Anyone who knows me knows that these blonde styles aren’t exactly up my alley but I’ll give anything a shot at least once. Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale was another in the selection of brews sent to me from USA Beer Trends (thanks again, Larry!) and I’d been waiting for a warm day to crack it open. Today was perfect.
This 5.1% ABV American Blonde Ale pours a light straw color with a fluffy white head that lasts for a bit, then dwindles down to leave some light lacing. Its aroma is an earthy and floral one with a hint of honey. This should be interesting.
To my surprise, this brew has quite a bit of body. Whenever I think of lighter ales, I think light-bodied. Color me wrong and happily surprised. Another nice thing to note is that the carbonation is very light as well. I tend to fill up too quickly when brews are super carbonated, and this certainly would not do that, even if I had a few.
The taste of Fireman’s #4 is very similar to its aroma; grassy, earthy hops with just a hint of citrus, backed by a sweet, honey malt. The ale is very smooth and quite drinkable, even for someone who doesn’t usually go for this style, like me. Most definitely a warm weather brew.
[techtags:BLONDE ALE, FIREMAN’S #4, REAL ALE BREWING, BEER REVIEW, BLONDE ALES, SUMMER BEER]