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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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304 Ratings

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Photo of UnionMade
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a local pizza joint. Seeing as my other alcoholic selections were bud, bud light and Mikes hard lemonade, I was very grateful.
The glass (which happened to be a Bud "retro" pint) came filled with a bubbly straw golden liquid, topped with an ample white head. The grease from my grinder quickly took care of that. Good lacing, when I had this again a couple months later
Taking a moment to waft the beer under my nose, I gathered a light maltiness, with just a touch of grassiness. Somewhat herbal hopping, with a touch of diacetyl and the barest hint of pear. Pretty clean
Flavor is sweetly malty, light, with mild unassuming hoppiness rounding out the end. A light floral fruitiness, with some lemon and pear. A bit of buttery diacetyl flavor in the middle. Clean flavors, well balanced. Light body, with a crisp carbonation. A bit more carbonated than I'd like, leaving me pretty burpy. Not terrible by any means, but nothing special.

UnionMade, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another "summer quaffer." A little tart at first, but then the malt kicks in to mellow things out a bit. Slightly citric and a little thin, but not too much so. Faint impression of melon in the background. Nothing special, but quite drinkable and refreshing.

Brent, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of bditty187
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Translucent golden hue, served with a small white head. Decent retention… it produced some specks of lace. Crisp nose with buttery hints… odd, and not very inviting. The invitation of the bouquet matched the palate perfectly (unfortunately), it had almost uncontrollable buttery diacetyl flavor. Distant hops, wheat-like malt backbone. Lackluster and almost offensive. Medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel. Did I get a bad sample? I’d like to try it out of a bottle, maybe. This wasn’t enjoyable at all…

bditty187, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer would pour more of lighter color but it didn’t. It poured a dark gold, almost the color of apple juice. There was a tight white foam head on top of the beer but it left pretty fast and left a very patchy lace. The aroma was grassy mixed with malt and hints of wheat. There are also light hints of citrus mixed in. Nothing that really stands out with the aroma. The taste is pleasant. A sweet start with a neutral mid swallow and the grassy/citrus hop finish. A good beer for a hot day but nothing to special with this one. Slightly above average.

Stubbie1, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light amber color and has little head and almost no lacing. Very cool color. The aroma is malty with a hint of citrus, but not very strong. The flavor is a little sour and a little bitter at the same time - some hints of citrus also. There's nothing too special about this beer - I didn't not particularly like the flavor, but it wasn't really bad, just not my style.

clvand0, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good looking beer that pours out a hazy pale amber or dark gold with a yellowish white head. The head is minimal and diminishes to a haze quickly, but manages decent lace deposits. Continual streams of small bubbles make this an active beer with a crsip mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly malty with a bit of hop balance. The nose is light and mostly malt with a hint of citrus. Slightly sour finishing taste. Good beer in a pinch; look for the distinctive red and yellow Redhook name on labels gracing the squat bottle.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an extraordinarily average beer. It is quite good looking however. Orange, cloudy, smal bubbles, and small head. Lightly malty aroma with mild citrus. Round orangy, lightly roasted flavor. Very light bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Does not have much of an aftertaste.

Naerhu, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Lightly roasted barley, subtle hops and a touch of wheat" or so they say..
Bought in the 12 oz brown stubby bottle.
A nice clear golden colour with a small pure white head that did not last long before disinigrating into a fine lace.
It has a nice clean aroma..witha sweet malt accent.
Mmmm, pretty subdued taste, light sweet malts, slightly dry finish and only a slight tough of hops.
I felt that this beer is over carbonated for my tastes..the carbonation wipes out any delicate flavours this beer might have
Though having said this its very very easy to drink in large quantities.

Reidrover, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of these when the weather broke. I think Id wouldve enjoyed them more if Id waited for another month or two to try.

Bright white head on top of a pale golden colored body. Head is moderate in size and retention. Flavor and aroma is mostly light sweet malts and almost hidden flavors of banana, vanilla, and wheat are somewhere in there too. Fairly drinkable and thirst quenching. I threw these down almost too fast to enjoy.

allboutbierge, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is quite clean with mostly malt aromas. Light in body and very crisp and refreshing. Taste is lots of sweet malt up front with a bit of fresh wheat. Some light and buttery fruity notes are also present followed by some spicy and citrusy hops. A nice brew for a warm afternoon like today.

Morris729, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear straw color with a nice white head that does not stick around very long. A nice sexy lace is left behind when the head takes off. Hops are strong in aroma in this one along with a citrus note. A copper flavor is present at the out set of the first sip. I really am having a hard time with the penny taste. The citrus flavor is strong and yet refreshing. This is a nice summer beer but not my cup of tea in the winter.


kunzbrew, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of goz
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is clear golden, small white head, very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, some banana and slight citrus. Flavor is very sweet, lots of banana and some other fruitiness. No reall hoppiness to note. Fairly thin and watery. Nothing in this brew that would make me go back for a second.

goz, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of lewwjr
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew hits the glass with a nice citrus deep yellow color. A foamy white head rises from the bubbly bounty under it. A nice Saaz aroma pertrudes from the Klages and munich malts giving it a non-offensive invite to the beginner. To the veteran brew mizer, the complex combination of malt and hop without creating any off flavors, grants immediate respect to it's creator. Overall, a well-liked ale with some lager tendencies.

lewwjr, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Gusler
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”.

Gusler, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark golden, or light copperish in color. a slight head and lace. a malty aroma without any really discernible big hop aroma that i like in my ales. malty tastes are of the lightly roasted variety, with a bit of hop balance. mouthfeel is ok...i detect a somewhat buttery tone to the profile, with a somewhat pronounced hop bitterness in the finish. this blonde ale is just average in every aspect. i suppose it would make a nice session brew in spite of it's 5.37 ABV. i need to be drinking this as a summer quencher instead of in the month of december in the northland. thanks to NODAK for providing this in our beer trade.

budgood1, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook’s Blonde Ale pours to a golden color, with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. The carbonation level within this drinkable beer is decent, it does not attack the tongue. The aroma is somewhat a floral, spiciness. The malt/hop flavor is well balanced within this beer, neither one outweighs the other. Overall Redhook Blonde Ale is a very drinkable beer which I would drink again.

BeerBuilder, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of johnrobe
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with SN Summerfest this is one of my favorite summertime quenchers, and, IMO one of the better products RedHook makes. It pours a dark blonde (hint of amber) in the glass with a two finger fizzy white head that rapidly disappears. The aroma is very slight, a trace of fruitiness but that's all. Taste is dominated by sweet (but not overly sweet) cereal maltiness. Hops is in the background but noticeable. This beer finishes with a refreshing dryness. What a shame, this was my last bottle until next summer. This is how macro flagship beers SHOULD taste.

johnrobe, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of proc
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and refreshing. Pours out to a bright, golden color. Not a complex beer, but rather straightforward. Not meant to be an IPA, but rather a light, session ale. A quaffable thirst quencher. A good beer to introduce to those who drink macro beers.

proc, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger effervescent head tops a rich gold body which reveals a steady stream of carbonation. Lemon dominates the aroma, with some vegetables in the mix. A nice malty taste is balanced by a zing of wheat, and a snippet of hops. Surprisingly full mouthfeel. Intended as a summer quencher, it fills that job admirably. A lawnmower beer for microfans. I went thru 3 with my wife's Mexican Chicken Casserole'.

RonfromJersey, Aug 30, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of inebrius
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is right on with the style, quality lacing. Nose is sulphur and hop combined to give the impression of ones well-used hockey gloves. Decent hop presence, but the malt manifests itself with a grainy character. Although not downright awful, I won't be purchasing Redhook Blonde again. Try Rogue's Oregon Golden Ale if you're interested in this style.

inebrius, Jun 03, 2002
Photo of beernut7
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really a fan of golden ales to begin with, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. Nice clear goledn color adn foamy white head, biscuity aroma and flavor. maybe it was in the bottle too long, but it seemed the hops were off a bit. I think I'll try it at the brewery and see what's really happening here.

beernut7, May 27, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight nose of malt/wheat. Not very good retention or head at all.. Clear gold in color. Not a ton of flavor.. just very clean and crisp beer. There is not enough character in the brew for my taste. Nothing stands out as special.

frank4sail, May 20, 2002
Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.