Bombshell Blonde - Southern Star Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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!
10-05-2010 21:46:14 | More by msubulldog25
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
12 oz. can into a Unibroue tulip. Gotta love the canned craft beer movement.
Pours a dirty, copper-blond hue with lots of haze from the tiny chunks of yeast. Good retention on the inch of eggshell-white head, as it leaves a plethora of lace along the inside of the glass. For a Blond Ale, the aroma rocks, as it adds delicate notes of flora hops that balance lightly toasted biscuit and caramel malts. A hint of passion fruit and mango chime in from the yeast esters.
Flavor starts off with some biscuity sweetness from the pale malts that combines with nutty notes along the way. Hops are fairly muted, but distinctively floral and saved for the back of the palate where they add a slight bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is solid, with a great carbonation level, medium-thin body, and a smooth (somewhat dry) finish that both refreshes and leaves me wanting another sip. This Blonde Bombshell did her job well; keep up the good work Southern Star!
03-28-2009 06:48:33 | More by wagenvolks
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
Pours hazy yellow with a full white head. Smells like a slightly soured belgian ale. Taste is like lemon-rind and tea brewed bready malts. Just a hint of that soured nose. Really odd. Mouthfeel is big carbonation and a medium body. Overall, this beer is alright. Something seems off.
04-24-2011 05:27:10 | More by seeswo
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Clear depp gold, with moderate, dense white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating, The carbonation moderate.
Aroma: Somewhat sweet a bit like honey, with grassy and lesser grapefruit rind notes.
Taste: Quite malty, the opening of the test is like fresh-baked bread drizzled with honey. As the taste progresses, there are floral hop notes, and towards the close, some mild medicinal hops. The taste finishes rather cleanly.
Mouth fee: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: An excellent, refreshing summer beer, very well done.
Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Chimay chalice.
07-29-2012 13:51:49 | More by Pegasus
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a clear golden color with a solid 1 inch ivory head that lingers, eventually dissipating into a nice pool of foam.
Aroma is light, fairly grainy, with a touch of corn and slightly sweet malt. Floral hops are subtle.
Flavor reveals more complexity, though grain still dominates. There's also a substantial corny aspect to the profile. Slight hints of green apple are somewhat offputting, carrying into a lightly bitter finish.
Body is a touch heavier than expected, with significant carbonation helping to keep the flavor fresh.
Overall, a very sessionable brew. Wouldn't pay 3 bucks a can for it again, though.
08-07-2012 05:30:48 | More by barczar
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
Had on tap at the Brewery during its first weeks release.
A - Slightly hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing
S - Has a faint smell slightly sweet malt
T - Follows the scent with light flavors
M - This beer has a light body with medium caarbonation to it
D - This is a session beer all the way generally not a style that gets me excited but I could drink this all day while watching sports worth trying
10-25-2008 19:31:21 | More by armock
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Acquired this from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
A: This beer pours a hazy orange color with two finger of white creamy head. Head retains nicely leaving a thick coating of sticky lacing.
S: Nose is of pale malts, grain, touch of citrus and floral hops.
T: Taste starts with a bit of lemon citrus hops. Malt character quickly takes over - pale malts, grain and a hint of biscuit fill through the middle. Finish then has a fruity nature of some apple and banana in the finish coupled with a hint of floral hops.
M: Light body, medium carbonation, with a light but creamy feeling on the tongue.
D: Well balanced, nicely blended, decent representation of style, goes down very easy and definitely one to sit with for a while.
03-23-2010 00:03:32 | More by Jayli
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-29-2010 17:59:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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
4.08/5 rDev +10%
A) Hazy dark gold/orange amber glass holds a half finger of tight white lace that clings to the sides of the glass.
S) Heady orange blossom citric floral blend with a mild yeast character.
T) Excellent balance, doesn't taste sweet or bitter, but has light hop flavors and a malty grainy finish. A little yeast flavor punches up the beer.
M) Medium heavy body is surprising given the mild tastes, lower carbonation helps.
D) Yep, keep them coming. I can see this being a staple canned beer setting beer; lake, pool, sun, yum. Really nice work, very clean and flavorful. Blonde beer done right.
05-18-2009 22:31:25 | More by HardTarget
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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
Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
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