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Isabella Blonde - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-01-2007)
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

02-03-2013 01:53:04 | More by Gonzoillini
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jvillefan

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:20:02 | More by jvillefan
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n2185

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-17-2013 02:37:07 | More by n2185
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kojevergas

Texas

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+

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 13:24:14 | More by kojevergas
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notchucknorris

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:32:41 | More by notchucknorris
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sloelco

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-25-2012 22:21:39 | More by sloelco
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from a BIF. I really appreciate the generosity that sent this beer to me.

I poured this into a tulip glass from the bomber. The beer is a perfect blonde color with a very healthy head on top.

On top I pick up very light malt and hops. There is decent balance to the minimalist nose on this beer.

The taste is kind of plain. There is nothing wrong with beer, and nothing exceptional to point out.

This blonde is an easy drinker. I would recommend it as a very good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:58:00 | More by ummswimmin
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-03-2012 13:58:14 | More by tbone1384
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-29-2012 23:41:58 | More by HumanParaquat
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dtmets84

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my HF snifter.

Pour a 1inch head with a decent lacing

light hoppy notes with some grass nothing too remarkable

very light in the mouth feel with some carbonation.

Easy drinking for a hot summer day

Decent offering from Kern I personally would not seek it out again

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:06:28 | More by dtmets84
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sdpaul

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-22-2012 18:25:09 | More by sdpaul
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-19-2012 02:42:12 | More by DarthKostrizer
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tsailor


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-25-2012 22:21:07 | More by tsailor
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glitchedmind

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-04-2012 05:03:54 | More by glitchedmind
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-06-2012 02:17:34 | More by 3Hops
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-03-2012 08:34:52 | More by MrHirschybar
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rtaps

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-25-2011 20:40:14 | More by rtaps
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BHOBS

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-20-2011 04:03:07 | More by BHOBS
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mthomas84

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-18-2011 10:18:01 | More by mthomas84
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yeahhhhhhrvca

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 07:17:04 | More by yeahhhhhhrvca
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 19:38:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Isabella Blonde is touted as being 'great for those hot summer days' and, indeed, it looks like one! It has a radiant yellow body, chirpy bubbles and a creamy white lather like the one I need to splatter on my nose, neck and shoulders to keep them from burning after twenty minutes or so outdoors. The thick mist implies a more than ample malting.

The aroma is grainy but also bready-sweet with a trace leafy hoppiness. It confirms a more than ample amount of malt was used - don't let its bright, pale body mislead you, this is much denser than a typical lager of similar colour. It also lacks any of the unpleasant adjunct notes of those beers (although there is a slight corn grits air, on account of its graininess).

Flavours of corn kernel and grain husks instinctively make me feel as though I should chew before swallowing. Indeed, this resembles a hearty barley risotto in both flavour and starchy, dense mouthfeel (except of course for the earthy, herbal pungency experienced on the finish). I say again: this blonde ain't no anorexic twig, but a bootylicious, full-figured gal.

Kidding aside, 'voluptuous' isn't such an inappropriate word to describe this blonde ale. It is full of (and can be characterized by) its plump malty indulgence and, together with a well-rounded leafy hoppiness, it brings enjoyment and pleasure to the senses. If I were ever to describe a beer as 'bosomy' this would be the one. It's bigger than the 4.5% let's on.

My anaconda don't want none unless if you got buns, hun. And Isabella, although she is indeed a relatively lighter beer, sure has a real and busty maltiness that I would take eleven times out of ten to those ultra-thin, grossly artificial, purely aesthetic mainstream lagers. Take my word on it, this Californian blonde is definitely more fun. And it is definitely much better than the score I posted above would indicate. Thanks Martin!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 22:43:20 | More by biegaman
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kern River Brewing Company

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Corn and pale malts make up the bulk of the aroma. Some light hoppy notes, mostly grass and straw with a little bit of a floral quality. Some light yeastiness, but fairly meh overall.

T: Like with the nose, pale malts, bread, and corn are the big players. A very light hoppiness in terms of the flavor, but a surprisingly strong bitterness. Again, a light yeasty quality to the beer exists.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Easily my least favorite Kern River beer. I wouldn't care to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 19:09:25 | More by womencantsail
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden blond colour with a big fluffy head to start with and massive lacing to hold on to.

The nose is light and mildly spicy with a twinge of breadiness and some pilsner corn tones. A faint grassy hop character mixed in for some nuance.

The taste is light and enjoyable. A perfect beer for a day like the one depicted on the label. Crisp and refreshing pilsner flavor coupled with the subtle and unimposing nature of whatever English hop variety is used within.

The mouthfeel is light and clean. Easy drinking.

This is a very pleasant ale and a great example of the style. This may not be everyone's cup of beer, but it accomplishes its ideal. Pefect for the patio in the summer or a day like the one depicted on the label. What a fox.

Thanks, Martin

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:59:33 | More by SupaCelt
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willjschmidt

California

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a thin white head.

S: Some light malt aromas as well as a bit of spicy hops.

T: A soft malt body well balanced with some spicy English hops. A bit of spicy hops as well as some herbal characteristics. It's clean and very easy to drink.

M: Medium-light body with active carbonation.

D: A nice, easy drinking blonde ale. A good beer to have on a hot day as well as a good introductory ale to BMC drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:45:56 | More by willjschmidt
Isabella Blonde from Kern River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.