Fireman’s #4 Blonde AleJuly 1, 2009 Blanco, TX
Real Ale Brewing Co.
Real Ale is located in the Texas Hill Country, just minutes from the Blanco town square and the Blanco River.
Original gravity: 1048
Entrancing pale gold color with a tightly beaded head of foam, this blonde ale has a superb aroma of orange fruit, spicy hops and juicy malt. Bitter hops and rich malt are well balanced in the mouth with a continuing tart fruit note. The finish is long, lingering and multi-layered, with those spicy hops dominating but accompanied by sappy malt and bitter fruit. This side of the pond, the perfect companion for a full-bodied Indian curry.
- Roger Protz
Due to its unfiltered, unpasteurized condition, #4 pours a shimmering, slightly hazy gold-yellow. The hop aroma is rather subtle and leans towards a European character, rather reminiscent of cream ale. Faint vanilla, cereal, yeast, and sweet apple in the nose. Very respectable mouthfeel and texture for a beer of this strength, the flavor has some estery fruit (apricot?) and malt sweetness, with a wisp of spicy hops. It finishes a little sweet, but not overly so, and that is cut nicely by the bristly carbonation. #4 would make a fine dessert accompaniment for strawberry shortcake or banana pudding.
- K. Florian Klemp
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
K. Florian Klemp
K. Florian Klemp is an award-winning homebrewer and general hobbyist who thinks there is no more sublime marriage than that of art and science.
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