Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
4.01/5 rDev +19.7%
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
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2013 22:37:27 | More by SportsandJorts
More User Reviews:
3.29/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 19:35:05 | More by Brenden
3.2/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 21:19:12 | More by gopens44
3.59/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 03:13:06 | More by Beric
Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde from Arbor Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.