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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 68 | 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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fatmcb1

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

A - This pours a typical golden color with less than a finger of light head. The head leaves very minimal lacing, and quickly dissipates to a very thin ring. The beer is very cloudy, particularly when held to light.

S - Only feint smells, first of caramel and malt, followed by light hops in the background.

T - Taste is a bit stronger than the smell. This is very malty, with hints of honey tropical fruit. It is void of hops up until the finish, which provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Creamier than the typical APA, and heavily carbonated.

This is a solid summer beer. I would have liked it to have more hops to balance the flavor.

07-06-2011 20:12:03 | More by fatmcb1
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HiGravShawn

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Copper, slightly cloudy

S: Like biscuit, with a little fruit, some hop... nice...

T: A little tart, blander than I expected but still nice. The smell actually over sells it. Still a good beer.

M: Perfect

D: I could kill a case of cans on the river.

03-27-2010 20:58:51 | More by HiGravShawn
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

The color is a hazy though somewhat less hazy than expected blonde (yes) yellow. A small white head forms and has fairly good staying power before fading to a sturdy foam. Light to moderate lacing is left behind.
A distinct herbal note is the first smell I notice, followed by a light honey-like sweetness mixed with a distinctive yeast note and rounded out by a fresh hops, then finished off by a balancing malt it. I could do with a little more strength and something about the yeast threw it off. Otherwise it's quite good.
The taste follows suit, with the hops making for a heady herbal, earthy flavor. The honey-like sweetness takes a moment to come out but lingers for a good, long time. Like the smell, it's tasty and well-rounded and would be better if it was stronger. The flavors are there, but I'm just on the verge of calling it "flavorful."
As claimed, this beer does have a smooth, creamy body, light to medium in depth with a nice nip of crispness to it.
There's plenty of drinkability to this one, though if it was stronger I'd be more inclined to it. All round a tasty brew, though.

04-19-2010 18:08:39 | More by Brenden
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz can. Pours a hazy golden copper with a substantial off-white head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet, light, honeyed malt and a hint of floral hops. The taste is mostly sweet, pale malt with a nice bready quality. Light hop bitterness. Refreshing. Medium body with low-ish carbonation. Nice blonde.

05-13-2009 23:40:01 | More by philipquarles
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

06-18-2011 15:43:45 | More by tone77
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biggred1

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark, honey blonde with a massive rocky merengue like head of cream colored foam that lasts for days. Honeysuckle, pale malt and a touch of floral hops in the nose. Plenty of pale and Vienna malt flavors with a touch of honey and decent hop bittering in the finish. Creamy bodied with mild carbonation. A nice beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

03-14-2010 20:22:30 | More by biggred1
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Kromes

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

06-15-2010 23:46:51 | More by Kromes
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

07-13-2010 06:18:01 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to maximum12 for yet another secret santa beer. Poured from a can into a smuttynose pint glass. The pour yields a hazy golden orange body with a thick frothy bone white head. When held up to the light the beer is foggy and hazy, adding an inviting depth to the appearance.

The smell is crisp graham cracker malt, sharp wheat, lemon zest and a hint of floral and citrus hops.

The taste follows the smell very closely. This one is very malt forward, but it's a crisp, sharp, light malt. Lots of light and sweet graham cracker introduces the flavors, followed by a crisp light lemon hop character, further evened out by some fresh cut grass hoppiness.

The beer is well carbonated, has a light sharp mouthfeel and crisp finish. It takes all the desirable traits of an american macro (light, easy to drink, crisp mouthfeel) and adds a bit of body, depth and a very nice balanced flavor. This is something I would definitely like to see in New England, especially during the summer months.

01-14-2010 17:31:40 | More by rpstevens
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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S-Carmel and bready malt notes with a hint of orange.

T- Orange citrus hops upfront with a bready malt backbone with an orange and lemon aftertaste and a bit of grain.

M-I would put the carbonation in this one on the heavy side of medium carb. It's almost light-bodied, yet it's very smooth.

D-Pretty easy drinking as most bloneds tend to be. This one has very full flavor though which I've really not experienced with this style before.

02-13-2010 23:19:05 | More by samie85
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-20-2010 04:15:02 | More by womencantsail
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge, rocky white head. Aromas of bready malt, light caramel and a hint of hops. On the palate, a nice mix of sweet malt and hops make this one quite drinkable. Nicely carbonation leads to a clean mouthfeel which creates a good, refreshing beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a good, simple canned beer.

04-26-2010 06:37:41 | More by emmasdad
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Received as an extra in a great trade with Adouble - thanks! Split this on a Saturday afternoon with the wife.

A - Pours a cloudy straw colored orange/yellow with a very soapy two finger orange head.

S - Nice yeasty, slightly orange aroma. Surprisingly strong.

T & M - Yeast and bright citrus up front as in the nose, but the body is kind of thin. Carbonation is pretty minimal as well. Very good, but no real "wow" factor here.

D - This would make a nice summer session beer for sure. Lots of flavor for what it is, and it goes down easy. Taste might suffer a bit, but there are times when this would really hit the spot. Another beer I wish we had here in MN!

03-20-2010 18:31:19 | More by dougofthefuture
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elNopalero

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

In the mood for something hoppy, crisp, and portable. So I cracked open a can of Southern Star’s Bombshell Blonde Pale Ale. Poured half of it into a small Mason jar to review, finished the rest from the can. To mimic real-world conditions. Here’s what I thought about it.

It pours a clear golden, true to its name, with a good amount of foam. Light nose, a little sweet malt. The sweetness carries over to the first taste and the clean finish. Smooth.

It’s a well-crafted golden ale, a light beer for the craft set.

09-17-2011 22:49:26 | More by elNopalero
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Thank you to LadyOfMuchBeer for this fine looking can.

Hazy golden orange/blonde colour, one finger of white head with some lacing on the glass. Smell is mostly bready malt, crisp hops, earthy with some cut grass notes, grainy and crackery as well. Taste follows the nose with grainy bready malt, mild bitterness throughout, grassy, light lemony flavours, earthy finish with a long malt driven aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry and medium bodied with a nice overall feel. Nice easy drinker here, good balance and tasty as well, could drink a few of these in the backyard on a summer day.

01-30-2012 20:22:07 | More by peensteen
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jsanford

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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

09-19-2010 22:12:31 | More by jsanford
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patpbr

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured into a pint with a full head and hazy amber color.
S - Malt and Bread, a little hops.
T - Similar to the smell. Notice grass, lemon. Its a little sweet and the hops are mild. Its creamy
M - Medium body and higher carbonation.
O - It was served Ice cold, will try it again on a hot day.

10-22-2013 22:49:31 | More by patpbr
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metter98

New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-28-2013 00:07:36 | More by metter98
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ryendo311


3.72/5  rDev 0%

08-15-2014 16:38:01 | More by ryendo311
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a nice 1 finger head with great retention and a cloudy yellow color. I think yeast is still in the can.

Smell is of some citrusy hop with a bit of a honey malt characteristic underneath.

Taste has a low bitterness with a touch of honey malt sweetness, spicy hop flavor and some good aroma to add to it. Sort of like an extra pale ale in terms of body, sweetness, and hop flavor without too much hop bitterness. That being said there is a tiny hint of fusel alcohols in this beer.

This beer leaves a bit too much body on the palate for a blonde ale.

As the beer warms the grainy/grassy notes come out which I expect in a blonde ale.

Not bad. The beer has an interesting honey malt sweetness and a good hop flavor and aroma. However, there is a bit of fusel alcohol in this one which is sort of a turn off in a beer this light.

07-16-2009 03:56:32 | More by jasonjlewis
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allengarvin

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer is pale gold, appropriate for the style, with a large very fluffy, not dense head. Good head retention, though it falls eventually. The nose offers plenty of malt, light and sweet and not at all grainy, with a hint of fruitiness. The flavor is solidly malty, and lies on the sweet side of things. Bitterness is low and hop flavor nonexistent. A little fruity at the finish.

One of the better blonde ales I've had, though it's not a style I seek out. The bready maltiness makes it a step above most grainy offerings.

04-13-2009 00:53:08 | More by allengarvin
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henryclay_

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-10-2014 16:39:07 | More by henryclay_
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PBRmeasap1980

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-31-2014 17:11:26 | More by PBRmeasap1980
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.