hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fro ma 12 oz bottle courtesy of bhensonb this poured a cloudy gold with not much head. Light mouthfeel. Nose of caramel malts and some floral hops. Flavor is a bit odd, and I cannot exactly say why but I was not all that fond of it. Not much finish. Pretty bland overall, but drinkable.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy golden with orange notes and a small creamy off white head that left a hint of lacing. Aroma of orange peel, grassy, cereal grains and not much else. Flavor was vegetal, corn, grassy, some light citrus note, light wheat and cereal grains.
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This golden ale poured with a decent white head that quckly subsided. There is a floral aroma and a bit of malt flavor with a bitter hop finish. Slightly carbonated and refreshing, but not otherwise remarkable.
bhensonb (13822) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice floral aromas. Orange tinged golden color with a white head that didnít linger. Near medium body with rather sharp carbonation. Flavor is a bit flat, light malt and floral hop. Crisp and clean though. Rather refreshing. Itís growing on me. Starting to finish like a true ESB. Bitter builds up a bit in the mouth. Itís a good ale.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
21-Jan-08 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 18-Jan-08 for $1.50 at Gold Rush Liquors in Anchorage, AK) With several bottles sitting in ice in the storeís dollar bin, this is your typical golden ale. Grainy, moderately sweet with honey flavors, and very corny to suggest DMS, with little hop character or bitterness. Sweet honey and strong grainy malts in the nose. Body is light-medium in weight, carbonation is medium, and without much hops, this beer isnít especially clean or refreshing on the palate. Golden in color and slightly hazy, capped by a small, off-white head that settles to a partial film and wide ring. A few strands of lace remain on the glass. In the dollar bin for a reason.
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the smell is nothing special it smells like any other amber/blonde ale. in a glass it looks fairly tasty, not too pale and plenty fizzy. unfortunately, itís a little watery and seems to have no hops in it at all. it definitely tastes like beer, but i wonder if they put too much water in the vat? aftertaste is smooth. I think i would appreciate this beer more if I was drinking it in June or any other summer month. Fairly good though.
robforbes (2167) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
looks a lot like the blond but with a white head that dissipates quickly.
smell is sweet, floral, straw, some lemon hiding in the background.
taste is also sweet like cotton candy, crisp and light, with a small amount of wheat, some bitterness in the end, a bit on the flat side.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Remarks
ABV?Foamy mild lacy head.Clear bright thin gold color.Mild lemon hop front.Crisp mild CO2 tangy mild sweet thin citrus hint malt body.Clean mild hop spice citrus easy refreshing end.
Available @ Ballard Fred Meyer as of 8/31/2007
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Brush Fire Summer Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.75% ABV?--20 IBUís? (3.75 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Foamy mild lacy head. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild lemon hop front. Crisp mild CO2 tangy mild sweet thin citrus hint malt body. Clean mild hop spice citrus easy refreshing end. Sampled 8/31/2007.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, from Fred Meyer in the Portland area. Pours a hazy golden color with a small, foamy white head that diminished quickly. Aroma is quite faint, lightly malty and wheaty, with a touch of floral hops (not really so ínotableí as claimed in the commercial description). Tthe hops become more notable in the flavor, bringing a bit of a bite to the brew, along with a mild and gently sweet maltiness. Light body and agressive carbonation that burns and tingles all the way to the stomach. Overall Id have to agree with the previous raters in that this beer is rather bereft of character, with the one exception being the overly assertive carbonation. I can imagine enjoying this on a hot summer day, sipping it briskly and mindlessly while sitting on a patio overlooking the beach - but then the greatest part of the enjoyment would be the result of the setting. So the beer itself, not so good. Iím not going to trash it as horrible, because itís not really, itís simply vapid.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: Pale pellucid yellow, no head or lacing. Nose of stale malt, light fruit, adjuncty metal, ugh. The flavor is lightly bitter, some note of hops, a bit acidic, mugh. Bad.