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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Experience: Youíre bellied up to the bar with your buddies at the local watering hole... Not too malty, not too hoppy, Barstool is designed for a night out with your friends. Our flagship beer is handcrafted with the freshest ingredients, including two-row barley and specialty malts. A blend of English and Czech hops top off this delicious golden ale, which can be enjoyed for hours on end.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1388) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Is it just me, or are hardly any breweries making generic golden ales these days? Of all the styles in the spectrum, golden ale is probably the least distinctive of them all. And itís even worse when you get an old golden ale since whatever flavor it may have had is probably faded. Thatís how I felt drinking Foolproof Barstool Golden Ale; itís not a terrible beer, just one that makes you shrug and go ďmeh.Ē

I poured a 12oz can into a little lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $1.69 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: Delivers as advertised with a pale golden hue over a slightly cloudy body. Quite bubbly. Pours to a large, white foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Next to no aroma; just a generic pale malt scent and a bit of a sourness (which leads me to believe itís old and probably unpasteurized).

Taste: Thereís a lot going on with this beer, and yet nothing at all. After each sip I notice subtle flavor components, but they fade away before I can discern what they are. A pale maltiness dominates the palette, but itís not an especially sweet beer at all. Light cereal grain taste might be a better way to describe it. Through the middle I detect a slight banana character, similar to a Belgian or German yeast ester, but without any spiciness. On the finish thereís a tangy/metallic/acidic off-flavor comparable to that of old orange juice. I can tell thereís a decent, nuanced brew somewhere in here (probably).

Drinkability: While the palette to Foolproof Barstool Golden Ale may not have been ideal, at least it wasnít a challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is consistently carbonated and crisp, though the sourness on the finish is rather annoying after each swig. Thereís a residual aftertaste, but itís tolerable. At 4.5% ABV itís technically a session beer Ė but it needs to have a much more enjoyable taste for anyone to drink it as such.

Score: 4/10

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevd193213 (927) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2015
12 oz can. Light golden pour with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma of bread, stale cardboard and dough. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty boring.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (2669) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Tap at the brewery fine golden color with white fizzy head. Nose is grassy and some citrus. Tastes of lemon, grass, hint bready, some cardboard. Thin palate quick finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabah (198) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pretty much an every day blonde here. Sort of a watery mild flavor, with very little hops. Ok for a hot summer day, dinner pairing, or lawnmower beer....maybe a change of pace brew, but not much more.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bennetporter (317) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a gold from a can. Somewhat overly sweet golden ale, some honey notes in the nose, not too malty not too hoppy as the description says, but not too anything at all. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LuckyDog (614) - - APR 18, 2015
Good body. Very low bitterness. Good example of the style. Some great flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2015
Can from Brew Topia. Clear gold with ring and lace. Lightly toasted toffee biscuits aroma. Fairly strong toasted toffee sweetness with mild fruit grain and nuts and very mild spicy grassy hop finish. Sweet but not cloying. Not bad for a beginner beer or a beer to substitute for macros at a party. Pretty shameful for a microbrew "flagship" beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4665) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Location: 12 oz can from Nikkiís Liquors, 4/10/15.

Aroma: Aroma of lemon, dough, grains, a little spice, and some corn notes.
Appearance: The pour is golden in color, slightly murky, with a small head and minimal lace.
Flavor: Tastes similar to the nose,not as thin as I expected, decent enough overall.
Palate: It has a light-medium body, decent overall mouthfeel, and a lively carbonation.
Overall Impression: This one is pretty solid, for the style. Not a great beer, but you could throw a few of these back pretty easily.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #63. 12 ounce can from Nikkiís Liquors. Pours a hazy yellow with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of doughy, buttery malts and a bit of earthy hops. The taste is buttery, doughy malt, apples, mild tea, grain and hops. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2833) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2014
On tap at Granite State on tap. Lightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Grainy bready malty aromas with hints of fruit and spicy hop. Decent golden ale. but a bit rough around the edges.


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