805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TriggerFingers:
3.76/5 rDev +11.6%
If you have tried some of FW other offerings, some might see this a sort of a letdown. Had some on a recent trip back to the central coast.
Ahhhh the "805" (thats SLO, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties if you were wondering---and home base for me) has a beer to call its own. Occasionally you might see it in the central valley (probably due to distribution contracts--Costco).
Its a blonde ale so don't expect something with 8 tons of flavor and complexity. Just like life in the 805, this is pure and easy. I had it in the past when they first created it and was kind of so-so (I would always go for Pale 31).
Recently I shared some with family and everyone really enjoyed it. Its one of those beers that can be enjoyed by the craft beer crowd or the light beer crowd--just a tasty good time. It tastes like a really good version of like your standard light beer with a fuller body and a bit more flavor. If you are heading to Pismo, camping in SLO, or chilling in Isla Vista, just about anyone who wants a beer will enjoy it. So it might be a little "bigger" than bud light or more bland than the IPA's you're used to. Yet, the beauty of this beer is it casts a wide net.
Final Though: Its a beer that everyone can enjoy. Get some tri-tip and fire up the grill!
08-31-2013 14:06:25 | More by TriggerFingers
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2.85/5 rDev -15.4%
Clear golden with a small off-white head that leaves the glass clean on the way down.
The aroma is of simple grain and some dishrag, unfortunately. Simple, yet not particularly pleasant.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, with simple grain, low bitterness, and a bit of earthy yeast character.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Not that good, but completely expected for the given style.
06-30-2012 02:27:37 | More by ehammond1
3/5 rDev -11%
Picked up a 6 pack while in Paso Robles for the FW invitational. Pours a yellow beer, white head, nothing exceptional going on. Aroma was cereal grain and not much else, barely present hop aroma going on.
Clean taste, mild mouthfeel, grain presence. Easy to drink, slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing that should scare any seasoned beeradvocate. A decent beer, worth having around for other's to drink. You've had lots of iterations of this beer, this is the local brewery easy go to drink for the non beer drinker. It is what it is. You know what kind of beer I'm describing. Its an all barley version of BMC basically. Slightly better, a little more ooomph, but nothing special.
06-19-2012 22:58:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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