1st Street Ale - No Label Brewing Company
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
2.68/5 rDev -17.8%
Label art is simple and uninteresting. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver-coloured pry-off pressure cap acquired as a single bottle at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label. "Brewed with a touch of rice." Reviewed as an American Blonde Ale because the label description identifies it as a blonde ale.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of dull grey-white colour. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass, even when I tilt it to try to get some lacing. Disappointingly thin, with a weak complexion and a subpar consistency. No creaminess.
Body colour is equally mediocre: a dull cloudy peach. Lacks vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent.
Overall, it's below average for a blonde ale. For starters, it isn't blonde. A good blonde ale should look refreshing as hell, clean, and very appealing. This does not. Far from unique or special. Not an inviting appearance.
Sm: Pilsner malts, clean barley, honey, heavy graininess, a dash of adjunct (though I wouldn't be able to identify it as rice if I smelled the beer blind), and some peachy fruity hops. A clean aroma of average strength.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.
There's not a lot here, and what little there is isn't particularly appealing. I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, but it's far from welcoming or interesting. I have no qualms with using adjunct, but commit to your notes.
T/Mf: I'll start with what's good. I like that it's crisp and clean to style; the finish is delightfully fizzy and crisp. I get some lovely ripe orchard peach notes, with plentiful juicy fruity esters. Also some juicy pear. It's got a good sweetness to it, probably because of the honey. The minimally present floral and fruity hop notes are welcome, but I could use a bit more depth of flavour there (and definitely overall, for that matter).
Unfortunately, the body is built with stale boring blonde malts and pilsner malts. Very grainy. The rice never really emerges, and the beer is actually surprisingly heavy for a blonde ale - contrary to what you'd expect given that leavening rice was utilized. It should have much less body and thickness than it does. It's also a bit overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate.
Average duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour for the style. Low on complexity and subtlety (even relative to style). It's also not real well balanced. Has a loose cohesion, but it isn't gestalt. I'm not convinced the choices of malts and hops were ideal or even particularly well motivated. The rice seems like a gimmick, and adds little to the beer.
The texture doesn't seem custom-tailored to the taste, but it does suit it in a general sense. It's smooth and wet, but the beer isn't refreshing - quite a crime given the style.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, harsh, or astringent.
Dr: A downable forgettable blonde ale from No Label. The mean bastard in me wants to say "No Label? More like No Flavour" - but then I realize how pathetic that joke really is. In any case, I wouldn't get this beer again, nor would I recommend it to others. I'm glad I just got the one bottle. I do like a good blonde ale, but the key word is "good." No Label doesn't deliver, and the whole rice adjunct bit seems more like a strange marketing ploy than a choice intended to maximize the quality of the beer.
11-11-2013 02:17:21 | More by kojevergas
2.7/5 rDev -17.2%
This beer is not good but its not terrible either,of all the blonde ales i have had this one is the worst.no label continues to disappoint ,i have yet to have a good beer from them.
it pours a nice looking hazy orange,a little head and no lacing.
the taste is off somehow.maybe its the rice that gives it that twang that i cant quite put my finger on.
The mouthfeel is not very good either too thin for a blonde ale.too much carbonation too imo.
Overall their are many more and way better blonde ales out there than this one and its not like its dirt cheap either so its a lose lose.I want to like no label brewery,i really do, just like all my local breweries but no label does not even do what st arnold and karbach and southern star do,which is make a lot of good beers and not many great beers.step up your game no label.
02-02-2014 03:40:54 | More by BEERZILLA
2.73/5 rDev -16.3%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A - Hazy yellow/gold, just under a finger of quickly dissipating white head.
S - The first thing I smell is metallic, with an underlying sweet smell of rice. Interesting aroma.
T - I was hoping it wouldn't taste like it smelled. The rice flavor is definitely there, but it has a metallic quality to it. This almost tastes like an adjunct lager, not a blonde ale. It gets a little better as it warms.
M - Light bodied, high carbonation. It's definitely crisp and refreshing.
O - I guess this is a good summer beer, but the metallic rice was an off putting flavor for me. I can't argue that it's not refreshing, though.
09-05-2013 17:20:43 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
2.98/5 rDev -8.6%
Cloudy and orange/golden in color, First Street Ale has a nose that is one of sweet grain but little else. The white- colored foam on this beer is moderate and eventually fizzes out, leaving a small coating as you consume.
This beer features the taste of grains, including rice, along with some mild hops, a touch of honey, and biscuits. The body is creamy and the taste is generally crisp and refreshing. There is some metallic flavor present, but it only slightly distracts from the overall taste.
This beer was brewed as a tribute to No Label’s hometown of Katy, Texas and it is one of only a few craft beers to use rice as an ingredient. The reason is because rice has a long history with the city and the brewery was originally housed in some old rice dryers. The added rice might seem like an odd choice of ingredients, given its association with adjunct lagers, but it is actually not too bad in this instance.
First Street Ale is now a year- round beer so locals can enjoy it whenever they like. I don’t rank it among my favorite No Label products, but it is a good beer for warm weather or when in need of some simple refreshment.
09-11-2013 01:59:30 | More by BryanCarey
1st Street Ale from No Label Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.