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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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627 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003)
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Reviews by beerdiablo:
Photo of beerdiablo
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as close to a lager that Real Ale is going to get:
This light bodied blonde ale is perfectly balanced with a touch of Crystal hops for bittering and aromatics. Fireman's #4 is a great choice on any hot Texas summer day or pair it with spicy foods to help you put out the fire.

While it doesn't have the carbonation of a lager this beer does seem
cut out for a session ale. Its not heavy on either malt or hops and is a well made beer that's a good foundation for RA's product line.

beerdiablo, May 01, 2005
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

TxHopHead4, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy, dull, straw color with a very thin white head. Nose is weak and musty, get some grassy hop.

Taste is spicy upfront, nice lemon flavor without any citric acidity. Big, deep, biscuity, malt base with cracked grain piping up at times. I get a liitle white pepper and the taste then darkens slightly to something I'm associating with bay leaf for the finish. I love this beer but feel it is kinda all over the place for blonde and could be brighter. Fortunately I'm not feeling like a style nazi. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied and grippy.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 04, 2007
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

withliterature, Apr 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Tiernan, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Oktavio, Dec 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of dill
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap in a pint glass.

A - body is a straw color, a bit deeper than i expected. i didn't even realize this was a blonde ale when i saw it.

S - a bit of fruit comes through as well as a bready aroma.

T - similar to the smell. a bit of hops comes through as well but doesn't last.

M - medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D - quite easy to drink. great for when the sun is still up.

dill, Apr 09, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

sbartnik01, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

nothunder, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of Alamo Golden Ale, which is the same beer as Fireman's #4. They are two distinct beers on this site, but since the brewers said they are the same beer, I put the review under this entry.

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, lemons and grassy hops. The flavor is lemons, wheat, grass and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Not too exciting, but there is nothing wrong with the beer.

Mora2000, Aug 24, 2010
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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

Catfish0807, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

awalsh, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale apricot colored with a firm beige head that lingers long and leaves sheets if jagged lace up the sides of the glass. No aroma. Even flavor of breast malt, slight corn and grassy notes. Even mouthfeel, full and creamy. Tasty beer, not overly complex.

far333, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of whoneeds8
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours out Golden yellow with a nice 2 finger head. Very good lacing.

Smells very Lager like.

The taste isn't all that impressive. It's just a little too generic for this style. But it's not a bad taste. Overall, this is a very good drinkable beer. But don't expect anything to knock your socks off.

whoneeds8, Nov 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

daveytheformer, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pesca in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a tinge of hop bite - mostly floral notes but with hints of earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet light malt flavors are tempered by solid amounts of hops, imparting a good amount of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer however the flavors weren't robust enough to be anything more than that.

glid02, Apr 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

bdk1417, Jan 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

LXIXME, Dec 12, 2013
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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.