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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1697) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Refrigerated brown bomber, spring 2014 bottle, poured into a glass. Pours hazy golden with small white. Aroma is light smoke, medium body, medium carbonation, and some extremely small bubble lacing. Taste is smoke, minerals, some malty, and some tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4815) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
22oz bottle pours a very murky straw gold with some creamy, white head. Almost opaque. Nose has some mild cold smoke, some charred straw, a little minerality, some lemon rind, a lot of horse, wet hay too. Flavor has some spritzy lemon up front, followed by some minerality, then the smoke and earth comes through, straw, charred, hay, some horse manure, a little ashy. Minerally finish, clean and soft otherwise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a dull golden yellow from the 22 oz bottle. Not much head, faint bubbles. Earthy, slight woody, faint smoke. Some real faint sweetness is present too. Spices and smoke in the taste. Super drinkable. Great summer beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
murky lemon, thin white ring. Musty, incredibly manure nose, tons of dusty stable and hay. Heavy brett front, thick and dusty with low sulfur, heavy dust with earthy wheat bitterness through finish. Sticky, full. One note for sure, but stunned this wasn’t a drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
A very odd smokey feel to this. May be my first Grodziski. Some light Belgian floral here. Some sweetened malt, finishes smokey with light sourness. Smoke dominates. Bottle thanks to Ajax25g at Epic Sour Tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1205) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle (Spring 2014) shared at DC Annual Epic Sour Tasting. Hazy pale yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light smoke, citrus, lemons. Tastes of citrus, light smoke. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3190) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
From a bottle shared at the DC Epic Sour Beer Tasting. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Aroma of fresh mown hay. Some smoky notes in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2014
4/9/2014. 22 oz bottle. Pours cloudy light amber with a white head. Malty aromas with caramel and light fruit. Slightly acidic with bitter hops and hints of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle split with J on 4/4/2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown.
Aroma: Aroma of light smoke.
Taste: Light smoke, light bitter, balanced.
Palate:Light body, lingering smoke aftertaste.

Summary: Accessible, nice amount of flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
The beer pours a murky, caramel orange with a fizzy head on top that sizzles away to nothing but a scrim. In body the beer is dark and murky, but clean of particles, giving the beer a cloudy amber hue. On the nose, this beer is all about the smoked malts. Big, woodsy and sweet with notes of wood smoked bacon and pork. There is a creaminess to the smell that blends beautifully with the smoke and accentuates it, suggesting light butter and very light caramel malt. The smell is rich and smoky, and though it is a little one-noted with the smoke, there is ample complexity within the smoke. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly smoky sweet with a light acidic pop. Meaty salt notes also swim over the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins with a huge burst of smoky beechwood, bacon, and smoked pork. This beer then takes towards bright citrus, almost like lemon juice. Caramel malts, like what you would find in a malty amber ale, do appear on the tongue in the middle of the sip, but are then blended with spicy hop note and then the smoke returns in the finish, giving lovely woody notes alongside the richer, meaty notes. The end of the finish is a little weak and watery, finally showing the beer’s 3.8%, but up until that point I could not have guessed the beer’s weak ABV. The aftertaste is slightly chary, and metallic, but is mostly the nice smoked malt. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body, yet slightly chewy in mouthfeel. Carbonation is fierce and scrubbing, which makes it easy to drink lots of the beer, but is a little too fierce for my taste. Overall, this is a weird and unique beer. The smoked malts are rich and tasty, and pack a ton of flavor into this little beer, and the caramel malt provides a light secondary flavor. The finish is watery, however, which might be due to the style, and definitely makes this beer drinkable in large quantities, but leaves me wanting a little more weight in my mouth. This is a great beer and I am excited to see the style revived.

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