1st Street Ale | No Label Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jngrizzaffi on 08-09-2013

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2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Label art is simple and uninteresting. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver-coloured pry-off pressure cap acquired as a single bottle at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label. "Brewed with a touch of rice." Reviewed as an American Blonde Ale because the label description identifies it as a blonde ale.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of dull grey-white colour. Poor (~30 second) retention. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass, even when I tilt it to try to get some lacing. Disappointingly thin, with a weak complexion and a subpar consistency. No creaminess.

Body colour is equally mediocre: a dull cloudy peach. Lacks vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent.

Overall, it's below average for a blonde ale. For starters, it isn't blonde. A good blonde ale should look refreshing as hell, clean, and very appealing. This does not. Far from unique or special. Not an inviting appearance.

Sm: Pilsner malts, clean barley, honey, heavy graininess, a dash of adjunct (though I wouldn't be able to identify it as rice if I smelled the beer blind), and some peachy fruity hops. A clean aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-flavours.

There's not a lot here, and what little there is isn't particularly appealing. I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, but it's far from welcoming or interesting. I have no qualms with using adjunct, but commit to your notes.

T/Mf: I'll start with what's good. I like that it's crisp and clean to style; the finish is delightfully fizzy and crisp. I get some lovely ripe orchard peach notes, with plentiful juicy fruity esters. Also some juicy pear. It's got a good sweetness to it, probably because of the honey. The minimally present floral and fruity hop notes are welcome, but I could use a bit more depth of flavour there (and definitely overall, for that matter).

Unfortunately, the body is built with stale boring blonde malts and pilsner malts. Very grainy. The rice never really emerges, and the beer is actually surprisingly heavy for a blonde ale - contrary to what you'd expect given that leavening rice was utilized. It should have much less body and thickness than it does. It's also a bit overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate.

Average duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour for the style. Low on complexity and subtlety (even relative to style). It's also not real well balanced. Has a loose cohesion, but it isn't gestalt. I'm not convinced the choices of malts and hops were ideal or even particularly well motivated. The rice seems like a gimmick, and adds little to the beer.

The texture doesn't seem custom-tailored to the taste, but it does suit it in a general sense. It's smooth and wet, but the beer isn't refreshing - quite a crime given the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: A downable forgettable blonde ale from No Label. The mean bastard in me wants to say "No Label? More like No Flavour" - but then I realize how pathetic that joke really is. In any case, I wouldn't get this beer again, nor would I recommend it to others. I'm glad I just got the one bottle. I do like a good blonde ale, but the key word is "good." No Label doesn't deliver, and the whole rice adjunct bit seems more like a strange marketing ploy than a choice intended to maximize the quality of the beer.


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