Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Foolproof Barstool Golden Ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1365) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Is it just me, or are hardly any breweries making generic golden ales these days? Of all the styles in the spectrum, golden ale is probably the least distinctive of them all. And it’s even worse when you get an old golden ale since whatever flavor it may have had is probably faded. That’s how I felt drinking Foolproof Barstool Golden Ale; it’s not a terrible beer, just one that makes you shrug and go “meh.”

I poured a 12oz can into a little lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $1.69 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: Delivers as advertised with a pale golden hue over a slightly cloudy body. Quite bubbly. Pours to a large, white foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Next to no aroma; just a generic pale malt scent and a bit of a sourness (which leads me to believe it’s old and probably unpasteurized).

Taste: There’s a lot going on with this beer, and yet nothing at all. After each sip I notice subtle flavor components, but they fade away before I can discern what they are. A pale maltiness dominates the palette, but it’s not an especially sweet beer at all. Light cereal grain taste might be a better way to describe it. Through the middle I detect a slight banana character, similar to a Belgian or German yeast ester, but without any spiciness. On the finish there’s a tangy/metallic/acidic off-flavor comparable to that of old orange juice. I can tell there’s a decent, nuanced brew somewhere in here (probably).

Drinkability: While the palette to Foolproof Barstool Golden Ale may not have been ideal, at least it wasn’t a challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is consistently carbonated and crisp, though the sourness on the finish is rather annoying after each swig. There’s a residual aftertaste, but it’s tolerable. At 4.5% ABV it’s technically a session beer – but it needs to have a much more enjoyable taste for anyone to drink it as such.

Score: 4/10

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