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Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company

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78
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 02-26-2013)
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

02-26-2013 22:37:27 | More by SportsandJorts
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

07-14-2013 05:28:34 | More by tectactoe
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Brenden

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

04-18-2014 19:35:05 | More by Brenden
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FeelinitNow

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

07-28-2014 19:41:41 | More by FeelinitNow
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deakin

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-28-2014 00:43:59 | More by deakin
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Rostie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-06-2014 16:33:04 | More by KevinGordon
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-29-2013 13:44:23 | More by tommy5
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Markus98

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

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HardyA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-20-2013 18:08:46 | More by HardyA
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gopens44

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

08-17-2013 21:19:12 | More by gopens44
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-25-2013 21:05:02 | More by StoutHunter
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ssarkozi1

Michigan

2/5  rDev -40.3%

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marcb105

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

06-14-2013 02:29:34 | More by marcb105
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Kevin55

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

07-29-2013 03:13:07 | More by Kevin55
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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Bubba569

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.4%

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Morakaton

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

06-18-2013 20:35:23 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3%

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TheConnMan

Michigan

4/5  rDev +19.4%

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Michigan

2/5  rDev -40.3%

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Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Benny3000

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-23-2013 19:55:16 | More by Benny3000
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Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde from Arbor Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.