Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.72/5 rDev +18%
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!
10-30-2010 00:43:33 | More by Brad007
4.68/5 rDev +17%
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
08-21-2011 18:03:14 | More by mikesgroove
4.6/5 rDev +15%
Cloudy golden yellow pour,half finger of bone white head,spotty lacing in the tulip.
Orange zest and a whiff of banana bread, slightly herbal/piney also. Notable difference as it warms up, as if it blossoms.
Taste pretty closely mirrors the warmed up aroma.There is a solid orange peel zing that shines and becomes brighter upon warming as well as an herbal bitterness that counters the slightly sweet malt. This is one of those beers that starts out tasting good and ends up tasting great, the bomber went down all too easy.
Mouthfeel is light medium, goodly amount of carbonation without going overboard, and a piney bitterness that rests mid palate and hangs on for a spell.
The blonde ales I've had before have been pretty boring and monotone, but that wasn't the case with Knockout Blonde. Sean Lawson has a knack for interpreting styles with a certain verve, and panache. I wish I was able to get more of these as I enjoyed it more than I expected.
07-06-2014 03:10:06 | More by Hendry
4.6/5 rDev +15%
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!
07-20-2012 01:24:11 | More by dashmartino
4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
01-13-2011 19:32:58 | More by Hopstamon
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
05-21-2012 04:45:42 | More by JChristopher
4.4/5 rDev +10%
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.
03-20-2011 03:31:25 | More by gford217
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
12-29-2010 23:18:41 | More by scottfrie
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-28-2009 00:15:42 | More by UA8
Knockout Blonde from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.