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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde

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BA SCORE
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good

422 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 11:27:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great canned extra I was able to grab recently. I had a couple other offering from them but never this one. So why not. Went for it. This twelve ounce can was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 06/28/2009..



The pour was sublime. Rich amber in color, light with a nice head of white on top. Lots of carbonation coming up toward the surface throughout the session, reinforcing an already strong look. Light hops get stronger as it warms up. Nice bit of grain mixing in as well now, nice depth to it I have to admit. Crisp, clean taste and feel here. Really again very well done I have to say. Light finish which was quite dry and I have to admit this was very, very session able. You never can tell what is going to happen when you try a new pale ale, but this was surprisingly very good.



Overall I would definitely go here again. This was a superb offering for a hot summer day. Highly recommend.

Serving type: can

07-02-2009 00:41:40 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles emanating from from the bottom and forming a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Sweet malts with a surprising amount of citrus, grass, and floral hops. A bit of a sourdough bread thing going on, which strangely enough, I like.

T: The hops are not quite as present, but they are lightly floral and some sweet citrus notes. The malt is the primary feature of this beer, and again its got a bit of a sourdough character.

M: The body is light to medium with a lively carbonation, as I would have guess from the appearance.

D: I'm not usually one for blonde ales, but this was quite nice. Easy to drink and fairly complex.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 04:15:02 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt with a hint of a herbacious, grassy character

Taste: Sweet and biscuity, up front, but with a growing grassy, herbacious and peppery bitterness that adds a lemony citrus character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart and sweet flavors blend together nicely, with a lingering touch of honey on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not a beer I would have sought out had I not heard the review on Craft Beer Radio; not sure this qualifies as a blonde ale, I think it is a very creative take to define a new style

Serving type: can

10-28-2009 01:53:01 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine Blonde ale with medium sweetness, English-like fruitiness, and a bit of kettle caramelization.

A very delicate and very pleasant floral, ester mix gives the impression of honey suckle and bubble gum. The beer seems to have a part Pilsner, part 2-row malt aroma along with a lot of fruitiness. Pears, apricots, and apples come to the forefront while the sweeter malt components and caramels follow closely behind. Soft herbal hops leave the nose a bit underwhelming.

I like the jab on the back of the can that says, "Clarity is overrated". I do agree but it makes this beer a bit less bright, thus less attractive than Blondes are noted. Caught somewhere between golden and straw, the beer starts with a stark white head that fades to a trace then remains. Slight lacing on the glass is a plus.

Even more fruity and sweet to taste than the nose suggested. An dominant green and red apple flavor makes me think there's some yeast issues going on here. Timid on attenuation, the beer remains sweet and less clean than refreshing. Mild hops struggle to offset the sweetness and offer slight herbal and floral taste.

The beer is a bit bigger than the crisper versions of Blondes that appeal to me. The extra sweetness and fruitiness proves to much in the end. Thanks Exiled!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 13:27:13 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts and soda bread are present in the nose.
T: a The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of doughy bread.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is quite flavorful for a blonde ale, making it a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 00:07:36 | More by metter98
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and a heart but not over-powering malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer with a lot of flavor and substance to make it one that you can pound down several of throughout an evening.

Serving type: can

11-14-2009 21:54:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Kentucky

Pours an opague apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, pear, some steely hops

T: Follows the nose, plus white grapes up front & a touch of lemon too. More fruittyness, slight bready sweetness & faint lemony hops as this warms, Finishes with pear & lemony hops mixed a slight breadyness

MF: Fluffy body, slight carbonation, decent balance

Drinks eay, a slightly off-centered Blonde IMO, but more interesting than most of this style

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 01:36:53 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not the hottest girl i've seen on a can but its up there, got to love that dr strangelove moment right? put this in your pipe and smoke it.

Beer poured into a tulip beer is blonde and hazy. forms a big head of big and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. beer is highly carbonated, looks good.

mild hop, some grain, mild sweetness, smells good.

beer is medium to light in body and has a nice bitterness to ti. There is an aftertaste that is slightly grainy overall. Its moderately carbonated and has some sweetness up front. Its kind of corny at the back. Overall its OK.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 02:05:23 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a nice, one-finger white head. The beer is slightly hazy. The aroma is wheat, lemon, malt and some honey. The flavor is very nice, with some citrus and honey and biscuit malt. I also get a little caramel characteristic in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and very creamy. Medium carbonation. A great blonde ale and it is nice to see a brewery actually try and pack flavor into a beer of this style, instead of just brewing a watered-down beer, calling it a blonde ale and targeting BMC drinkers.

Serving type: can

01-18-2010 22:53:27 | More by Mora2000
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect from a Texas Blonde ale, but this one pours a slightly hazed honey golden hue with a bright white head. Aroma is pretty mellow layers of grassy herbal hops and sweet honey drizzled bread notes. Flavors more grassy herbal hops lending a slight bitterness with a nice honey dipped breadiness full all grain malts going on. No rough offness just a clean drinkable golden ale. Satisfying maltiness and even carbonation with a light to medium body straight from the can into my favorite mug. Overall experience so far with these Texan canned beers have been nothing but positive, if you see them grab some especially fresh pale ale or any form of the Buried Hatchet Stout.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 00:09:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at Whole Foods. Clean but a bit boring. Just very subtle pale malt and a hint of herbal hops. This is a very light tasting ale, though the body isn't too thin. It's a fine lawnmower beer, probably a good beer for a party with mixed beer appreciation, but I wouldn't buy it for myself.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 04:53:45 | More by tempest
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Zorro

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold colored beer with a slight chill haze and a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of malt and powdery yeast scent. Hops are not all that evident mostly a citrus aroma with a slight grassy edge.

Starts out pleasantly malty with a slight caramel and grain flavor. That is pretty much it, lots of grain and slight caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Where this beer actually shines is in its mildness. Lager smooth and completely inoffensive with a big grain flavor, very easy on the taste buds.

Serving type: can

02-24-2010 02:45:09 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JJFoodie for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy head, which settles down to some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little touch of yeast, also some nice citrus notes. Light/Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice easy drinker.

Serving type: can

01-03-2010 00:58:23 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/4" beige head above the cloudy amber brew. Dense bubbly head recedes slowly, with prevalent chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a fruity bubble-gum tinge to it. Taste mirrors the nose mostly, but near the close hits an earthy hoppiness that I could have done without. Mouthfeel is smooth but kind of thin, and drinkability is okay as well.

Serving type: can

03-21-2010 21:34:04 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My original CAN review was lost recently so I feel fortunate to have another CAN in my inventory to re-review.

From the CAN: "Bombshell Blonde is brewed with American Pale and German Vienna malts that combine to give this ale its distinctive smooth, creamy body. Just enough hops are added to this rich golden-colored ale to perfectly balance its bready finish. It is non-filtered, non-pasteurized; no additives or preservatives are ever added to take away from its delicate taste. Whether enjoyed on the golf course, on the beach, or simply sitting at home, one sip from this bombshell will blow you away. Clarity is overrated. Break the circle - cut the plastic rings." The blonde riding the bombshell is reminiscent of Slim Pickens at the finale of "Dr. Strangelove". Ha!

Upon cracking open the CAN, head began to foam up, as though it could not wait to escape. Pretty dang full CAN as it turns out. My aggressive pour resulted in a foamy, soapy two fingers of ecru head with good retention. The color was a really cloudy, extra-hazy honey-golden shade. Nose was an interesting mix of grassy hops and biscuity/bready malt. Mouthfeel was somewhat full, almost creamy with that same grassy/bready admixture of flavors on the tongue that I noted on the nose. Wild! The finish gave way to the bready/biscuity flavor which was just fine. Man, I really liked this beer and could definitely see it filling my cooler in the summer.

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 21:51:45 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. Big thanks go to jhimstedt for including what's been a canned want of mine for a while now as a generous extra in a recent trade.

Pours a hazed orange copper, with 1-2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that throws up a moderately rich cascade of lacing that then proceeds to quickly slide down the sides. The aroma is grassy and a touch spicy, with a pronounced fruitiness that mixes well with malty notes of bread and honeyed sweetness. This is flavorful and airy in the nose.

The taste is bitter and grassy up front with a green citric bite while, much like the nose, that fruitiness works nicely with the bready grains and sweetness of the malts. This finishes lightly bitter with some trailing dryness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a pleasant smooth crispness that keeps those flavors easy feeling and quite thirst quenching.

This was good and had just about everything I like in an American Blonde Ale. A moderately assertive bitterness, fruity hop flavors, a silky sweet malt backing, and a refreshing and crisp drinkibility. I pulled this cold out of the box and immediately poured it and had it with dinner. This is the type of beer I love to see being put in cans.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 15:51:31 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice on this one, showing honey, warm wheatberry bread and a little orange citrus. Flavors tend to replicate the nose, though this beer is very light. Granted the alcohol is low, and this beer is not trying to be an imperial anything, but I still think a bit more flavor intensity would have been nice. Mouthfeel is almost light, and there's something of a watery quality in the finish. Drinkability is OK - it's apparent that the abv. is not very high - but there just isn't enough flavor to keep me interested in drinking a lot of this.

A nice enough beer for uncritical drinking on a warm day. Can't think of too many other situations where I would be interested in drinking a beer like this.

Serving type: can

05-20-2010 15:47:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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HopHead84

California

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thickerfreakness for this one. Poured from a can and into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a hazy dark orange. It's effervescent with a one finger white head. The head quickly disappears and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is of citrus hops: mostly lemon and some grapefruit, with some earthiness to it. The hops are well balanced by a light caramel malt foundation. The beer smells somewhat yeasty. No alcohol is noticeable. The taste is a hoppy leaning blond. It has a peppery spiciness to it, almost a nod to the
Saison. Citrus is present, some lemon and grapefruit, as well as grassy notes. No alcohol is noticeable in the flavor. The malt is light and bready.

The beer is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

This Blonde might not be a bombshell, but I'd definitely penetrate her aluminum lining and session her with rock hard resolve. A very solid beer.

Serving type: can

04-21-2009 06:33:37 | More by HopHead84
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head, with solid lacing.

S: A big malty aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Tasted of lots of malt, a bready quality and some hops. Not bad, though blondes are rarely noted for their complexity.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: As this style of beer goes, this is a drinkable example. Solidly made and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 15:42:36 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking package with a bright teal can and blonde cowgirl riding a bomb. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a light cream colored head that does not stay around long but does leave some nice lacing behind.

Smell is wonderfully malty with just a touch of earthy hop aroma. It has a sweet nose with emphasis on candy corns, 3 musketeers and caramel that has been sitting in some moist dirt for a few days.

Taste is very unique and tasty. It has plenty of husky, grainy maltiness and a noticeable hop presence. Sweet toffee and caramel flavors are followed up by a mild bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with no lack of flavor power. This blows away all other blonde ales I have had, which to me is a fairly weak style to begin with. I've already gone through 2 sixers and will be buying many more as it will make a fantastic summer beer. Love it.

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 00:18:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of foam and lacing after he pour from this headdy brew. A wheat beer like haze of amber, copper, and sediment. Very attractive looking beer. Toasted bready malts, some pilsner malts give a grainy smell and taste to this brew. While the yeast seems to impart an aroma ofdried apricots and light berries. The yeast seems to vamp up the berry flavors when you take a sip of seems to be exacerbated, but in a good way. The palate is a little powdery, but definetly grainy and full of character. This has turned out to be my favorite blonde I've had so far. I recommend anyone trying this beer.

Serving type: can

02-02-2010 08:58:00 | More by scruffwhor
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the legendary woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer exploded out of the can and finally setteled down to have a cloudy golden color with about 2 inches of head. Smell is malty, biscuts, slightly sweet. Taste is also malty and biscuts, some honey, a bit of sweetness to it. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 15:43:45 | More by tone77
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champ103

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color. A small white head forms with good lace down the glass.
S: A sweet malty aroma. Kind of nondescript but enjoyable.
T: Fruity and sweet malt. Orange and lemon flavors. Not very complex, but it hits the spot. A slight hop twang as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Very creamy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

I had this at the Oktoberfest party. This and Real Ale are the two standards for the style IMO. Easy to drink, a good flavor, and not too heavy. Hard to beat on a hot day, or anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 04:33:40 | More by champ103
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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.