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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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1/5  rDev -69.8%

pigvomit, May 13, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

KJabo, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
1.73/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Kristina for sharing this gem. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to hazy, wispy, patches and a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. The body is a lightly hazed golden color.

S - Cereal grains, yeasty bread, some cooked veggies, and a light metallic note. The cereal character reminds me of Cheerios that have been sitting in milk for far too long.

T - Taste is equally horrendous. Cooked cabbage, stale cereal, seltzer water. Finish is mildly astringent. Reminds me of this line from 1984 - "The kitchen sink was full nearly to the brim with filthy greenish water which smelt worse than ever of cabbage. "

M - Grainy, with lower carbonation. Slightly slimy medium-light body. Thankfully no alcohol, although that would have been impressive given the 4.7% ABV.

D - It was a struggle to choke down a few ounces of this one - most of my friends wouldn't even try it after taking one whiff of the glorious aroma. This is on par with Indian Wells for terrible beer.

MasterSki, Sep 24, 2011
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1.88/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep golden body, fizzy and bubbly small white head. Moderate lacing and retention.
Smells really pretty malty. Like way too malty. Tastes pretty sweet, sweet and chalky.

Oddly syrupy and chalky feel... Needs more carbonation. Really thin.

Overall-- this is not a beer I will be buying again. This is the worst American golden ale I've had... For a style that should be easy drinking, and quite probably be a good cross-over for BMC drinkers. This beer doesn't impress me, and doesn't impress my BMC drinking friends that sampled it with me.

AleWatcher, Oct 21, 2011
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2/5  rDev -39.6%

nqbeer, Dec 30, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

woodchipper, Oct 25, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

JJFordick, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/9/11

Appearance: Mostly golden hue with a touch of light orange, decent head to start with, leaves some nice lacing, mostly clear

Smell: Not much here - light grains, cereal, grass, maybe a hint of citrus peel - some kind of overcooked vegetable appears in the aroma once this warms up... really not an attractive smell

Taste: Slightly more interesting than the smell, but not necessarily good - a herbal, grassy bitterness - a lingering bitterness - some kind of citrus, perhaps lemon rind? - some raw dough - and there is an undercurrent of unpleasantness- kind of reminds me of stale cereal, with a side of cooked vegetables, and some off-flavors that are slightly phenolic

Mouthfeel: Nicely light, nicely carbonated, pretty smooth - would be extremely drinkable if it tasted better

Overall: Not good, even for the style

The main characteristics of this beer aren't that exciting, and the off-flavors are just weird. I won't be trading for this.

angrybabboon, Nov 09, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

rjp217, Jun 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

alcoholinside, Jun 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

TheBigBoy, Aug 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Shatter, Apr 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

sendbeer, Apr 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

tmars13, Jan 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

EROCK75, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mdaschaf, Mar 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

oline73, Jun 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

taylor714914, Jun 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden color with 2 finger white head and good lacing.

S- Macro beer smell. Light malts and some skunkiness.

T- Some sweetness with decent hop bitterness.

M- Thin bodied. Astringent aftertaste from the bitterness.

O- Maybe it's because I don't drink lighter beers like this, but thought this was very sub par. Thought it would be sweeter with more flavor. Again, reminds me too much of a macro.

kawilliams81, Aug 27, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a translucent golden color with a clean white cap over the entire body.
Aroma is faint with some grainy oats and earthy hops from the smell of things, smells like some saaz or something going on with a lemon accent in there too.
The flavors are owned by the bready biscuity body of grainy malts that dominate this beer, and there is the earthy hops and lemony hops in there as well.

ChadQuest, Sep 03, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very slight chill haze that drops after a touch of warming. Dusky gold with a bright-white head. Some lacing. Slightly creamy and bubbly. Looks on point.

Smell: Grass, husk, cereal grains, and a touch of citrus. Some orange rind and lemon zest. Faint touches of wheat. Some toasted malts and a slightly crusty malt aroma. Powdery and grassy. Clean overall.

Taste: Grass and lemon. Wheat tang on the back. so very grassy. Almost like lemon pledge at times. Malts are powdery biscuit/bread crust and mildly sweet. Not a lot going on here. Lemon is the longest lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of moderate, but not water thin. A little dry. Smooth.

Overall: Inoffensive. Easy drinking and enough flavor to be interesting, but not a lot going on.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 21, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was water+hops+more hops+hops it seemed.

I would not have this again; the establishment informed us that it was a wheat beer, this was not the case. I would probably never have this beer again as it felt like I was drinking a extra bitter IPA rather than a wheat beer, or whatever this is supposed to be. With all bitterness and no true flavors, its just not what I expected.

This beer was something that I would have if I was forced between a macro or this one.

BierStein711, Nov 06, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

zaphodchak, Jan 03, 2012
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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.