Fireman's #4 | Real Ale Brewing Company

Fireman's #4Fireman's #4
BA SCORE
28.8%
Liked This Beer
3.43 w/ 822 ratings
Fireman's #4Fireman's #4
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,376
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
822
Liked:
237
Avg:
3.43/5
pDev:
15.45%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
258
Trade:
1
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Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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 BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stuck in the airport of austin linger than I would like to mention. Can't beat em, drink the local beer. This was tasted from a bottle so take that into account. Appearance was a bottle so towed the lone and said it is good. Smell is pretty malty as is taste, but a nice blonde overall. Good earthy notes, easy drinker and good blonde in general.

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Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston. I love that they have this on cask instead of super rare bourbon barrel whatever.

A: Pours a perfectly hazed golden/yellow color. A one finger white head forms with excellent retention and rings of sticky lace. Looks just like a lighter cask bitter. Very attractive.
S: Grassy and floral hops are big right up front. Biscuit, bready malts and a light sweetness in the nose. Simple, but excellent. Perfect for a well kept cask.
T: I am amazed at how much grassy and floral hops come through. Very bright and clean. That is really well balanced with a light sweetness from some pale malts. Bread and biscuit. Again, excellent.
M/D: A light to medium body. Good carbonation. Very clean and refreshing. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

I close my eyes, and I am back in the UK. This really reminds of many excellent bitters I had on cask in the UK. All around excellent. This says volumes about Real Ale as a brewery and Hay Merchant as an establishment. Both for making/serving this properly. Highly recommend on cask.

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Photo of markgugs
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mynie
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Real Ale" is an awful nice name for a good brewery. Awful pompous name for a bad one. But, hey, everything ballsy down in Texas, right? Down there they put truck nuts on school busses. In spite of our differences we are countrymen, and I must approach their offputting customs with respect.

Pours like a very nice blonde. Just the right amount of haze, just the right shade of gold, just the right-sized white head.

Smells a bit tame, though, even for its style. Heavy grain, light American hops. No off nodes, but not much at all.

Tastes more complex than it smells. More like a Kolsch than a blonde, peat and mineral nodes pleasantly accentuate very pale malt. Light, dry hops finish things out.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.
3.5/2.75/3/3.25/3
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 glid02
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pesca in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a tinge of hop bite - mostly floral notes but with hints of earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet light malt flavors are tempered by solid amounts of hops, imparting a good amount of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer however the flavors weren't robust enough to be anything more than that.

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Photo of mig100
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz tap pour, reviewed live. There's a first for everything!
On tap at Blackfinn, Addison, TX

A - Apperance from the tap is golden blonde with a well-retained, short little head and patchy lace.

S - The cold temperature of this beer leaves the aroma with nothing but some pale malt.

T - Earthy hop notes on the back end with pale malt. Not really impressive here.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, and served pretty dang cold. Slightly dry on the finish.

O - Not something I'd come back to personally. My boss on the other hand liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a tight bubbly white head.

S-the nose starts with bready malt, taken over by yeast and floral notes. a strong phenol takes over bringing in lots of bandaid notes.

T-the taste is better than the nose but not good. phenols seem to have taken hold and bring lots of medicinal notes. a bready yeast with floral notes and touch of lemon are present but faint.

M-smooth on the palate, thin light body with low carbonation.

D-not a good beer, maybe infected; but problems all over. medicinal and under carbonated.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found at Pappadeaux's restaurant in Austin this blonde ale shows a clear pale gold
color with very fine carbonation that looks pretty active. The head is snow
white, thinnish but it holds well and leaves modest lacing. The nose picks up
only a subtle wheat and maybe a very light grass. The flavor jumps right out
with a hardy grass and wheat malt. Simple but well balanced and pleasing. This is relatively light bodied with a very crisp feel. A flavorful choice for the style.

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Photo of gtermi
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. There is also a bit of lace left behind on the glass.

S: Smells like lager yeast was used for this beer and has a corn/ grain smell.

T: This is a perfect spring/ summer beer for sure. It has a great lager taste with a nice amount of malt that lingers for a while. It has sort of a corn and biscuit taste too.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It goes down very smooth and has a nice tingle on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat. Just so easy to drink.

O: Just another good beer from Real Ale. This is just so easy to drink and has a very nice taste.

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Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of MDDMD
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Fireman's #4 from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 28.8% out of 100 with 822 ratings
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