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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 160
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Yesdog, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

ScrimshawFan, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

jnikkel, Feb 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

EROCK75, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of davidthebruce
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

davidthebruce, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
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
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Another6Pack, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden honey color with a nice looking head that leaves some decent lacing within the glass. Some suspended sediment in the pour, reminds me a bit of an APWA in appearance.

Aroma also triggers my brain to think American Pale Wheat Ale, some sour wheat notes, lemon juice and socks. Some hints of maltiness in the end. Hmmm....

Thankfully the taste is better than the aroma. Solid enough malt flavor with a lemony astringent bitter finish after each sip. Not terrible but certainly not the most drinkable blonde ale on the market.

Overall, I prefer their Cut Throat Pale Ale to this one. It just didn't do it for me.

indiapaleale, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of nqbeer
2/5  rDev -39.6%

nqbeer, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

cheers405, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

gunclubchris, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

duchowbob, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +36%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +20.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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
Photo of BierStein711
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
Photo of AleWatcher
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
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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
Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light copper color mixed with soft tarnushed brass. Good bubbling, great head and foam retention for all 16 ozs.

Old grass clippings, soft, sweet biscuits, toasted malts. Then theres some metallic and semingly adjuncty aromas.

Toasted and super grassy upfront. The middle gets metallic and musty, with soft toasty undertones. The finish is a creamy, frothy, faint metallic grass and wonderbread.

scruffwhor, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of sweethome
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy golden color - decent head is as white as it gets. Looks a little like my my memories of my father's Schmidt's of Philadelphia.

Nose is decent - some light maltiness backed by citrus - orange marmalade.

Crisp entry - turns a bit sharp - I like the overall flavor profile - but it gets punched by the overpowering bitterness. The crisp maltiness gets shoved aside leaving a rather sharp and intense bitterness. I wouldn't call this your average "blonde ale", if there is such a thing - more like an american extra pale ale. Could use a little more malt backbone or little less bittering hops. Overall - I think this is a decent early effort for this brewery - just needs a little refinement. I would probably have liked it more on hot day.

sweethome, Sep 26, 2011
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
Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch tall fizzly head on a clear pale yellow beer. Very fine sediment within the body. Pretty darn good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Bready. Hints of lemon zest.

T- Initial sweetness followed immediately by a lemony citrus flavor and a hop bite. Not much to it but refreshing none-the-less. ABV matches well with actual presence in the taste.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium-thin.

D/O- Great in the refreshment department, lacking in the flavor one...but that's not a blondes strong suit anyways. Would have again, perhaps next summer paired with a chicken meal on the streets of Chicago somewhere. Thanks for the small "keep'em tickin'" trade to kawilliams81!

Duff27, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin trails of lacing.

S - earthy aroma.

T - not exactly sweet malt but kind of earthy with a sour, bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a little fizz to it.

O - it was just ok.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden-honey color. One finger of bright white foam forms on top before quickly melting down to a thin collar and splotchy skim. Nice clumps of lace were left behind.

S: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted cereal grains, biscuits, vegetables, and a faint whiff of honey. A slight herb garden aroma, as well.

T: See above. Traces of citrus hops come out as it warms, but this tends towards the sweeter & maltier side of things.

M: Sweet caramel and bisquits at first, with the hops gradually stepping out and showing off a bitter and drier edge that didn't translate very well to the smell and taste.

O: I think these guys hit the market a little too soon with their canned stuff. I hope they tweak their recipes a bit because, while their stuff is decent, I don't see a reason to buy much of it in the future...

GbVDave, Sep 05, 2011
Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.