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Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company

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207 Reviews
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Reviews: 207
Hads: 548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 22
Gots: 144 | 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:
Beer added by: armock on 10-25-2008

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
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Reviews: 207 | Hads: 548
Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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. (517 characters)

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

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. (347 characters)

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

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. (524 characters)

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

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. (590 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (299 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (356 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in Austin about a week ago. It was pretty good but I think it was probably also amplified by how badly I was craving a beer after a long day.

I just gave it a 3.0 in appearance given that I had it out of a can. I don't really know what separates a beer from having an "awful" appearance versus an "exceptional" appearance. You know, unless there were little bits of meat floating around in it or something. I suppose that would be pretty awful. (460 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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! (665 characters)

Photo of HiGravShawn
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (255 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of metter98
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. (613 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with small white head, smells of wheat and bready malts, tastes heavy on yeast and roasty malts, thin smooth mouthfeel. This beer would go well with a game of baseball. (184 characters)

Photo of Fnord
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Transluscent yellow. The head is off-white and even. Though it starts large, it dissipates fairly quickly, leaving traces on the glass.

Smell - Not a lot of nose. Kind of a straw-like smell.

Taste - Pleasant bready malt backbone, with a little grassy hops thrown in. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - It's thicker than it first appears. Low carbonation. Just what I like.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, even for a blonde ale. It would be almost too easy to drink a six-pack of these.

Notes - I wasn't impressed with the appearance and smell, but the taste changed my mind. That's what's most important anyway, I guess. A great beer for converting the BMC heathens, or for when you're just thirsty. (729 characters)

Photo of PGHeppJr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes 11NOV2010

Can purchased from Homewood Whole Foods and poured into a pint glass.

The creamy mouthfeel on this bubblegum bomb make for one easy drinker. "Clarity is over rated" on the back the can doesn't lie.

Not the quintessential blondie, but damn drinkable. (280 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (431 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (836 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blonde Ales are not usually something I drink but I found I really enjoyed this one. It poured a golden amber with a big frothy white head and plenty of fruity malt in the aroma. For a lighter beer it had a nice full creamy mouthfeel with hints of fruit and apricot that I found appealing. This is not a complex in your face beer, but something that is light and refreshing with enough body to keep it interesting. A great beer for our hot Texas summer days. (458 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

from a can, six pack recently picked up in SC. freshness is hard to figure out, code as follows 40509D3CD016 BD4213 Could have been canned in January or July

slightly hazy yellow, light carbonation,small head, leaving just a ring. Thin lacing. Slightly musty odor ,with some lemon. Lemon came through in the tasste, veryclean and simple taste. Very chuggable, the hotter the day, the better it would be. Slightly dry finish.

Decent blond. (442 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (526 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz can with no date poured into a Becker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with 1/2 finger of head that quickly receded into a thin ring

Smell: Strong grain malt presence

Taste: Similar to the nose with a strong biscuit, sweet malt note with a little floral hop bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy for the style and well carbonated

Overall: A nice thrust quencher for a hot day. I know this brew particularly has helped turn many of my friends into craft beer fans. This is light, crisp and unoffensive. (548 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden straw color with some yeast floating in the beer. Thin white head that hangs around for a while.

S- Very bready and grassy.

T- The taste is dominated by the malts. A lot of biscuit flavor and not a lot of hops unless you look for them.

M- This beer is very easy to drink and the carbonation level is just right. Really like that they can their beers.

O- This is a great session beer and a perfect beer to take to the beach or fishing. Keep up the good work Southern Star. (493 characters)

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.