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Monday, August 1, 2011

Gold Digger IPA

Gold Digger IPA is an American India Pale Ale (IPA) from the Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant in Auburn, California.

I bought this at Taylor's Market in Sacramento for $4.99 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 6.2%.

The color is a dark golden with a decent fluffy head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is strong; sweet flora hops with pine and citrus - a mix of lime or grapefruit. The taste is hoppy all the way through with an interesting mix of sweet florals, notes of pine and a strong bitter citrus. There's a sour lime or grapfruit finish which is interesting. I'm not sure whether i'm sold on the finish or not.

It has a medium to light body with an ok amount of carbonation - could use a bit more.

I really like the taste, but the finish isn't doing it for me. It sticks around too long. However, overall I do like the hop aroma and taste in this one. For hopheads this is definitely a Try It, if you're not a hophead move on to something else.

I really want to like the Auburn Alehouse, as its local, but the first two beers I've tried have not excited me. The Fool's Gold was ok, but not impressive. Gold Digger is better, and hopheads should try it out, but the finish is a major imperfection.

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