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Knockout Blonde - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 209
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 45
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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 scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.97/5  rDev -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.


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Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up in Vermont about 2 weeks ago. Poured into pint glass. Bottle says 5% Alcohol not 6.1%.

A- Pours translucent golden with about a quarter finger of white bubbly head that quickly recedes, slightly below average carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing. Looks good for a blonde ale, except it could have used a little bit more carbonation.

S- Hops, wheat, light caramel malts, about average aroma strength, fairly appealing smell for a blonde.

T- Hops, some light caramel malts, some wheat, finishes a little bit bitter due to the hops with a tiny bit of pepper. A little bit of a hoppy wheat aftertaste that lingers for a little while. A little bit different for a blonde, but definitely interesting.

M- Fairly full bodied for a blonde ale, but slightly lighter then your average beer, average carbonation, slightly oily and juicy, easily drinkable.

O- This was an interesting blonde ale. I'm usually not a huge fan of blonde ales, but this one wasn't bad although definitely not my favorite Lawson's offering. I recommend trying it if you like blonde ales, but definitely not a must have.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Hendry
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice medium straw color with one finger of head.
Smells nice, good hop aromas, light breadiness.
Tastes very nice, full flavor with nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel was really nice as well, very drinkable.
Overall, this is a flavorful beer and the 2014 edition is only 5.0 ABV. It tasted stronger than that which I enjoyed.

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Photo of scottg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of dashmartino
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of Hopstamon
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of JChristopher
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Ericness
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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Photo of bbenvenuti
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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