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Blonde Bombshell Ale - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

51 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"As the name implies, this is one knock-out of a beer. Brewed to be a light bodied, refreshing ale, Blonde Bombshell combines subtle malt and wheat flavors with a delicate Liberty hop aroma to create a sensational beer. Originally brewed as a seasonal, this beer was so popular it pushed its way into our regular line-up."

Grain: 2-Row, Wheat
Hops: Liberty
Orinigal Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.008
I.B.U.'s: 26
Alcohol: 4.0

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 05-16-2004)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Once a summer seasonal, now a year-round beer, this American Blonde Ale style is part of a recent resurgence of the style, thought to be a good stepping stone style for the novice beer drinker.

Its brilliant bright golden color flaunts a crystal-clear clarity. Light doughy biscuity aroma, almost like fresh-baked shortbread. The head subsides to a thin lace pretty quickly. Some light floral hop flavor in the nose. Light and crisp, wet on the palate--a clean beer. Semi-husky malt flavor goes a bit bready. Hops drop just enough bitterness to balance, with a lingering herbal flavor to boot. This beer dries up pretty fast and leaves the mouth clean, for the most part.

While this beer may not be for the beer geek at all, it's a good choice to help convert the typical mass-produced lager drinker; or you could simply chalk this up as an American session ale. A heaping plate of nachos topped with chili and pepper jack cheese strikes us as the perfect pairing.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A recent addition to Cascade Lakes' line of bottled beers. Pours a pale golden color that is amazingly still, topped by a small, fizzy white head. Appealing aroma of light sweet malt, honeysuckle, light ale yeast, and a hint of vanilla. Palate is light sweet malt with lighlty spicy, floral hops, some ale yeast. Body is thin, which is proper for a blonde, but the lack of carbonation makes the consistency a bit unappealing. Light and fairly devoid of flavor, I probably won't be picking this one up again.

ElGordo, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of KDawg
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had on tap. Pours a nice straw color with a small head.

Good aromas of creams, grains, and some bits of crackers. Not that much depth to it and somewhat simple.

Lighter bodied with a nice crisp feel and notes of creams and grains. Decently complete feel as well.

A solid beer. Nothing all too memorable, but nothing bad either.

KDawg, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brewers... and now I find this.. another new 6-pack to try. All the rest of their beers are very solid.

- Bright clear light yellow... straw... a nice saison-like fluffy white head... down to a thin layer and healthy foamy ring.

- Crisp clean flora hops and grain. Touch of sweetness... a bit of a light zing.

- Smooth sailing golden ale... very spot-on for the style.. creamy grain, fresh water.... light hops.. touch of floral and a zesty citrus character.

- Thin and very light bodied... a very light ale.

- Perfect for those hot summer days, and perfect for a session brew... the flavor is great, and I cant wait to crack many more.

Docer, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle fresh from my sister's fridge. I drank this straight from the bottle while doing many sweaty chores in Bend, OR., so my recollection may be a bit faulty.

I enjoyed this beer a great deal on a warm afternoon. It hit the spot with no bad attributes. Don't know if it truly qualifies as a blonde, so let's assume it was a lager. Still tasted smooth and well balanced. Not too hoppy. Nice malt flavor. Will try again.

Spikester, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -4.2%

LJWalker, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of isualum12
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label on the bottle.

Yellow in color with complete see through...with white lace showing on the edge. carbon bubbles rising as expected...

smell malt smell rolling off pour.

Taste is slightly hoppy for a light blonde. It's alright.

decent amount of carbonization

This is a good beer.

isualum12, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of trstar87
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Massbmx, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at CL's Lodge in Bend. Served with a lemon wedge in the glass. Ugh, don't like where this is going.

Straw (budweiser-colored) yellow. Fizzy highly carbonated head.

Very sweet and grainy. Yeast funk with some citrus (probably from lemon slice). Low ABV and "low carb" according to the menu. It reminds me of a Miller Light with a lemon in it. For the macro drinker, it's probably pretty close to their expectations. Me, I expected a good blonde, what I tasted was a wheaty american pilsner with a fruit slice.

SurlyDuff, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Smurf2055
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at "The Lodge" in Bend, OR.
Typical pale lager colour..pale yellow,wispy head,livelly carbonation
Very faint aroma..some light grainy smell..not much else.
Pretty sweet taste for most of the mouthful, then a very light hop kick then more sweetness to finish
Sweet and somewhat cloying on the palate.
Drinkable..yes, but not any better than a regular "macro">.

Reidrover, May 16, 2004
Photo of Cascadia
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, for what it is, this isn't a bad brew. I don't tend to like beers that are served with a slice of orange, but this one is pretty decent on a hot day. Pours a typical golden yellow, not much head. Smells like a wheat beer to me, and tastes like one too, but maybe that's cause of the orange slice. Not the best mouthfeel, I thought it needed a little more umph, maybe the tap was low. Don't think I'll be searching this one out again, but not sorry I tried it. Afterall, it was made of beer, and I like beer.

Cheers!

Cascadia, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

bumchilly25, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of KlayWey
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

KlayWey, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Beerasaurus, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ white head that fades to a shallow layer and leaves some lace. Cloudy pale amber color, looks like a wheat. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Citrusy nose. Starts like a wheat with yeast flavor and citrus notes, light clean finish and yes there is a blonde on the label so it isn't a wheat. $1.35 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

jdhilt, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -4.2%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to Donkster46 for this beer sent with love from Washington!

Appearance (3.5) : Blonde is right, with a mostly transparent body, I'd say about 20% opacity. 1 finger fluffy head that pretty much stays put.

Smell (3.5) : Rich, toasted grains. Bready sweetness, roasted malts, yeasty heaven. A touch of caramel. I absolutely love the smell of blondes (pfft, haha) and this one is no different.

Taste (3.25) : I really wish there was more yeast here, but it's not too bad. I'm getting corn or malted grains of some sort, bread crust, and some sour malt notes here and there. Hint of lemon on the finish.

A good blonde in my opinion has a lovely, bready yeast that just rises up and slaps you lovestruck. That's sadly missing here. It tastes more like a typical adjunct lager with some extra breadiness. That being said, it's not a bad tasting beer - it's just missing what I love most.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Spiky carbonation, dissolves slowly into a smooth creamy finish. Wheat burps. Acceptable for the style but wish it were smoother.

Overall (3.31) : It's worth a try. I personally have yet to find a better blonde than Dempsey's Battle Axe Blonde in Watertown, SD on tap. That's my hometown, and that beer is downright amazing. On the right night, you're drinking fresh baked bread. Even on the wrong night, it's a good beer. Anyways, the Blonde Bombshell from Cascade Lakes is reminiscent of a macro lager with a slight hint of breadiness. Try it if you can. If you can't, you're not missing out on much.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of johnnyjj1942
1/5  rDev -68.1%

johnnyjj1942, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Elimination
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strangely enough, out of all the great beers made in bend...This was voted best in town recently, I have to disagree.

Pours a very pale clearish golden yellow, very little head.

Smell is very little, slight malt a bit of lemon.

Taste is waterrd down malt, a little sweetness, sugary, a bit of lemon.

Mouthfeel is very light, nothing really, carb is low, its like water.

I can see the drink of this is high cause its easy to drink cause its very very light on all angles.

Overall, coors light taste the same as this almost, and is much cheaper.

Elimination, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of expansive
2/5  rDev -36.1%

expansive, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a modest heads that leaves a few dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: A little bit of grain and a little bit of lemon; about what would be expected for the style

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt character that adds a hint of lemon shortbread by mid-palate; after the swallow the sweeter malt flavors continue to complement the hint of lemony hops into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing on a hot summer's day; I like the lemon shortbread character

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Lane_in_ID
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Lane_in_ID, Mar 29, 2014
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Blonde Bombshell Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.