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Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Knockout BlondeKnockout Blonde

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BA SCORE
89
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009)
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Brad007

Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Great color for what should be an epic beer.

The aroma can be described as containing sweet malt with just the right touch of hops. Very crisp and fresh.

Taste? Lots of hops to appease the taste buds, but not to a point where they're overkill. Grainy, sweet and buttery malt compliment the hop profile, which is light, floral and can be attributed to a healthy dose of Cascade and Centennial hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy malt and hops. It's pleasant and leaves my palate desiring more.

Wow. This certainly is a knockout for the style. At 6.1%, it's the big sister to Papelblonde. I can't really think of much else that could top this style-wise. Kudos to Sean for yet another excellent style interpretation!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 00:43:33 | More by Brad007
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:03:14 | More by mikesgroove
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dashmartino

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation of the style. Split one with my girlfriend With the first sip it is s weet, then the hops come on, with a smooth, non-lingering finish. Very enjoyable. Could drink a few of these quite easily! Best "blonde ale" I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:24:11 | More by dashmartino
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Hopstamon

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:32:58 | More by Hopstamon
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JChristopher

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Knockout Blonde is a nurturing ale. Living up to its vivacious name, it is a fine beer to look at in the glass and its scent is attractive and fetching. Imagine the light, airy, yeasty aroma of bread in a hearth coasting through the air on a summer's day. Take that bright, light malty tone and imagine the staccato notes of grapefruit and pine from a lingering hop presence. The taste is exactly like the scent. It is a perfect summer beer to me. The mouthfeel is spectacular. It leaves a pleasant thickness at the back of the mouth and finishes a bit dry with the hops. This is a spectacular ale and another wonderful accomplishment by Lawson's.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:45:42 | More by JChristopher
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Conor for this one.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a short-lived white head that recedes to a soapy cap and leaves delicate lacing.

Aroma is pretty hopped up for a blonde with some light lemony citrus hops as well as bready malts. There are hints of juicy citrus like pineapple and grapefruit but they're muted.

The taste starts with the light lemon zest and floral hops. But they're extremely light with some bready malts underneath. The finish is clean and dry.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and highly carbonated, close to perfect for the style.

As a blond ale, this one is fantastic. To be fair, it's really hopped up for the style, but it still doesn't feel out of balance and I could drink this all night long. Possibly the best blond ale I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:31:25 | More by gford217
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for hooking me up with every Lawson's beer I've had the pleasure to drink. Thanks a ton Michael! Batch #168, Bottle#57.

A: Pours a pale amber-gold with a billowing off-white head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells a lot like a pale ale with big notes of grassy hops, light notes of sweet tropical fruits, and a touch of citrus and straw.
T: Follows the nose with a light sweet hoppy flavor. Exceptionally clean flavors with just the right amount bitterness. Finish has some crackery pale malt notes, and the aftertaste has a touch of grapefruit and bubblegum.
M: Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and soft.
D: My third beer by this brewery and I continue to be impressed. This has got to be one of the easiest drinking beers of all time. Thanks again Michael. Please keep the Lawson's beers coming!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:18:41 | More by scottfrie
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UA8

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 00:15:42 | More by UA8
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koopa

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale blond with a 1 finger white crown that shows decent retention and lace.

Smell: Hallertau / saaz type herbal hops over light amount of pale malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but the hops take center stage. This blond is hoppy enough to come off more like an imperial pilsner or a belgian ipa even!

Mouthfeel: Crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Another solid offering from Lawsons!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 19:06:31 | More by koopa
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body with a fairly thin, frothy white head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Ok.

S: Hop-forward but balanced, with really light, bready, butterscotch malt behind strong, primarily floral hops. A touch of citrus, too. Great.

T: Follows the nose, but with a bit more emphasis on the citrus, with some lovely lemony hoppiness ahead of the dry, biscuity malts and clean, mildly bitter finish. Crisp, tasty, refreshing.

M: Light, bubbly, light-carbonated. Ok.

O: Excellent beer, particularly for the rather weak style. It's far from the most exciting beer the brewery produces, but it's well worth trying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 23:50:10 | More by woosterbill
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is yellow/orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass

The smell is hoppy with some nice citrus aroma. There is a touch of apricots among the bitter spicy hops here in the nose.

The taste is malty with some honey mixed in that I was not quite expecting. The hops are fruity and have some touches of grapefruit and lemon. There is some bitterness here but nothing to striking just a small poke at the end with a nice juicy fruit flavor to wash off some of that hop flavor so it doesn’t come on too strong.

The feel is smooth and goes down easy. This has a good medium body and was just about right for the hot day I am drinking this on

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 14:06:19 | More by Duhast500
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this appears to be Lawson’s version of an easy drinking blonde ale that will be easily accessible for a non beer geek crowd. I know my wife loves it and it’s clearly a quality brew.
Pillowy/fluffy bright white head is about a finger thick. Beer is a bright/clear brass color with a bubble or two escaping. Light sudsy lace.
Aroma is light, slightly sweet and mostly of lightly toasted grains.

Very balanced flavor and an enjoyable flavor. Bready and just beyond doughy in it’s flavor. Bitterness comes in at the end and it balances nicely with the initial sweetness and bread flavor. Mid palate there is sweet fruit that reminds me of light peach.

Light, refreshing and quaffable.

Nice representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:56:00 | More by Reagan1984
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 20:31:20 | More by kingcrowing
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:29:16 | More by Soonami
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

A big thanks to jedwards for breaking this out. Bottle #98 out of #168. Pours a beautiful orange-gold with a semi-hazy clarity; no head on this one. Nose is light and citrusy on a pale malt backbone. Taste follows nose with a pleasant piny/citrusy hops character in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation. Not a big complex beer, but perhaps the best example of the style I've had the opportunity to try to date. Easy drinking and quite flavorful; I would drink this all the time if it were more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:26:05 | More by Jwale73
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to stowehop for picking this up for me. Batch #130, Bottle #90. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of eggshell foam. Rings of lace remain after the head settles to a thick ring and some patchy haze. The body is a hazed apricot orange color.

S - Smells like a hoppy blonde ale - orange citrus, and a touch of noble hop spice, overlaid on a toffee and honey malt backbone. Maybe a touch of fruity yeast character too.

T - I like the taste better, as it has less of the zest and more of the hop juiciness in the flavor, and bitterness in the aftertaste. The malt character ties things together, but never gets to heavy - which is what I want from this style of beer. More of a 4.25, but I was generous elsewhere I guess.

M - Light-medium body, with low but active carbonation. Pretty smooth texture, and quite refreshing.

D - This is a superb session beer - I'd love to have it again some time.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 21:09:59 | More by MasterSki
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a bright orange/gold color. Head is quite foamy. This is a great looking beer. Body looks illuminated. Light to medium lacing.

S-A very well hopped Blonde. I get some cracker and grain and even a bit of honey in the nose. Hop forward but where is great balance.

T-This beer packs quite a bit of hoppy bill of flavor. The hops are quite piney and moderately citrus-driven. The hops are predominantly pine. This is a bold Blonde Ale.

M-Oh, I could drink this for days. Lighter bodied and plenty of bubbles. Finishes quite dry and the flavors of grass and pine linger and linger.

O/D-I love extravagantly hopped interpretations of generally non-abrasive beer styles. This is a vixen in a bottle. She has her ass-kicker boots on too. Very tasty but very easy drinking. Memorable. Surprised to see this clock in at over 6% ABV; feels like a 5%er.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:46:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #2 on the "Top Beers - American Blonde Ale" on beeradvocate.com. A long time want and a top 5 beer for the style, very excited about this. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The ABV is a little on the high side but it is a great beer, mildly hoppy, nice finish.

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, nice carbonation.

Aroma is malty with hints of pine hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, wet finish, no after taste, a moderate bitterness on the back end, a very enjoyable beer. I'd definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 15:24:55 | More by drabmuh
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch #184. Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clouded golden orange color, darker than expected for the style, with a small creamy head. Head quickly fades to a thin film and leaves behind thick rings of lacing.

Aroma is crisp and bready with a mild ripe fruit and grassy hop finish. Very green and fresh.

Medium thick body, sharply carbonated with a grainy and citric hop finish. Flavor has a strong biscuit and bready malt body with a smooth, though not particularly bitter, green hop taste. More of an APA than a Blonde, the hops though well balanced by the malt body are still potent and aggressive. A solid all around offering, but not quite as exciting as Double Sunshine is.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:04:34 | More by yourefragile
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foiled bottle, #2 of 90. MasterSki shared this one!

Pours a hazy golden yellow, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, drops a ton of lacing all over, looks pretty good.

Smell is nice, very toasty, honey sweetness, floral, a touch of caramel and some light fruitiness, peaches, mangoes, refreshing stuff, nice aroma.

Taste is similar, some grapefruit and orange up front, honey, caramel, some nice toast and a touch of biscuit, floral, very refreshing profile, solid bitterness in the finish, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty nice blonde ale, very drinkable and refreshing with some nice character. Thanks Alex!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:06:21 | More by Viggo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 22:45:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:31:18 | More by jlindros
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scottg

Vermont

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 02:32:33 | More by scottg
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:01:33 | More by puboflyons
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, herbal notes, hints of pine

T-light caramel malt, citrus, pine, grassy herbal flavors, nice hoppy character

F-light to medium body with nice carbonation, crisp

O-an interesting blonde ale, easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 17:02:54 | More by MDDMD
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Knockout Blonde from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.