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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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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Morris729

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 14:05:49 | More by Morris729
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 17:43:14 | More by kunzbrew
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goz

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 08:23:58 | More by goz
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lewwjr

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:34:11 | More by lewwjr
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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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budgood1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 23:54:04 | More by budgood1
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 09:24:11 | More by BeerBuilder
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 14:03:37 | More by johnrobe
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proc

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 09:59:58 | More by proc
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 20:39:13 | More by RonfromJersey
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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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inebrius

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 18:26:54 | More by inebrius
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beernut7

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2002 18:50:23 | More by beernut7
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 10:54:51 | More by frank4sail
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, sub-amber appearance. Frothy head, bumpy on the inside of the pint glass. Subtle aroma, slightly yeasty/bready. Light-bodied mouthfeel, just a hint of maple/honey to the malty tastes. Hops are hardly present but the mild malts don't throw the beer remarkably out of balance. Flavor is almost gone by the swallow. Blondes are blondes in the world of beer, I'll always take one over a detergent-tasting macro but not too much interesting here. Certainly is easy on the tongue and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 11:36:51 | More by ADR
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber gold with a snowy white head that lasts, moderate lace. Pleasant aroma of hops and malt, a bit understated. Rather malty and slightly sweet taste with a surge of mild hops toward the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, a nice summer beer.

Blonde ale is one of Redhook's triptych of seasonal beers, along with Winterhook, and Nut Brown Ale. It is usually available in the late spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 20:04:26 | More by Pegasus
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Todd

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in a long time @ The Times, downtown Boston. It was okay. Quite the drinkable and clean product, but it also had quite a bit of diacetyl, which is not cool for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2001 09:29:39 | More by Todd
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice distinct label on a 12oz short twist-off bottle. Description of the style and "A compelling endorsement may convince us to feature you in an ad." adorns the label. How bloody cheesy.

Appearance: Light golden with a healthy head that appears to retain. Odd that it does so more than their Hefe?

Smell: Slightly lagerish in aroma with mild aged hops in the back.

Taste: Loads of malt flavour for a light ale, some citrus and a heavy dose of diacetyl (like butter, and there is a bit of cooked veggies as well). The small use of wheat is apparent and helps to lighten and dry it up at the end.

Notes: Quite complex for a light beer. Much different from our bright tank samples at the brewery which were less stripped and fuller -- none the less very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.