805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Zorro on 05-22-2012

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Ratings:
888
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.95%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Los Agaves, Santa Barbara, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and pale malts are present in the nose along with a bit of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has s little bit of bitterness. Hints of floral hops are present.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it's not too heavy on palate. It pairs well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at movie theater (poured into plastic cup, may have affected taste, etc.)

L - deep, golden amber with a good inch of bubbly foam, leaves a good even lacing.

S - honey, malt, slight vegetal earthiness, trace of hops, nothing special to take a whiff of.

T - sweet honey, biscuit malt, slight orange zest, dry hop finish that doesn't overpower.

F- medium bodied, sharp carbonation, but a nice balanced blonde.

O - likely wouldn't pay full price for a pint, a little too sticky sweet for my taste, but a decent blonde ale I'd try again at happy hour.

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3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that I had no idea what I was getting into with this beer when I bought it. I learned two things from it. First, always check BA if you don't know what it is. And second, don't judge a book by its cover (or a beer by its packaging, in this case.) I want it to be known that I'm not a fan of blonde ale, but I've had a few in my time and I know more or less when I have a stinker or a good one, so I'm going to be as objective as I can be in my ratings.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough. Time for the review.

Poured from a can with a mid-February brewing date into a tulip glass.

Appearance: a good, clean yellow with okay, pillowy head that doesn't overstay its welcome (mine dissipated generally in about two or three minutes) and slight lacing. Looks fairly average for a lighter ale.

Smell: very bready and not in a good way, just grain all around. Barely any smell of hops. Pretty one-note.

Taste: pretty grainy again, like a piece of good bread, but a bit too far on this end of the flavor spectrum. It does have some slight caramel and nut flavors, but not enough to suit me. Hops are an afterthought, maybe a whiff of grass is all I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: probably the best part about this beer, it does well not to be too cloying or sticky. It has decent carbonation and doesn't seem to overstay its welcome after the swallow. Crisp and refreshing, which I suppose a blonde ale should strive to be.

Overall, I think this could be a decent enough beer if you're knocking back the brewskis and trying not to get hammered, but I just feel like it could be a little bit better by rounding out the flavor profile. If I were going to have these flavors in my beer, I'd go for a lager.

To good health and good beer.

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4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottles 2/16/16; poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.


L- light amber/blonde in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin lacing. A great looking beer.

S- malt forward aroma with notes of toasted bread, biscuit and grassy hops.

T- malted barley; more notes of bread and biscuit. subtle herbal hop bitterness keeps everything perfectly balanced. Refreshing, quenching and flavorful without being filling. An excellet yet difficult beer to brew. Well done

M- perfect mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish, almost zero aftertaste

O- probably the best "session ale" on the market. I rated this a bit higher to combat some of the moronic reviews here that think all beers should hop bombs. Pathetic that this beer does not get more respect. Recommended if you like beer that tastes like beer, not just hop tea.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 888 ratings.
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