Farmington River Blonde Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Farmington River Blonde AleFarmington River Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of this beer. But a few things. First, despite the name, this is most definitely a Pale Ale in the west coast style. The brewer told me "I name my beers by color, not by style." Fair enough. Plenty of Cascade hops in the nose. A very drinkable ale by any name... a dry finish. Reminiscent of the Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from Atlanta.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BadBadger
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Farmington River Blonde Ale pours a gold color of medium depth. The head is moderate in size and sadly rather brief in duration. The smell is the best thing about this beverage, being a very pleasant (at least to my olfactory apparatus) mixture of yeasty and malty aromas. The taste borders on bland, with a very unfortunate metalic aftertaste. I really take no pleasure in saying this but this beer is not one that I can recommend, unless there are no alternatives.

Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep clear golden color with a slightly smallish head.The smell is pretty strong with a biscuity and malty aroma.Taste wise,this has a real nice malt flavor with a hint of citrus.A well balanced beer with a medium/light m/f.This can be an everyday beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden yellow with a slight foam.

Smelled of light citrus, but otherwise not much else.

Clean crisp opening taste, the cirtus is evident, followed by a slight hop finish. The hops become more present in the taste as you progress through the beer.

Good mouthfeel, can bring out the hop taste by holding in the mouth. They never rise beyond what you'd expect from a blonde ale.

Overall very drinkable, I could knock back a bunch of these.

Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden straw with a nice lasting head. Sweet malts and citrusy cascade hops meet the nose. Taste is complex and full-bodied for a blonde, lots of cascades. Finishes dry and bitter. Nice beer.

Photo of fitzy84
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the sample pack for the Farmington River brand. Appearance was a golden color with a thin, frothy head and no real lacing. Metallic aromas wrapped around a wheaty, berry flavor. Good grassy taste mixed with bready/yeasty flavors. A good crispness really makes this enjoyable. Overall, an excellent drink.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice yellow ale, but it had almost no head to speak of.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, lemon peel, and hay.

The taste was of pleasing bitter hops, hints of pine, some difinite citrusy flavors thrown in, and a long lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was good, and definitely drinkable.

An excellent beer for watching the game and eating snack foods.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the golden brew. Head is foamy and lasts well, and lacing is nice. Aroma is pale malt sweetness with a tinge of hops. Taste is reasonably well balanced palt malts countered with lightly fruity hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and this has high session possibilities. Nice, crisp, clean brew.

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger cream head that faded slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is hops all the way, malts are hidden; leaves a bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT. Contract brewed by Mercury Brewing.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a foamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace.

Aroma: Citrus lemon notes with some toasted malt mixed in.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a nice balance of toasted malt and citrusy lemon hops. Hints of corn mixed in round out the flavor. It finishes dry with a mild floral hop flavor lingering on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable well balanced beer. A nice brew when your looking for something light or to complement a meal.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ecoboy
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull golden color, without that frighteningly bright yellow hue that can plague the style.

Points lost for distinct lack of aroma.

Some biscuit/bread malt flavor contrasts with a nice citrussy hop bite. The bittering sensation increases mid-bottle.

Drinkability suffers through comparison to my favorite goldens and blondes. OK, but not great. Good for hop fans who need something that won't overpower light flavored foods.

Photo of packetknife
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tarnished yellow collor with a frothy white head that faded but left lacing. You get a decent whiff of hops and citrus, a bit of corn, and it got me a bit slobbered up. Tasted much better than I expected even after the nose. Good light hopping, plenty of bread, good sweet corn-like character, nice touch of bitters, very different to all the people at the table. Everyone agreed it was a good beer regardless of varrying taste. Solid thick mouthfeel and widely drinkable.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a dry and slightly hoppy aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes and finishes dry and bitter. This is a thicker blonde ale than what I'm used too. The mouthfeel suffers because of it. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I love the taste of this beer, but it seems a bit too heavy for a blonde. It has excellent hop content. This is a good drinking beer, but not the easy summer brew you might be looking for.

Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering I have everything good to say about Mercury Brewing, I had to try this one.

A: Pours a clear amber with a half finger white foamy head that stays throughout. Lace clings nicely to the glass as you drink it down.

S: Citrus hops and some malts in there also.

T: A little fruitiness, malts, and a nice light hoppy finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a tad of a bitter finish. Very drinkable beer. I would like to try this on tap if possible somewhere.

Photo of Stimack
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been able to give this beer a try as it was included (3) in a mixed 12 pack from Farmington (Mercury) Brewing. This brew poured to a cloudy yellow color that had a tint of Orange to it. Had a nice sized white head that was able to stick around to give a good deal of lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma of this brew were dominated by a citrus like hop smell but I was able to pick out up the malt scent as well, not as easily found as the hops which I seemed to notice even before the brew got close to my nose. The taste works, nothing supper exciting but not a bad brew. Notice the hops more than the caramel like malts but they are somewhat in balance, the hop taste seems to linger on the palate along with a somewhat dry finish. Over all I would not say that this is a supper exciting brew but a solid offering, a brew that I could concentrate on for an evening while hanging out with friends, easy drinking.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bounty628 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different blonde ale, not much spice in it.

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle; no best before date.

Slightly cloudy, rusted gold in color. Half inch layer of white foam that falls to a whispy sheet. Light, webbed lacing.

Bright lemony, citric hop aromas. A light floral bouquet balanced with a slightly sweet candied sugar.

Semi-sweet, lightly toasted malts, met by a chlorine-tinged Cascade hop presence. The flavor combination is close to a lemon cleaning solvent: bleachy and wax-like. Biscuit-like floral hops prior to a burnt bitterness. Wet cardboard and lemon fill the aftertaste.

Light in body; crisp and light, but waxy on the palate by mid-sip.

Definitely a summer ale with some flaws. The lack of balance gives this Blonde an artificial taste. Even in a pinch, I'd probably pass on this one.

Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear brassy golden color, topped with a thick white head. Head dissipates quickly, dying out completely just before the beer in finished. Some bubbles quickly racing to the top.
Aroma is sweetly malty, with light citric hopping. A strange hint of cotton candy and some corn. Light floral aroma. Malts are pleasant, balanced perfectly with the hops.
Flavor is malty, with a light graininess up front. Malts fade quickly, with a slight apricot flavor right before the hops kick in. Hops are slightly piney, mostly citric, with a bit of saaz tanginess right at the end. A touch of husky grain comes through right at the end, leaving a bit of a coarse aftertaste.
A nice lighter styled session ale. Plenty of flavor, especially for a blonde ale, well balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of CherylM
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Blonde Ale has more bite than the others. It poured a nice white frothy head which lingered. Had a hazy, light gold color and the smell was fresh and fruity. Was slightly hoppy and had a lingering bitter grapefruit taste, but not overpowering. I thought it was very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bounty628 for this one. I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy deep gold color with a 3/4" sudsy white head. The head slowly dropped to a thin cap and left some decent lace behind on the glass.

S= I detected honey, bready malts, citrus, and faint hops on the nose.

T= The flavor profile followed the aroma with a honey-like sweetness in the malt base and some fruity citrus esters following close behind. The hops were floral and slightly earthy, leading into a finish that dried considerably. I could not put my finger on it, but there was a strange quality to the finish that was different in an odd sort of way. Nothing off-putting, just odd.

MF= Medium bodied and relatively crisp on the tongue.

D= An ok session beer, didn't seem too strong and the flavor profile was fairly mild. Not my favorite style but this one is worthy of exploration for sure.

Photo of kelticblood
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost exceptional appearance.Left tons of lace.Color was a light gold that was very cloudy.Aroma presented cascade hops in a healthy dose.A light body with light malt.A touch watery on the finish.Bitter and dry was the after taste.Quite average and not too impressive.

Note:Grapefruit like bitterness that lingers.

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Farmington River Blonde Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.