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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

512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 88 | 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 msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. royal blue can, 1 of 2 kindly carried back from a Lone Star State expedition by beer buddy, Bill. Poured to a pint glass.

Besides the eye-catching cerulean, the can design boasts a buxom blonde in cowgirl attire, riding a large phallic [ahem] bombshell. "Clarity is overrated."

A: The fact that 'clarity is overrated' (i.e. non-filtered, non-pasteurized) is notable, because this one is FULL of dusty sediment, a fine flurry stirred up at every jostle of the glass. Normally this would result in a much lower score (and it IS a deduct), but it's an otherwise lovely blond: an appealing golden/butterscotch, a bounty of small carbonation, a pile of white cream cresting at well over a finger. Good lace in jagged peaks and scattered sea spray.

S: A little on the 'sourdough' side, a squeeze of tart amidst bready yeast. Kinda musty, kinda rank even...but strong for the style, so credit given there...

T: A grassy/wet hay malt/hop combo that works pretty well. Sticky bread dough and trace lemon, a dash of dry cracked pepper. It's (per the style) maltier and not terribly complex, but has enough balance to compensate.

M: Crisp (not biting nor too carbonated) and quite refreshing; light-medium body and smoother, creamier finish. A fine gritty feel and a to-be-expected stickiness with that much sediment. Finish tapers and ends weaker than hoped for.

D: Good beer with a few flaws that limit my score (and desire for more) a little. Unclear when this beer was birthed, so it's debatable where this can is in terms of its freshness (case in point: friend returned with it from Texas mid-summer...but it's been fridge-bound ever since). My hunch is, though, that it's still pretty fresh...it's just among the middle of the pack for those I've tried of the style. I could return to this...or not. Though, since this is my second of two cans, I guess I DID return to it! Thanks, Bill!

msubulldog25, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass with a solid 3 fingers of head which slowly dissipates into a fine film with no lacing.

A refreshing mild malt aroma, with a slight hoppiness. Earthy and wholesome.

Refreshingly delicious, good bit of maltiness, though not sweet, followed by a nice crispness from the hops. Very smooth, and enjoyable.

Slight carbonation with no alcohol flavors present. All around a very sessionable beer, would pair very well with a light lunch. No strong flavors to overpower any food offerings.

Cheesemoose, Oct 01, 2010
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 jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from Drabmuh, poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Hazy golden yellow with a huge creamy head. Really pretty.

S - Light, sweet malts and earthy hops. Subdued, but pleasant.

T - Sweet, bready malt dominates with more earthy hops to provide the balance. Slightly spicy finish, tastes like coriander or white pepper.

M - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, could easily session on a hot day outside

jsanford, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to drabmuh for this one.

poured from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a cloudy honey'd sunlight orange with a thin wispy, short lasting head leaving little, if any, retention.

aroma of earthy hops and not much else.

again, earthy hops, maybe a hint of sweet malt - a little one dimensional this one.

thin, highly carbonated, bubbling on the palate.

drinkable ? i suppose, but i don;'t think i'd have another.

but hey, the label is way cool.

robwestcott, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of kaidasz
2.15/5  rDev -42%
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.

kaidasz, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of deadliest
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thick and murky amber-gold pour with a creamy head. Bits of would-be sediment float motionless, only a wispy collection of which few make it to the bottom on the glass. This isn't a beer that advertises too much with it's aroma. Pleasant smelling, but a bit weak.

Sweet, bready malts dominate the profile. Just enough faint hops to keep you from asking questions.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both top-notch. Smooth, silken texture that sticks around just long enough to show off a pleasantly sweet aftertaste.

deadliest, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can from 6pk, poured into pint sized UK shaped glass. Bottom of can roused and poured as well. Also available on draft. Website shows 5.25% and 20 IBU. I'm sure this is the brewery's best seller.

Looks like hefeweizen. Golden with apricot, hazy with some oily swirls, some yeast particles. Good head retention.

Smells of Vienna malt, biscuity and bready, some pale ale malts, apricot. Not much hop aroma in this sample.

Flavor is same as aroma, but with a wave of bitterness and subtle German hops and tangerine. That Vienna Malt reminds me of Oktoberfests, but this has way more going on. Lightly buttered biscuits with a lil honey. A little earthiness and spice, maybe coriander (I'm pretty sure this is not spiced though).

Very creamy, feels great. A little slick and oily. Very yeasty for Blonde Ale - but not too estery. Lots of subtleties. Easy to drink, but doesnt have the "poundability" like a drier, less complex, less heavy Blonde Ale.

This is an American Golden Ale - sure a "Blonde Ale" - but it leans towards a lesser hoppy Pale Ale, Cream Ale, and Wit. Unique and definitely worth trying. And revisiting.

MEsquandoles, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombshell Blonde has a very thick, off-white head and a rather hazy, golden-orange appearance. Carbonation is relatively high and lacing is prominent down the glass. Aroma is grainy, with a orange peel background. Hop presence is good, but not strong. The taste is of roasted grain and it has a slight orange under-taste. Mouth-feel is medium. Bombshell finishes wet and satisfying. I enjoyed this ale and would have it again.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of frognot
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky burnt orange. The Eyes of Texas are Upon this Beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus

Taste: Smooth, light creamy citrus. Hops are faint.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. had my first tending the grill on a Texas August (i.e. quite warm) day. This definitely could be a session beer.

frognot, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of merddyn2002
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not bad at all. I could easily kill a six pack of these on a hot afternoon. Very light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but other than that I would never complain about being handed one of these.

These are just over $5 for a 6er at my local specs. My uncle who swears by coors light drank a can and said it was good. That says something for a man who's never had anything other than coors his whole life.

merddyn2002, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pleasant surprise of a brew with a nice bellowing head of ivory and a body of cloudy gold. this beer has sediment and you can drink it clear or cloudy... there is a lot of esters in the cloudiness... but the yeastiness does get a bit overboard. smell of zucchini bread and very delicate pineapple fruit. palate is not as exciting. fruit is subdued by yeastiness and the bitter is finish has a straw must to it. not bad. the infiltered aspect is a saving grace for the ester and gentle body... a bit too gentle at times.

rtepiak, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Twiggamortis420 for sending me this one in the Chillin and Grillin BIF.

Pours a golden, bright, slightly hazy (I'm thinking chill hazed) color. Nice tight white head of about one finger with some spotty chunky lacing. There are some particles floating around in here too.

A real easy, refreshing taste to this beer. My wife stole a sip and liked it too. This is a beer that you could really drink when you just want to have a beer. Almost a citrusy note, but not quite. A fresh note and a sweet malt makes this pretty tasty.

Light body with plenty of carbonation. Not the most amazing beer ever, but this is a solid canned craft option.

AleWatcher, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

A:Poured a golden color with small frothy head that quickly resides with no lacing at all

S:Has a sweet malty smell along with bread notes in the mix as well

T:Pretty mellow, small malt sweetness, and not as much bread notes as detected by the smell. Finishes out fairly smooth with nothing great going on with the aftertaste

M:Ligth body with not much carbonation

D:Not a horrible brew for the style. Decent creamy body with a smooth finish and easy drinkability

Probably will not have this one again thou...

SuperNova777, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ryanmac06
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It looks just like a ABA should look like with the welcomed addition of potential for a 1-2 finger frothy head. Pored a hazy golden color.

S - The smell of this beer is very subdued. It doesn't lend anything to the taste of this beer. There is a faint bland malt smell

T - If there was any nose on this beer it would definitely help the taste. The beer comes in with a very bread dominated taste. Unfortunately the beer is not as well balanced as I would like and is overly malty. I realize this is a Blonde Ale but it comes across a bit bland.

M - The beer comes off thick and does a great job at coating the mouth. It starts think and finishes clean. The amount of carbonation exactly right for me.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer that is refreshing. If there were more balance in taste I think it would definitely add to it's drinkability.

ryanmac06, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busternuggz scored this in a trade.

This beer is way too dark to be a blonde. More of a light amber. Toasty, sweet hazelnut, and honey in the nose. Similar taste, very much like a bizzare amber. The dry, toasty, hazelnut finish lingers long after you swallow. Very unexpected flavors in this beer. Pretty nice.

brownbeer, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pretty hazy blonde with a fat finger of even white head which lasts a long time but leaves no lacing.

smells like some dang old two row

tastes like it smells.

this is one of the better blondes ive had. its full flavored but it doesnt end up syrupy.

northaustin, Jul 29, 2010
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 MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The blonde pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of tight visible carbonation. Creamy white head sticks to the rim of the pint glass.

The first smells I notice are of grassy and slightly spicy hops. Light grainy notes are here, but fairly subtle. Very clean aroma with just a hint of fruityness; the emphasis is on the interplay between the sweet cereal grains and the spicy hops.

The sweet and grainy malt is foremost in the flavor here. A slight hop bitterness, but mostly a gentle noble-hop like spiciness. Quite pleasant overall--the flavors are subdued and understated, but they work together quite well. Medium-light bodied, with a prickly and grainy mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent, and I think quite well suited for a hot summer day.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy white head into a nonic that settles into a thing ring with good lacing. the body is bright golden and clear.
s - bready and grainy with a hint of pale malt sweetness.
t - bready malts with a hint of spicy hops.
m - medium and slick.
d - great session beer.

GPHarris, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy blond color with a thick off-white colored head.

S: Somewhat of a boozy smell. Smells sweet and malty with a floral hop aroma.

T: The initial taste is of very sweet bready malt and a bit of yeast. There isn't too much hop flavor and bitterness, very slight in the finish. There is an overall tang to the beer though that seemed like it didn't belong.

M: Light and not overly carbonated.

D: The taste is good and the beer is light and refreshing with low carbonation. Makes this beer good and drinkable.

Kromes, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can and split with a friend.
Dark golden/bronze color, pretty dark for a blonde, a little odd. Nice foamy off white head.
The smell was surprising, and very nice. Honey, hazelnut, and toast, very pleasant and a little sweet smelling. The taste follows suit with the same notes, delicious honey, hazelnut, and toast, moderately sweet but not cloying. Nice texture too, a little thick and creamy but still quite light, compliments the tastes nicely. Very drinkable, finished mine quick. I wish this was on draft somewhere around here, it would be a great one to have a pint or two of while hanging out.
Overall very tasty. A little odd for the style but I like that it has character.

busternuggz, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More thanks go out to krisandajt for this can.

Pours a cloudy tangerine-tinted, rich golden color with about one finger of ivory head. I would have expected a lighter color given that they call it a blonde ale. Keeps a thin but nto very full lace and leaves a bit of stick here and there.

Smell is lemony and sweet, with a bready quality to it. This smells an awful lot like a pale ale to me, with the citrus hops and some pale malt sweetness.

Taste stats off with some sweet malt, bread and a bit of grassy hop flavor. Biggest hop flavor is lemon, with a zesty quality to it. The finish is pretty sweet; too sweet in my opinion. Some good flavor here, but I need something to cleanse this sweetness off my tongue...

The mouthfeel on this one is way off from what I'd expect in a blonde or a lighter beer of any kind. It's a solid medium body but has a cloying quality with the sweet finish. Carbonation is pretty low, and it just finishes messy and leaving me want a sip of water.

Meh, I'm not in love with this one. It's decent, but odd. I'm not sure what kind of occasion I'd want to drink this on. It's not crisp or refreshing enough (it's not refreshing at all) to be a go to summer beer in my opinion, and that's the one place I could see it fitting. It doesn't, though. A puzzling little beer. I don't think I'd come back to it.

number1bum, May 30, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Beverage Source in Newark Ohio.

Poured from a 12 oz. Can into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Dark gold, nice off-white head, sticky, rocky, lasting. Turns into 1/4 inch ring. Lacing on the glass stays through the whole glass. Looks excellent. Makes me want to drink it.

S- Caramel malt, yeast, not much else to be honest. Zero hop presence. Not nearly the same enthusiasm to drink after the smell.

T- Slight sweetness from the "Vienna" malt and a slight spicyness from the yeast. Very bready. Almost no hop again. If it weren't for the tiny bit on the finish I wouldn't have said they used hops. Disappointing to say the least.

M- Creamy, smooth. Nice feel, for sure. I wish the rest of the beer was this good.

D- It does give some semblance of drinkability, if a straight forward, malt heavy, non-balanced beer is your style. For me, I tried it. If I were offered it again, I would respectfully decline it.

Keffa, May 25, 2010
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.