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Old Faithful Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Old Faithful AleOld Faithful Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2002

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Photo of Todd
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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).

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think this is underrated. It's quite good extra pale type, loaded with balance. Hops are present but not dominant or too aggressively bitter, while the grain is fresh and light, but definitely flavorful, a tad nutty, and well please,I she'd on the whole, but maybe dryer than I like my golden ale types to be. I have not seen this one before, and I always love trying new ones from these guys. Carbonation rocks, body is medium, and the experience overall is a satisfying one. I could do several of these no problem. Grand Teton always does a nice job making their simple beers memorable, and I think this one deserves more credit!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this gem up in Hillside, SD at the Sick-n-Twisted brew pub. This is a solid beer from Grand Teton....its not amazing like some other pale ales but this beer just works. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries pale malt and some fresh hop that leans toward bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable beer and can be enjoyed most on warmer days.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Taste of the Tetons, Pale Golden, Old Faithful Ale, Yellowstone's Finest. Brewed and bottled by Grand Teton Brewing Co., 430 Old Jackson Hole Hwy, Victor, ID

Lightly clouded, golden appearance, slim and slender, beautiful ivory head.

Aromatics: grainy right off the bat, crisp maltiness is king. Fruity esters, apricot and orange, some sweetness. Mmm, mmm. If I stretched my nostrils further, I'd start talking about bubblegum and bananas, but I'm glad I stopped before that happened.

Taste: smooth, clean, lightly malty, just a little sweet, and, yeah, a bit strong. Malt sweetness grows and grows, and could be a little light, I'm just saying.

Bright. Fruity. Malty. Tasty. A tiny bit lesser-bodied than I'd like. Could use some more…some more something. Just a bit more complexity and flavor. That's be nice.

I didn't know this was an "American Blonde" when I had it, fooled myself into thinking it was a Belgian golden ale, without the alcoholic punch. Probably a good reason why I found it so uninspired. Didn't match it up with what I imagined it was supposed to be…if that makes sense...

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head, decent retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of biscuity malt and floral hops. Light in body, there is a foundation of biscuity malt, that quickly gives way to lemon citric hops. Crisp, refreshing- excellent session beer. Enjoyed-

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Photo of Bockrules
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden blond with yeast making intricate patterns in the glass. Ample carbonation rises to the fluffy, two-finger off-white head.Head stays intact until almost the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S - Clean malt with hints of spiced pear cider.

T - Clean malt with a fair amount of citrus notes upfront. The body biased towards hop notes of peppy orange, mango, and passion fruit on a background of sweet malt. A nice twang of tropical fruits and hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by an oily orange-peel finish.

M - One the lighter side of medium bodied with plenty of carbonation that suits the tangy flavor quite nicely.

I first had this beer on a road trip with my father heading back to Oregon from Ohio when I was 19. I thought it was a solid beer then, and I still do now. The one complaint for some would a bit too much acidic hop notes in the body for the flavor profile. As a self-diagnosed hop-head, this doesn't bother me too much and I think this would make for a nice session beer. Everything I've had from Grand Teton has been great-excellent, and the only thing keeping me from picking up a six of this next time I'm around Yellowstone would be that Sawgrass and Bitch Creek would be the first choices!

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Photo of cagocubs
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear yellow with fade to gold at edges. White head with spotty lacing.

S: Sweet, juicy, fruity with some sweet malt and grain.

T: Citrus, malt, some nuttiness.

M: Good coating, easy drinking, light/med body.

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Photo of mothman
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden color.

Aroma: Grassy and bready with a bit of citrus fruits. Pale malt profile. Very light aroma.

Taste: Grassy and floral hops. Definitely noble. Some fruits show. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a very basic beer. Kind of boring. Golden ale is a bit misleading. Blonde is much better for this beer. Easy to drink, but not too enjoyable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is NOT an APA. This is a Blonde Ale.

12oz bottle poured into a 71 Pale Ale pint glass.

A: Straw yellow color with hints at darker gold. The bottle says 'Bottle-Conditioned' but this beer is pretty clear. Slightly off white head leaves some lacing behind.

S: Really clean and refreshing for the style, slightly sweet and a touch fruity. Really clean malt bill without a lot of graininess. With aromas of banana and apple juice it smells similar to a Heff in some respects, but not identical by any means.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, no real skunky pale blonde aftertaste. Slight sweetness, grainy malts, just a faint hint of earthy bitterness and nutty flavors.

MF: Surprisingly moderate body, this is not a watery beer. Perfect silky smooth carbonation bite and just a touch of hops in the finish.

O: Flavors really have that light, 'golden malt' feel. I like this beer, easily up there with Hoptober as my favorites of the style. I think this beer would have scored higher if it had not been mislabeled as an APA.

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Photo of morimech
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a slim head that quickly disappeared to a few spotts of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma at least. Pale malt and honey. Do not know if this is brewed with honey or not but there is a floral sweetness. No hops. The flavor is quite poor for an APA but it would be an average Blond Ale. A bit sweet with some pale malt flavor. Again no hops or bitterness. Light body and low carbonation. Maybe a little too low. Has a little bit of a slick feel. Not bad for a light beer but if you are looking for a hoppy APA, you will be very disappointed. Usually can be found on sale so it makes drinking this beer a little easier to drink.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of fruity pebbles, and pale malt. The taste is much the same, and very artificial in nature. It tastes processed and fake, but not bad. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. There isn't anything wrong with it, but there is nothing going on for it either.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this in Evanston, Wyoming.

Appearance- golden color

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- malt, citrus fruit

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good, It says it's a pale ale but I think it's too light for a pale ale but I still thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz longneck. Rating this as a pale golden, not an APA.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head. Slowly settles to a bubbly lacing at the edge of the glass. Transparent. Mellow upward carbonation. Gold in color. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Hints of citrus. Grassy.
T) Floral. Subtle honey notes. Grainy. Just a hint of hops in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness in the aftertaste.
M) Light body. Dry. Fizzy. A slight bit chalky in the finish.
D) A decent Golden ale, I wouldn't call it an APA. Too grainy and lacks some of the hop bite of a pale ale. But other than that fits the golden ale criteria.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest cap that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Fresh floral hop aroma with biscuity malt undertones

Taste: The floral lemony hops jump into the flavor profile before the biscuity malt can even establish itself; both before and after the swallow, the hops are dominant with the soft malts providing an undertone into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Now that Sweetgrass has been re-categorized as an APA, the real intent of this beer as a Golden Ale becomes clear; while that style isn't recognized on this site, I see a number of breweries using it as a crossover beer; viewed on that basis, this beer is very drinkable for the neophyte and has enough hop character for the more experienced drinker seeking a session beer; I also think I got a very fresh bottle which may be contributing to my positive impression

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/9/10, reviewed on 5/24/10

A - Light gold color. Pale & slightly hazy. One finger of white foam. Thin retention; lacing is alright.

S - Citrus hop aroma: lemon zest & orange peel. Wheat undertones. Maybe pilsner malt.

T - Tastes alright; pilsner malt & cereal grains injected with spice & citric hops notes - mostly lemon, calling to mind lemongrass.

M - Lighter in body with appropriate carbonation; just ample enough. Clean finish with some grass & grain lingering.

D - Not great but an easy choice over the BMC that was otherwise available.

Edit: After seeing this is classified as an APA I had to dock points. It's weak for that style; I had figured it was some kind of Pale Wheat.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's my tradition that I introduced to the wife to enjoy this brew while watching Old Faithful Geyser go off. It isn't too bad. It tasted better than I remember from 8 years ago.

It's a nice golden color that's slightly cloudy. The aroma and taste are a bit grainy with some citrus aroma mixed in. It's a light/medium body, decent for the style. It goes down very easy. It isn't something I'd go out of my way for but It's now a family tradition.

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Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A thin white head that is foamy with some retention. The body of the beer is a golden amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer .

Nose: A bready toasted malt aroma with pine, grapefruit and floral esters. There is some phenols and solvents.

Taste: A rich toasted malt flavor that is slight bready from the yeast. The hops in the beer are lacking. There is a slight flavor of grapefruit, floral esters and pine. The is a note of phenols and grass.

Mouth feel: Carbonated, slightly bitter and a touch dry. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium.

Overall: A hard pour produced a thin head. The APA is not fantastic, I think that more hops with the maltiness in the beer would give this beer a kick ass grade.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a deep gold colour with close to 1 finger of foam but is shrinking quickly. My glass has some good lacing..

The smell has both hop bitterness and some sweet malt in there and is fairly well balanced. A decently good nose.

The taste has some bready malt tones with light sweetness and a kind of harsh bitterness that I find hard to classify. It isn't citrus, nor pine, maybe a touch of grass but mostly just bitter. After a while, the sweetish tones become annoying and make for a slower drinker than I'd hoped for.

On the high side of light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? I didn't mention it in the taste but there's a growing flavour of corn and a vegetal angle that I'm not digging at all. To me, this tastes more like an adjunct Lager than an APA of any sort. This is not one of Grand Teton's better offerings.

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Photo of wotan
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber colour with a very pale head which disappears fast, leaving some lace

While it is well-balanced between hops and malts, it seems too watery for the style. Mouthfeel also seems watery for an ale.

OK on a hot summer afternoon, but not a first choice.

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Photo of TheFlern
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold color with little head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Just a watered down version of a better smelling Teton ale. A little too much on the lager side without making the transition.

Taste: Follows the aroma put is way too weak taste wise to qualify as an APA.

Mouthfeel: Weak feeling, watery.

Drinkability: Low abv helps this beer but other than that it isn't that drinkable.

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Photo of jdskinns
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a yellow/golden color. Very transparent without a lot of bubble activity in the glass. Fizzy head that doesn't last long after pouring.

Smell - Very weak aroma, not a lot going on when it comes to smell.

Taste - A slight hop/bitter taste when it first hits the tongue that very quickly fades away to a watery nothing. Not at all what I would expect from an APA.

Mouthfeel - Very light mouthfeel, almost like water with carbonation.

Drinkability - Only real redeeming quality of this beer I guess is that you can drink more than one based on the fact its so light. All the other characteristics make it kind of a struggle to get down though.

Kind of reminded me of something along the Bud/Miller line of beers.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.17/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, been away. Way behind on BMOC. Smell in the bottle is, well, not too desirable. Pours to a golden yellow. Head is there and gone. Taste is very light and refreshing but with nothing standing out, slight comeback. This can't be an ale, this is way too light. Pale ale I guess. Looking at the ABV for an ale I expected something different and it is. Smell in the glass is a better sweet and tarty hoppiness. Taste is semi-sweet and tart kind of off. This a bad bottle I hope. Not my style or something.

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all over Yellowstone National Park. I can't imagine why. ;-)

A deep gold, almost a light amber, in color with a white head that vanishes fast.

It smells of toasted malt with a hint of hops.

Good flavor of malt that's well-balanced with hop flavors and bitterness..

The body is smooth and bubbly -- not watery.

This is a good pale ale and easy to drink.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recived this beer with my beer of the month shipment. it has a very nice light golden color with a small head and an even smaller amount af laceing.
As soon as you pour it into your glass there is a strong bread like smell after its in your glass for a little there is a sweet lemon smell with a little spice at the end. The taste is about the same but its very mild with the hops at the end.
The mouthfeel is very smooth, a little creamy with good carbonation.
I can see myself buying this brew agian and drinking alot of it in one sitting

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Old Faithful Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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