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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
76
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Finch's Blonde Ale is an easy drinking and approachable American craft beer. It has a moderately sweet malty aroma and is deep gold in color. We like to think of this particular one as more of a 'Dirty Blonde.' When you first pour it, a soft lacey foam clings to the glass as malty aromas fill your nose and linger to the final sip. Upon finish, this blonde turns heads with a smooth finish and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoy this medium-bodied craft beer anytime of year.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-21-2011)
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-02-2014 13:07:09 | More by taylor714914
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +12.4%

08-19-2014 00:45:28 | More by GameOfBeers
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -32%

10-25-2013 20:01:22 | More by woodchipper
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ajkiser12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-27-2012 20:02:45 | More by ajkiser12
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nqbeer

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -39.6%

12-30-2011 22:49:48 | More by nqbeer
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banglin

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Nice short white colored head poured from a can in to a pint glass. Excellent lacing. A bit cloudy with a nice golden color.

S: Nice aroma with some hops and sweetness

T: The hops are not too strong and are even throughout.

M: A good amount of carbonation but maybe not quite enough

O: This beer is pretty good with an even hops profile throughout the swallow. I look forward to trying other varieties from Finch's.

05-12-2013 01:49:00 | More by banglin
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-02-2014 17:34:40 | More by GOBLIN
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a clear light, straw/yellow color with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap very quickly. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Some bready malt, faint grassy hops, and some grains.

T: A little bit lemon right away, but after that it goes a bit downhill. Very grainy with a metallic flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. After taste is non-existent.

O: Not great, like their pale ale a lot more. Once I swallow I can't really even remember what the beer tasted like, its just gone and leaves no trace.

03-30-2012 01:49:18 | More by mdaschaf
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zaphodchak

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -11.5%

Big pour for a little head. A finger of foamy white. Body is pale blond. Decent lace, but little retention.

Nose is some tangy malt, I think, and some rather acrid hops. Not ideal, but definitely not skunked, because it's canned.

This is quite hop-forward, for a blonde, and has way more bite than I was expecting. That said, the hops used are quite bitter and come across as almost metallic. Some biscuity malt is present... kind of, in the aftertaste, which is faintly floral. This was not as balanced as I was hoping for.

Feel is pretty smooth, nothing weird here.

For a blonde, this is totally dominated by bitterness, which is unexpected for the style.

01-03-2012 01:18:44 | More by zaphodchak
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

08-19-2013 01:43:40 | More by Bdel34
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falconxman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

09-11-2012 23:35:14 | More by falconxman
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-09-2014 14:45:20 | More by atlbravsrno1
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy gold with a nice amount of carb that forms a thin head of white foam that falls to a collar. Sheets of lace form with each gulp. Smells mostly of papaya with a bit of wet cardboard and canned corn. Tastes much better, with a very crisp, light malt character and surprisingly robust hop character, especially the assertive hop bite in the finish. First time I've had hop burps from a blonde ale!

04-12-2012 00:56:53 | More by marcobrau
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%

16 ounce can poured into my Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours very cloudy hazy goldish bordering on orange. Some small layer of white foam on the top. Very faint light smell. Medium hopped malt which starts strong and lingers. Touch overbalanced. Some lemon. Decent body. The taste is just a little off.

08-04-2012 19:45:51 | More by KTCamm
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-23-2013 05:28:50 | More by Keith_R
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jaredtp

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

It has been a long time since I have had this beer. But from what I can remember this beer was ok. The taste was not all that bad. I enjoyed the sweet and malty flavor that this beer has. The aroma was not all that bad as well. I liked the golden color that this beer has as well.

07-16-2014 22:12:50 | More by jaredtp
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-12-2014 13:55:05 | More by pat_usher
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Another can provided by the (in)famous woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and biscuity. Taste has a good bit of hops for the style, bready, some malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

11-03-2012 16:18:55 | More by tone77
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

From the can. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

The pour is cloudy yellow with a short-lived white head. The head does not last very long. I think it looks the way it should be.

The aroma has a summer sweetness including crisp clean grains, grass, and orange citrus. Hops are downplayed.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste tends to bring out the orange citrus more than anything else but there are plenty of grainy toasted malts and a clean crisp hop finale. It really is what is is supposed to be.

12-23-2013 01:51:48 | More by puboflyons
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emerge077

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%

Pint tonight at Beckett's.

Lightly hazed yellow orange body, shot through with streams of visible carbonation. Nice lacing inside the glass forming concentric rings on the way down.

The scent was a bit green (young) and nondescript. Some yeasty notes, fresh and clean, but little else to be honest. Dry hop it for some aroma?

Firmly bitter, earthy and herbal hop presence that lingered for a bit into the aftertaste. Somewhat floral with a light malt presence. Easy drinking, simple and well carbonated without much nuance. Quenching and sessionable enough, seemed like something best paired with food. Maiden voyage from Finch's, i've heard good things about the Cut Throat Pale Ale, and plan to seek it out next...

05-08-2011 02:00:21 | More by emerge077
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jbrown1

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Golden Wing has a real nice traditional beer appearance, a light gold translucent brew with a head that dissipates to a thin layer with retention on the glass. Aroma is light with malt and lemon, which conveys its flavor. The taste is biscuty, lemon with a dry hop finish. Its mouthfeel is flavorful, exceptionally balanced while leaving a dry hoppy aftertaste.

While this is a good beer, and I'll gladly have another, I come to question the style designation for GW. This is nicely balanced, but I'm left with an impression of a hopped up Chec Pilsner or an APA. In all fairness, the BA style designation suggests a Blonde Ale may be near a lager, however, this it is not near a Kolsch.

08-16-2011 01:32:10 | More by jbrown1
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rjp217

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

06-21-2014 22:32:19 | More by rjp217
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +23.3%

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
5.0% ABV, no date or info

A - Golden Wing, like Finch's others, is filled to the brim. Be careful of a little splash when the can is opened. It pours a gorgeous deep golden honey color with a long-lasting dense white head. Delicate lace clutches the glass as it recedes.

S - Grainy pale malts balance out the pilsner sweetness this beer offers up right away which delicately into the subtly hop additions. A soft kiss of citrus zest arouses the senses and signals balance and refreshment ahead. Light earthy notes finish out.

T - The earthy tones at the back end of the aroma spring forwards in flavor, washing the tongue with a combination of light pine-like hop resin and cut lawn. Grainy pale malt is more suggestive than any sweetness adding a dry, mildly harsh bite that's closely followed by a splash of citrus.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Golden Wing resembles a lager more than an ale in this department. Light-bodied but certainly not thin, this beer has a vibrant carbonation spritz to it with a bone-dry softly bitter finish of hops.

O - Golden Wing is a great introductory beer for anyone looking to kick the BMC habit but not get crazy. This blonde ale features a smooth body and overall, light flavor that nags at you without beating you over the head; a perfect combo for a mindless summer slammer and/or delicate beer you can sip and enjoy.

07-03-2012 14:41:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
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archmagi1

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

07-21-2013 23:45:49 | More by archmagi1
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matjack85

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

Glad to see a new local beer on the shelf. I found these pint sized silver cans in a 4-pack at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $8,49. No freshness date or any information about the beer on the can, but did take note that my can clearly says the abv is 5.0% rather than the 4. 7% listed on the BA page.

The beer poured a hazed pear yellow color with 1 finger of white head. Unfortunately, the head disappeared in under 30 seconds and lacing was minimal.

The beer has a nice small to it - biscuity malt with plenty of citrus fruits.

This beer is surprisingly bitter for a blonde ale. Citrus (orange peel and lemon zest) hops and piny hops dominate the flavor with sweet biscuity malt seemingly added as just an afterthought. Not balanced at all. Much too bitter for a blonde ale.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, with only moderate carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

I'm not a fan of this one as far as a good example of a blonde ale goes, but it's not altogether undrinkable either. Too expensive to taste like this however. I'll pass on buying more.

with sweet biscuity malt seemingly added as an afterthought. Much too bitter for a blonde ale.

08-31-2011 11:37:24 | More by matjack85
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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.