First Avenue +1
Surly Brewing Company

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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #461
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
80
Ranked #42,266
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 12.29%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
56
From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
80
Good
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Notes: Dearly beloved, an old Minneapolis bus station. An abrasives factory in the 'burbs. From these humble beginnings sprang the last great rock club in the country and one of America's leading craft breweries. A collaboration just makes sense. First Avenue and Surly Brewing Co. are proud to present +1, an easy-drinking, classic-style golden ale that's perfect for the entry, the mainroom, or anywhere the music hits you. +1. You're on the list.
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 56
Photo of defunksta
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a completely, clear yellow color with a moderate, lacy white head. (3.5)
Aroma: Light on the aroma. Some light grains and honey with a lemon citrus. (3.5)
Flavor: Yeast and grains initially that evolves into a slightly sweet lemon and honey backbone. Nice grain malts. Light, dry, and not sweet. Yeast dries the palate. Really nice wheat and grain malts, but this is not a wheat beer (3.5).
Feel: Lighter-bodied, crisp, and dry. Some drying yeast left on the palate. (3.75)

Overall: This drinks like a mild pale wheat beer more than a blonde or golden ale. Sort of reminds me of Boulevard's wheat, only this one is clear and filtered. A very mild beer in body and flavor. Easy drinking, but I probably wouldn't go back to it (Overall Rating: 3.53)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

First Avenue pours a clear clean color, no head. Cheap and grainy aroma. Grainy and oddly too sweet flavor to this one. Good body and feel. Overall, very grainy, and too sweet.

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Photo of mynie
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can.

The pour is pretty: golden, medium-hazy with a large and retentive white head.

Smells like very little. My pallet is clear, and this really smells like almost nothing. Very light grain and some mild fruitiness.

Tastes a bit more lively but still weirdly muted, for a Surly beer. Sweet grain with mild fruity nodes, mild hop tang in the middle, and a yeasty finish. It's well balanced and well-brewed--it's hard to pull off a golden ale, after all--but, like I said, it's kind of surprisingly tame, considering its brewery. Were it sold more along the 1.50 per tallboy range, it'd be an excellent staple. At 3-4 bucks per tallboy, however, it's hard to justify.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very satisfying opening. Malty, heading toward hoppy. The bubbles caress my throat. As S. said, it's a beer beer. Almost too harsh, but this'll put hair on your chest. From a taster. 2018/11/25

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Photo of loubrew
1.93/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I get where they're going with this if you've been at 1st Ave. Easy drinking, low alcohol, in a hot, sweaty venue. Better than a grain belt but not by much. Poundable.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Canned on date is stamped '04/25/18'.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Pours with two finger, dense white head, which stays around as thick, creamy cap. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of biscuit and grass. Faint citrus smell.
Taste is bready, with some floral hops, and a touch of citrus lemon.
Medium to full mouth feel. Crisp. Good carbonation.
Very easy drinking beer, that is refreshing and totally sessionable. I can see drinking a couple of these during a show at First Ave.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times Willi Becher glass
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 21, 2018
Consumed: July 21, 2018
Reviewed as: American Blonde
Misc.: Canned on April 4, 2018 at 10:05 a.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Got this with another 10 from Sam. Was psyched to get some non-IPAs in the bunch and decided to start with this (after about a three-hour break from beer earlier). Hadn’t had a lot of good blondes, so somewhere in the 3.75 range would be great for this style for me. Description read, “Dearly beloved, an old Minneapolis bus station. An abrasives factory in the 'burbs. From these humble beginnings sprang the last great rock club in the country and one of America's leading craft breweries. A collaboration just makes sense. First Avenue and Surly Brewing Co. are proud to present +1, an easy-drinking, classic-style golden ale that's perfect for the entry, the mainroom, or anywhere the music hits you. +1. You're on the list.” Not a lot to work with going in.

Poured a golden clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class foamy layered lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled lemon cookies, honey, biscuit, cracker and grass. Not much else, but didn’t need to be. Much of the same from the can, but still really good. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose. Got lemon cookies, honey, biscuit, white cracker, grass, sweet corn cereal, green apple and pear. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Damn. Can’t believe how much I liked this one. So clean and refreshing. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, bread and flora notes. Sweet caramel taste with mild bitterness and a hint of citrus.

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Photo of maximum12
2.62/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

First Avenue! Where I met my beautiful wife…26 years ago. Holy Methuselah, I’m old. 16 oz. can with the venerable institution’s stars featured in the artwork.

The pour is slightly cloudy golden on the GIA Clarity Scale, with a head that bursts out of the can upon poppery. The nose is a slight sweetness along with a burst of florals. Not bad.

First Avenue +1 would have been the best beer in the house in 1992, when I was stuck with a choice of Rolling Rock (bottles) or whiskey sours. 2018, not so much. Seems to want to sway to the music between styles: graininess of a wheat, sweet, like a white wine without the sharp tang. And it may just be the memory, but this almost has the Rolling Rock “skunk” that came free with every taste. Crisp. Pawned half of this off on my wife & she took two sips & rejected it. But not me, thankfully.

Rare miss by Surly. I’m not sure what the intent was, but this tastes like an old macro, & is less appealing with every sip. Not going to finish it; glad I only picked up a single.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opague straw in color. Aromas and flavors are identical. Grassy, light malts and a bit tart. Mild bitterness on the finish but very subdued. Very crisp and dry.

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Photo of dcotom
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from 16-ounce tallboy into a stemless wine glass, sample was two months past the canning date which was clearly marked on the can. Appearance-wise, this is a very attractive pour. Hazy, light amber in color, with a soapy snow-white head that left quite a bit of clingy lacing as it settled to a thin cap. Aromas and flavors of light malts. citrus, grassy herbs, and a little tart apple. Allowing this to linger on the tongue for a few seconds opens up some pleasantly intense bitterness that hangs around on the finish, which is crisp and mostly dry. Not an in-your-face brew, but very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on May 7, 2018. Canned on 04/02/18. Underrated in my opinion. This is a well made, highly quenchable golden ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz, canned 03/30/18. Pours golden with a frothy white head. Biscuity and grassy with some faint lemongrass for aroma. Grassy & spicy hops provide moderate bitterness with a mild pale malt presence. Medium, creamy body, finishes dry and bitter. Easy drinker with a bit of a hop bite. Good summertime beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a nice drinkable brew. Not heavy and easy drinking.
Tart - sweet/sour- with some indistinct hoppy fruit and herbal aroma. Soft grain in background.
Clear and darker yellow towards gold. Solid white head that laces the heck out of my glass..
Flavor holds similar hop flavors as to the aroma, but also a doughy quality I've picked up with mosaic at times. Soft grains for taste. Smooth but distinct bittering that lingers a good long time laying flat on the tongue with some hop flavor. Smooth and seems a bit lower carbonated, or at least it drinks that way.
Nice Am. blond. Some interesting hopping and drinks light.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, served in a willi becher pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one and half finger white head, good retention, splotchy lacing. Smell is toasted bread, lemon, a dab of honey, light zest, touch of marmalade. Flavour is sweet biscuit, marmalade, touch of zest, light mineral. Slightly skunked, a bit on the sweeter side. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, slightly sweet biscuit on the backend. Mild bitterness. Overall, a solid session beer with a good bit of flavour. It's a bit skunked and maybe not as clean as say, a well-executed pilsner, but for it being a top fermented beer, it's not terrible.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light golden color, almost white. Quite clear. Some carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. 2 finger white head, with some lacing on the glass, and moderate retention.
The nose is malty, and slightly sweet smelling. Not much in the way of hops.
Taste - I don't know about this. Others have mentioned in their reviews of an off taste, and I get it. Hard to describe. A bitter off putting flavor. Somewhat skunky.
Feel is so so.
I just can't get over the flavor. Just not good to me. I don't know if there's something wrong with this beer. I stored it well after I bought it. If this is the intent, they did a poor job.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a huge white head that recedes quickly and leaves marginal lacing. The aroma is sweet corn. The flavor reminds me of my wife's PBR with just a touch more hop bite. The feel is easily the best part of this beer, well carbonated and crisp. Overall, not one I'd be willing to purchase.

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Photo of morimech
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As I work through the 4-pack, the less I like it. Something is off especially in the aftertaste. Surprised to find out it is an English yeast used. Seemed almost Belgian or home brewer turns professional effort.

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First Avenue +1 from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 56 ratings