Old Faithful Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Old Faithful AleOld Faithful Ale
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From:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
 
Idaho, United States
Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #344
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
77
Ranked #28,818
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 12.8%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
142
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 05, 2023
Added:
Jul 16, 2002
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  11
SCORE
77
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Old Faithful AleOld Faithful Ale
Notes: Old Faithful Ale is golden blonde in color with a crisp body and light malt sweetness. We cold conditioned this ale to give it a pleasantly smooth character and dry palate. The domestically grown noble hops give this beer a light, floral hop aroma, making it exceptionally easy to drink.

18 IBU
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Rated: 3.47 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2023
 
Rated: 3.84 by Beergod420 from Texas

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up at Albertson's in Gillette, Wyoming when I was out that way a few months back. Being that I visited 14 National Parks on same trip that I bought this on, it was only fitting that I picked up a can of this to review. While this wasn't a world-class beer, there was plenty to enjoy here as it was an enjoyable American Blonde Ale that had plenty going for it as indeed, it was exceptionally easy to drink.

No surprise to anyone that this was golden and slightly hazy with a moderate head topping it off. Only a well-defined ring remained near the center of my pint glass as I worked my way through this as the lacing could have been more extensive. Lots of floral notes in the nose with some cracker malt underneath that as the latter was more present in the taste. Some grain, Noble hops, grass, and faint cereal emerged in the taste with a light carbonation allowing the flavors to linger for quite some time. A light bread presence emerged in the aftertaste with some honey stickiness lingering on my lips and palate once this fully went down, as the liquid didn't stick around for very long.

Part of that had to do with how light this was in heft, as it would have been easy quaff a bunch in a sitting. Dated 8/2 on the bottom of the can, this held up beautifully over the 5+ plus months it took to get to this as I regret not having a few more here. Although I didn't drink this when I got to Yellowstone, this would be wonderful to have in a National Park watching the sunset or geyser eruption. This was a fun take on the style with plenty going for it while being as unoffensive as possible!
Jan 25, 2023
 
Rated: 3.87 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 01, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can from the Grapevine. Pale golden pour with a fluffy white head. Grainy, biscuity aroma. Taste is simple, malts, beef, crackers. Slightly mouth coating. This is a very easy drinking, tasty golden ale.
Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Brewers Notes: Old Faithful Ale is golden blonde in color with a crisp body and light malt sweetness. We cold conditioned this ale to give it a pleasantly smooth character and dry palate. The domestically grown noble hops give this beer a light, floral hop aroma, making it exceptionally easy to drink.

Was in Yellowstone only a few weeks ago..gotta partake in the local scenery

Canned 4.27.22, opened , 6.14.22 poured into a spiegelau ipa glass. Produces a three liquid white foam cap froth over a clear golden liquid, active carbonation streams

Aroma is malty, floral, hint of grassiness

Taste is malty, floral hops

Mouthfeel is clean, light , thin, light , watery

Good beer for after cutting the lawn on a hot summer day
Jun 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.41 by shreead from Michigan

May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
As I'm sure is not uncommon, I picked this up at Yellowstone, because, well, what was I gonna do... go see old faithful and NOT pick up the old faithful ale that was sitting right there? I mean come on!

Anyway,
Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a nice pile of pillowy foam that settles slowly down, but retains maybe a quarter inch of presence even at its nadir. Beautiful lacing along the glass.

Nose is mellow... mostly grassy hops over clean crackery malts. Nothing particularly strong, but inviting. Smells like it would be perfect as a lawnmower beer.

Kind of watery is the first thought that crosses my mind. Thin flavour. What is there presents more bitter/hoppy than I expected. Some earthy pine and then maybe a kiss of honey on the back end, but it's mostly thin, then a spike of blunt pine bitterness, then just a bit of linger. I still think it would work well while mowing the lawn.

For as much as I used the term watery above to describe the flavour, the texture is actually decently soft and pleasant. Little sharp pricks of carbonation pierce the pillow, and the piney bitterness lingers, but overall it's actually a really pleasant texture I find.

I will admit that my expectations for branded/tie-in beers like this is pretty low. When I realized it was a blonde/golden I kind of wrote it off further. And it isn't some life changer by any means, but it is absolutely pleasantly enjoyable. A bit bitter for what I expect out of the style, but ultimately enjoyable.
Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.33 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking this in Yellowstone National Park.
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring.
Smells lightly bready, floral.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with good carbonation.
Overall a good golden ale that I probably wouldn't order again.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral, earthy herbal notes, bready, a touch yeasty, and a little honey sweetness.

T: Foral, lemon zest, herbal spice, a bit grainy, lightly toasted bready, and a little honey sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting much out of this one, but it's actually a rather pleasant blonde ale. The bitterness seems a bit higher for the style and kinda reminds me of a British pale ale, but it keeps it crisp and drinkable.
Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.66 by jchanley from Illinois

Aug 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.46 by Jcreek from Illinois

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This brewery used to have decent distribution into this area, but its really fallen off in recent years.

Pours a 4 srm level of yellow. Decent clarity, "chrystal" clear. 2/3" white head, good retention. Aroma of grain, very light noble hop presence. That's about it. Clean, but minimalistic.

Taste is mild, a bit of that honey feel back end residual sweet corn grain mouth feel to it. Super mild hopping. I think they were going for the BMC crowd but with an ale yeast here. Well carbonated. Mild 2 row, lightly toasted pale maltings. Hint of a lemon and grapefruit mixture of light bitterness and rind input. These are palate cleansers and summertime offerings. Does nothing wrong, but you know the familiar refrain with these blonde ales. They don't do anything wrong, but there isn't a whole lot to be excited about either. In other aspects of life though, sometimes you Carver get passed around your little Nevada town and you have to move to a place far away like Alaska bc you've been plowed by everyone like a well worked field of barley.
Feb 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A - pale yellow minor lacing quick depleted head 3.25

S - very BMC like, corn malt notes, 3.25

T - herbal bitterness, some citrus tartness, 3.5

MF - dry and light, 3.5

O - unremarkable but tics off ID. 3.25
Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by windowside from Germany

Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.57 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Sep 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Irrationalist from California

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.06 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Jul 10, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can stamped "CANNED ON 04/22/19" poured into a can glass at fridge temp 4.7% ABV per can label. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is minimal with yeast and pale malt. The taste is semisweet pale malt with a touch of honey malt capped off with an earthy low to medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, good. Nothing wrong with this beer and nothing great about it either. A little bitter for a blonde, although the can describes it as a pale golden ale.
Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Feb 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Sep 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.47 by BlueSpader from Washington

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.35 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some trickling lacing sticking around the glass. The smell had a sweet malty corn base with a light bready / biscuity / caramel maltiness rolling underneath my nose. The taste was mainly sweet and bready malty. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s a fairly nice crisp carbonation to this one. Overall, I say I would have this blonde ale again.
Jun 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by VABA from Virginia

Dec 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.13 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Todd from California

3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Malty, Fruity, Rind, Watery
Bright golden with a creamy one-finger head, Old Faithful has a clean nose with aromas of soft toasted malts. Prickly carbonation and a light body keep it within style guidelines. Expect semi-sweet graininess, light fruitiness and a flash of lemon rind on the palate. Unfortunately, the flavors are short-lived and watery. This Blonde Ale finishes clean, too. Not bad, but forgetful. It's almost like tasting it never happened.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015).
Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 2.9 by MFMB from Idaho

Aug 10, 2015
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Rated by bwesthoven from Montana

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Decent beer. Blonde in color, smells of zesty citrus and slight hops.
Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.68 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Jul 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.39 by crytion from Ohio

May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of some bready and slightly grainy aromas. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of yeast and a bit of earth and grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and more biscuit like taste. As the taste moves on it dries a little bit with it taking on a more cracker like flavor. All the while, some taste of a very light hop of earth and floral come to the tongue. With a hint of an herbal flavor joining at the very end, one is left with a rather drier and slightly more dankly hopped (but still overall lightly hopped) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in thickness for a pale of its strength with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the style it was rather appropriate and made for an easier drinking feel.

Overall – Nothing too special in terms of pale ale’s here. Decent, but somewhat run of the mill.
May 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.45 by ALC82 from Iowa

May 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.63 by DMc8ride from California

Apr 23, 2015
Old Faithful Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 142 ratings