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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +36%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

aevers52, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

youradhere, Apr 27, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Things have taken a detour here on New CANned Beer Sunday as Karbach's Weisse Versa Wheat was in the on-deck circle until I realized that there is neither a picture nor one pending. I CANNot brook a picture of an opened CAN and my camera is not ready-to-hand, so it has gone back into the holding pen, sorry, JenRay.

This is a beautiful CAN that I scored at Pinocchio's on Friday! Yellow/gold is CANsidered to be the luckiest color in many eastern religions, hence Uma Thurman's outfit in "Kill Bill".

Finch's calls it a "Dirty Blonde", making it the logical follow-on to Atwater's Dirty Blonde. Line up the Dirty Blondes so that I may have all of them in the CAN!

I even have a soundtrack going which includes both Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" after which I will ride my Honda Silver Wing while the Old Lady leads the way on her Honda Gold Wing. Man, I'm writing this while I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer. Enough? So be it!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here."

My Crack developed some spritzing action that reminded me of Devo's "Whip It" video, leading to an inverted Glug. I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow, but Midas told me that he is more into clarity and gave it a pass. Nose had a musty, yeasty quality causing me to wonder what this Dirty Blonde had been up to previously. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, with a combination of minty hops and a yeasty mustiness on the tongue. Ooh, I like this Dirty Blonde! Then again, I have always had success in Chicago. Where was I? Oh, yes. I let it roll around in my mouth before swallowing and it not only seemed to increase in viscosity, but the grassy, minty hops really amped up in intensity. Phew! If this is the trend for the ABA style, then I am all for it. I wish that I had bought this before my recent beach excursions and it rates a place on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

woodychandler, Aug 05, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Nebergall, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Kasey's in Printer's Row, by an attractive bartender. Very cool bar. Great music.

A: Slightly cloudy, dark yellowish-orange, perfect foam, and lacing.

S: Not bad, slight grape scent.

T: Pretty good. For this style, it is hard to beat. Very smooth, with very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O: Perfect summer beer. This is not my favorite style, but for this style, it is hard to top this beer.

NorthsideFred, May 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Zach136, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

ScrimshawFan, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

oldvines, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

cheers405, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

PHBoiler, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, golden-hued body with a tall, sudsy, white head. If nothing else, it's at least a good-looking blonde.

Smell: Modest maltiness in the nose hinting a thin sliver of sweetness atop broader hop notes of citrus, florals, and a zestful grassiness.

Taste: Light taste of brioche lightly brushed with wildflower honey for a bit of sweetness. Slightly floral, citrusy hops with a bit of spiciness to it. Grows more grassy on the back half and into the dry, moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's solid for a blonde/golden ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 08, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Ray's in Wauatosa, WI.

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, the color is hazy; deep gold, almost amber. A bit "darker" than most blondes I've had. A thick white head formed immediately, sticking to the glass somewhat as the beer was consumed.

Hints of fruity hops dominate the nose, but some sweet malt can also be detected.

True to the nose, this is a hoppier blonde than almost any other I've had. While not traditional to the style, it is very tasty. There is some malt sweetness to balance the fruity hops. There is little alcohol detectable.

The body is fairly light, with little carbonation on the palate.

Overall, Golden Wing is a very sessionable blonde ale that would fit in perfectly on the patio on a hot summer day. Recommended!

MakeMineAPBR, Jun 14, 2012
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3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single pounder from the house of 1,000 beers for $1.75

A - Boy this is one dirty blonde! Hazy and bright yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring of almost nothing.
S - Some piney hops, touch of mild grains, some wheat, and a bit of lemon peel.
T - Pretty tasty summer brew. They didn't scrimp on the hops which is nice. Grains are mild and balanced with some wheat base and a touch of lemon peel in the finish.
M - Light and crisp yet more body than I expected. Decent.

Overall even a simple blonde these guys craft well. I have not found a single Finch beer I have been disappointed with. Worth a try.

DrDemento456, May 10, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy, fluffy white head. Head retention is very good. Lacing is moderate.

S: Aromas of bread, biscuits, honey, cream, caramel, lemon, minerals, grass, and straw are present on the nose.

T: Notes of bread, biscuit, cream, and minerals are apparent on the entry, but are pushed aside by notes of lemon rind, lime zest, grapefruit pith, grass, straw, and herbs. Bitter citrus flavors linger on the finish, but are balanced by subtle notes of cream, minerals, biscuit, and honey.

M: Very light in body, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is crisp.

O: An interesting and underrated blonde ale. There is a lot to take in here, especially when compared with many other ales of this style. I love the turbulent, complex flavor profile.

mrfrancis, Mar 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jbrown1, Aug 16, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a little cloudiness. A good finger and a half of foam head leaves generous lacing all the way to the end.

Smell has a little biscuity malt aroma with a bit of grassy/floral hops (maybe just a faint touch of citrus in the mix).

Taste is assertively hopped for a Blonde Ale. Malt flavor is minimal. Hops have a little bit of a grassy, dandelion taste. Hoppy, but with a fairly clean finish. Not bad.

Medium body weight; nice enough carbonation for a crisp, light feel.

A fine beer, without a lot of turn-ons or turn-offs (and that's okay).

KBomb, Aug 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Bdel34, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

archmagi1, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into pint glass. Enjoyed in the comfort of home. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with a creamy white one finger head. Decent head retention and great consistent lacing.

Nose: Honey, biscuit, lemon, apricot, pineapple. Very fruity and clean. Love the nose on this one.

Taste: Honeycrisp apple, tropical fruit, sweet malt, and then a wallop of bitterness kicks in. I like the malt profile but the hops seem out of place.

Moderately low carbonation. I think it should be decently higher, if we're shooting for a style here. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry and bitter finish. Overall pretty good, but the bitterness makes it less sessionable than it could be.

syrupjoe, May 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

MattM, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

krome, Mar 15, 2014
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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.