Isabella Blonde - Kern River Brewing Company

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-01-2007)
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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice hoppy presence in the smell and taste.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally seeing some Kern River after an extended abscence. 22 ounce bottle here, and it's on to the beer:

Just as the name suggests, this is a darker blonde colored beer that flirts with goldenrod. The head retention is good, and splashes of lace ring around the glass. Earthy, biscuity, slightly hopped, and dry is the nose, providing good aromic power. Simple and refreshing to taste; a tiny bit of earth, modest biscuit note, a kiss of grassy hops, slightly metallic, balanced between the flavors. With a light and refreshing crisp body, this is one very easy drinking beer.

Isabella Blonde can stick its head over many of the blonde ales being produced by not only being refreshing, but also having some taste as well. Ideal as a starter, fishing at Lake Isabella, or just looking for that moment of refreshment.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. Thanks to Sean for the share.

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot color with wispy white head forming on the pour. It dissolves quickly to a thin ring.

S: Hoppy upfront with some grainy malts and a little back end sweetness.

T: Cereal grains with a light hop backing. Not as potent as the nose and took on more of the standard blonde ale flavors.

M: Light, medium carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O: Solid blonde. Nothing crazy, but solid. Really drinkable. Could drink a lot on a hot summer day, but wouldn't seek this out.

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4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 22oz bottle to stein glass

A: The brew is straw-yellow in color, cloudy and effervescent, and forms a frothy, pillowy 2-inch head on a gentle poor. A good deal of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

S: The nose yields notes of honey-sweet pastries blended with earthy, floral hops, surrounded by a crisp, cracker-y overtone.

T: The malt-forward flavors follow the nose - a nice balance of slightly-sweet malts and floral hops. The brew has a well-rounded palate that finishes short and sweet.

M: Light and bubbly, with enough of an oily-slick mouthfeel to keep these tossing back.

I've been drinking Kern brew for awhile but never got around to trying this. Blondes are not my go-to style, and Kern's IPA's are so delicious and hard to get that I've never really seen the point in drinking this. But with hop-indulgence I've been doused myself in (thanks to the latest Citra release), this was surprisingly refreshing. A great beer for lunch or tailgating.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very light yellow body with a very white head that disappears quickly.

S: It smells like a lager. There is a lot of wet bread aroma coming off this beer.

T: There is very subtle bitterness but most of the flavor is through the light malts. There is a subtle belgian character as well.

M: Heavier then expected given the ABV. It has good bite from the carbonation.

O: It is one of the better blondes I've had, but as I am not a fan of the style, I will probably not be getting this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a pale lemon yellow when held in the light, but a dull copper out of the light. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, lemon zest/esters, and pale malts. A simplistic aroma of average strength. It's generally appealing.

T: Lemon esters and zest. Pale malt foundation. Floral hops. It's a bit too lemon-y. Nicely fruity and refreshing. It's simple, but I like it. There's little to say about it in light of its simplicity. No yeast character comes through. No alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like it, but I doubt I'd get it again. A good blonde from Kern River, but it won't impress.

C+

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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours more of a hazed dirty blonde color with a nice one finger white head. Leaves some trace of lacing.

S: Lemon, light grapefruit peel, bready malt and grain. Maybe a hint of lime and a faint hop presence as well.

T: Smooth and malty throughout with a touch of citrus rind and some grassy hops. It's not really my style, but for the style it's going for, it's a solid beer. As others have said, it's a great lawnmower beer.

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Isabella Blonde from Kern River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.