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Barstool American Golden Ale - Foolproof Brewing Company

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Barstool American Golden AleBarstool American Golden Ale

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 01-27-2013)
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MyauFroto, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

DaKur, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/20/2013 at The Roast House in Pawtucket, RI served in a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer pound down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with modest bar pour head. Leaves some spots on the glass. Straw color liquid.

Mild aroma--soft malt nose.

Full flavored. Starts with a grainy raw malt flavor. Soon there's a true hop wallop of bitter black pepper. Harsh lingering aftertaste. Heavier body than expected, good carbonation. The flavor belies the golden color.

smcolw, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

KCAS81, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head holds on well, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet and citrus.

Taste is is pale sweet to start, muted citrus in the middle, and closes lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Well put together brew.

ppoitras, Nov 27, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a gift at the brewery to The CANQuest (TM) back in February when I visited on my way to the Inaugural RI Brew Fest at the Pawtucket Armory. I had to await approval of my picture as I only had the one CAN and I dislike pictures of spent beers.

From the CAN: "You're bellied up to the bar with your buddies at the local watering hole ..."; "Not too malty, not too hoppy, Barstool is designed for a night out with your friends. Our flagship beer is handcrafted with the freshest ingredients, including two-row barley and specialty malts. A blend of English and Czech hops top off this delicious golden ale, which [CAN] be enjoyed for hours on end."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

Bonus! The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the rim with beer and so an inverted Glug was in order. This resulted in two fingers of dense, bubbly, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with just the slightest of haze to mar its clarity. I am not a fan of filtration to begin with, so it did not bother me. I just like for my reviews to be as comprehensive as possible. Nose gave off an interesting tropical fruitiness, kind of like pineapple and caramel. By this time, the head had begun to fall, leaving behind some lovely sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially more towards Czech (Saaz) hops, but then the malt kicked in and I got a toasted coconut flavor on the tongue, Finish was semi-dry and the Czech hops really lingered well past the swallow. I am a huge fan of Saaz in Pilsners (lagers) so this was something new for me in an ale. I liked that they are being experimental and I would certainly drink this again on my next visit to Rhode Island. Many thanks for the CAN!

woodychandler, Apr 07, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, no date, poured into a shaker pint.

A: Straight up medium gold as the name would imply, slight haze with a frothy two finger bone white head. Pretty god ring lace, lots of carbonation rising up, looks refreshing for starters.

S: Bready, doughy malt, maybe a touch of caramel sweetness, just the slightest citrus hop whiff, picking up the Czech hop, smells relatively clean with lager like characteristics.

T: Right off the bat I notice its very balanced between a bready malt sweetness and a subtle citrus and fruity hop bite. Dry, crisp finish, with a modest, clean lingering bitterness. Definitely picking up the European Czech hops mentioned on the can. Very pilsnery if you will, in a good way.

M: Light end of medium, crisp upfront that smooths out on the way down. Could go through a six with absolute ease.

O: First offering from the new RI brewery and I really enjoyed this session ale. For a somewhat one dimensional style, this one has enough flavor to keep you interested and makes for a very nice session beer for the summer months.

Dools9, May 24, 2013
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Photo of Celtics76
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another promising brewery opened its doors in RI this past Jan. This is touted as Foolproof's "flagship" beer. I'm surprised they went with a Golden Ale, as I don't believe it's a popular style in these parts.

Anyway, I poured the can vigorously into a Sam Adams pint glass. A good half inch of head here which gradually settles down to a thin layer of foam. It's a relatively clear gold in color, with tiny bubbles rising from the center.

Smells lager-like with a good hop/malt balance. I was surprised a bit by the taste - much hoppier than a typical golden ale. I'm honestly not a fan of the style, but this representation has a good kick to it. Also of note is the crisp finish, with a mild fruitiness and lingering hop bite. The mouthfeel is borderline thin/medium, making it an easy drinker, which is the intent - "designed for a night out with your friends".

I like what Foolproof has done here. They've taken a boring style and spruced it up - this should be in regular rotation on tap at the "cool" RI bars.

Celtics76, Feb 20, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +12.1%

Wasupmx, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last from them for now, last I can get up here at least, but yay cans!

Pours a decent fluffy airy bubbly 1.5 finger head that fades at a fair rate, with spotty bit soapy lines of lacing, over hazy goldenrod color.

Nose has some grainy malts, a bit of a rustic toasted malt aroma, a bit of a toasty blond malt, almost wheat but not really wheat, a light crisp American ale yeast that almost pretends to be lager but not quite lager, light floral grassy hops, not bad, nothing wrong at all, but not really quite like I expected a blonde ale, and interesting take though.

Taste starts with a bit hop wallop, hop oils even seem to come through, semi spicy hops, some pine, grassy, and a bit fruity. Then grains, a toasty blond malt is there but not dominant, a little doughy grainy, some of a crisp ale yeast flavor, an almost cracked toasted wheat like. HOps get a bit leafy and grassy, almost astringent bitterness. Finish is long, fair bitter grassy hops with a bit of oil, semi crisp ale, very little malt left, fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, bit of crispness.

Overall not bad, a bit more hop forward than I expected, but that seems to be the way of the American blond has been going, in fact most beers, and as much as I love hops, give it a break sometimes. Anyways, it's still a decent beer.

jlindros, Jul 11, 2013
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Barstool American Golden Ale from Foolproof Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.