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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Redhook Blonde combines the best attributes of a flavorful golden ale with the refreshing qualities of a lager. The ale is brewed with three different malts and two hop varietals. Lightly roasted barley and a touch of wheat, combined with an ample portion of hops, creates a truly crowd pleasing beer.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a sweet and slightly fruity finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:51:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple. First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:51:09 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second sampling: Not expecting anything great from this beer, I was plesantly surprised. More flavor and aroma than in most Blondes. A bit more sweetness in the way of fruitiness (peaches, pears) that offset a would-be grain flavor and astingent texture. Though slight on head retention, the carbonation was abundant and prickles the mouth a bit. Just slight of being medium bodied and textured, the sweetness gives a richer flavor than the name suggests. Finsihes moderately clean with a grain flavor persisting.

First sampling 7-17-05: An ordinary attept by an ordinary brewery of an ordinary style. Smells lightly sweet, corn like, grainy, and earthy. Tastes like corn sugar powdered sugar. A little like buttered popcorn. Mild hop character gives little earthy and bitterness. Mild body that reveals graininess and a little astringency. Continues to water as it travels across the palate. Finishes sharp and abrupt, but crisp.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 23:25:23 | More by BEERchitect
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I've passed this one so many times... Thankfully, a single made itself available recently, so I finally decided to give it a shot. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose is a blast of buttery biscuit, with little else getting in the way. The taste changes things up a bit (thankfully), with notes of orange zest, light lemon peel, caramel, and light buttery toffee coming through. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, nothing too interesting going on here, but nothing all that offensive, either. Just another blah beer that's gonna be passed over by me in the future...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 05:59:52 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Lightly roasted barley, subtle hops, a touch of wheat."

Cast in clear gold, with small, down to none head...

Faint, but pleasant enough aroma.."Subtle hops" is right...

Very meek and mild on the palate as well, with that "touch of wheat" prominent on first gulp...it works well, and adds a certain characteristic to the mouthfeel that sets it apartment, and keeps it from being an entirely dull-as-dishwater blonde ale...but just barely...

Very light in body, with a scant, wheaty/citric finish..."refreshing" indeed.

Not my favorite kind of beer, but this does it's business well, and I hope it is enjoyed by those kind of people who enjoy this kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 22:22:02 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and carapils malt scent with a fruity yeast finish; refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale malt flavor with a slightly fruity and grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking American blonde despite it's flaws.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 23:55:54 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out golden color with a small head. It is highly carbonated and left no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast.

T - There was a slight malt and grain taste. It also had some floral and citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp and very light-bodied.

D - I find it very drinkable. It isn't going to overload you with flavors or hops but is a very good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 23:04:40 | More by zeff80
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey golden hue off white cream tinted frothy head leaves sporadic specks of lacing. Aroma: Biscuit malts plus 2 row pale malts, touch of honey and fruit character, hint of alcohol and wheat not bad. Taste: A clean semi flavorful Bud-Hook product nice for sipping on in session flavor is reserved mild hops semi sweet with a touch of honey for the malt profile relatively clean and nonofffensive. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation nothing too special to note. Drinkability: Not a bad chill and watch the game type of beer, light crisp decent flavored blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 13:49:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blonde, with a smallish white head, no lacing, fair retention.

S: Very malty, almost wheaty smell, some grapes and apples in there, very pungent.

T: Same wheaty and slightly fruity flavour as in the smell, clean finish of green apples.

M: Really light, needs more carbonation IMO.

D: Let's be honest, this isn't going to have as much impact as a great IPA or tripel, but as a blonde ale it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:59:31 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice straw yellow color, good carbonation with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Taste was typical of most of them, lighlty hoppy, smooth not much body, character or love in this one. A drinkable beer but not one I would have over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 02:20:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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Billolick

New York

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, "Bottled" dating etched onto label of 08 07 06, pours light, yellow and clear, with a white head, grassy and slightly skunky nose leads things off. Light brew, more moldy grass notes. sort of a cloying, oily, over dry mouthfee. Drink this one super cold and you should be fine, semi-micro lawn mower beer, not the best one in the sampler box it came in. The last 1/3 of this was a drain pour, not worth the calories and alcohol...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 22:14:06 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin film of white head a few big bubbles launching from the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of pale malt has a light noble hop aroma that is almost chemical without any depth. There is a faint dry grain and corn note in the background.

T- The taste of hop bitterness is all I get from the first sip. That flavor of dry corn hangs on the breath when I exhale. As it warms a bit there is a very light note of pale malt but it is hidden by the hops. The finish is pretty dry and crisp.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- This beer his light and crisp and has many lager qualities but it doesn't have the nice depth of malt and the hops are punch and bland.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 19:34:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Chrystal clear amber color. No nose. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts with hints of sweetness some hop bite, finish is clean, would be a good summer beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 23:16:00 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale in appearance with a basic lacing, clarity is fine. Faint aroma of malt and very clean with not much going on. Big on crispness with a tight but light pale malt body. Quick bitter kiss of hops keeps the brew in balance, hints of dough biscuits and husky grain in the finish. A decent extra pale ale, nothing to go crazy over.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2003 03:44:34 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8 Aug 05 Pours a clear golden color, some carbonation, very small head, light lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malt, sweet, and grassy. Nice taste kinda sweet with a little bit of a hop flavor, smooth feeling. Light body. Very drinkable, a good reprecitation of the style. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 01:03:23 | More by Wasatch
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plaid75

New York

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw colored hue with a finger and a half of foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Mild aroma of malt and hop with a touch of spiciness, perhaps coriander.

The taste was clean and, like the smell, very subtle. The light taste made the beer very refreshing and the touch of hop and spice gave it a bit of character.

The mouthfeel was clean as well. Went down nice and smooth.

A nice drinkable ale. Would be a nice first ale for lager drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 17:29:46 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy looking yellow. Aroma was the faintest sweetness.

Taste, middle of the road, minimal hopping, but a tang, that faint sweetness again, very little malt heft, but enough to separate it from a lesser classification. This is a decently built beer for a summer day or girlfriend. Good enough for me around the pool.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:37:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours clear golden and has a nice frothy white head that retains nicely. It has a nice little malty aroma. Nothing substantial about the taste however. Fairly bland. Maybe a bit of a lemon like zest to it. Very little malt character and no hop accents to speak of. Light body. I could easily drink more than one of these, but I wouldn't seek it out and would prefer many other light colored beers over this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 19:23:05 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Straw colored with a large soapy head that recedes to a film.

S. Hay like malt smell. Faint grassy hops.

T. Fairly light in flavor. A decent helping of malt. Some wheat is hiding in there but not overstated. Hops are noble and add a decent balance. Mineral water aftertaste.

M. Light and slightly watery. Carbonation level is decent.

D. A fairly new style. I would say this is an unremarkable beverage, but compared to some of its contemporaries, its above decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 02:52:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The quintessential blonde beer color, of course a pleasing to the eye crystal clear gold color, the head impressive in size, frothy in texture, bright white and the lace fine sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, clean, fresh and pleasant enough. Lightly sweet at the front, skeletal top, bitingly acidic finish that has a decent hop presence, dry aftertaste and a good “Lawn mowing beer”.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 16:36:59 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Golden blond with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and malty. Light. Crisp. Inoffensive.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Smooth. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Ditto.

Verdict: Not bad. Drinkable. Sessionable. Impressive? Not so much. Good summer beer? Check.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:06:25 | More by Brad007
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass. Bottled 080408

Color is a golden straw. It looks like a combination of the two colors used on the label. Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer over that rests on the beer. Left very minimal lacing.

Smell is kind of citrusy.. lemon and orange zests. There is also a banana clove aroma.

Taste is citrusy with banana notes, just like the smell. There are also some bready malts.

Mouthfeel is dull, seems a tad undercarbonated. It leaves a pretty clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is nothing special. It doesn't have to much of a complex taste to it. No major malts or major hops. Maybe a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:40:43 | More by mothman
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beertunes

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice honey gold color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

I could smell the skunk as I poured the beer. Under the skunk was a what was probably a very nice grain scent at one time. The taste was the same, this was probably a nice brew once, but when I got it, it was underwhelming.

The body was a bit thin for the style, yet managed to still be kinda sticky. Drinkability was decent, but below average for the style. Overall, if you're in the mood for this style, try a different example.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:42:51 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught version. Golden colored with a medium head that lasted fairly long, also lively carbonation. Sweet yeasty/citrusy aroma that bordered on a German Wheat. Light and refreshing if a little on the sweet side. I did enjoy this one somewhat, but mostly because I got it on tap. I'm not sure how well this would translate to a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2002 10:24:57 | More by Dogbrick
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light orange in color and clear. The head foamed up nicely but JB’ed on me in less than ten seconds.

Smell – Very light malt undertones give way to a cheap, fruity sweetness.

Taste – The cheap Gummi-Bear sugars come out in the taste as well. The malt is almost undetectable. There’s a very light citrus hop balance but you really have to look for it.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and kind of refreshing. This light-bodied ale might do alright on a hot summer day, but I’m in Seattle in late October and it’s frickin’ cold.

Drinkability – It almost crossed the line from “drinkable” to “sinkable,” but I think I’ll stick with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:00:55 | More by RoyalT
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Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.