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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of nsiergiej
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
Photo of martyl1000
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

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

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

BlackBeerDown, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of HumphreyLee
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
Photo of Walkerjgt
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

wtkphoto, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Vestlake
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
Photo of Frozenmoses
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
Photo of augustgarage
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of lnashsig (thanks!) - poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Hazy orange peel body with faint golden-amber highlights and a lasting small stand of ivory foam. Sandy quick running lacing, average retention.

Smells much like a loaf of fresh (mass produced?) wheat bread - very doughy and sweet with the suggestion of butterscotch as well.

If this were a home-brew I would seriously wonder if a bag of Werther's Originals had been dumped into the wort, as this has a distinctive butterscotch/toffee sweetness similar to granny candy. Hops are AWOL unless they are contributing the faintly medicinal note I'm getting? Vienna malt adds a very delicate breadiness which is nice, but the finish is bordering on cloying. Hard to rate, as I appreciate that it is flavorful, but don't like said flavors...

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

Partly refreshing, but then much too sweet with a constant butterscotch note (not diacetyl though) which grows very tiresome (although my girlfriend enjoyed it much more than me so YMMV).

augustgarage, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can served in a pint glass.
Light amber color; hazy; with a semi-durable head.
Light, watery body with medium carbonation.
Somewhat unappealing aroma with a better flavor.
Still very light flavoring. light citrus. Really needs more malt.
O: no reason to recommend this beer.

chinchill, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of NewGeneric
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with medium-thick cream-colored foam that fades at a medium pace, leaving chunks of lacing around the glass.

S: Smells like grass and spent grains. Definitely leaves something to be desired.

T: Big malted barley flavors come through despite the muted nose. Caramel, toffee, nuts, toast, etc. are in season. Better than average, but not really good.

M: Drinks a little bit like soda. Not a ton of body, and my still feels fizzy after I finish swallowing.

D: While it does have some nice flavor going on, the mouthfeel is pretty much enough to say goodnight for me. I'd drink this before a Budweiser, but not much else.

NewGeneric, Mar 10, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Stinger80OH, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Christopher23
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Christopher23, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of bonk0076
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a very ambitious head that leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma is slightly sweet, corn, honey and wheat notes. Taste is predominantly sweet, the result of bread, wheat and corn flavors. No bitterness whatsoever in this beer. Features an extremely short finish with no aftertaste at all.

bonk0076, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bombshell Blonde Ale from Southern Start is ok. The beer pours a nice clear golden color with bubbly white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is underwhelming, some faint lemon/lemon grass zest. The taste is very sharp, starts with a lemon flare then turns to a grainy/bread finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

WoodBrew, Feb 19, 2012
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.