Overall, I'd declare it a success. I stuck pretty close to the recipe in the OP. Used rice flakes instead of rice and table sugar instead of beet sugar. But other than that just followed along.
I was a bit surprised to see my OG come out 1.046 - higher than expected. The one thing about this that was off-putting was the color. It was a very light straw. But the taste, especially after conditioning in the keg for a few weeks, was pretty good. Will probably take another shot at this sometime during the summer.
I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions on how to add some golden color w/o changing the flavor profile too much.