Old Faithful Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2002

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
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden color.

Aroma: Grassy and bready with a bit of citrus fruits. Pale malt profile. Very light aroma.

Taste: Grassy and floral hops. Definitely noble. Some fruits show. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a very basic beer. Kind of boring. Golden ale is a bit misleading. Blonde is much better for this beer. Easy to drink, but not too enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber with a half finger head that melts to a surprisingly sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt, light citrus, grassy hops.
Taste is citrusy orange/lemon hops initially, then slightly honey sweet malt, following with slight drying citrus hops.
Really clean mouthfeel....nice full carbonation.
This is a real thirst quencher...and definately something to session on long hot days or to gulp after mowing the lawn.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grand Teton- Old Faithful Ale

A- Bright clear yellow, unlively (no carbonation) and a decent ringed lacing head.
S- Light lemon and honey straw.
T Light honey sweetened hay/ straw. Slight lemon citrus hops make up the body.
M- Very light and sugary. decent malty body with a sweet dry hop finish.

Overall- Blah. Slightly bland and boring. I'll drink the 3 I have but I wouldn't buy this.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this gem up in Hillside, SD at the Sick-n-Twisted brew pub. This is a solid beer from Grand Teton....its not amazing like some other pale ales but this beer just works. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries pale malt and some fresh hop that leans toward bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable beer and can be enjoyed most on warmer days.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep golden/bronzw with 4 fingers of offwhite head. Good head retention & minmal lacing

Smell: Loads of floral hops & then fruitiness

Taste: Floral & citrus hops up front& then fruittiness. Finishes with hoppyness & then fruit.

MF: Great balance and good carbonation

Very drinkable, maybe not quite on style, but tasty enough I'd certainally reccomend it

Photo of morimech
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a slim head that quickly disappeared to a few spotts of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma at least. Pale malt and honey. Do not know if this is brewed with honey or not but there is a floral sweetness. No hops. The flavor is quite poor for an APA but it would be an average Blond Ale. A bit sweet with some pale malt flavor. Again no hops or bitterness. Light body and low carbonation. Maybe a little too low. Has a little bit of a slick feel. Not bad for a light beer but if you are looking for a hoppy APA, you will be very disappointed. Usually can be found on sale so it makes drinking this beer a little easier to drink.

Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz longneck. Rating this as a pale golden, not an APA.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head. Slowly settles to a bubbly lacing at the edge of the glass. Transparent. Mellow upward carbonation. Gold in color. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Hints of citrus. Grassy.
T) Floral. Subtle honey notes. Grainy. Just a hint of hops in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness in the aftertaste.
M) Light body. Dry. Fizzy. A slight bit chalky in the finish.
D) A decent Golden ale, I wouldn't call it an APA. Too grainy and lacks some of the hop bite of a pale ale. But other than that fits the golden ale criteria.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... shared with a coworker... my half from my Delirum tulip. Listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

Vigorous pour produced a very nice 3/4" fluffy white head... that left behind good lacing. Very pretty golden/extra lite honey brew.

Smell is bready pale malts and just a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor is pale malts... biscuity notes... floral hops with just enough bitterness... maybe a little sweet or could use a bit more hop flavor. Body is very nice... good balance across the board.

Grand Teton makes some pretty good brews although, this is not my favorite, it is no slouch.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this in Evanston, Wyoming.

Appearance- golden color

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- malt, citrus fruit

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good, It says it's a pale ale but I think it's too light for a pale ale but I still thought it was pretty good.

Photo of CHickman
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Came with the Beer of the Month package and pours golden, with very little head and a slight bread smell. Very light and crisp with a dull flavor that has a slight hop and malt taste towards the end; a bitter middle with a dry finish. A decent beer, but not very exciting at all and not one I would order at a bar.

ABV = 4.94%

Photo of mooseisloose
2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, been away. Way behind on BMOC. Smell in the bottle is, well, not too desirable. Pours to a golden yellow. Head is there and gone. Taste is very light and refreshing but with nothing standing out, slight comeback. This can't be an ale, this is way too light. Pale ale I guess. Looking at the ABV for an ale I expected something different and it is. Smell in the glass is a better sweet and tarty hoppiness. Taste is semi-sweet and tart kind of off. This a bad bottle I hope. Not my style or something.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03/06/07:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin head that disappears rather quickly.

The smell is of bready yeast with some vague fruitiness.

The taste is of light caramel and a hint of sweet grain and light grass. Some vague fruitiness lies in the back. With minimal hop bitterness, it remains sweet through the finish.

This one leans towards watery, but not fizzy. Clean and smooth.

Very mild, this is an easy drinker with just enough taste to it to hit the spot on a hot day or to have as an easy "session" brew. To me it's between a blonde ale and an APA.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to Idaho.

Photo of RoBotGod
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing really stuck out while drinking this beer. Maybe I was expecting a little more coming off of drinking the award winning ESB. The malt had a decent tame sweetness to it. Light to medium body. The hops were very mild. As for the pale taste, there was enough to let you know its there but not enough to please.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.19/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Was excited to try a brew from Wyoming, but now have discovered it is made in Idaho. Oh well,onto the beer.

I pour this slowly into a pint glass. WHOA! Huge head overwhelms the glass. Not a good sign. No freshness info on the label. Finally I pour the brew into the glass at a very slow rate. A nice soft creamy white head foams up and actually sticks around for a long time. The brew is a hazy orange color with some sediment floating around. Tangy yeast aromas dominate the nose, while a faint hop scent comes through too.
First sip, super carbonated, very thin mouthfeel. No strong flavors to speak of. This brew is very watery. There is a slight malt presence up front, a yeasty twang in the middle, and then poof! the taste is gone. Is this beer past its prime? Could be.

Overall, this brew is not that good, but I suspect that I may have had a bad bottle.

EDIT...I have emailed with Charlie Otto and he was surprised when I told him I came across a bottle with Otto Bros label still. He guessed the bottle could be up to 6 years old. Way past the prime of a standard ale such as this. Hope to try a new fresh one sometime.

Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton Old Faithful Ale pours a stiff finger of foam over a cloudy
yellow brew. Carbonation is inconstant, and the nose is grain, yeast
funkiness, and a bit of spicy hops. The flavor is light sweet-ish barley
malt with notes of lemon and a bit of herbal/grassy/medicinal hop off
the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and there's sort of slightly sweet
corn syrupy thing in the aftertaste and a bit of those hops. Though this is
listed on Beer Advocate as an American Pale Ale this is more like a Kolsch
or a Golden Ale that's had the hops upped a bit. It's not a bad effect but it
does give us something to argue about. Pretty much a pleasant drinking
session beer but nothing earth shattering.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/9/10, reviewed on 5/24/10

A - Light gold color. Pale & slightly hazy. One finger of white foam. Thin retention; lacing is alright.

S - Citrus hop aroma: lemon zest & orange peel. Wheat undertones. Maybe pilsner malt.

T - Tastes alright; pilsner malt & cereal grains injected with spice & citric hops notes - mostly lemon, calling to mind lemongrass.

M - Lighter in body with appropriate carbonation; just ample enough. Clean finish with some grass & grain lingering.

D - Not great but an easy choice over the BMC that was otherwise available.

Edit: After seeing this is classified as an APA I had to dock points. It's weak for that style; I had figured it was some kind of Pale Wheat.

Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can't be a pale ale? The bottle says pale golden...so i'll assume it to be something of it's own..more towards an unfiltered wheat.

Poured a murky butterscotch color without much head, but what was kept spotty throughout.

The nose was wheaty/sweetbread as well as some toasty and caramel maltiness. Lemon and honey rounded it out.

It tastes like it smells, very yeasty/bready with a bit of fruitiness and a definite citrus zest, a bready/bitter aftertaste.

Medium body, crisp carbonation and dryish, a yeasty stickiness at the end.

Don't assume it's a hoppy APA, it's not. Its a good, but not grand, refreshing wheat beer.

Photo of billybob
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

got it as part of botmc pours a cloudy golden color a one finger white head with the second beer and minimal lace. aromas are light with a faint honey, citrus, fruity nose. grainy biscuit malt taste faint honey taste also. light and dry mouthfeel carbonation ok. not a lot to say about this beer. its a pass.

Photo of germaniac
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow/gold. Fizzy white head builds up and then dwindles quickly down into nothing.

Smells of sweet malt and fruity hops. Kind of a tangy apple scent in there, too.

The taste is well balanced, with just enough sweet malt flavor and hop bitterness combining with a zesty spiciness to make it interesting.

From what I have experienced of their brand so far, Grand Teton has convinced me that their other beers might be worth seeking out. Old Faithful is nothing super special, just a solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of jreitman
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with very little white head and pretty high carbonation. Very nice and interesting aroma. Nuts and sweet malt flavors with a pretty low bitterness. Balance was spot on. Pretty enjoyable overall.

Photo of misterscooter
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, clear and pretty, but no head so the points had to be taken down.

The smell is a sweet mandarin orange aroma with a slight egg smell. Not bad or overpowering but definitely one that caught me by surprise.

A little chocolate, orange and nutmeg in the taste. Mildly dry hops in the end, especially as the beer warms up.

Good beer. Would get it again, for sure.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of fruity pebbles, and pale malt. The taste is much the same, and very artificial in nature. It tastes processed and fake, but not bad. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. There isn't anything wrong with it, but there is nothing going on for it either.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head, decent retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of biscuity malt and floral hops. Light in body, there is a foundation of biscuity malt, that quickly gives way to lemon citric hops. Crisp, refreshing- excellent session beer. Enjoyed-

Photo of yuenglings
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recived this beer with my beer of the month shipment. it has a very nice light golden color with a small head and an even smaller amount af laceing.
As soon as you pour it into your glass there is a strong bread like smell after its in your glass for a little there is a sweet lemon smell with a little spice at the end. The taste is about the same but its very mild with the hops at the end.
The mouthfeel is very smooth, a little creamy with good carbonation.
I can see myself buying this brew agian and drinking alot of it in one sitting

Photo of DogFood11
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen this at my local beer haven. Seemed like a good selection for some Sunday Football. Poured into a pilsener glass it forms a nice pillowy white head that laces thoroughly all the way down. Golden color and highly filtered with medium carbonation level.

Smell didn't do anything as it lays down and surrenders. The taste jumps out with a big malted biscuity presence and a very unusual perfumy, medicinal finish.

Chewy mouthfeel that finishes watery.

Notes: It's a decent attempt at being unique within the style but it comes up short in my opinion. I just couldn't get past the perfume quality in the middle of the drink. It's far from undrinkable as I smacked 3 of these down in a short session with no problems.

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Old Faithful Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.