Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -34.4%
This one comes to us brewed by the fine folks at the Real Ale Brewing Co, in Blanco, Texas. It is brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Beers of this style tend to be heavy on the malt with a slight hoppiness to them, a moderate ABV and a slight scent of Belgian yeast. Typically similar to an American lager, these usually have a little more flavor and character. Not long ago, Real Ale repackaged this one as being brewed by the Alamo Beer Company, and renamed Alamo Golden Ale in honor of the Alamo defenders.
This one pours a light straw yellow, with a small amount of cloudiness, into a pint glass. Minimal head that leaves you far too quickly. Lacing is o.k., however it does not stick around.
A little different than when I tried it as Alamo Golden Ales, the malt aroma still hit me right away with the strong malt aroma. Although this was almost more reminiscent of Budweiser. Yeast undertones still balanced this out and saved it a little.
Upon first taste, this was almost exactly like a Budweiser. Although Bud is a lager, The heavy malt reminds you of it. The longer it lingers in your mouth the more the attempt to make prominant the Belgian yeast strain becomes. A very minimal hop flavor rounds this out with a hint of citrus.
Overall, this was more than I expected, but less than I hoped for. the yeast definately gave it more character than a typical mass produced American lager, but I will not be anxious to repaet. This one weighs in at around 5% ABV and will not knock you over.
Do not recommend this one again...
04-05-2009 14:50:49 | More by RuinationPress
2.35/5 rDev -31.5%
A: Pours a bright straw colour that's clear with a head that quickly disapates.
S: Definitely not a strong smell, but I finally got a note of sweet malts.
T: Disappointing, the incredibly strong flavors of yeast were unbalanced. It was reminiscent of a South or Central American macrobrew.
M: It was crisp and enjoyable and the only reward to the not so enjoyable taste.
07-18-2011 12:02:54 | More by annawees
2.38/5 rDev -30.6%
Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a pale gold color with a no head and hardly any lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of grain and light malts with a touch of hops and not much of anything else.
T: The taste is bready with the flavors of light malt sweetness, but other than a mild hops presence, there really isn't much else going on here. Honestly, I'm not tasting anything that would separate this beer from the likes of Bud, Miller, Coors & Corona, which is disappointing.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, not the best representation of style, mild kick, not much left to say other than I would not recommend this beer at all.
11-11-2007 01:34:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.38/5 rDev -30.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Beer was fairly clear, a light straw color with a small thin head. The aroma was of very light malt, with no hop aroma evident. Taste was about the same, a little malt, slightly grainy with not much else evident. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Overall, I didn't care for this one, it needed more of some type of character - malt - hops - something.
01-17-2008 16:27:01 | More by cartdan
2.45/5 rDev -28.6%
A-pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a tight bubbly white head.
S-the nose starts with bready malt, taken over by yeast and floral notes. a strong phenol takes over bringing in lots of bandaid notes.
T-the taste is better than the nose but not good. phenols seem to have taken hold and bring lots of medicinal notes. a bready yeast with floral notes and touch of lemon are present but faint.
M-smooth on the palate, thin light body with low carbonation.
D-not a good beer, maybe infected; but problems all over. medicinal and under carbonated.
05-25-2010 21:59:50 | More by cpetrone84
Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.