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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 59 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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

CCInCharge, Sep 02, 2013
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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!

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

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3/5  rDev -11%

Skunkdrool, Aug 22, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Deep golden brown with a nice bubbly off white inch thick head

S - Citrus cream

T - A really good balance of sweet citrus malt with the perfect amount of a hoppy backbone. It kind of reminded me of a European take on more malt, less hops. Extremely drinkable and the aftertaste really impressed me.

M - Only slightly heavier than your standard golden.

O - This beer is so popular right now in Cali that you can't miss it. I was skeptical at first but was glad I dove in and gave it a shot.

Saisonistic, Aug 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.49/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint. Bottle date 5/23/13.

A: Pours a deep clear golden color with a thick, bubbly, off-white head that faded steadily into a wispy film.
S: Dry grains, pale malts, and bready oats dominate along with spicy pepper hops and a hint of fruit. A touch minerally as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant pale malts and cracked grains. Sweeter than I was expecting with almost a honey finish. The aftertaste is spicy and full of sweet fruit and peppery hops. Mineral aftertaste.
M: Very creamy and smooth medium-full body, rich and fluffy carbonation. Drinks better than expected.
O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Went well with a meal.

scottfrie, Jun 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

fdig23, Jun 24, 2013
805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.