Firestone Walker 805 Blonde Ale: Pale Ale with a Hoppy Finish

I didn’t actually buy this for myself but rather received it as a gift from a co-worker that has been hitching rides from me on the way home like the last time I wrote a review on Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Straight off the bat, this tastes pretty similar to another American Pale Ale that I tried out in the past, namely, Green Flash Blonde Ale. The main difference being that instead of the initial bite of hops at the fore front like with Green Flash, the hops in this beer comes at the end of it, which is rather interesting. The hops tastes though doesn’t linger. In fact, it’s like a quick bite at the end but then it quickly dissipates after.

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It’s rated at an ABV of 4.7%, which is actually lower than a PBR by a measly 0.04%, which is a bit surprising. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this Firestone Walker 805 and sadly, I’m not impressed. Maybe it’s because this is a blonde ale and blonde ales are meant to be the gateway or bridge between the regular, mass produced beers like Budweiser and Coors to the craft brews and/or micro brews. In other words, this is entry level beer meant to help those beer drinkers transition from their relatively crappy beers to a better, more flavorful beers with depth and complexity that the mass produced ones do not possess.

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It’s a bit bubbly. Goes down smoothly and has a rather light body, if I had to say it. It’s fairly easy to drink and so far as I know, goes well with munchies like chips, pretzels, and cracker snacks. And now that I think about, it’s not just a “bit bubbly.” It’s very bubbly. Almost like the mass produced ones. I’m curious to know why that is. Anyway, it’s not yeasty, which means it doesn’t leave that sticky residue on one’s lips, which in my books, is a plus. That also means that on the spectrum between dry and sweet, it’s definitely leaning more on the dry end than the sweet end, if you care for that sort of thing.

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All in all, it’s a blonde ale. It will taste more or less like a blonde ale. I personally don’t think blonde ales have that wide of a flavor spectrum to experience from so if you like light tasting beers but not necessarily a “Lite” beer, blonde ales are hard to beat. Otherwise, for more flavorful brews, there are other beers worth trying.

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