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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
A contemporary take on the near forgotten Grodziski style, First Sparrow flies from the netherworld of antiquated beer and straight into your heart. Smoked and heavily hopped, our little bird chirps her three note song, and spring is here. Brewed with wheat and Rauchmalts, a neutral German ale strain, and lovely German hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8884) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2015
22oz bottle, thanks to Brian M. Bottled March 2015 (was apparently on clearance at the brewery for $1 a bottle). Hazy golden orange color. Thin, kind of bubbly white head. Decent ridges and webs of lace. Nice smoked bready wheat up front, good mild bit of earthy hop, bit of cleaning product, which is a little strange. Some mild citrus. Touch of sourness? something mildly off about this but Iím having a hard time pinpointing it, like a hint of sour paint thinner entering the picture here... Itís mild and creeping though, not blunt nor painful. Light to moderate bitter, nice mild dry bitter, mild sour tartness. Definite pleasant smoke, wheat, and citrusy hop all around. Lighter to medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, crisp lighter carbonation. Mild slick, bit of dryness in the finish. I like grodziskies. This ones a touch strange with that weird sour chemically action, but overall, easy-drinking enough. Refreshing and smooth like it should be. Mild roughness at the end, but good to wash my sandwich down with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2889) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown with ruddy amber hues along the sides of the glass. A thin layer of white to off white foamy head dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light stringy lacing sliding down the glass. The smell starts off with a light smokey to semi-sweet to semi-rustic grainy maltiness. Light roasty coffee and cocoa blends into the mix of things. The taste was moderately sweet to roasty and carrying a nice smokey flavor wrapping around the coffee and cocoa. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right for a (Polish) gose. Overall, yeah, I used that word. Pretty sure White Birch was going for the Polish version of a gose which is the dark side which means that the "saltiness" should be barely there and more "smoked" to "meaty" like flavors are supposed to be there. With this one, eh, not bad. They did a good job taking away the "saltiness" of the "gose" and adding the qualities of the Polish styled gose of the dark side. Probably could have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (224) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle from Brewery. Aroma is smoky dominant with some yeasty dough. Appearance is predominantly cloudy light brownish with edges that are almost clear--sort of like Horchata. No lacing. Taste is SMOKY. A bit overpowering so couldnít taste much else. Palate is light bodied with thin texture and no carbonation. Smoky finish/aftertaste. Overall, smoky true to the Grodziski style but would have liked to see this more balanced with something else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Pour out of bottle, hazy golden orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of salt, caramel, smoked meats, hints of bready, doughy notes into a bit of fruit, some woody notes with a touch of grain. Taste was a mix of oak, earth, grain into a bit of smoke, wood, some meat into a bit of bread, slight salty notes, finishing slightly tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2190) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from Brew Topia. Cloudy orangish with head and lace. Smoky aroma with hints of banana and grass. Smoky with mild toasted toffee and peachy fruit sweetness wheat tang only a hint of tartness. Lingering smoke finish with hints of grass and fresh fruit. Medium light body (medium heavy for abv) but not cloying, not underattenuated. NIce soft mouthfeel. Ambitious and delicious. Wicked excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
[6815-20140926] 1pt6floz bottle. Smoky cedar plank aroma. Hazy, light orange peach body with a quick foamy white head. Smoked cedar hoppy grains flavour with a bitter light fruity leaf finish. Medium body has a fruity tang. Good, easy to drink. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(c/o Radek Kliber; Bottle Number 600)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5129) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Cloudy dark gold/ copper color. Sizeable white head that fades quickly. A good looking beer. Aroma has smoke and a considerable amount of hops. Mild smoke flavor with dry hops and dry malt flavor also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
[Bottle (660ml) shared with GregClow, Radek, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Radek] Pours a murky yellow-peach with an average size diminishing frothy white head. Nice aroma of smoke, fruit, lemon, wheat and light hops. Flavourís also nice, with mellow smoke, lemon, other fruit, light hops and an average bitter finish. Average bodied. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8825) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
2014-09-26. Hazy dark pastel yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Aroma is pretty smokey, lightly woody. Flavour is lightly smokey up front, moderately fruity middle is quite pleasant leading to mild bitterness. 7+ Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Surprisingly nice considering Iím not big on smokey flavours. The fruit grows as you go, to itís benefit. Better than I have scored it but it is not for me. Bottle shared by Radek

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4782) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Smoky nose, meaty, gamey, bread crust. Clear amber, thick yellow head, some lacing. Lemon zest, cleaner smoke on the back end. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Refreshing and quaffable, a bit like a lightly smoked pale ale.

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