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Fireman's #4 | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Fireman's #4Fireman's #4

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 800
Photo of txmilligan
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into a frothy head with decent lacing, and settled into a pale yellow, almost a hay color, with good carbonation and effervescence. Little to no aroma evident. First taste was was sharp and tangy, but very smooth. Follow up tasting offered a subtle flavor that was pleasant. No aftertaste to speak of, but a good feel. A very light blonde ale that is crisp and refreshing. This would be a good beer after a long day in the heat. I will get this again.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer many times and most recently at a sushi restaurant.

(L) It has a golden yellow hue and is fairly clear with a thin white head and some bubbles.

(A) It has a modest bready aroma

(T) The taste is of toasted malts, yeast, and some citrus, a bit bland but not very bland.

(F) The feel is slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, a tad watery. Overall it is a pretty good beer but not a top notch beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It may just be because I don't care for blonde ales, so take this with a grain of salt. It was fine. Decent mouthfeel and an ok flavor profile, but not much going on with this one.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it from a bottle into a tall Pilsner glass with some nice spicy Indian food. Nice and light and slightly sweet. Smell was herbal and sweet. Nice head and lacing. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown bottle date

Pours yellowish, light gold. Lively carbonation.

Grassy nose and some floral notes.

Hints of lemon on the taste with continued grassy, formal hops. Low bitterness. A touch of cream sweetness, vanilla. Some pepper.

Pretty light bodied but does carry some creaminess

It's an ok low ABV beer. Nice combo of flavors and easy drinking.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slight hazy golden orange little head, smells of bitter crackery slight yeasty, tastes of crackery malt with yeasty bitterness slight coriander, smooth mouthfeel sweet smooth finish, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Soft yellow colored body; lively carbonation with a foamy white head. Biscuit and cracker grain aroma; fresh cut grass; bare hint of citrus. Dull, almost wheat-like flavor; bitter with a metallic edge. Weak, watery, and flat mouthfeel; dry finish.

A bitter and twisted blonde ale, to be sure. Metallic and nearly astringent in character, it leaves one grasping for some redeeming taste qualities. Real Ale brews some respectable, tasty brews, but this blonde ale sample just can't live up to its look and aroma potential. The flavor borders on tasting like wet cardboard and makes me think I'm indulging in a weird-ass macro adjunct lager. Perhaps it was this bottle. I'd give it another shot on down the road, but it wouldn't be my first drink choice from this brewery.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a margarita glass

A - Yes, I said it, a margarita glass. This was on tap at a taco joint on the west side of the University of Texas at Austin campus, hence the margarita glass. This beer features a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Beer itself is golden and clear. 4/5

S - Malt forward character with herbal hops. Lightly toasted white bread is the main note that I am getting. Very clean smelling. Really no other aromas come to mind here. 3.75/5

T - The taste follows the nose dead on and is very simple. However there is a slight tanginess (which lingers) and yeastiness to the beer that is a bit unexpected which lends a nice twist to the flavor profile. 4/5

M - Very light but also slightly creamy from the lack of a high carbonation content. Carbonation comes off as more of a tickle than a burn. Slight drying astringency on the back end. 4/5

O - Interesting blonde offering that is simple but unexpected at the same time. Right as you think you've got the beer figured out this tanginess creeps in out of nowhere and surprises you. Good session beer. 4/5

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer every once in a while for the past few years. I've liked it more every time I've had it. I think they did a great job on appearance (color) and taste. I love that it's local (Hill Country area where I grew up) and is available in and around the Austin area. Great job Real Ale!

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Photo of ritwingr
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to it. Pours a pretty golden ale color with a fairly dense head and above average carbonation. Slightest of citrus notes...maybe. Probably a good session ale on a hot day. Not my favorite style....but it's fine for what it is.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB Aug 27 2015 at 39 degrees into snifter
Aroma – grainy
Head small (<1 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, quickly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few small irregular islands of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor starts slightly malty, clean meld into clean, crisp, slightly bitter; no distinct hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of AgentMunky
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass. Best before 28 October 2015.
Clear copper, with light head and good effervescence.
Neutral verging on grainy-sweet. Hint of zest.
This is the sort of beer I see going over well with everyone and impressing no one. It's ever-so-lightly bitter/hoppy, grainy/sweet, citrus/sour. But mostly, it's crispish, watery, and vaguely malted/alcoholic. I realize this isn't the most flattering description, but it's actually pretty enjoyable. Just in an average way. Would drink again.

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Photo of BigBry
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft, local offering while in Dallas.
Pours a pale, yellow color with a thin white head, minimal retention or lace.
The aroma has some light grain and grassiness, and a bit of yeast.
Taste is mild grain flavors, clean and crisp, with just a touch of hop flavors coming through.
Light body, goes down smooth, nice on a hot patio; as a light blonde ale should be.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Purs a clear straw yellow color with a half finger of foam that fades nearly instantly. Aroma has a vegetal / corn note to it.

First sip is fairly dry, with a very faint malt sweetness. Really not too much flavor, but has a mild bitter finish.

This beer is fairly inoffensive and nondescript. No off-flavors, but nothing really of note to report on flavor wise. I appreciate the bitterness on the finish, but that is not enough to have me wanting more. Would be a good beer to help convert the BMC crowd to craft beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color with an alright head that leaves a small ring of lacing. Smell of sweet grain with some citrus. Taste is bready with some citrus and subtle hops on end. No alcohol taste or bitter aftertaste. Medium-light body with good carbonation. Refreshing without being watery or too light. Best drank cold though since some bitterness comes through at room temp.
It's a good but not extraordinary blonde. Easy to drink and have a few.

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Photo of ranger7
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy gold. Good lacing. Nice head of white.
S: Sweet orange.
T: Some orange. Light.
F: Medium. Nice.
O: Pretty good. Nothing special, but it gets the job done. Good with pizza. Not heavy, which is nice.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear, opaque deep straw, producing barely a finger of frothy, white, shortlived head that leaves only a thin wash & collar ring of lace. Aroma is weak & thin: light cracker malt with notes of grass, apples & maybe a little yeast. Taste is more substantial: sourdough bready, grain & biscuit malt, apple sauce & lemon & grass hints in a dry finish that yields a pale malt, hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp, prickle & dry. Overall a mediocre effort.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Looks like an adjunct lager. Super carbonated, golden, and slight head produced.

Smell- Not much here besides some grainy notes and slight citrus.

Taste- Grainy malts hit the tongue at first with lots of carbonation. Following that some citrus and bread malt lingers on the tongue.

Feel- Very carbonated. Clean and crisp, almost lager like.

Overall- This essentially seems like a tastier adjunct beer option, and it serves its purpose well. I would definitely get this as a substitute for bmc when out drinking. However, day to day this isn't worth putting in the rotation, especially with better beers within the style available. (79/100)

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Photo of TBoneJones
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden pour, solid white head, looks well- carbonated.
Smells of malt generally, in a bland way, average in terms of a mass produced beer, unappealing as far as approaching a microbrew.
Tastes earthy and of grains, hint of hops..just a bit better than what I expected based on what I smelled initially, but the grain flavor is backed by a dry mineral finish.
Feels medium bodied and well-carbonated.
I wouldn't seek this out, although if at a Texas night spot that serves only Bud/ Coors/ Corona fare, and this one happens to be in the mix, still best to order this.

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Photo of Radome
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color of straw; slightly milky/cloudy. There are a few particles of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Head is white and formed a thin sheet of tiny, creamy bubbles across the surface. These turn into sticky Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Good balance between cracked grains and noble hops. The hops smell slightly vegetal and skunky, not fresh. The malt aroma is a sharp, grainy note that smells fresh, but doesn't have any complexity.

T - Little malt flavor, as expected for the style. Just a bit of faint grain. Hops are earthy and slightly vegetal, with a floral hint that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry finish. No alcohol flavors. Clean and simple, as appropriate for the style.

M - Body is thin to medium. Carbonation fairly low, but is there as a light prickly mouth feel. No alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is low to medium.

O - Overall light and inoffensive, as you'd expect. I do believe it is an ale, but it is very reminiscent of an American light lager, with just a bit more body and taste than that.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking. Not much taste or smell other slight cracker and orange. Nice carbonation and mouth feel. Not bad at all for a Texas summer day. 12 oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

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Photo of smcolw
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head even with a vigorous pour. Some rim bubbles, leaves a couple of spots. Greenish yellow color with quite a bit of haze.

Little to no aroma. Grainy malt?

Highly carbonated, thin bodied. A step up from the macros but little else. Raw grain, lightly sour and whiff of hop essence best describes this beer. Refreshing on a hot day, but little else in terms of redemption.

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Photo of brurevu
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft this beer is smooth and creamy with a citrus, apricot flavor on the finish that is the perfect antidote to all the watered down domestic varieties available. From a bottle the Fireman’s #4 doesn’t have the creaminess of the draft version, but is just as tasty. I had this Fireman’s #4 on a late afternoon and it was just what I needed to tame the heat. While some pilsners can be light and bright, I found this blonde to be bigger and bolder. The Fireman’s #4 is surprisingly deep and full on the palate.

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Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot. Pours hazy golden with a short-lived white head. Aroma is of barnyard yeast, sour apple and pear notes with some mild citrus and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, some herbal hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finishes with some fruity flavors of apple and pears with some mild bitterness for balance, endind is slightly dry. Overall a nice refreshing session brew.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on the patio of the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, TX on a gorgeous summer Sunday afternoon.

I am no normally a fan of this style, but RA has made the best version I've ever tasted of a blonde ale.

Very pretty in the glass. Crystal clear, something between gold and amber.

Nice subtle sweet aroma.

Flavor is very grainy. A little bit of hops. Quite a bit of lingering sweetness but not excessively so.

Very nice full to medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

Reminds me a little of Fat Tire but less assertive (but that is consistent with this style).

Overall, I like it.

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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
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