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Blonde Bombshell Ale - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Blonde Bombshell AleBlonde Bombshell Ale

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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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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
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 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 robbrandes
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, leftover from a dinner party guest.

pours light straw yellow, minimal head, recedes to thin skim across head. what faint aroma i pick-up is a bit of malt, maybe hops if i stretch.
taste - blah. nothing even remotely newsworthy. not bad per se, but why bother. mouthfeel is think carbonation bordering on annoying.

glad it was a freebie. can my liver have 12oz of processing ability back?

robbrandes, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of katybee
2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As I paid "designer beer" price for this, I had higher expectations but found this relatively ordinary, along the lines of PBR.

Pours light pale yellow; minimal quickly disipating head.

No overt smell, but towards dry hops.

Taste was highly ordinary. Light floral hops, and perhaps a wheaty tone to the body. Slightly peppery. No creamyness nor sweetness.

Moughtfeel was light,no real before or after effects...

Overall, totally unmemorable. Will definitely pass it by next time.

katybee, Jun 24, 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 Novaguy
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this beer with the hopes that like many other Oregon brewed beers, it would have an understated sophistication and body. Sorry to say I was a bit disappointed.

It's not that this is a bad beer, its just not memorable at all.

From the thin head that formed when poured to the thin, bodiless taste, this beer appeared a bit weak from the start.

Nice golden color topped by a thin head, weak body with a mouthfeel of dishwater.

Truly disappointed from this offering.

Novaguy, Oct 05, 2010
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 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 beertunes
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in plastic cup in the lobby of the Tower Theater in downtown Bend, OR before the recent Steve Earle concert.

Overall, this is just a nice, crisp, clean, easy drinking example of the style. Clear golden yellow color. Nicely blended and balanced grain and hop scents and flavors. Crisp, sharp body. Smooth, easy drinkability.

It's totally worth grabbing this beer if you see it. Whatever outside work or play you're doing during the summer, this brew will be a worthy companion.

Edit 5/13/12: CL's beers recently started showing up in my area and I grabbed a bottle of this without realizing that I had reviewed it before. My numbers were slightly different, 3.0/3.0/3.5/3.5/3.5, but my overall impression was pretty much the same. This is a very nice, smooth, easy drinking brew that's worth your time when your in the mood for this style.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of birdypowder
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

birdypowder, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of yuriruley
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light yellowish color, with a white head that fizzles down fast.

Smell - Grain, I'd say more, but there isn't much to say.

Taste - Once again graininess, and some sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - Quite a bit of carbonation, but overall not too bad.

Drink - Easy to drink, not sure I would want to though. I would take it over other beers of similar style though.

Was an ok beer, just not my favorite style. For the $3 I spent I could have bought another black butte porter, but I decided to support another local brewery. I have had some of their other beer and enjoyed it.

yuriruley, Dec 16, 2009
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 mtrentm
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the "Cascade Lodge" in Bend.

A: Looks like an American lager...pale Budweiserish color.

S: Hmmmm...a very faint grain smell, not a whole lot going on hear.

T: Same as the aroma....very lacking just like a clean bland lager.

M: Lots of carbonation, very crisp and clean.

D: It's drinkable, but it doesn't do anything for me. Won't pay for this again.

mtrentm, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pallid gold with a light dusting of yeast. I've seen light lagers that were darker than this. The bone white cap is on the short side and looks... just okay. It stays around for a bit, though, and isn't too shabby when it comes to decorating the glass.

It's hard to appreciate much even after multiple concentrated sniffs. Truth be told, pale malt and wheat malt don't have much aroma. Liberty hops should be contributing more (especially at 26 IBUs), but they aren't. Boooring.

Blonde makes sense, but Bombshell is seriously overstating the case. Maybe the brewery thought they needed to draw attention to a plain Jane beer by giving it an exciting name and label (which is well done, by the way). It certainly wouldn't be the first time that has happened.

Unlike the nose, the flavor provides a little something to go on. That said, it's nothing but lightly sweet, untoasted grain and a moderate amount of herbal, spicy hops. The bitter edge and the semi-snappy finish are nice, but they aren't enough to pull this little ale above the ranks of the merely mediocre. Does anyone really *love* American blonde ales?

The mouthfeel is as expected for a low ABV beer from a less than top-tier brewery. It's light without being (too) thin, has less than the normal amount of carbonation, and is more harsh and fizzy than soft and smooth.

Cascade Lakes Blonde Bombshell is no silver screen beauty queen, that's for damn sure. It's an also-ran of a blonde ale (is that a dye job?) that tries to impress with more than the usual amount of hoppiness. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the chops to make it through the first audition.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 11, 2008
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 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 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 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 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 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 RedDiamond
2.03/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A regrettably misguided ale of tepid dimensions and foul disposition. Bombshell is sunny yellow like aspen leaves in October. It is clear with a deft white head that makes no overtures towards lace. But it smells like a soapdish with a dry, edgy taste, bland bitterness, and a wholly unwelcome aftertaste.

A micro brew with macro misfortunes.

Also, I can’t let pass the misguided blurb on the menu equating the relatively low 4.2% alcohol by volume with low carbohydrates. Blonde Bombshell may be Cascade Lake’s lowest ABV beer, but to claim, “that means low carbs” is to betray an ignorance of essential nutritional facts.

Alcohol has no carbohydrates at all. None. It does have more calories than carbohydrates (or proteins) do, so it’s fair to suggest that a beer with lower alcohol also has less calories. But not only does lower alcohol content not correspond to lower carbohydrates, it may actually suggest higher carbohydrates if the beer has low attenuation and a greater reserve of fermentable sugars.

*NOTE* This is a blonde ale. Its designation as a lager should be corrected or ignored.

RedDiamond, Nov 09, 2004
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 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
Blonde Bombshell Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.