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Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 02-26-2013

Gorgeous copper-orange ale with a rich, enticing aroma of oranges and lemongrass. Crisp and refreshing on the palate. A perfect blend of malt, spice, and sweet and zesty hints of citrus.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by Beric:
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3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 23 July 2013

Appearance: A hazy deep copper golden color with a two finger soapy white head that eventually dissipates to practically nothing- not even that comforting white ring of foam around the edges of the glass. The beer looks pretty good when the head is on there, but the absence of any bubbles at all makes it seem thin.

Smell: Smells like tart citrus (lemon, lemongrass) with some spicy funk. Pretty clean nose, but I'm not sure if that spicy funk is supposed to be smellable or not.

Taste: Here that funk really comes out- there is some nice interplay between it and the faint citrusy tastes, combined with somewhat of the esters one would get from a wheat ale (banana). There was a pervasive aluminum taste to this one which was really offputting at first, but I got used to it. The taste is complex and has depth, but it could be developed more- I would like to see the metallic taste absent from the flavor profile, and the citrus-spiciness to play off one another with a little more gusto.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was initially pretty sharp, but this was quite quickly lost, so that the bottom third of the glass was pretty watery. The yeast definitely helps the overall mouthfeel, but I would have preferred a slightly less edgy carbonation, and one that wasn't explosively carbonated initially and then quickly lost its punch.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer- it certainly has character and depth of flavor compared to other lighter colored beers. I would, however, probably pass on this one in favor of a wheat ale. I like the funk associated with Belgian yeast sometimes, but in this one, it didn't seem to play the right role.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. The beer comes out looking almost copper, though it lightens up and takes on a lighter shade of amber when held in the light. The thin, white head skims across the top of the beer and settles to a collar quickly; in only a matter of seconds, it's gone completely - no traces of lacing or webbing on the glass.

Herbal lemongrass, light lemon zest, mild citrus spritz, orange zest, and a backdrop full of green tea leaves make up most of the aroma's profile. There's a faint wisp of spice that comes and goes as it pleases; I want to say mint or clove, but I'm not positive. The beer is called a "blonde", yet is listed on this site as a Belgian pale ale. Aside from the very faint hint of possible yeasty spices, I don't see how this is a Belgian pale.

The taste is a touch more sweet than I'd expect, but certainly isn't a bad thing. It's got a nice balance of herbal-like hops, lemongrass, coriander, orange zest, and mild clove. Looks like I may have spoken too soon, as the flavor reveals the possible consequences of Belgian yeast and/or spicing traditions. Crisp, sweet, only faintly tart, and refreshing for the most part.

The flavors are good, though I wish they would stand out a bit more. Very light, but perhaps that's what the brewers were aiming for with this one, anyway. More lemongrass is apparent in the finish with some tea leaves, citrus, lemon, and a touch of mild bubblegum. I wish the mouth feel was a bit heavier; I understand the need to make a beer like this pretty thin, but it feels more watery than it should, and it's translating through to weaken the flavors, too.

For some reason, I was expecting this beer to be awful, but it was far from that. It was actually pretty drinkable and refreshing, albeit a bit weak in terms of robustness. I like the addition of citrus and orange peels - the flavors came through quite nicely. Some added oats for a creamier mouth feel would have been nice, but hey - I guess you can't have everything.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer: it should be noted that this beer is, in fact, a Blonde ale, being completely miscategorized by whoever added it. Also, according to the brewer, it's 5.8%.

Not exactly "blonde" by anyone's standards, this beer is more of a thickly clouded brown-orange. It's too muddy to have any brightness to it, either. The head starts off looking like it could be something, but ultimately is little more than some wispy foam on top with bubbling at the edges. It leaves very little lacing in any form, but I suppose it's recognizable as a beer.
The nose is very dusty and really accentuates a strong earthiness, though lots of lemon zest and a bit of orange peel also comes out. There's a floral note there throughout, showing that it's lightly hopped. A bit of a spicy bite also tickles the nostrils.
The dustiness comes through immediately and all the way through. Lemon is also there, though less strongly, while it's much, much fruitier than in the aroma. The orange seems to have come out over it. The floral hops also make there way out, but turn somewhat vegetal at the end.
It's not especially light-bodied, has a certain dryness to it, and carries some spritz on the tongue that dies off in the middle.

Photo of FeelinitNow
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass..

A: Copper Orange, Hazy cause the beer is unfiltered. Not a minus ;-)

S: Lemon, Bitter Orange, Tangy, Not too much beyond that.

T: Lemony, Malty, Bitter Hoppiness lingering on the finish

M: Light carbonation very natural tasting.

O: I like this beer as it's a pale ale with belgian yeast so it's like a belgian wheat beer except it's a pale ale. Nice hybrid and nice for something different.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of gopens44
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel colored creation with all but a thinnest bit o' fizzy head. Nose carries that sweet banana bit of Belgian yeast but little else. Taste pops out with a little tartness but not a ton of any other predominant Belgian characteristic. Finally, the finish is really thin. Decent, but doesn't stand up to other BPA's.

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4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: On-tap 20 oz
Glass: imperial pint
From Arbor Brewing Company
Price: $5

Appearance: deep reddish orange. pretty opaque. off white head that leaves a lacing on the sides

Smell: citrusy fruits, some light spices and malt

Taste: malts, along with some nice spices, balanced by the citrus. Nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: a touch sticky, but pretty refreshing. easily drinkable

Overall: another good beer from Arbor Brewing. A nice drinkable Belgian. I like the use of spice and citrus together.

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