Hold Fast
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From:
Foam Brewers
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #28
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,115
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Ratings:
31
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2022
Added:
Apr 12, 2020
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  0
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hold FastHold Fast
Notes: Golden Ale

Dry-hopped with Idaho 7 and Strata.
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Hoppy blonde ale. Easy drinking.

May 05, 2022
 
3.88 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 30, 2022
 
4.01 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Jan 31, 2022
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Dec 25, 2021
 
4.24 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Nov 21, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Has a light/gold tone. Interesting smell. Almost an earthy taste, cant quite pinpoint. Feels refreshing!

Oct 16, 2021
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Sep 22, 2021
 
4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Sep 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Super refreshing after a long hot and humid southern day. Nice break from IPAs, Pilsners and lagers that I mostly drink in the summer time. Foam is great and this is further proof!

Sep 09, 2021
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3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

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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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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
 
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 02, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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
 
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on May 29, 2021
 
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on May 08, 2021
 
4.21 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2021
 
4.25 by Hendry from Vermont on Sep 08, 2020
 
4.06 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Sep 05, 2020
 
4.25 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Aug 29, 2020
 
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2020
 
3.79 by SawDog505 from New Hampshire on Jul 17, 2020
 
4.04 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BrewLoverNH from New Hampshire

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
 
4.18 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Jun 12, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mrcam from Massachusetts

Has a somewhat bitter aroma and a pleasant taste. Has the right amount of hoppiness for a golden ale. Foam always makes impressive beers.

Jun 09, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brad007 from Vermont

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
 
4.03 by clake from Vermont on May 18, 2020
 
4.59 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on May 03, 2020
 
2.76 by fermentedbarley from New Hampshire on Apr 29, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

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
 
4.12 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Apr 12, 2020
Hold Fast from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 31 ratings