Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 209
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 3.69%
Wants: 43
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

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Photo of aasher
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of JChristopher
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pour is a hazy golden straw with a massive, rocky white head. Big lacing.

S-Bready malt, floral and citric hops, not overly done.

T-Very nice flavors, with a nice bready malt base and good crisp bitter hoppiness. Not what I expect from an American blonde, to which I say "thank God!".

M-Light to medium bodied, moderately dry.

O-A nice take on a blonde, aggressively hopped for the style to add interest, nice base beer underneath.

HV (441 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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 (766 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy golden-straw-yellow pour, thick white head and good lacing.

Aroma: Honeysuckle sweet, very floral

Taste: Again, a bit sweet, honeysuckle, with some grapefruit pith and perhaps a too-agressive bitterness. Not sure I would call this a "blode ale," over-hopped for the style

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Good beer that could easily be lost in the sea of IPAs and double IPAs. (430 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Hopstamon
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (951 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of bbenvenuti
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch #164, bottle #39

Slightly darker than your typical blonde ale. The hop character does not jump out in the smell, but is definitely present when you take a drink. I typically expect (and love!) lots of hops in the Lawson's beer but this one is more mellow. Overall a nice take on a blonde ale, very refreshing beer with a nice balanced hop/malt profile to it. Would love to have a stock of these available during the summer months. (437 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (799 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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! (728 characters)

Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (493 characters)

Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of scottg
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (359 characters)

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Knockout Blonde from Lawson's Finest Liquids
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.