start with a base of pale malt, which imparts the beer’s signature golden hue; often adding depth and complexity later with a variety of specialty malts.


Hops play a crucial role in balancing the sweetness of the malt. While Golden Ales are not as hop-forward as their IPA counterparts, they still feature a noticeable hop presence. A combination of American hop varieties is commonly used, contributing floral, herbal, and citrusy aromas.

What makes Golden Ale such a popular choice?

One of the defining characteristics of Golden Ale is its versatility. Its moderate alcohol content, usually ranging from 4% to 6% ABV, makes it an ideal choice for session drinking or pairing with a wide array of cuisines. Whether enjoyed on a sunny patio or alongside a hearty meal, Golden Ale’s refreshing nature and nuanced flavour profile make it a perennial favourite among beer enthusiasts.

Experimenting with Golden Ale

As with any beer style, brewers continue to experiment and innovate within the realm of Golden Ale. Variations may include barrel-aged versions, infused with fruits or spices, or even hybrid styles that incorporate elements of other beer categories. These creative interpretations add a layer of excitement to the Golden Ale landscape, inviting exploration and discovery.

Golden Ales at the Badger Brewery

At the Badger Brewery, nestled in the heart of Dorset, England, beer enthusiasts are treated to a variety of Golden Ales, each bearing the distinctive mark of craftsmanship and quality.


Among the offerings, the award-winning Golden Champion reigns supreme, with its bright golden hue and elderflower notes from Goldings and WGV hops. For those seeking a touch of intrigue, the Blandford Fly delivers a tantalising fusion of ginger and toffee, adding a sweet and spicy kick to the traditional Golden Ale profile. And then there’s Tangle Foot, a beloved classic known for its noble hop character, classic malty taste, and delicate floral aroma, offering a harmonious symphony for the senses with every sip.


Our Golden Ales are a testament to both tradition and innovation, ensuring that every palate finds its perfect pint amidst a sea of golden nectar.


Ready to discover more? Take a look at our legendary range of golden ale, all available to order online today!


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