Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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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

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

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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 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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
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.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Served in a Lawson's Finest Liquids snifter. Classy. The beer appears crystal clear and light orange hued with an inch of foamy white head. The aroma is mild, offering a touch of hops, bready malts. The flavor brings notes of citrus, followed by sourdough bread and a bitter hop finish. Light bodied and flavorful. A solid example of the style.

Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

A pale gold bodied beer with a small cap of white foam that settles slowly and good lacing. Aroma is fairly mild, some tropical and citrus fruit hoppiness, traces of floral notes, pine resin and pale malt.

Tropical fruit, lemon, orange hop notes in the flavor; somewhat muted, with a bit of aggressive bitterness overshadowing the subtleties to some degree. Floral and herbal notes also emerge. Moderate pale malt sweetness, with some grain and breadiness. Not bad, but perhaps a little bland. Certainly comes off unexciting in comparison to Lawson’s other fantastic hoppy beers like Double Sunshine and now, Three Penny Especiale.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and dry. A good beer but not the apex of the Lawson’s portfolio.

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 Viggo
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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 rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this at the Warren Store in Warren, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an awesome crystal clear light gold with a nice almost two finger creamy white head that leaves lots of good, sticky side lacing.

S - Lightly hopped with some faint honey. Fair amount of biscuit and grains with this. I was expecting a bigger hop profile.

T - Taste is much better with more of those biscuity malts and grains along with some nice honey sweetness. Fair amount of floral hops on the pallet, with a touch of earthyness and a nice light bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice for a blonde, super drinkable, crisp, nice light bitter finish.

O - Overall this is a fairly solid blonde from the boys at Lawson's Finest. That said, theres better blonde offerings out there in my opinion.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Michael.

Light golden orange with a dense, white head with no real retention or lacing. The nose is enjoyable with a grainy, bready malt character upon with a citrusy and fruity hop aroma is layered. Clean and nice, this is quite refreshing. The palate opens lightly bready, a little watery and with a moderate hop flavor with citrus, honey and toast. Mildly bitter, this beer is bready and grainy on the finish, clean, a little grassy and moderately hoppy. Thoroughly enjoyable. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I think this batch was labeled 5.1 % or so.

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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 gford217
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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).

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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!

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