Appearance: The beer should pour out a deep gold or a light amber with good clarity. There should be a creamy white head that persists while you drink.
Aroma: Expect a moderately strong malt aroma with some toasty qualities along with a moderately low spicy hop aroma. Overall the aroma should be very clean.
Flavor: The dominant flavor will be from the malts, but with very little carmelization. You may get some toasty notes, or a slight DMS flavor. There should be a moderate noble hop flavor with a possible spicy or peppery quality. There may be a moderately dry finish with both malt and hops.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer, with moderate carbonation. It should be smooth and clean.
Local Example: Black Acre Goat Race- I had the chance to try Goat Race this past weekend. If you have the chance to hit up Black Acre, this would be a great beer to try. I thought it was refreshing, and really fit the style well.
In order to get a better idea for the style, and not be too biased in my representation, I looked at a few sets of guidelines. Links are below in case you're interested in delving in a bit more.
- BCJP Style Guidelines: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
- Beer Advocate: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/162/
- Brewers Association: http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/publications/beer-style-guidelines
- GABF Style Guidelines: http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/beer-styles/