Arbor Brewing Bollywood Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tectactoe:
3.51/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2013 05:28:34 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -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 +6.5%
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
79 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.