Old Faithful AleNovember 1, 2002 Victor, ID
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Available: WY, ID, MT, UT
Old Faithful Ale is a cold conditioned ale, using imported hops. The beer is featured in Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding areas.
Alcohol by weight: 4.2
Nice bright golden color and contrasting bright white head of tiny lingering bubbles. Faint, hoppy aroma in a beer that would clearly be overpowered by too many hops. Delicate is the word here. It is a light beer, but one with finesse and a clean, malty undertone on the palate. The fresh after-taste lingers. Serve with tuna salad, a BLT, a hamburger or fresh berries, or—even better—with pretzels, to replace that brand sponsoring the ball game.
- Charles Finkel
Wonderfully refreshing aroma, with hints of floral hop character and sweet malt. Golden ale refreshes the palate with a complex, sweet and toasted malt character, with a hop character that doesn’t assault the palate. Very well balanced and would go well by itself in any social session and a great complement to food. Great job in balancing flavors. This beer is one of my winners.
- Charlie Papazian
“Pale golden” the label promises, but this is more like a freshly-minted British penny. A big malty, cookie-like aroma with a hint of toffee and freshly-mown grass, while juicy malt dominates the palate with a gentle hint of hops. The finish is rich, malty with a strong underpinning of dried grapes. It finally becomes dry but the driver hasn’t put his foot down on the hop pedal. I never thought I’d accuse an American craft-brewed beer of lacking hop character, but there’s always a first.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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.