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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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76
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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
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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Photo of marcobrau
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of edraz1224
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kromes
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light gold color with a thin line of white bubbles.

S: Bready malts and a noticable citrus aroma. Also some canned vegetable soup in there.

T: Initial taste reminds me of veggie soup, but, it calms down and the citrus and biscuit malts come through. Finish is a tad bitter with some lingering peach and citrus.

M: Light - Medium body with below average carbonation. Smooth body though.

O: After the initial strange flavors, it turns out to be OK. Would be a decent summer beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Yesdog
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jnikkel
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EROCK75
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of davidthebruce
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zaphodchak
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of indiapaleale
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of nqbeer
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of cheers405
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of gunclubchris
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of duchowbob
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of BierStein711
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.88/5  rDev -43%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.