Barstool American Golden Ale | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Barstool American Golden AleBarstool American Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheManiacalOne on 01-27-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 151
Photo of hzl00b
1.43/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

My rating might be influenced by the fact that the shipment I got seemed like it was old. 2 out of 3 cans were frothy messes that were undrinkable. The last one poured reasonably, but tasted bad.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
1.77/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Probably one of the worst beers I've ever had. Gross brewery runoff water. Some butter. Yuck. I don't know. This can't be what the brewery was going for can it? To be fair, it was packaged in October, but it's in a can. 6 months shouldn't be enough time to completely destroy this beer.

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Photo of bjoyce12
1.85/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Want to prove you're a fool? Then order a Foolproof Barstool. Brewed in Pawtucket, RI, I have a feeling this is just Narragansett in a different, more expensive, craft-ish looking can. Bad sign when I asked the waitress what it was and she had no idea.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Can without any dating on it. Pours a hazy dull golden color with an off-white head. The smell is grain, a touch a citrus and spice...smells more like a Belgian golden rather then an American golden as they say on the can. The taste again is spice, grain and not particularly pleasant. Way over carbonated to the point of ruining the already mediocre beer. This is a beer that I won't finish, unfortunately.

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Photo of tigg924
2.37/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, golden in color

Smell: grass, grain, and light hops

Taste: grass, grain, bark, and a good dose of citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, sweetish start with a bitter middle and a dry bitter end

Overall: One of the biggest disappointments I have had in a while. I understand this is supposed to be a semi-bitter but balanced blonde ale. To me the flavors do not balance well and even clash in places. I had a hard time finishing this one. Some times the hops are a bit strong for the style and for the base malt of the beer. To me this has the feel and taste like an honest attempt at homebrew but nothing I would pay for again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale gold with a one finger white colored head. Head disappears quickly. Minimal lacing. Very clear.

Very little aroma. A little bit of grain. Just a touch of floral hops.

Taste is grainy malt and grass. Just a bit of spiciness. Not much going on. Very bland.

Thin mouth feel with crisp carbonation. No aftertaste.

Rather bland beer all in all. Not far off from a BMC AAL.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. can into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold with a lot of foamy white head. As soon as the can opened the foam was overflowing.

The smell is grainy with a few touches of bitterness. There is an off aroma that smells a bit clay.

The taste is a bit grassy and leans toward the traditional hop flavor. The the malts hold up the balance and let the earthy flavor squeeze through. There is little more to the flavor but it does hit the right notes.

The feel of this beer is light and has a nice smooth finish. There is a nice crispness that brings on a nice refreshing feel that goes well in hot weather.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, straw-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout and a tall, frothy, chunky, bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains, wheat, floral highlights, and a hint of buttery notes. Flavors are a bit on the sharp side on the forward tongue, with a heavy tangy sweet, buttery character overpowered by a pepper spice, boiled greens, grass, and roast blend. The flavors are all over the place. The body is light and crisp, but the flavors are so robust that the beer is a bit out of balance throughout. Tangy, roasted sweet in the aftertaste, with a solid bitter and spiced hops presence. The finish has an aromatic linger that fills the sinuses, slightly grainy and barnyard, with a bitterness underlying. This one is a jumble.

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Photo of Florida9
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy light golden yellow in color. Forms a large bubbly head that quickly falls to a bubbly surface coating. Some patchy lacing. Aroma is little more than carbonation and graininess. Taste isn't much more exciting: light yeast quality along with a tingy metallic twang. Maybe a bit of grassy hops. Rather dull and unexciting. Light bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Very mild bitterness.
A fairly unexciting beer. Couldn't see justifying the purchase of this one again.

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Photo of horshack7
3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy and golden with a head about an inch high.

Aroma: Lemon zest, light grainy malts with a biscuit note and a touch of buttery a few grassy notes.

Taste: Piney, lemon, ginger, biscuity, light grain a twinge of rye. Floral hop dryness with and crisp mouthfeel that finishes somewhat smooth.

Notes: It's drinkable definitely good for a spring or summer day. Cheers.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear gold into a tulip, with a small whitish head. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild with maybe a small piney and grassy scent, nothing overpowering here.

Taste: A little bit of lemon zest and ginger are the first things that come to mind, and definitely more flavor than you'd expect from such a light colored beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with decent carbonation, very easy drinking and not filling.

Overall: This is a good interpretation of the style and perfect for drinking on a warm summer day or on the golf course. Definitely not my favorite beer but it is good for what it is.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/5/13

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear but lightly hazy - an attractive orange-dark gold color, maybe with some hints of light amber - small, white head, fades to a minimal cap and leaves some nice wisps of lacing

Smell: Lightly floral, lightly malty - just interesting enough that I wouldn't exactly describe the aroma as mellow - floral citrus with some nice orange and grapefruit - lightly grainy, with some caramelized malt sweetness - lightly toasted bread and some crackers - pretty clean smelling

Taste: Lightly malty and lightly hoppy with a nice floral, kind of spicy kick - lightly toasted grains, caramelized malts, freshly baked bread, light crackers - floral citrus, orange and grapefruit, with some spicy grass/herbal notes - medium amount of bitterness - nicely balanced overall - kind of a resiny, lightly sweet aftertaste, not exactly as clean as the smell suggested

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, mostly crisp but some stickiness in the finish

Overall: Aged on retired barstools

I bought this can a few weeks ago and it ended up towards the back of my fridge. In the meantime, I convinced myself that this was Barstool Brown Ale. Like, a wood-aged brown ale. Anyway, this is a good Blonde. Not the best, but worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just noticed these cans popping up locally.

A- Poured from the can into a stange type glass for review purposes. Fills the glass with a golden-slightly orange body. A tiny, bubbly head forms on the beer but quickly fizzes away into just a small ring.

S- Light yeast bread and fruit esters in an aroma that is pretty hard to find. A bit of light biscuity, crackery malt sweetness and grassy hops.

T- Light malty sweetness and flavor up front with notes of biscuit, crackers and bread. Hops more prevalent here than the aroma with a spicy Euro feel that brings grassy and herbal hints as well. Just a tiny bit of fruity esters from the yeast to round it all out.

MF- Light body with a medium-dry feel in the finish as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Carbonation is somewhere between foamy and silky at a moderate-high level.

As far as the BJCP guidelines go, there are no glaring errors here. Also, they set out to make a light drinking, Euro-hopped beer that anyone can enjoy. I know that Blonde Ales will never be revered on BA but there is nothing wrong with this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +9%

On tap at Granite State on tap.
Lightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Grainy bready malty aromas with hints of fruit and spicy hop. Decent golden ale. but a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of Mikeszab
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked it up from a local store in MA.
Was looking for something I could sip all night during the super bowl.
This was a good beer for what it is. Light, low abv, with flavor.
Look - light gold
Smell - light hops
Taste- heavy carb light hops
Feel-light feel with heavy carb bubbles on the tongue to a light hop finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last from them for now, last I can get up here at least, but yay cans!

Pours a decent fluffy airy bubbly 1.5 finger head that fades at a fair rate, with spotty bit soapy lines of lacing, over hazy goldenrod color.

Nose has some grainy malts, a bit of a rustic toasted malt aroma, a bit of a toasty blond malt, almost wheat but not really wheat, a light crisp American ale yeast that almost pretends to be lager but not quite lager, light floral grassy hops, not bad, nothing wrong at all, but not really quite like I expected a blonde ale, and interesting take though.

Taste starts with a bit hop wallop, hop oils even seem to come through, semi spicy hops, some pine, grassy, and a bit fruity. Then grains, a toasty blond malt is there but not dominant, a little doughy grainy, some of a crisp ale yeast flavor, an almost cracked toasted wheat like. HOps get a bit leafy and grassy, almost astringent bitterness. Finish is long, fair bitter grassy hops with a bit of oil, semi crisp ale, very little malt left, fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, bit of crispness.

Overall not bad, a bit more hop forward than I expected, but that seems to be the way of the American blond has been going, in fact most beers, and as much as I love hops, give it a break sometimes. Anyways, it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another promising brewery opened its doors in RI this past Jan. This is touted as Foolproof's "flagship" beer. I'm surprised they went with a Golden Ale, as I don't believe it's a popular style in these parts.

Anyway, I poured the can vigorously into a Sam Adams pint glass. A good half inch of head here which gradually settles down to a thin layer of foam. It's a relatively clear gold in color, with tiny bubbles rising from the center.

Smells lager-like with a good hop/malt balance. I was surprised a bit by the taste - much hoppier than a typical golden ale. I'm honestly not a fan of the style, but this representation has a good kick to it. Also of note is the crisp finish, with a mild fruitiness and lingering hop bite. The mouthfeel is borderline thin/medium, making it an easy drinker, which is the intent - "designed for a night out with your friends".

I like what Foolproof has done here. They've taken a boring style and spruced it up - this should be in regular rotation on tap at the "cool" RI bars.

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Photo of Dools9
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, no date, poured into a shaker pint.

A: Straight up medium gold as the name would imply, slight haze with a frothy two finger bone white head. Pretty god ring lace, lots of carbonation rising up, looks refreshing for starters.

S: Bready, doughy malt, maybe a touch of caramel sweetness, just the slightest citrus hop whiff, picking up the Czech hop, smells relatively clean with lager like characteristics.

T: Right off the bat I notice its very balanced between a bready malt sweetness and a subtle citrus and fruity hop bite. Dry, crisp finish, with a modest, clean lingering bitterness. Definitely picking up the European Czech hops mentioned on the can. Very pilsnery if you will, in a good way.

M: Light end of medium, crisp upfront that smooths out on the way down. Could go through a six with absolute ease.

O: First offering from the new RI brewery and I really enjoyed this session ale. For a somewhat one dimensional style, this one has enough flavor to keep you interested and makes for a very nice session beer for the summer months.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head holds on well, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet and citrus.

Taste is is pale sweet to start, muted citrus in the middle, and closes lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Well put together brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a gift at the brewery to The CANQuest (TM) back in February when I visited on my way to the Inaugural RI Brew Fest at the Pawtucket Armory. I had to await approval of my picture as I only had the one CAN and I dislike pictures of spent beers.

From the CAN: "You're bellied up to the bar with your buddies at the local watering hole ..."; "Not too malty, not too hoppy, Barstool is designed for a night out with your friends. Our flagship beer is handcrafted with the freshest ingredients, including two-row barley and specialty malts. A blend of English and Czech hops top off this delicious golden ale, which [CAN] be enjoyed for hours on end."; "Your Life. Your Beer."; "Experience Responsibly".

Bonus! The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the rim with beer and so an inverted Glug was in order. This resulted in two fingers of dense, bubbly, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with just the slightest of haze to mar its clarity. I am not a fan of filtration to begin with, so it did not bother me. I just like for my reviews to be as comprehensive as possible. Nose gave off an interesting tropical fruitiness, kind of like pineapple and caramel. By this time, the head had begun to fall, leaving behind some lovely sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially more towards Czech (Saaz) hops, but then the malt kicked in and I got a toasted coconut flavor on the tongue, Finish was semi-dry and the Czech hops really lingered well past the swallow. I am a huge fan of Saaz in Pilsners (lagers) so this was something new for me in an ale. I liked that they are being experimental and I would certainly drink this again on my next visit to Rhode Island. Many thanks for the CAN!

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with modest bar pour head. Leaves some spots on the glass. Straw color liquid.

Mild aroma--soft malt nose.

Full flavored. Starts with a grainy raw malt flavor. Soon there's a true hop wallop of bitter black pepper. Harsh lingering aftertaste. Heavier body than expected, good carbonation. The flavor belies the golden color.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/20/2013 at The Roast House in Pawtucket, RI served in a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer pound down for a long time.

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Barstool American Golden Ale from Foolproof Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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