Single Speed
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #450
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,074
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 11.27%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
182
From:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  29
SCORE
81
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Notes: Our American blonde ale is a soft and delicate ale brewed with pilsner malt and jasmine flower. The addition of jasmine adds a floral and slightly fruity layer. Single speed pours a crisp golden hue with floral undertones.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 182 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Light gold. Light malt with an interesting floral quality from the jasmine, which I wouldn't have identified as such. Surprisingly shows up more in the flavor than aroma. It's got a slight citrus undertone. Bit of astringency. Seems slightly acidic.

Dec 27, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: refreshing, floral herbal notes, slight sweet, jasmine, soft mouthfeel. Same with the nose.. Golden hue, clear, tall white foam head, some rings of lace. Medium to med/light body. Went well with spicy jumbo.

Feb 27, 2020
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ShiningLion from Kansas

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear golden yellow with many tiny suspended particles. Not sure what they are. Foamy light head.

Smell: pineapple, grass, jasmine. The jasmine note is more aparrent as it warms

Taste: Tart and light with subtle creamy background notes of jasmine, more aparrent as it warms

Feel: bright, bubbly, fizzy, light

Overall: I drink this beer when I want a little floral fix that doesn't come from just hops. It's nice and easy to drink. Smooth yet bright flavor to contrast the zingy texture. The jasmine is really hardly detectable at first but unfolds as the beer warms up a bit. Nice clean aftertaste.

Mar 31, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

had on draft finally after having it quite often before. pours a slightly hazed blonde with a decent little white head that left some spots behind. nose was lots of light bread and pilsner malt with a touch of floral on the backend. taste is super refreshing pilsner malt and some citrusy bite, jasmine and bread all mixing together but not being powerful. an old review mentions this being a good hangover beer and that nails it. easy to drink, crisp with a slightly dry finish, really tasting good with this horrible heat outside.

Nov 25, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light blonde with only a slight bit of haze. Thin ring of stable head. 20% opaque.

Fresh baked bread, jasmine, and rosemary.

Flavor is super refreshing with lots of classic blonde ale notes; some white bread, pilsner malt, light phenolics, and then the soapy herb qualities come out to play. Ends on oat and herb.

Feel is crisp and clean, wet, cold, and refreshing. Semi-dry cracker-like finish.

Overall Single Speed is pretty decent. I'd have it again no problem. Nice session ale with a creative twist.

Jan 06, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

im shocked to see this scored so poorly, i think its the best hangover beer that exists out there right now, and we all need a few of those from time to time right? man, the jasmine gives it this nice botanical softness, and the pils malt a nice bready structure that really is pretty incredible, while also being super light and not hoppy in the least, which is a welcome and needed change of pace after a big night of strong ipa. the jasmine is the perfect touch, not perfumey or anything, but very distinct without a lot of interference from the malt. simple is nice sometimes, and there is just enough nuance to hold my attention as i recover. i love all the bubbles, and i like the pillowy body, quite a bit more richness to this than i am used from basic pils type malts, a great feature as well. wildly carbonated, which also helps settle the stomach. i could see crushing these in the summer on a boat or a golf course, its also a great beer with chilled raw seafood, but its downright special on a hangover. like special medicine made just for me. thank you 4 hands for this amazing recovery juice. great beer even without the hangover, deserves much higher scores i reckon!

Sep 15, 2016
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jaredsmith83 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid 4 Hands beer. If you're not a fan of floral scents, this one could turn you off as the Jasmine is very noticeable both in taste and smell. It pours a light yellow (straw-like I suppose) with very little head on it. The Jasmine scent hits you first, but it also has a tea/herb like scent about it. Jasmine and honey come through well in the taste, its very sweet, not hoppy. Its a light beer at 5% ABV, so it won't overwhelm you with its lighter body. I enjoy this one but again, if sweet/floral isn't really your thing, then you may want to think on it a bit.

Jul 16, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of the Single Speed....I get what 4 Hands was wanting here....just not my cup of tea. It pours a straw yellow with no head or lace. The scent is floral which I assume come from the jasmine it is brewed with. The taste is refreshing with hints of lemon and not much bitterness. The mouthfeel is light in body with so so carbonation. Overall its ok....those that like floral will enjoy this one.

Apr 13, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of jasmine, malts, some floral notes. Taste is the same. Jasmine up front, some malts, a touch of honey. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Mar 19, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Food Pairings [:] Poultry - Camembert Cheese"; "Ale Brewed with Jasmine".

The Crack! was nice & loud, but I have begun employing a gentle pour of late. Once I had deCANted enough of it into the awaiting glass, I gave it a vigorous swirl, raising a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweet, perfume-like, flowery scent which I attribute to the jasmine, underlain by a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was odd, sort of a vanilla sweetness with a biscuity dryness. I was put in mind of 'Nilla Wafers, which I had not eaten in years until I was an Elementary School teacher during SY 2014-'15. They actually make a nice snack and this made for a nice drink. Finish was semi-sweet since the floweriness did not lend all that much sweetness to it and the malt had more of a drying effect. This was a nice, basic Blonde Ale, nothing terribly special, but easy to drink. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Jan 30, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow body, pure white fizzy head that entirely fades. Aroma- reminiscent of a four cheese Home Run Inn pizza. Really. Cheese, buttery crust, oregano, it's all there. The mind could stretch this into being called floral. Flavor drifts, only a touch of the oregano and more towards earthy Pilsner malt. Tastes like I imagine a leaf would. Body is light, I'm happy to report the fizzy head does not lead to a harsh fizzy body- only moderate, fine carbonation.
Funny beer. Perhaps the base beer wasn't the right platform for jasmine, perhaps jasmine simply should not be put into beer. Either way, this was a funky brew, not gross but barely a pleasant experience. One-time glad-to-try novelty-only kinda brew.

Dec 11, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass, no canning date

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a one-finger fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- aromas are faint, but picking up some sweet honey & floral notes, herbal tea, jasmine & toasted malt

T- light floral and honey sweetness up front gives way to some soft fruity notes at the mid-palate, dry toasted pilsener malt finish

M- medium body with medium fizzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- easy drinking with some light delicate floral notes, would make a good warm weather beer

Sep 01, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason I thought I was going to have an IPA. After the initial shock, I was very surprised. Pours a pale gold with a one finger creamy head. Extremely pleasant malty smell. Expecting a bigger floral smell from Jasmine but not there, though I can taste it. This malt and yeast combo is what I am looking for. This creates a crisp and smooth mouthfeel that goes perfectly with the malt backbone. All that is good in here is probably why I love and highly rate Octofests, and why I will rate this higher than many. I really enjoy this.

Jun 28, 2015
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on draft at St. Louis’ Ready Room club anticipating a Ministry show.

Appearance: Clean golden amber. Not much suds nor any lace here.

Nose: Honey malts. Mild.

Taste: Malts rule the day here. Honey, a touch of toastiness. Hops here are definitely dialed back. A good beer, perfect for craft newbies or hot summer days, but not overly complex or unique otherwise.

May 27, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in the afternoon on Easter Sunday...it is a light, clean, and enjoyBle brew for spring. Light gold, clear, moderately fruity, with some malt and flowery...jasmine. The taste is balanced, and drier than expected, which suits the beer well. Light in body and refreshing.

Apr 05, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with fingers of pearl white head. Fairly average head retention & lacing

S: Grainyness, apricot, white pepper, jasmine & other perfumy notes

T: Delicate grassy & floral notes, as well as cold cereal up front. More cold cereal notes, grassiness & floral notes faint apricot, melon & lemon notes as this warms. Finishes with wet cereal and melon

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation

Drinks easy but doesn't really hold your attention would be much more to my liking on a blazing hot day. Not one I would buy again...

Feb 14, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn hipsters and their fixies...and their huge-wheeled fixies, at that... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers (Princess Jasmine?), light French bread, and a mild, vague bit of citrus. The taste brings in more of the same, though now with less fruitiness, leading to a sorta/kinda bland-ish feel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent little beer, something I could see drinking again, but not really nothing I would buy again purposefully.

Feb 07, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with coded born on date 10314 printed on the bottom of the can. A new one to me from 4 Hands Brewing Co., this one an 'ale brewed with jasmine'.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice lightly cloudy golden orange body. Fine sediment is visible, with one finger of soapy frothy white head that leaves good scattered lacing behind.

S - The aroma is fairly one dimensional but pleasant. Floral, herbal, creamy, and lightly grainy. The jasmine is definitely distinct and noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy / grainy / husky / papery pilsner malt presence coupled with the floral / herbal tea leaf sweetness of the jasmine flower. Honeyed and bready. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - The feel very smooth, crisp, and clean. Lightly sweet, fruity, and floral on the finish.

Overall, another excellent, drinkable, and unique take on the style from 4 Hands. I could surely see this as a refreshing go to beer in the summertime.

4 Hands Brewing Single Speed -----4/5.

Jan 15, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, light, refreshing blonde ale. It has a light floral note from the Jasmine that keeps it interesting and different. Super crushable and makes for a great cooler beer.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Nov 16, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear pale yellow color, good carbonation. A simple foamy white head laces down the side of the glass.

The nose is dominated by floral jasmine notes. That is all that comes through. It smells like potpourri and old lady perfume mixed with corn and caramel. The flavor is very floral, jasmine, a little honey, citrus fruit.

The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and kind of ruins the finish for me.

Nov 14, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head. It smelled of citrus with floral notes and caramel. Sweet caramel taste with some toastiness. Mild bitter bite.

Jul 21, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden in color with a half inch head of tightly knit head of off white foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma of light grains and a bit of jasmine. The flavor is light grains in the front of the palate and then a more powerful finish with judicious use of jasmine in the finish. The body is light and crisp.

Jun 08, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Worth noting this was a short 12oz bottle, not a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear light golden hue with a nice thick one finger of white head that fades to leave a thin creamy blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of crackery grains, faint sweet malts, light floral notes (not perfumey, more field like). Not much in the way of hops. Light and inviting.

T - Taste is well, definitely jasmine. More of the crackery grains, sweet pale malts are in the background. Absolutely no hops here, just soft floral jasmine notes. As someone else said, the slight bitter finish comes from the jasmine flowers instead of the hops. Quite interesting and unique.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, nicely carbonated. Super crisp and clean, incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. If there was more hops in here, then the jasmine would have to be more heavy handed which can lead to a potpourri/soap like aroma and taste. The way this beer was done though the jasmine is allowed to shine through in a gentle floral quality. Very, very nicely done and definitely delivers what 4 Hands set forth to accomplish.

Apr 09, 2014
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no discernible dating for the bottling or freshness of this particular bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Holy gusher Batman! No really, this thing is overcarbonated to the point of making it impossible to pour. The very act of tipping the bottle to allow liquid to come out reveals foaming up. It takes me about an hour to fully pour this thing, with huge cotton-like head threatening to overwhelm the edges of the after 10-15 secons of pouring at the shallowest angle I can manage and still have liquid actually come out. Even setting it down for awhile and returning does no good. Underneath the seven or eight fingers of bone white foam lies a clear body the color of straw or faded sunlight. The head look like whipped potatoes towering above the meek by comparison body. Retention is absurdly annoying and lacing is thick and clingy.

Smell - It's very hard to get much aroma out of this due to the massive blanket of foam that is covering the body. Even when it clears, the smell is rather apologetic, with a faint bit of generic floral notes and light cracker-like grains providing most of the beer's character.

Taste - Here the floral notes become a little bit more obvious as jasmine, but too little too late in my opinion. The predominant taste comes from the pale malts and there is no hint whatsoever of any hop characteristic. A quick peek at the brewer's website suggests that this perception is correct. The faint bittering instead comes from the jasmine flowers, which gives the bitterness a gentle element.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and extremely carbonated, although it manages to be rather fluffy and light in mouthfeel for such a heavily carbonated beer. I expected something much more prickly to the tongue, but that is not the case.

Overall, the carbonation issues (yes, I'm assuming that the carbonation experience I had was not intended) made this a hard beer to give a fair shot. That being said, it was light and pleasant and good for what it is. Personally, it is not particularly to my liking. I can't help but wonder if I got a bad bottle or something, but since the taste seemed fine, I must assume I got a perfectly good bottle.

Feb 07, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.12.13

A - Pours a clear, dark yellow with a fizzy white head that fades to a film.

S - Wheat, nutty, canned corn.

T - Wheat, corn, jasmine.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body.

O - Very light and mild. Unimpressed with this one.

Dec 30, 2013
Single Speed from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 182 ratings