Hold Fast
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #46
Ranked #15,354
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Foam Brewers
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Dry-hopped with Idaho 7 and Strata.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear, light yellow with a healthy amount of foamy white head, moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma is...odd. I really don't know what to make of it. It's strong, with maybe some onion / garlic notes. From afar, it doesn't smell bad, but up close, I don't like the aroma at all. Taste is moderately sweet with no hops / malt. Overall, I'm not entirely sure what this beer is trying to be, but whatever it is, I don't like it. The aroma just doesn't work for me, to the degree that I have to hold my breath when I take a sip. In my book, this is a miss from an otherwise good brewery.

Jul 11, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I received a can from @Roy_Hobbs. Canned on 5/13/2021. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy, bright, translucent grassy golden-yellow with a half finger of creamy, milk-white head and lacing. Subdued lemongrass on the nose. The taste opens with zippy citrus: lemon and a slight hint of tangerine. It's slightly hoppy but not very bitter. The mouth feel is lite and crisp with lively carbonation and with an ABV of 5.5% a second pour is not an issue. Overall, Hold Fast is tasty and enjoyable - particularly on a warm, early summer afternoon

Jul 03, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hold Fast from Foam Brewing. Received in early June 2021 in Ninja box from @Roy_Hobbs. 16 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 28/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom stamped “CANNED ON 05/13/21”. Served at 48.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Straw (SRM 2), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density initially but quickly opening, average retention, diminishing to leave a 0.4 to 1.3 cm lacy crown and a thick partial cap. Small islands of lacing remain as the head retracts. Second pour produces a dense 1.1 cm head.
Lacing – Good. Wide band of torn curtain lacing beneath the ring of islands left as the head retracts.
Aroma – 3 – Definite hints of DMS. No hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with light sweetness quickly switching to slightly bitter with light hop flavor. No malt, no yeast. No ethanol (5.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does not occur. No diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Neither clean nor crisp, this looks good but that’s where the resemblance to a good lager ends.

Jun 28, 2021
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BrewLoverNH from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of high gravity, hoppy front and back ales, I wasn't expecting to get excited. Yikes was I wrong! This is a very well balanced, crisp and flavorful ale from start to finish. At 5.5 percent, this is the Pappy Van Winkle of "lawn mower beers" and I mean no disrespect. Amazing taste for a low abv beer.

Jun 16, 2020
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a whitish-blonde hue with a one-finger head into my glass. A touch of spice upfront with a light note of citrus hops and cut grass in the nose. It all comes together in a flavorful mix of citrus, cut grass, bread and spice. Clean finish too. I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this.

May 26, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 04/09/20.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a nearly one inch white head over a slightly hazy light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of banana, slight spice, and even slighter citrus. Taste follows nose fairly close with banana, a slight sweetness, and a finish of very slight spice. Nice feel and overall, a pretty good representation of the style, highly crushable at 5.5% abv, would recommend and have again. Cheers!

Apr 23, 2020
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 22 ratings