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Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Knockout BlondeKnockout Blonde

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BA SCORE
89
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weiß glass.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a small but really nice and creamy white head that billows over the top of my glass. The nose is almost wheaty with some really nice earthy herbal grassy notes.

Taste is awesome, generally I find blonde ales to be pretty 'meh' but this is very well done, the C hops really give this something to work with, it's bitter and sweet while still being very easy drinking and smooth. The mouthfeel is spot on, a bit thick with light carbonation, theres a bitter finish that rounds it out well.

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Hazy golden with a small near-white head that leaves the glass extremely messy with sticky lace.

Appropriate and pleasurable aroma, with a good amount of floral and earthy hop character for a beer of this style. There's pronounced breadiness as well, which I would expect.

The flavor is nice, though simple. Floral and earthy hops, bready, and a touch of sweet cracker come together nicely. Moderate bitterness for the style. Exceptionally drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A very nice, tasty blonde.

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shufon for sending me this bottle of LFL Knockout Blonde.

It's hard to imagine that blondes and cream ales were created by the microbrew movement as an alternative to light and pale lagers. This beer is a huge departure from these beer in the taste department. Knockout is BMC pale with a nice sticky head. Crisp hops and slightly sweet malt decorate the nose. The beer is super bitter with a nice crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very good, I wish this were easier to get here in Philly because this would be a great BBQ beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Club. A tasty blonde, funk in the taste, a funky dirty blonde. Nice hops, piney and a little citrus. A sipper. Lace sheet.Complex and something I would have on a regular basis, as it would yield different flavour profile each time

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle says 5%, not 6.1%.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with no head until the very end. Small white head that leaves 3/4 coverage as it dies down. Quite a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell - Herbal hops. Gives it a saison aroma. Almost nothing by way of malt. A hop bomb of a light beer.

Taste - Herbal hops, pine, and everything else hoppy wonderful. Grainy malt comes through here. Strong bitter aftertaste. It's a bottle of hops. And it's really good.

Mouthfeel - It's a little strong on the bitterness, but it's really easy drinking. Well carbonated. Light and crisp.

Overall - The best session beer I've ever had, probably? I just had two Hill Farmstead blondes the other night and I'm fooling myself into thinking that blondes are all like this. Only in ABV is this a blonde. It's really like a super hoppy pale ale/ Really nice.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this was fairly nice for the style, nothing on it really stood out from anything else I’ve had. I really wish it would have been a little more complex here if I am completely honest. The earthy characters going on here were definitely the dominate aspect going on. Worth trying if you get the chance, but personally I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blonde ale? More like a light IPA. Nice orangy blonde color with a beautiful creamy white head. Nice balance of hop notes with some grapefruit notes and a healthy dose of pine.

An aptly named beer with the hops packing quite the punch. Bitter and fruity with just enough malt to keep things in line. Pretty light mouthfeel but finishes nice and crisp.

Overall, a excellent easy drinking hop-forward beer. Nothing really blonde about it, just doesn't quite have the heft to make it a pale ale I guess.

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 ounce bottle that was part of the 2012 batch. Sampled on June 2, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy straw-pale yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head that settles down eventually. The aroma is full of earthy, piney hops with a little zesty citrus, grainy malts, and some yeast. The body is in the medium range but kind of acidic. The taste begins grainy with a moderate to bold bitter hop note on the end. But with each taste the hop flavor warms and grows. An enjoyable beer.

Photo of scottg
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a hazy gold color with a one finger white head with good retention leaving patchy lacing. Aromas of lemon, biscuity malt and wheat. Light malty flavors with noble hop flavors with a lemony bite to it. High carbonation, light body there is a clean crisp mouthfeel with an extra dry finish.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased fresh on July 20th. Poured in to Bruery tulip. ABV listed at 5%.

A - Golden yellow with one finger of bright white head.

S - A light hop aroma up front with some lemon and earthy notes. A fairly big malt backbone contributes bready aromas and provides good balance.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with lemon, grassy and floral flavours. The malts provide some bready flavours and a good sweetness that balances this beer out well.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not what I expected from the label, which listed cascade and centennial hops but I go no aroma or flavour from them. Perhaps they were used just for bittering. This beer was true to the style.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light a light translucent orange. The keyword there is translucent, light passes through but there isn't really any clarity to speak of. Mostly hop bitterness on the nose, nothing terribly exciting here. First thing I detect is a bready flavor, but the hops come through at the finish. Ultimately there doesn't seem to be too much going on with this beer, but that's fine as nothing about it offends the palate. Really, I feel like I could keep drinking it all night... too bad I've only got one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i found a blonde ale I liked! the style has always been my thorn in the side, but this i loved!

golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly,

Aroma was light, but nice and complex with light hops, Light notes of peach and light grain really come through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, and really let the light fruit notes pop,. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle purchased at the coop. Pours a nice clear golden with thick foamy head. Really great hop aromas, citrus and pine. Taste is a bit blah...it has very little personality and is super dry. Well...blonde ales in general are usually pretty lacking in flavor and personality, so I guess when compared to most blonde ales, this has way more to offer...including abv. Nice brew and somewhat superior blonde, but when it comes to overall drinking experience, Lawson makes better brews than this.

Photo of Hopstamon
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored this beauty in a trade. Poured into one of my favorite imperial pint glasses... and it was game on.

Poured out in a wonderful golden color with a nice fluffy head. Crisp,fresh,light citrus hop character that search for.

A very refreshing beer with a nice balanced hop/malt profile to it... in fact I'd like to have another right now.

Will look to score it again when available.

Photo of aasher
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson. Thanks Adam!

Knockout Blonde pours a light bodied, bright honey gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It looks great. The nose is pretty bland and average for the style, just pale malts and honey. The flavors are somewhat dry and bitter. It features pale malt, an ever so slight touch of honey, and a prominent bitterness perhaps from the hops. That said, it certainly isn't hoppy. It drinks light and dry and is really a pretty mellow beer. I wouldn't necessarily buy this if I saw it but it wouldn't be a bad beer to open after a hot day ate pool or in the yard.

Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Warren General Store during a beer raid of Vermont. Batch 168, bottle 55, poured into a Hill Farmstead pint glass. The beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a bright copper center. The pour produces a thick two finger paper-white head that fades slowly, leaving bubbly lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is crisp crackery malts, hay and earthy hops. Very simple, very clean, somewhat muted but nice.

The taste is much hoppier than the smell. Light citrus, earthy hops and faint orange peels introduce the flavors. The crackery light malts make another appearance before a nice bitter piney hops finishes this one off.

The beer is light bodied, well carbonated and has a nice bitter, dry finish. The 6% abv is well incorporated into the flavors, this one is very drinkable, I was I had more than one bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at The Warren Store. Batch 164, Bottle 24.

Pours a golden color with a hint of peach. There is a one-finger white head with some spotty lacing. The nose brings some grains and quite a bit of fresh hops. There is a bit of light Amarillo-like hops. Fresh and a bit of green hops. There are also some light pine and floral notes. Definite fresh hop flavor with some floral and herbal notes. Light to medium body and quite drinkable.

Photo of founddrama
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid. Not as bitter as the label would lead you to believe. But that's fine by me.

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter fizzy but slightly fluffy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly with spotted lacing, over mostly clear slight chill hazed golden honey colored beer.

Nose has some light golden malts, hint of sweetness but seems mostly dry, a light aromatic toasty malt, but all light malt no crystal or anything more roasted. Then light spicy hops, a bit floral and hint grassy hop character. The aroma is pretty nice despite being on the lighter side.

Taste starts lighter as well but with a nice big malty kick, toasty cracked malt, with a hint of straw and very slight cracker, and a light creamy smooth but almost juicy malt character. The hops kick in fairly quickly as well, bringing slightly spicy, floral, and grassy hops, which turn pretty earthy quickly, and leave lots of hop oily tastes and feel, it has a slight fatty acid oil like taste. The bitterness starts light at first as the beer drowns it out, but as it moves towards the finish it gets a lot more bitter. The finish is quite bitter, it even hints at an astringent character since the beer itself is pretty light. Finish is dry, long spicy earthy hop character.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb, a little oily from the hops.

Overall pretty good. Mostly drinkable except the big bitter spicy earthy hop finish, and slight oily taste. Big hop character for a blond, but nice malts. The hops go a little overboard, but still tasty.

Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki shared this one. thanks alex!

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. bottle #2 of 90. sampled july 1/2010.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace.

aroma is good. tons of hops. grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. earthy. bit floral. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. caramel and honey.

taste is nice. juicy citrusy hops. grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. biscuit and whole wheat bread. light alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. big malt and hop profile. good stuff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. It pours a mildly hazy goldenrod topped by a finger-and-a-half of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, mild brett-like funk, light wheat, and a smidgen of bold banana. A strong whiff of lemon zest wafts up as the beer warms. The taste holds notes of waxy lemon rind, light brett-ish funk, dirt, and a vague but sharp bitterness that pervades the finish and malingers a bit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I found the odd bitterness to be too much to overcome here, especially considering the style. Not my cup o' tea.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd who sent this one as an extra in our most recent trade.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a big, fizzy white head and some mild lacing.

S: This is a rather hoppy blonde ale, but it all seems to be European hops. Intensely floral and earthy with some mild spice and herb notes to it. A decent maltiness which provides some sweetness and a little bit of bread.

T: Herbal and floral hops provide a strong flavor initially and throughout the sip. Pale malts and a light bread character give the sweetness to the beer. Just a hint of bitterness is present on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

O: Definitely a different take on the blonde ale, and certainly for the better.

Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big citrus notes with good balancing malt character. Golden straw color with off white head. If I could get this in a six pack it would always be in my fridge. Not sure if this really should be called a blonde but regardless I its too good to not get high marks. More to come from notes laters.

Photo of Ericness
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Another part of a trade. Again, many thanks.

Appearance: Light golden body with a lacy white head.

Smell: Fantastic! First whiff is like fresh hops with a sweetness and something else I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Light, and hoppy. As it warms I get kind of an unbalanced bitterness that is a bit disappointing after that first smell. There's also a cracker almost yeasty taste going on.

Mouth Feel: Light body with pleasant bubbles.

Overall: A satisfying beer but goes slightly wrong for me somewhere, probably in that slight bitterness unbalance I picked up. I don't think the carb helped that so much later on in the beer but a decent bottle nonetheless.

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer comes in a darker blonde straw yellow.

The aroma is of classic American hops. Orange, lemon zest, floral, fruity honey sweetness.

The flavor follows of that hint of honey sweetness, then lots of grapefruit peel and pith throughout. A medium plus bitterness of grapefruit, floral, and grassy and pine.

A crackery malt profile makes this beer slightly different from a classic American pale ale, which this very much tastes like (SN Pale Ale, Bear Republic Grand Am).

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Knockout Blonde from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.