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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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457 Ratings
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 56 | 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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dgrauwiler

Texas

1/5  rDev -73.1%

11-16-2012 03:23:26 | More by dgrauwiler
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Jim_Razinha

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

06-21-2014 00:45:18 | More by Jim_Razinha
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MoDunc


2/5  rDev -46.2%

03-05-2012 04:27:21 | More by MoDunc
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.2%

11-06-2012 20:17:43 | More by cfalovo97
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phishbone23

New York

2/5  rDev -46.2%

01-23-2013 14:37:22 | More by phishbone23
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cfergusn

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.2%

12-25-2011 23:10:21 | More by cfergusn
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kaidasz

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

had high hopes for this as the brewery is right up the road. poured first can in perfect pint and the head quickly disapated w/no lacing. second bad sign was non-existant smell. i tried a second and wondered if the 6'er i bought at specs was tainted. ended up drain pouring the last 1/3 which is not my style.

i have 4 left and will pawn them off on neighbors to see if somethings amiss.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 01:48:37 | More by kaidasz
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Kevinator

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's too bad the beer didn't match up to the buxom blonde on the can. The best things about this beer were the appearance (it didn't look like an adjunct lager) and the mouthfeel, which was thicker than I expected. But let's be honest, who buys a beer for these two charactistics alone? The taste factor dropped off for me because it had a strange lingering aftertaste that I couldn't put my finger on. Not repulsive, just weird. It didn't make me anticipate the next sip though. If you have no hair on your chest and this is a favorite style of yours, then give it a try. However, this brewery has much better offerings like the Pale Ale and Pro-Am. Not something I would seek again unless they attempted an imperial version.

Serving type: can

02-08-2011 06:56:43 | More by Kevinator
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TexAggie011

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

12-25-2011 20:30:10 | More by TexAggie011
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HoustonZ33

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

03-03-2013 22:00:35 | More by HoustonZ33
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Fabiand

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-10-2014 23:54:20 | More by Fabiand
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Generously provided as an extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy, unfiltered goldenrod color with 3 huge fingers of soft white head. Insane retention as well, due in part to the creaminess and thickness of the head. It's lavish and almost like a pillow in the way it is rocky and mountainous. Lacing as well brings a very nice welcome with a thick, generous coating of foam all around the glass.

S - The nose opens with a pleasant breadiness as well as some yeast esters. Somewhat fruity throughout with a slight bitter hop presence in the finish. Overall fairly clean.

T - The flavors begin with a biscuit-like malt flavor, paving the way for the backbone to come. However, some band-aid phenols make themselves known almost immediately this, which kind of spoils it for me. In fact, the flavor, or lack thereof, is nearly completely barren after the start. It has a faint citrus flavor in the finish, but overall, everything is quite faint and disappointing after the great appearance and nice aroma.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with surprisingly light carbonation. Another detriment to this beer is the sub-par carbonation, which really needs to be beefed up. Still, it finishes clean and semi-dry.

D/O - Drinkability is low. Great look, promising smell, but the taste and mouthfeel stick the nails in the coffin. A pleasure to admire from far, but not the best beer to actually imbibe.

Serving type: can

09-06-2011 00:27:27 | More by nhindian
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a thin white head. Some yeast particles float in the beer.

Smells of really sweet bready malts. No hop presence at all. Hopefully the taste is better cause this thing smells awful. I kind of thought it may be skunked until it tasted fine.

Bready malts coming through on the taste, but not nearly as overwhelming as the nose. Just a little hop bitterness which is about right for the style. A little pungent bitter aftertaste is detectable.

Fairly light mouthfeel although good and creamy for the style. Good carbonation, but not overdone as on a lot of lighter ales.

Overall this is a solid offering, especially since it comes in a sometimes more friendly can format, as long as I don't have to smell it much. It still doesn't close to unseating Sun King for my go to lighter ale.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 18:53:20 | More by jmarsh123
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 02:19:33 | More by WoodBrew
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cavedave

New York

2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for this.

Pours an almost clear gold, topped by a two finger off-white head. Nice look, better than the other two in this style I've tried. Only good feature of this beer.

Smell is all about the yeast, really strong yeast in the nose, not in a good way, with hints of sweet breadiness and grassy hop.

Medium flavor, full of rounded, and also strange, yeast flavors, followed by a bit of bread, finally some light hay flavors. Almost no hop to this, just some stale maltiness and languid sweet in what is a mostly innocuous but hardly delicious brew.

Mouthfeel is brightly carb.'ed, light bodied, not much offensive to the feel with a poor to non-existent finish.

Drinkability is not so good.

Impression: A mostly forgettable beer that I would not recommend unless offered as a freebie.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 00:02:58 | More by cavedave
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scm2787

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

08-22-2012 01:35:02 | More by scm2787
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

12-19-2013 14:31:13 | More by Stinger80OH
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Christopher23


2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

06-24-2014 23:21:18 | More by Christopher23
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bonk0076

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 19:10:18 | More by bonk0076
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NewGeneric

California

2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 22:59:14 | More by NewGeneric
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 01:56:33 | More by chinchill
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augustgarage

California

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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).

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 01:31:46 | More by augustgarage
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Weisseguy1

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:49:55 | More by Weisseguy1
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 19:03:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-26-2013 01:22:39 | More by Kappakoosh
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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.