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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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77
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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 05-22-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

WaterCzar, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Kastler, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice clear deep gold hue with a small white head and spots of lace.
Smell is very minor grains with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is light cereal grains with a tiny kiss of hop bitterness toward the finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly bigger than a macro but not by much.
Overall a passable Blonde Ale. It might convert a macro drinker toward better beers. Probably much tastier on a hot summer day which it is not at this time. I have two more left in a FW variety pack and might tweak my review after drinking those.

Spikester, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

midnitesun11, Oct 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

rodlavers, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle dated 7/22/13. (Reviewed 10/13/13). Poured into shaker pint. Brilliant gold with just a hint of red, bubbly/fizzy white head (that I can actually hear) that quickly dissipates into a decent amount of bubbly lacing.

Aroma is grassy, with a ton of caramel, toffee, and especially honey. Very grainy with a fruity (apple?) yeasty smell. Actually, it kind of smells like a lightly hopped caramel apple.

Although it has a reasonably complex (albeit subtle) aroma, the flavor is kind of boring. Inoffensive, but boring. Bready with just enough hops to give it a sharpness which almost, but doesn't quite balance out the sweet honey flavor.

Light-medium body and very sharply carbonated with a fairly slick mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a slightly above average but forgettable blonde ale. I'm gladly finishing it and enjoying the rest of this glass, but I'm not upset I only picked up a single.

Phocion, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Rudy, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MattSlem, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

mverity, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ste5venla, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

zekeman17, Sep 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

MarioM, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Jdbateman83
4.29/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems to be hitting the market by storm. I have been seeing it more and more in restaurants and bars. Well I decided to try it. All I can say is wow. I have no idea why it isn't scoring better on here, maybe my review can help that.

First off, its a honey blonde ale, very dark, but clear amber, it just looks freaking delicious.

2nd, it smells amazing, enough said.

3rd, it taste blows my mind. It is very deep, rich flavor as you would expect from an ale, not to sweat, not bitter, but lots of complex flavor. Very refreshing (a word not usually associated with an ale).

4th, it feels wonderful in my mouth. As such my mouth as asked for additional dates with this beer which it shall get.

Overall, try it, and be honest with yourself for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Great job Firestone!

Jdbateman83, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

SB_Brewmaster, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Reappropriated, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

micromaniac129, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

IrishColonial, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Mike_Gentry, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CCInCharge, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of TriggerFingers
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

TriggerFingers, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

bruindre, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Chucker17, Aug 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

thebeerprophet, Aug 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

Skunkdrool, Aug 22, 2013
805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.