Fireman's #4 - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 716
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 6.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 170 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-23-2003

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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 716
Photo of stephens101
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A honey yellow pour with an already faded head, leaving a good bit of empty space in the pint (note to Ginger Man). There's a spotty lacing all around. Smells of malts, a bit of grass, and some faint hops. Tastes of sweet malts, some honey and subtle, almost undiscernible light fruits. I'm a big Real Ale fan, but this one could use some work. (344 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Jun 2007.

Pours with a small white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy, corn yellow color. Smells metallic, musty, somewhat like a wet cat. Tastes like a light cider with some hints of citrus. Finish of green bananas. Medium creamy body.

Easy to drink but smell was quite off. (295 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jason Lewis for this brew.

Poured for a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a thick and cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is low but thick, white and leave good lace.

The smell is bready with some yeast.

The taste is good yeast notes, bready light malt.

The mouthfeel is reall good, very nice bubbly feel, very good body as well.

The drinkability is good not a bad beer at all, Prosit. MK (424 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot. Pours hazy golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, sour apple and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, some herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is medium and dry. Nice session brew. (266 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with some yeast bits in it. It barely had a head and that quickly dissipated into nothing. No collar, foam or lacing. The aroma was malty and sweet - very reminiscent of a kolsch. The taste was average to slightly above average. For me this style doesn't have much in the flavor department but they are easy to put down and make good session beers. I don't see this being a big player in the rotation but does make a nice change up beer in the summer heat. Overall, a good beer for the style and worth trying. (3.5, RB-changeup, T, Y) (628 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden with a full head with a variety of different levels of elevation and some raised lacing left on the glass. The aroma of the malt has a candyish sweetness that reminds me of cotton candy and I get a bit of citrus hop underneath. Malt flavor is light, crisp, toasted, and with some graininess. Herbal hop flavor, snappy bitterness, and an overall dryness come in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and apropos for the overall refreshing quality of this beer, but I would've liked just a bit more carbonation. Tasty and refreshing, but I can think of other beers I'd rather have. (601 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Abundantly light copper hay color with a clean consistency to it. Extremely carbonated, I couldn’t even pour the entire bottle into the pint glass. Head is made up of fairly large bubbles but seems to have decent staying power.

S: Sour white grapes, wheat, limestone and basic citrus.

T: Mineral flavor meets really watery grapefruit juice. Little bit of hoppy character mixed in there but nothing profound by any means. Finishes lemony with dirty bitterness and metallic essences.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Fairly underwhelming. (540 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always have to buy beers that distrubutor's suggest. I picked up a mixed sixer of real house ales, and the distributor there told me that he tried this beer and told me I had to try it. I was only going to buy the mixer and some skinny dip, but I bought this as well.

Anyways, the head is decent, clings decently.

Smell is citrusy, but faint.

Taste has a citrusy bite, with a nice hop finish. Pretty decent. I wouldn't want a whole six pack of it, but oh well.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent. crisp beer, doesn't cling superbly well.

This beer doesn't have a lot going on, but is pretty easy to get down. (608 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant brew, don't drink it too cold or you probably won't taste anything

A- Pretty golden blonde color that looks like generic beer with plenty of different sized carbonation bubbles rising all over

S- Smell is sweet and inviting

T- Taste is also sweet, relaxing, almost earthy malts but with a slight Noble hop twang brought out by the carbonation. Got some roasty taste once is warmed a bit

M- Feel is excellent, with great carbonation and a light body

D- I could drink these for hours but would pair with food because there isn't a whole lot of flavor. Although ABV% is not listed I assume it is between 4%-5%. (628 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy pale straw body with a two finger sudsy whity head. retention is poor but lacing is good.

s: light biscuit malts, some grass and light fruit aroma.

t: malts and light fruit with a low hop presence.

m: medium to thin body, good carbonation. clean grassy finish.

o: decent blonde, just kind of a bland style for me, but very enjoyable and drinkable. (361 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 9/17/2006 (Pint @ Alamo West Oaks):

Pours a golden clearish colored body, with a smallish head, off-whitish in color. Has a bitter aroma, some hops, a medium strength aroma. A weakish bitter malty taste, but balanced. Somewhat sweet. Reminds me of an IPA maybe. (271 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a large sprocket. Best by month is notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours clear golden, average head.

Smell: Just a bit metallic, mainly cereal grains.

Taste: Not bad - luckily the metallic smell doesn't make it into the flavor. Grainy, just a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Very basic beer, but for a blonde, its pretty good. (389 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade

A- pours a very hazy yellow/brown. A big frothy white head raised about an inch over my pint glass. Ive spotted floaties!

S- A very delicate nose. Soft hop presence, floral esters, bread and yeast.

T/M- Nails the blonde style very well! In a blind taste id say it was a Leffe if it wasnt so damn carbonated. Tons of active carbonation attacks the tongue upon the initial taste. I know that the hop bitterness rounds out into a well balanced malty sweetness mid palate but the bubbles really hide that. Other tasting notes include citrus, candi sugar and some delicate spices.

D- Its giving me heartburn, but i really like it... (665 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blonde amber color with a short white head that fades into a medium lace. Nose is somewhat sweet with a bit of floral hops and hints of honeysuckle. Taste begins with sweet honey malt and a light fruitiness followed by some mildly bitter hops to round things out. Not a bad choice as a session beer or as something to enjoy on a warm afternoon. (358 characters)

Photo of Goliath
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a thin white head that dissappears immediately.

Aroma is alright. Citrus and a little bit of spice.

Taste is unimpressive. A little pale malt showing some bready notes. A little citrus too. This brew doesn't really hide the alcohol well either.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability is about average. Seems sessionable but flavors are uninspiring. (424 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of lemon and a hint of grain. Taste is a hint of sweetness, followed by a tobacco and grassy hop middle and finish. Very similar hop profile to a California Common I brewed that utilized northern brewer hops. Average mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a decent beer. Refreshing and non offensive. (347 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bongo BBQ.

A tight whitish foamy head sits atop a straight amber-colored beer. The head dies slowly to a thin film of foam. Nice lacing on the plastic :-( cup.

The nose is slightly sweet with mucho flowery hops. The front is pleasantly malty sweet giving way almost immediately to a flowery middle with hints of tasty sourness and a seriously bitter finish. Creamy smooth.

My first experiences with Real Ale Brewery were iffy, but I think that was due to poor retail storage. This year I've revisited all the Real Ale brews and I think they've my favorite Texas micro. (587 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow, hazy – countless tiny particles suspended in turmoil. Decent head, very white. Some nice yeast left in the bottle.

Mmm, hops pop out – citric and a little floral. A close second is a sweet malt base. Interesting balance, quite nice.

Light and creamy. Understated wheat edge and body. Powdery/chalky feel. Decent hop tartness. Finishes a slight dry. (365 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color of straw; slightly milky/cloudy. There are a few particles of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Head is white and formed a thin sheet of tiny, creamy bubbles across the surface. These turn into sticky Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Good balance between cracked grains and noble hops. The hops smell slightly vegetal and skunky, not fresh. The malt aroma is a sharp, grainy note that smells fresh, but doesn't have any complexity.

T - Little malt flavor, as expected for the style. Just a bit of faint grain. Hops are earthy and slightly vegetal, with a floral hint that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry finish. No alcohol flavors. Clean and simple, as appropriate for the style.

M - Body is thin to medium. Carbonation fairly low, but is there as a light prickly mouth feel. No alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is low to medium.

O - Overall light and inoffensive, as you'd expect. I do believe it is an ale, but it is very reminiscent of an American light lager, with just a bit more body and taste than that. (1,099 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to GlenVargas for this one.

Poured a hazy straw with a big white head that disappeared in the time it took me to turn back around. No lacing. Aroma is really weak. There is a faint, malty sweetness but absolutely nothing distinct. Taste is much the same. There is nothing great, but nothing memorable either. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry. It's definitely drinkable. Had a whole lot worse beers then this one. (431 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks gtermi!

A - Slightly hazy blonde/yellow body with a one finger white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Lemons, biscuity malt, grassy and floral hops.

T - Same as the nose. Starts off with biscuits, lemon, and light floral hops.

M - Crisp and well carbonated. Drink ability is quite high.

O - Solid blonde, albeit boring. (368 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a hazy medium straw, forming a very thin white head. No lacing apparent on the glass. The aroma is a light mix of hops and fruit aromas, along with a little grain. The taste has a more noticeable malt character, mainly sweet, and finishing with a hint of hop citrus flavor. Nothing too complex about the taste. Medium mouthfeel, being a little thicker than expected, but not bad. Light flavor and assumed low abv. makes this a very drinkable summer ale. Overall, not as bad as others have said, but still nothing special about this ale to set it apart from the rest. In the end, just a typical summer ale. (666 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Purs a clear straw yellow color with a half finger of foam that fades nearly instantly. Aroma has a vegetal / corn note to it.

First sip is fairly dry, with a very faint malt sweetness. Really not too much flavor, but has a mild bitter finish.

This beer is fairly inoffensive and nondescript. No off-flavors, but nothing really of note to report on flavor wise. I appreciate the bitterness on the finish, but that is not enough to have me wanting more. Would be a good beer to help convert the BMC crowd to craft beer. (566 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot. Pours hazy golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, sour apple and pear notes with some mild citrus and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, some herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finishes with some fruity flavors of apple and pears with some mild bitterness for balance, endind is slightly dry. Overall a nice refreshing session brew. (414 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, touch of chill haze. Lots of fine bubbles rising up to the top. Big soapy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Bready malt, spicy hops, earthy, a little fruity.

Taste:
Bready, biscuit, slight caramel. Hop bitterness is light-medium, mainly spicy noble hops, a little lemony. I taste some fruitness towards the end. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. Body is light-medium, refreshing, sessionable, well carbonated. (441 characters)

Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.