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

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Ratings:
814
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale yellow color with a tiny bit of a white head and not much else. The aroma doesn't bring much forward, just some light grain and a bit of yeast. Taste is mild grain flavors without any real yeast or any other characteristic. Really clean; I guess that's about the only compliment I have here. Goes down smoothly as well, I suppose.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dirtygrind (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a pasty white fizzy looking almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over semi hazy blond wheat colored beer.

Nose has light blond malts, a light cream ale like aroma, hint dry bready malts, light fruitiness, and hint of fruity hops.

Taste is lighter, light blond malts, a hint creamy and toasty but juicy at the same time. A light crisp dryness, and hint fruity like, almost lager like flavors but still somehow an ale. Hint of floral grassy hops and just a touch of bitterness. Finish is semi dry buy creamy, very light bitterness, crisp and drinkable, quick finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, very drinkable and a definite summer style beer, but overall flavors are a bit too light. However, with a beer like this any real off flavors would most likely come out quickly, and that didn't happen so that's a good sign.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BD Rileys on 6th Street in Austin. It had a golden body with a slight haze beneath a creamy white head that displayed good retention and fair lacing. The nose was fairly basic with a combination of lightly grainy malt, yeasty fruitiness, and floral hops. It was medium-light bodied and crisp. The flavor followed the aroma. It was basic, but very nice. A nicely hoppy, not overdone beer! The bitterness was kept in check, and the hops were quite present but not to the point that they overshadowed the malt. Nicely done! Very drinkable. And, seemingly quite popular throughout the bars of Austin.

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2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a no head and hardly any lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain and light malts with a touch of hops and not much of anything else.

T: The taste is bready with the flavors of light malt sweetness, but other than a mild hops presence, there really isn't much else going on here. Honestly, I'm not tasting anything that would separate this beer from the likes of Bud, Miller, Coors & Corona, which is disappointing.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, not the best representation of style, mild kick, not much left to say other than I would not recommend this beer at all.

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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half finger thin white head. There is very little head retention or lacing present in this beer.

S: Hints of citrus hops with pale malts and a slight presence of adjunct malts.

T: Flavors of citrus zest (likely lemon), earthiness, and hop bitterness with the slightest hints of grains/corn.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Not something that I would go out of my way to have again but not something that I couldn't bring myself to finish either. I guess I would describe it as too average, there is a nice balance in the beer and the highlight for me is the hints of critrus.

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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent looking, gold color, with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a soft and creamy layer that throws a great looking cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malts, light citrus accents, floral hops, and some peppery spices. Not over the top or anything but I found this to be pleasant.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, with a smooth and even mix of sweet malts that possess a light toasty edge, a splash of citrus, and a tingle of spicy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth. Overall very easy feeling and drinking.

Not bad at all for a Blonde. Decent balance and a softer body on this made for a refreshing quaff. Good summertime beer.

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My sons think it's a fireman's pole and that I forgot to cut a hole through the floor into the kitchen."

--Pamela Anderson

Lightly foggy lemon peel with a head that maxes out at less than one finger despite an increasingly elevated pour. As I type, beer is now visible from a bird's eye view. Other than a few dribs and drabs of watery lace, the glass is virtually untouched. Not good.

I swear there was a hint of skunk when I popped the cap, but there's no trace of the little critter when I put my nose over the glass. Besides, the bottle is brown (not foolproof, but still). There isn't much to go on. Just lightly sweet cereal grains and a whiff of musky hops.

Fireman's #4 is actually a pretty decent American blonde ale. For one thing, it has good malty flavor, which is much more than half the battle when it comes to beer of this style. It's also decently hoppy, although the fruitiness of the Crystal hops could be jacked up a bit. At 21 IBUs, their bitterness is appreciated by this hophead.

The balance between sweet and bitter is nice, especially the semi-snappy conclusion. The lightly sugared golden maltiness becomes a little more aggressive in the bottom half of the bottle and a twist of lemon peel has arrived on the scene. A yeasty zestiness helps as well. This beer is ideal for warm weather and spicy food... both of which they have in abundance in the Lone Star state.

The mouthfeel, while nothing special, is above average. It's light-medium, with fine and very lightly fizzy carbonation. Not bad... not bad at all. The flavor profile definitely benefits from more (rather than fewer) bubbles.

Other than a lack of head formation and a lackluster nose, Fireman's #4 is good beer. Since the final three attributes are far more important to me than the first two, the overall score is not a reflection of how I really feel about this Real Ale ale. I'd drink it again.

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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 mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple.. Nice play on the palate and a decent hoppy aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, . Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 4th beer I've had from Real Ale and my least favorite. Appearance is golden pale with small head. Smell is rather weak, some hops mixed with fruit (After reading other reviews I think grapefruit) are present. Taste is of mild hops and grapefruit, not exactly what I like, but not bad. Drinkability is pretty good, but this beer didn't quite feel right on my palate. Maybe I just don't like the style, it's definently not like any other APAs that I've had.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Labelled as Alamo Golden Ale, but this is the same thing.

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a small white head on it.

S: Oh yes, a wonderful lemony aroma to it. Some straw and light yeastiness with some grainy notes, though it does have a bit of toast to it, which is actually sort of okay. A light bread flavor and biscuit.

T: Same lemon and lightly tart lemon notes as were present on the nose. Sweet grainy malts with light toast and biscuit character. A bit of grass and a very faint hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I guess if it's a light, summer/lawn mower type beer you're looking for this works. Not my thing, though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once more, a thin, bone-white head that dissipated into wisps even prior to arrival. Color was lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grainy, silage-like scent. Interesting! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slight peppery taste on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing.

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Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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