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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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BA SCORE
84
good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.

20 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Wyermann Vienna
Hops: Saphir, Sterling
Yeast: California Ale

(Beer added by: armock on 10-25-2008)
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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 199 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.1%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Sazz9, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Shafaegalo, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

BlueMoon10, May 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

jbdaves72, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

JohnBender, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Karibourgeois, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

nsiergiej, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 12/24/09

Slightly hazy & pale shade of medium-light amber. Nearly two finger head seems to hold up well. Pretty good retention & lacing throughout.

Earthy hop aroma with a touch of spiciness. Hints of grain & wheat. Some of the pale malts poke through, though the nose seems muted on the whole. Grassy undertones.

Tastes as the nose would suggest, but stepped up a notch. A decent amount of hoppy bitterness hits upfront; though it tames quickly, spiciness lingers. Moderate malt backdrop via toasted bread. Overall, well balanced & a bit underwhelming.

Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation; more creamy than prickly. Resin & grainy grit in there. Earthy finish.

Nothing stands out as particularly good or memorable. It's just ok. After this 6 pack, I'm done with this one.

Ryan011235, Jul 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

martyl1000, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

spmiller86, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Boneswally, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

BlackBeerDown, Apr 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of RDHerm
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a deep, opaque golden yellow color with yellow highlights. Has a very thick white head that thins out pretty quick, leaving a solid ring that holds for the duration. Decent amount of lacing for a beer of this style.

Light aroma. Strong notes of sweet malts and bread, with a hint of honey and a slight touch of hops.

Taste is rather bland. Initial flavor of sweet malts, balanced out with a slight hoppy bitterness. There is a solid note of citrus throughout, and just a little bit of spice. Taste leaves the pallet almost immediately.

Lighter body. Great carbonation level. Crisp, smooth, and quite refreshing.

This is not a bad tasting beer by any means, it's just on the unimpressive side. Even still, it's light, smooth, and refreshing, and for someone looking for a beer they can suck down a few of on a lazy afternoon, this is honestly a solid choice.

RDHerm, Oct 16, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Walkerjgt, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

wtkphoto, Mar 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Vestlake, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

n2pux, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Cjalbers, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"I speak two languages: Body and English."

--Mae West

Pumpkin orange with a swirling storm of fine yeasties that remain in suspension. The can reads "Clarity is overrated"... and I couldn't agree more. An airy chunk of bone colored foam looks decent enough and leaves a few stray scraps of lace. The liquid alone is responsible for the above score.

The fact that the nose doesn't impress is more a function of the style than the beer itself. It's mildly earthy and herbal, with a moderate sour fruitiness that might be an issue on the palate. Saphir and Sterling hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

Bombshell Blonde is not as good as Pine Belt Pale Ale, and that Southern Star Brewing Co. offering was not among my favorites of the style. It doesn't contain much malt and sour fruit plays too big a role in the flavor profile. More ingredients all around is the only way this blonde ale has a chance to seriously compete.

Flavors include pale-to-slightly-toasted grains, unripe peaches, lemon juice... and that's about it. Even though beer of this style isn't (and shouldn't have to be) deep or complex, it needs to bring something more to the table than this. In a word... lackluster.

Using the name as a jumping off point, this SSBC brew is like a moderately attractive movie star with an eating disorder. The body is way too thin and reaches watery long before the finish. Less than committed carbonation doesn't help.

Southern Star Bombshell Blonde should be renamed Pop Gun Blonde. Even that, though, implies more power and personality than this rail thin brew delivers. Each and every one of you, no matter where you live, should be able to find better beer than this.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Frozenmoses, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small dry malt and a note of dry hops. In the taste, a small pine like hop and a dry malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A bigger hop than expected, but just ok, kind of average.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Weisseguy1
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy, some lacing and two finger head down to a pencil sized head after settling
S bread like smell with a dank-banana aroma
T musky taste up front then to bread then lingering alcohol, bubbles throughout
O overall i feel this beer is great for someone who is not familiar with craft beer and is transitioning from adjunct lagers to the craft world. I feel I could use more malt to balance the back ends excitement.

Weisseguy1, Aug 11, 2013
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.