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1st Street Ale - No Label Brewing Company

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1st Street Ale
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76
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jngrizzaffi on 08-09-2013)
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beaverapproved

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%

12-12-2013 01:58:15 | More by beaverapproved
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christoefir

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

11-20-2013 15:18:17 | More by christoefir
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

This one pours a cloudy golden blonde with a decent think white head that settles at a moderate rate leaving no lacing behind.

The nose is a sweet malt that has hints of citrus, coriander and pine.

The taste is decent and malty with fruity notes that give way to a mildly hopped beer that is quite satisfying an flavorful but will not satisfy a serious hop head. This is a more traditional ale that is actually quite good.

The mouthfeel is decent as well but is not great. Just good.

Overall the beer is very drinkable and not too heavy. This is a beer I would to to go to more on hot days when a lighter yet tasty beer is better suited to our hot and humid climate.

11-17-2013 20:13:39 | More by AtrumAnimus
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-11-2013 03:43:59 | More by Michaeldmanley
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

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11-11-2013 02:17:21 | More by kojevergas
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-16-2013 21:18:05 | More by a0lbudman
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Musineer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-20-2013 18:26:19 | More by Musineer
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Dicers

Texas

3/5  rDev -8%

09-16-2013 00:50:10 | More by Dicers
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BryanCarey

Texas

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
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-09-2013 00:30:57 | More by ilikebeer03
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

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
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Jame515

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

09-05-2013 00:36:22 | More by Jame515
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

08-26-2013 23:14:34 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-26-2013 15:00:53 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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Lukebell15

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

08-25-2013 00:07:19 | More by Lukebell15
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UHCougar12

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +15%

08-21-2013 23:34:13 | More by UHCougar12
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-16-2013 22:25:39 | More by Texasfan549
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E_Cox

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +15%

08-16-2013 00:22:17 | More by E_Cox
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +15%

08-10-2013 19:41:35 | More by ScubaSteve00
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-10-2013 16:56:30 | More by Gagnonsux
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +15%

08-09-2013 23:32:42 | More by kjkinsey
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.29/5  rDev +0.9%

Light, clean, crisp taste with slightly sulfur aftertaste. It is not off-putting, though. Similar to a lager aftertaste. Not a bad beer but not one I would seek out. Good for bringing a 6 pack to a party and sharing. Good summer beer. Would be refreshing in hot weather.

08-09-2013 00:45:59 | More by jngrizzaffi
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1st Street Ale from No Label Brewing Company
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