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Blonde Bombshell Ale - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

52 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
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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Photo of XRAIG
5/5  rDev +59.7%

XRAIG, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

czfreeman, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of olfolxholme
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
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.
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olfolxholme, Mar 26, 2013
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 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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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 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 freed
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

freed, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev +16%
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.

jdense, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a thin white head with decent retention and light slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet bready malt and light grassy hops. Flavor follows, sweet bready malt, a hint of citrus and a light grassy hop finish. Light bodied. American blonds seem to the opposite side of the coin to "crafty" megabrewer beers: a craft beer mimicking an adjunct lager. Lightly flavored, pleasant and inoffensive, this could pass as a macro brew. No faults, but I'm unlikely to return to this bombshell.

LiquidAmber, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Beerasaurus, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 09, 2011
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 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 trstar87
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
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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 HiroProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

HiroProtagonist, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

vfgccp, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Kylemif
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Kylemif, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

rab53, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Scotchboy, Feb 28, 2012
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Blonde Bombshell Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.