Fireman's #4 | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 02-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,002
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
843
pDev:
15.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of GingersHaveSouls
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth

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Photo of california_republic
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pale yellow with plenty of head. Nice clear and crisp looking.

Smell: I get a little bit of banana, apple, and clove. Yeasty and sweet but not cloying. Not particularly strong aroma however.

Taste: Crackery and it seems like they tried to put some hops in here, but the only thing that came through was the bitterness. There's little to none of the "zesty hops" that the can advertises. Lots of cracker which I enjoy but there isn't enough depth.

Feel: It's crisp and crackery, but the hops are so half baked that it would almost have been better to just make this a light beer and go with that. The only thing that comes through from the hops is the slight herbal bitterness, but it's not really balanced out by any zest that the description implies.

Overall: I'm not sure I enjoy this more than Blue Moon or even a light beer. There's just not a lot of flavor and it's not very remarkable. A bit of a disappointment. At $7.49/6 pack I'd honestly rather pay the extra 50 cents and get Blue Moon.

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Photo of sumnerw
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

clearly one of their more popular brews, but this was probably my least favorite of the real ale offerings i had in texas, its a pretty generic blonde ale, but truthfully, its really not even all that blonde, a little more malt color, flavor, and body to this than i am used to in the style, not quite toasted and still a far cry from heavy, but the crispness and refreshment value are lower than they could be because of it, and while i often clamor for more substance in these types of styles, in the texas head i think its a negative. pours brassy golden from the tap with very little head even though carbonation activity is fine in the feel. the malt is a little off dry, possibly corny, and with a light mineral or even metallic presence. some very light citrus hops in the end and a little bitterness to balance, but still almost entirely grain driven. flashes of honey and white bread, medium body, even a touch of oxidation, weird. i was expecting something much more drinkable here, and for its popularity, this really wasnt at the level of most of the others i had from these guys...

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Photo of hornsdude77
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2018-06-27
12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best before July 20, 2018. Brought to me by a friend.

Pours a clear golden with a biggish pale head and lots of carbonation. Smell is blonde -- lagery, yeasty, a little biscuit.

Taste is better, richer - malty, beery, fairly simple. Moderate hop bite, maybe more than I would expect for a blonde.

Mouthfeel is dry and surprisingly thick. Overall, I think it's pretty good.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DClaborn
4.78/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another Real Ale Brewing Co. brew that's not getting its due?! I'm not even a fan of hoppy blondes, but this one's fantastic. IF you get lucky and find it within 3 months of it's bottled date. That's my guess as to why the ratings aren't upper fours/fives -the brewer leaves bottles out there in the stores until they're gone. So (swear I'm not exaggerating here) a clear vast majority of these I've seen in stores have been from a month away from the expiration, to a whopping two months late. Ugh.
C'mon Real Ale BC, bite the bullet and make sure your products aren't dated! Let Texas enjoy your awesome brews!

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Photo of gvickery
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light hazy gold/yellow color. (Some have described it as a dark copper color, it is not. They must be confusing it with something else or just stupid) the smell is a little estery or diacetyl, to me at least. Not my favorite. It tastes ok, still a little off. It tastes like the fermentation temp was a little to high. It’s still not bad, there’s a little estery profile that turns me off but the mouthfeel is good and there’s not a lot of aftertaste.

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Photo of maxbarto
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CodyMyre97
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The dark amber brew pours with a short head that fades to tracery. Medium carbination and a sour malt aroma to start. Nice balace between the earthy malt and bitter, dry hops. This is an easy drinking, medium body brew. Has a sour aftertaste that grows as it warms. Not spectacular, but an interesting brew.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngEo
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcb7472
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan_sprayberry
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vyvyan
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 2fat4fashion
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white. I smell light grains and a suggestion of grassy hops. I taste light,crackery malt and a light dose of grassy hops. The mouth is light and crisp.

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Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wit123
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I consider this a solid blonde ale. Nothing to write home about, just a steady ale that doesn't offend. Not too sweet IMO.

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Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 843 ratings