Old Faithful Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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78
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116 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Old Faithful AleOld Faithful Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Todd
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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 NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KevBearcat529
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Schlafly33
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber with a half finger head that melts to a surprisingly sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt, light citrus, grassy hops.
Taste is citrusy orange/lemon hops initially, then slightly honey sweet malt, following with slight drying citrus hops.
Really clean mouthfeel....nice full carbonation.
This is a real thirst quencher...and definately something to session on long hot days or to gulp after mowing the lawn.
Nice...fresh...refreshing...clean.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grand Teton- Old Faithful Ale

A- Bright clear yellow, unlively (no carbonation) and a decent ringed lacing head.
S- Light lemon and honey straw.
T Light honey sweetened hay/ straw. Slight lemon citrus hops make up the body.
M- Very light and sugary. decent malty body with a sweet dry hop finish.

Overall- Blah. Slightly bland and boring. I'll drink the 3 I have but I wouldn't buy this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
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 russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep golden/bronzw with 4 fingers of offwhite head. Good head retention & minmal lacing

Smell: Loads of floral hops & then fruitiness

Taste: Floral & citrus hops up front& then fruittiness. Finishes with hoppyness & then fruit.

MF: Great balance and good carbonation

Very drinkable, maybe not quite on style, but tasty enough I'd certainally reccomend it

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Photo of shoretaxi
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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 VABA
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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 JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... shared with a coworker... my half from my Delirum tulip. Listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

Vigorous pour produced a very nice 3/4" fluffy white head... that left behind good lacing. Very pretty golden/extra lite honey brew.

Smell is bready pale malts and just a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor is pale malts... biscuity notes... floral hops with just enough bitterness... maybe a little sweet or could use a bit more hop flavor. Body is very nice... good balance across the board.

Grand Teton makes some pretty good brews although, this is not my favorite, it is no slouch.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of axxe
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Old Faithful Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.3 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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