Single Speed - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Single SpeedSingle Speed

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CiderGoggles on 10-03-2013

Our American blonde ale is a soft and delicate ale brewed with pilsner malt and jasmine flower. The addition of jasmine adds a floral and slightly fruity layer. Single speed pours a crisp golden hue with floral undertones.
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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Worth noting this was a short 12oz bottle, not a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear light golden hue with a nice thick one finger of white head that fades to leave a thin creamy blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of crackery grains, faint sweet malts, light floral notes (not perfumey, more field like). Not much in the way of hops. Light and inviting.

T - Taste is well, definitely jasmine. More of the crackery grains, sweet pale malts are in the background. Absolutely no hops here, just soft floral jasmine notes. As someone else said, the slight bitter finish comes from the jasmine flowers instead of the hops. Quite interesting and unique.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, nicely carbonated. Super crisp and clean, incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. If there was more hops in here, then the jasmine would have to be more heavy handed which can lead to a potpourri/soap like aroma and taste. The way this beer was done though the jasmine is allowed to shine through in a gentle floral quality. Very, very nicely done and definitely delivers what 4 Hands set forth to accomplish.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden in color with a half inch head of tightly knit head of off white foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma of light grains and a bit of jasmine. The flavor is light grains in the front of the palate and then a more powerful finish with judicious use of jasmine in the finish. The body is light and crisp.

Photo of acurtis
2.47/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Major gusher, lost most of the bottle. smells of shampoo and tastes like soap. get some jasmine on the finish

Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on draft at St. Louis’ Ready Room club anticipating a Ministry show.

Appearance: Clean golden amber. Not much suds nor any lace here.

Nose: Honey malts. Mild.

Taste: Malts rule the day here. Honey, a touch of toastiness. Hops here are definitely dialed back. A good beer, perfect for craft newbies or hot summer days, but not overly complex or unique otherwise.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with fingers of pearl white head. Fairly average head retention & lacing

S: Grainyness, apricot, white pepper, jasmine & other perfumy notes

T: Delicate grassy & floral notes, as well as cold cereal up front. More cold cereal notes, grassiness & floral notes faint apricot, melon & lemon notes as this warms. Finishes with wet cereal and melon

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation

Drinks easy but doesn't really hold your attention would be much more to my liking on a blazing hot day. Not one I would buy again...

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with coded born on date 10314 printed on the bottom of the can. A new one to me from 4 Hands Brewing Co., this one an 'ale brewed with jasmine'.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice lightly cloudy golden orange body. Fine sediment is visible, with one finger of soapy frothy white head that leaves good scattered lacing behind.

S - The aroma is fairly one dimensional but pleasant. Floral, herbal, creamy, and lightly grainy. The jasmine is definitely distinct and noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy / grainy / husky / papery pilsner malt presence coupled with the floral / herbal tea leaf sweetness of the jasmine flower. Honeyed and bready. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - The feel very smooth, crisp, and clean. Lightly sweet, fruity, and floral on the finish.

Overall, another excellent, drinkable, and unique take on the style from 4 Hands. I could surely see this as a refreshing go to beer in the summertime.

4 Hands Brewing Single Speed -----4/5.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy greyish-gold with two fingers of rocky white head. Sheets of thick sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, coriander and jasmine, and sweet caramel malts.

Bright taste of floral and citrus hops, tea, and sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I really like this on the American Blonde ale with the jasmine and floral notes.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no discernible dating for the bottling or freshness of this particular bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Holy gusher Batman! No really, this thing is overcarbonated to the point of making it impossible to pour. The very act of tipping the bottle to allow liquid to come out reveals foaming up. It takes me about an hour to fully pour this thing, with huge cotton-like head threatening to overwhelm the edges of the after 10-15 secons of pouring at the shallowest angle I can manage and still have liquid actually come out. Even setting it down for awhile and returning does no good. Underneath the seven or eight fingers of bone white foam lies a clear body the color of straw or faded sunlight. The head look like whipped potatoes towering above the meek by comparison body. Retention is absurdly annoying and lacing is thick and clingy.

Smell - It's very hard to get much aroma out of this due to the massive blanket of foam that is covering the body. Even when it clears, the smell is rather apologetic, with a faint bit of generic floral notes and light cracker-like grains providing most of the beer's character.

Taste - Here the floral notes become a little bit more obvious as jasmine, but too little too late in my opinion. The predominant taste comes from the pale malts and there is no hint whatsoever of any hop characteristic. A quick peek at the brewer's website suggests that this perception is correct. The faint bittering instead comes from the jasmine flowers, which gives the bitterness a gentle element.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and extremely carbonated, although it manages to be rather fluffy and light in mouthfeel for such a heavily carbonated beer. I expected something much more prickly to the tongue, but that is not the case.

Overall, the carbonation issues (yes, I'm assuming that the carbonation experience I had was not intended) made this a hard beer to give a fair shot. That being said, it was light and pleasant and good for what it is. Personally, it is not particularly to my liking. I can't help but wonder if I got a bad bottle or something, but since the taste seemed fine, I must assume I got a perfectly good bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn hipsters and their fixies...and their huge-wheeled fixies, at that... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers (Princess Jasmine?), light French bread, and a mild, vague bit of citrus. The taste brings in more of the same, though now with less fruitiness, leading to a sorta/kinda bland-ish feel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent little beer, something I could see drinking again, but not really nothing I would buy again purposefully.

Photo of nmann08
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear pale yellow color, good carbonation. A simple foamy white head laces down the side of the glass.

The nose is dominated by floral jasmine notes. That is all that comes through. It smells like potpourri and old lady perfume mixed with corn and caramel. The flavor is very floral, jasmine, a little honey, citrus fruit.

The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and kind of ruins the finish for me.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.12.13

A - Pours a clear, dark yellow with a fizzy white head that fades to a film.

S - Wheat, nutty, canned corn.

T - Wheat, corn, jasmine.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body.

O - Very light and mild. Unimpressed with this one.

Photo of KobraKai
2.62/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Nothing special. Didn't really care for it.

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in the afternoon on Easter is a light, clean, and enjoyBle brew for spring. Light gold, clear, moderately fruity, with some malt and flowery...jasmine. The taste is balanced, and drier than expected, which suits the beer well. Light in body and refreshing.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason I thought I was going to have an IPA. After the initial shock, I was very surprised. Pours a pale gold with a one finger creamy head. Extremely pleasant malty smell. Expecting a bigger floral smell from Jasmine but not there, though I can taste it. This malt and yeast combo is what I am looking for. This creates a crisp and smooth mouthfeel that goes perfectly with the malt backbone. All that is good in here is probably why I love and highly rate Octofests, and why I will rate this higher than many. I really enjoy this.

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle over gushed and was super over carbed. Not pleasant.

Single Speed from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.