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Blonde Ambition - Great South Bay Brewery

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great South Bay Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2010)
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Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on Bellport Beer's expanded tap unit today, and though I tasted this at the brewery a few months ago, I wanted to see if it had updated or changed.

The copper-gold ale poured well with a fragrant head of apricots and malt into my tall shaker pint. I inhaled the aroma a few times and guessed this would be great with fresh heros containing ham and swiss cheese.

The first taste invited the second with ease as the creamy wheat of the base seemed as if it was topped with apricot frosting. The slight dryness on the end suggested there were some hops hiding in the mix, but their names escaped me as I polished off the growler easily.

This is one of the easiest drinking beers or introductory craft beers with training wheels that I can think of. I am honored to know that this local product and it's designers as they have made a splash on Long Island and the rippling news of their initial success have inspired other local brewers to go pro.

bonbright7, Nov 03, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled somewhere I cant remember, on Long Island.

Pours medium light honey amber, near clear, off white head with decent staying power, fine bits amd strands of lace left behind.

Light hint of toast in the nose.

Light and easy drinking, just a bit more toasty flavor, along with a hint of honey and apricots, minor bittering.

Summer beer all the way, simple, straight forward,refreshing and pleasant enough.

Billolick, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden in color, soaplike foam. Clear and some lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of apricots. Very fruity aroma. Also some scents of wheat.

T - Refreshing taste. Sweet with apricots. This is a great summer beer for the beach.

M - Crisp, a little bite on the tongue. Very light. Great drinker.

O - I think this is a solid ale fromt he lcoal guys. Cheers!

socon67, May 21, 2011
Photo of Bieniek30
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bieniek30, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear honey straw color with a small wispy white head that settles into nothingness.

The aroma is a tad doughy with a grassy/peppery note. Some general fruitiness.

A doughy malt flavor with an almost sugary apriot presence. This beer is oddly sweet. There is a very light grassy hop note, not enough to balance out the sweet profile. The initial flavor was a bit shocking but it blends after a few sips.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. The beer has a bit of a weight to it. I would prefer this beer to be more dry.

The first sip was a bit of a surprise but I grew into it. Not quite as refreshing as I would have hoped probably due to the sweetness.

Gmann, May 31, 2011
Photo of disruptor32
4.5/5  rDev +22%

disruptor32, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

pjkelley82, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of BLACKBEARDNY
4/5  rDev +8.4%

BLACKBEARDNY, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of JKIPA05
3/5  rDev -18.7%

JKIPA05, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving wisps of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose; these become prominent once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of apricots and has slight hints of sweetness from the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not a big fan of blonde ales, but I really enjoyed this one as the aromas and flavors of apricots kept it from being bland. The lighter body nature of this beer makes it very easy to drink, and I could see this as being a good beer for the beach or the pool on a hot summer day.

metter98, May 24, 2014
Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

cestlavie, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a whispy foam cap.

The smell featured apricot and a doughy malt.

The taste was fruity (apricots mostly) with a light breadiness and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical if the style with subtle carbonation.

Overall an interesting and fruity ale.

plaid75, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of david18
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of athenmonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

athenmonk, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

CHickman, May 26, 2013
Photo of krampert11
4/5  rDev +8.4%

krampert11, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +8.4%

SadMachine, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of cstrong821
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- great golden color, light foam.

S- somewhat fruity aroma with hints of citrus and apricot

T- very refreshing light taste perfect for a hot summer day.

M-crisp light and smooth, very drinkable.

O- one of my personal favorites, great for summer bbqs, cant wait for Great South Bay to start bottling.

cstrong821, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Ford
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Ford, May 18, 2014
Photo of clay23
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

clay23, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of gskitt
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a real surprise. Pours a pale golden, decent head but dissipates quickly. Smells of tropical fruit, wild honey. Tastes of mango, melon, lemon, sweet tea, only the slightest bitter hops on the end. Mouthfeel was spot on. Just the right amount of carbonation, perfect summer beer. Very impressed, good on ya GSB.

gskitt, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at finney's on fire island. Brew arrived with a clear gokden color and a thin frothy white head. Really nice sweetness. Very tasty smelling. Almost a bit of lavender in the smell. Taste is equally impressive. Again nice sweetness, malt heavy. Finishes a tad nitter. Smooth and easy to drink.

cosmicevan, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of DCH
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DCH, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -18.7%

sirsteve42, Oct 31, 2013
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Blonde Ambition from Great South Bay Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.