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Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Fireman's #4Fireman's #4

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BA SCORE
78
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579 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-17-2012 01:07:04 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale yellow color with a tiny bit of a white head and not much else. The aroma doesn't bring much forward, just some light grain and a bit of yeast. Taste is mild grain flavors without any real yeast or any other characteristic. Really clean; I guess that's about the only compliment I have here. Goes down smoothly as well, I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 15:54:11 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My sons think it's a fireman's pole and that I forgot to cut a hole through the floor into the kitchen."

--Pamela Anderson

Lightly foggy lemon peel with a head that maxes out at less than one finger despite an increasingly elevated pour. As I type, beer is now visible from a bird's eye view. Other than a few dribs and drabs of watery lace, the glass is virtually untouched. Not good.

I swear there was a hint of skunk when I popped the cap, but there's no trace of the little critter when I put my nose over the glass. Besides, the bottle is brown (not foolproof, but still). There isn't much to go on. Just lightly sweet cereal grains and a whiff of musky hops.

Fireman's #4 is actually a pretty decent American blonde ale. For one thing, it has good malty flavor, which is much more than half the battle when it comes to beer of this style. It's also decently hoppy, although the fruitiness of the Crystal hops could be jacked up a bit. At 21 IBUs, their bitterness is appreciated by this hophead.

The balance between sweet and bitter is nice, especially the semi-snappy conclusion. The lightly sugared golden maltiness becomes a little more aggressive in the bottom half of the bottle and a twist of lemon peel has arrived on the scene. A yeasty zestiness helps as well. This beer is ideal for warm weather and spicy food... both of which they have in abundance in the Lone Star state.

The mouthfeel, while nothing special, is above average. It's light-medium, with fine and very lightly fizzy carbonation. Not bad... not bad at all. The flavor profile definitely benefits from more (rather than fewer) bubbles.

Other than a lack of head formation and a lackluster nose, Fireman's #4 is good beer. Since the final three attributes are far more important to me than the first two, the overall score is not a reflection of how I really feel about this Real Ale ale. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 11:55:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.. Nice play on the palate and a decent hoppy aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, . Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:20:26 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Labelled as Alamo Golden Ale, but this is the same thing.

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a small white head on it.

S: Oh yes, a wonderful lemony aroma to it. Some straw and light yeastiness with some grainy notes, though it does have a bit of toast to it, which is actually sort of okay. A light bread flavor and biscuit.

T: Same lemon and lightly tart lemon notes as were present on the nose. Sweet grainy malts with light toast and biscuit character. A bit of grass and a very faint hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I guess if it's a light, summer/lawn mower type beer you're looking for this works. Not my thing, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:49:43 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-04-2011 23:08:16 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

06-07-2013 01:13:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 03:51:55 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-09-2013 22:21:24 | More by spycow
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BD Rileys on 6th Street in Austin. It had a golden body with a slight haze beneath a creamy white head that displayed good retention and fair lacing. The nose was fairly basic with a combination of lightly grainy malt, yeasty fruitiness, and floral hops. It was medium-light bodied and crisp. The flavor followed the aroma. It was basic, but very nice. A nicely hoppy, not overdone beer! The bitterness was kept in check, and the hops were quite present but not to the point that they overshadowed the malt. Nicely done! Very drinkable. And, seemingly quite popular throughout the bars of Austin.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 14:04:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 01:34:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent looking, gold color, with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a soft and creamy layer that throws a great looking cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malts, light citrus accents, floral hops, and some peppery spices. Not over the top or anything but I found this to be pleasant.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with a smooth and even mix of sweet malts that possess a light toasty edge, a splash of citrus, and a tingle of spicy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth. Overall very easy feeling and drinking.

Not bad at all for a Blonde. Decent balance and a softer body on this made for a refreshing quaff. Good summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 12:16:06 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dirtygrind (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a pasty white fizzy looking almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over semi hazy blond wheat colored beer.

Nose has light blond malts, a light cream ale like aroma, hint dry bready malts, light fruitiness, and hint of fruity hops.

Taste is lighter, light blond malts, a hint creamy and toasty but juicy at the same time. A light crisp dryness, and hint fruity like, almost lager like flavors but still somehow an ale. Hint of floral grassy hops and just a touch of bitterness. Finish is semi dry buy creamy, very light bitterness, crisp and drinkable, quick finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, very drinkable and a definite summer style beer, but overall flavors are a bit too light. However, with a beer like this any real off flavors would most likely come out quickly, and that didn't happen so that's a good sign.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:17:03 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:50:58 | More by Mora2000
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head even with a vigorous pour. Some rim bubbles, leaves a couple of spots. Greenish yellow color with quite a bit of haze.

Little to no aroma. Grainy malt?

Highly carbonated, thin bodied. A step up from the macros but little else. Raw grain, lightly sour and whiff of hop essence best describes this beer. Refreshing on a hot day, but little else in terms of redemption.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 18:13:02 | More by smcolw
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

01-13-2014 19:34:08 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade, poured into a nonic.

This was a competent, enjoyable blonde whose only real weakness was its appearance (which isn't really all that important after all). Flavor is a blend of light, sweet malts with a slight toast grain edge and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Aroma is simple and inoffensive grassy and pale malt blend. Mouthfeel is thicker and fuller than your average macro swill with a robust body and lingering earthy and grassy finish. Appearance is a pale, unfiltered golden cloud with minimal head produced by a vigorous pour. An average, enjoyable blonde, thanks to whoever sent me this!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:43:35 | More by yourefragile
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once more, a thin, bone-white head that dissipated into wisps even prior to arrival. Color was lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grainy, silage-like scent. Interesting! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slight peppery taste on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 06:14:09 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger thin white head. There is very little head retention or lacing present in this beer.

S: Hints of citrus hops with pale malts and a slight presence of adjunct malts.

T: Flavors of citrus zest (likely lemon), earthiness, and hop bitterness with the slightest hints of grains/corn.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Not something that I would go out of my way to have again but not something that I couldn't bring myself to finish either. I guess I would describe it as too average, there is a nice balance in the beer and the highlight for me is the hints of critrus.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 01:04:13 | More by dbrauneis
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the clear light golden brew. Airy head collapses at reasonably quick pace, with minimal lace. Aroma is sweet pale and prominent vegetal. Taste is dominantly pale malt sweetness, with the earthy hops towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. This one could be better.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:43:02 | More by ppoitras
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-29-2013 04:20:11 | More by BillRoth
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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -41.7%

03-25-2012 00:45:03 | More by rab53
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-12-2013 17:20:16 | More by LXIXME
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz received as a cool extra in trade with hopsleeroy ... only my second Real Ale BC beer.. I enjoyed this while Matt had a Blue Heron.

Big cap pop ... as soon as this brew touched the glass.. holy shit.. huge head.. very overcarbonated... 1" brew for 4" of head.. took 10 minutes to die down and pour again ... repeat again... lets just say it's pretty fizzy.

Aroma is slightly sour with pale malts as the backbone.. sorta husky.

Flavor is slightly toasted white bread .. there may be hops here.. but there is a slight medicinal quality that is masking them.. slightly metallic.

Just too fizzy .. the carbonation reminds me of tonic water with a little viscosity.

I have a feeling this would be a good brew.. but the carbonation was off the charts.. all the flavors and aromas are there.. but they need to really be dialed in.

As crappy as my review is, I still very much appreciate hopsleeroy for this brew. Thanks Lee, this is only my 2nd Real Ale BC beer.. Now.. on to the Sisyphus.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 09:02:33 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 21:04:58 | More by glid02
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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.