With the Summer Olympics in full swing, I thought it appropriate to try a bottle of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company Guilford Golden Ale. This is one of the beers purchased on a recent trip to Total Wine in Cary, NC. “Natty Greene” is short for Major General Nathanael Greene, who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution.
Is Natty Greene North Carolina’s version of Sam Adams?
The label states “Handcrafted, Brewed, & Bottled in Greensboro, NC.” The brewery’s website states “light-bodied brewed with hops and malt from Germany, England and Belgium yielding a crisp, refreshing finish.” When the bottle opened, it practically exploded with foam, like the losing can in a game of beer roulette.
The pour was mostly head that took a few minutes to subside. The resulting brew is a very light gold, almost straw color. There is substantial lacing that lasts the entire glass, as does the carbonation. The aroma is very bready and malty, with hints of sour fruit. It also has hints of the Delt House on a Sunday morning after a Saturday night kegger.
The taste is not like any American Blonde Ale I’ve ever had – more like a saison with sour fruit notes. The aroma and taste both deteriorate as the beer warms. Yes, this is possible.
As light as the beer is, the company’s website shows 3.8% ABV, it actually has a pretty thick, bready mouthfeel and an aftertaste that remained for quite some time after the beer was consumed.
Needless to say, I was pretty unimpressed and give Guilford Golden Ale one star. That’s mostly for the portrait Natty Greene on the label. To be honest, I’d rather drink another Natty made in North Carolina, Natty Boh. Cheers!