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Blonde Bombshell Ale - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

47 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.32%
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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XRAIG

Oregon

5/5  rDev +61.3%

08-03-2013 02:03:52 | More by XRAIG
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Ive had a bit of a runny nose lately, so I hope it didn't really affect my olfactory perception, but smell was rather weak. Faint aromas of wet grass and dew, really smells like a mild summers night. The apperance was nice,white frothy head that dissapated quickly. Taste was slightly malty, good hops, very light mouthfeel, the beer was gone and I really enjoyed the lightness of it. Since we only have 2 days of winter here in Chas, Sc it is warm out, and a nice day to drink this beer, look foward to trying more in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 21:19:53 | More by czfreeman
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olfolxholme

California

3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into 10 Barrel tulip pint glass

A - Pours with a lot of bright white head. Good lacing. Decent head retention. Beer is a slightly dull but very clear gold.

S - Lots of pale malt character. Not very sweet, mostly grainy. Nothing offensive.

T - Same as above, but with a bit of malt sweetness.

M - Almost watery, but not bad. Refreshing.

O - Like most American Blonde Ale's, this beer is targeted at macrobrew drinkers. As such, it does a good job of hitting the target while still being decent to fans of Microbrew. Not offensive, but not really recommended unless this is your favorite style of beer. Depending on what else is available, I would consider bringing this to a party. It's drinkable.
58

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 20:45:16 | More by olfolxholme
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:17:03 | More by brentk56
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Docer

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:46:29 | More by Docer
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +21%

01-12-2013 05:50:55 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 22:35:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Spikester

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 04:27:25 | More by Spikester
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freed

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its been a while since I've had a blonde that I'd have another of. It may yet be a while longer. That's not to say this wasn't good, its just not my style.

This beauty poured a washed golden, with what looks like a fair amount of sediment. When the glass moves, it looks almost like the skin of a squid - small dots pulsing underneath the surface. There isn't any head, and the carbonation is less than lively.

The aroma is a pleasant sweet one, and that's about it.

The taste is clean, rather sweet and thin up front, but a growing malt sensation as you swallow. The flavor continues to grow some in your mouth, and really is almost like a magic trick.

There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma, but that is fine for the style. It produces a salivating affect that a good beer has, so there must be hops in there.

Its rather true to style and would be stellar at the beach. So far, its probably one of my favorites in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 03:06:26 | More by freed
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jdense

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle while visiting Dad near Bend, 12.27.11.

Half finger white head, quick dissipation with a few streams of lazy small bubbles rising to surface over straw gold clear body. Sweet nose, grassy hops with what smells like significant light wheat infusion, clean nose. Very pilsener like taste despite the wheat, sweet malts with subtle peppery grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light, a bit thin, good effervescence. Certainly sessionable at this ABV, I was a bit surprised how much flavor this had. Good entry craft beer for non-hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:35:45 | More by jdense
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

09-10-2012 01:16:38 | More by t0rin0
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Crisp, malty aroma has an undertone of pear and apple. Malty and crisp flavor has a fruity undertone that is mainly pear with some apple. Fizzy, lively texture leaves behind a persistent tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 03:37:30 | More by Cyberkedi
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isualum12

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:06:17 | More by isualum12
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trstar87

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

06-04-2012 18:34:08 | More by trstar87
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

08-14-2012 14:58:08 | More by bumchilly25
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KlayWey

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

03-09-2014 20:59:50 | More by KlayWey
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde Bombshell was served at the Cascade Lakes “Lodge” in Bend. In the glass, the beer was a pale, weak straw color, and was topped by a thin white head. The nose was lightly sweet, and a tad citrusy. The taste was crisp and decent, with a light, sort of grainy malt base let off a nice citrus zip...good balance. The body was fairly light, and the carbonation appropriate. This is an average blonde ale to enjoy on hot and dry Central Oregon afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2004 04:51:28 | More by HiroProtagonist
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

01-21-2013 03:20:14 | More by vfgccp
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Kylemif

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

10-04-2013 04:19:41 | More by Kylemif
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

08-13-2013 06:44:03 | More by rab53
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear straw/yellow, high carbonation, decent amount of brilliant white head and lace.

S: Almost lager-like, light fruitiness in the form of apple & pear, cracker, malt, grain & a touch of cereal, hint of banana.

T: Follows the nose, malt forward with a light twang of wheat, grains dominate with notes of banana, green apples and other faint fruits underneath...a touch of a skunk character as well but not distracting.

MF: Light, well carbonated, and wet.

O: Not something I could have a ton of but I could see it being a decent summer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 17:39:34 | More by Scotchboy
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Elimination

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:20:51 | More by Elimination
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KDawg

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:47:24 | More by KDawg
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birdypowder

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She's a shy blonde with an ugly head! Though there is not a lot of flavor, (or she is hiding it from me), and the head retention and size were lacking this beer has its place. It's a very drinkable and approachable session beer that I think would be great for boating. The low alcohol content (4%) and drinkability combined with the flavor relative to mass market lagers makes this beer alright with me...despite the lower grade I gave. It's another good beer to use for introducing someone to craft beer.

Aroma:
Grain aromas stand out but some malty and fruity flavors check in once in awhile. A light hop presence can be found with a capable search party

Appearance:
Medium golden colored with slight green notes. Did she dye her hair a few months ago? The head is most disappointing, a solid inch foams up, sounding like a soda poured over ice, and then it quickly fades away, leaving the beer wearing next to nothing. Cat call! There is a very mild haze that does not detract from the appearance.

Taste:
This blonde doesn't give up much at the beginning. Classy! But then shows some sweetness and grain flavors towards the middle which then yields to a slightly bitter taste on its way out.

Finish:
Grainy, dry finish with a hint of soda water.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 07:55:47 | More by birdypowder
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ElGordo

Oregon

3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 07:29:00 | More by ElGordo
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Blonde Bombshell Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.