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Old Faithful Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Old Faithful AleOld Faithful Ale

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.5%

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Faithful Ale is golden blonde in color with a crisp body and light malt sweetness. We cold conditioned this ale to give it a pleasantly smooth character and dry palate. The domestically grown noble hops give this beer a light, floral hop aroma, making it exceptionally easy to drink.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2002)
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is NOT an APA. This is a Blonde Ale.

12oz bottle poured into a 71 Pale Ale pint glass.

A: Straw yellow color with hints at darker gold. The bottle says 'Bottle-Conditioned' but this beer is pretty clear. Slightly off white head leaves some lacing behind.

S: Really clean and refreshing for the style, slightly sweet and a touch fruity. Really clean malt bill without a lot of graininess. With aromas of banana and apple juice it smells similar to a Heff in some respects, but not identical by any means.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, no real skunky pale blonde aftertaste. Slight sweetness, grainy malts, just a faint hint of earthy bitterness and nutty flavors.

MF: Surprisingly moderate body, this is not a watery beer. Perfect silky smooth carbonation bite and just a touch of hops in the finish.

O: Flavors really have that light, 'golden malt' feel. I like this beer, easily up there with Hoptober as my favorites of the style. I think this beer would have scored higher if it had not been mislabeled as an APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:18:09 | More by Scotchboy
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A Taste of the Tetons, Pale Golden, Old Faithful Ale, Yellowstone's Finest. Brewed and bottled by Grand Teton Brewing Co., 430 Old Jackson Hole Hwy, Victor, ID

Lightly clouded, golden appearance, slim and slender, beautiful ivory head.

Aromatics: grainy right off the bat, crisp maltiness is king. Fruity esters, apricot and orange, some sweetness. Mmm, mmm. If I stretched my nostrils further, I'd start talking about bubblegum and bananas, but I'm glad I stopped before that happened.

Taste: smooth, clean, lightly malty, just a little sweet, and, yeah, a bit strong. Malt sweetness grows and grows, and could be a little light, I'm just saying.

Bright. Fruity. Malty. Tasty. A tiny bit lesser-bodied than I'd like. Could use some more…some more something. Just a bit more complexity and flavor. That's be nice.

I didn't know this was an "American Blonde" when I had it, fooled myself into thinking it was a Belgian golden ale, without the alcoholic punch. Probably a good reason why I found it so uninspired. Didn't match it up with what I imagined it was supposed to be…if that makes sense...

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poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden blond with yeast making intricate patterns in the glass. Ample carbonation rises to the fluffy, two-finger off-white head.Head stays intact until almost the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S - Clean malt with hints of spiced pear cider.

T - Clean malt with a fair amount of citrus notes upfront. The body biased towards hop notes of peppy orange, mango, and passion fruit on a background of sweet malt. A nice twang of tropical fruits and hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by an oily orange-peel finish.

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Old Faithful Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.