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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998

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
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Photo of SeattleSteveK
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blond = watery, very drinkable bud-like Ale ...

Not this beer.

This has GOOD body and a nice Ale taste; slightly malty and bitter.

Don't chug this beer. It has some body and taste. Drink it, enjoy it on a not so hot day. Goes down relatively easy for a good Ale drinker.

Surprisingly good for a Redhhook. (tho I like the ESB and Porter, too).

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The word blonde doesnt quite get it, maybe golden amber hue as this describes the color of th body much better. With a light tan head that doesnt stay around long. Very zesty mineral induced nose but not special. Enters the mouth sharply with a slightly soured silky mineral feel. Nuttines is also present. Mouthfeel is oddly thick for this type of beer but nicely welecome. fineshes with a slight wheat bitter. Overall enjoyable.

Photo of argock
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle
Apperance: body: reasonable pleasing golden hue, head: minimal to nonexistent
Smell: can't say as there wasn't much of one
Taste: not much of a punch here, could pass as a macrocreation, mealy and not much to get excited about
Mouthfeel: nice balance of carbonation and heft
Drinkability: its harmlessness is offset by its relative vacuousness; I'm not sure I could describe this beer to you tomorrow it's so nondescript

Photo of supercolter
4.32/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is decent some good head, but fades quickly. Smell is delicious some pear and banana, sweet malt, and candy.
Taste is really similar to the smell, with a bit more malt backbone, very sweet though.
Mouthfeel is very good, thicker than expected.
Drinkability is only slighty inhibitied by the over sweetness.

Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, surprise, surprise! A pretty good blonde ale, from Red Hook, no less! To bad it’s more of a amber ale than blonde – details, details.

AMBER orange pour, ivory head with nice laces. Hints of malt in the aroma, and a fine toasty, doughy biscuit taste – Fat Tire-ish. Oh, wait – this is supposed to be a blond ale.

Oh well, I’m rating it as a tasty blonde ale.

Photo of Phatz
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Typical Blonde Ale. Pours blonde (gold) clear with active carbonation, and a small white head.

Smell: Where is it? {Hollering} Smeeelll! .... {Yelling} Arrooommaa! ... come out come out where ever you are! ... "Oh wait... I think I just smelled a sweet malt and was that a hop too? Damn it's gone!"
That's about the summation of aroma.

Taste: It has very mild flavors. It is pleasant and peachy, that is, it has a bit of peach flavor to the malt character and in the finish there is a light zing of hops that whip across the end of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Have you ever poured the juice canned peaches were in, to a glass? This is not quite as thick but smooth in a similar way.

Drinkability: This is not a beer for contemplation. snooze zzz. This is a better than macro chugable beer for a workday refresher. IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rich golden yellow color. Small head of white foam that quickly dissipated. Streams of bubbles racing toward the top. Minor notes of lacing.

S: Roasted barley. Toasted bread. Light grains. Inviting.

T: An uneventful mixture of mild malts and light, wheaty grains. A hint of sweetness toward the finish, and only the ghost of hops are noted.

M: Lower carbonation. Not much going on. Slightly dense.

D: I've had better Blonde Ales.

Notes: Red Hook could do better. A disappointing effort.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: very cloudy, not overly golden but just enough of a distinct hue to make it blonde

Smell: WAY too strong of a bread smell, very overpowering to my nose - and yet it fades away almost as soon as you take your first sip. not cool in my book. it's gone before you know it...

Taste: i personally love Rapscallion Premier (and almost all other blondes i've tried), but let me tell you the taste of this Redhook Blonde Ale is nowhere NEAR that of the others i've mentioned. i can describe the taste almost like weak citrus meets a load of yeast. sorry, that's the best i can do - not a very BIG taste in my opinion...

All in all, this is a decent beer which could easily been had during the summer months, but nothing to really quench your thirst. i would probably only drink this beer again as a "pre-game" choice before going out on the city streets to a jazz club.


Photo of akajimmyd
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty blonde color. Minimal head but some nice retention. Light body. Some grain and faint wheat fllavors. Solidly malty but enough hops for a crisp dry finish. Simple and highly drinkable. Easy finish. A little boring but that might be what you are looking for.

Photo of ypsifly
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Clear gold with a skimpy head of white that falls to a thin veil yet leaves decent lace.

Wheat, generic hops and butter. Kinda bland overall.

The malts are a bit more assertive when tasted as they come across ascaramel and toast. Just enough hop dryness for balance and a clean finish. The butter is gone. The mouth is light and spritzy. This would make for a decent hot weather beer.

Photo of xav33
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Blonde Ale
12 oz bottle
Brewed 08/06, consumed 08/06
Medium pour in a pilsner glass

Poured a clear gold with a white fully diminishing 1/4 inch white head.

Smelt of light perfume and bread.

Taste was upfront sweet perfume followed by light bittersweet bread and a hint of floweriness, with an average finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery and fizzy.

Overall, a good no-brainer beer with some easily accessible taste.

Photo of rarevos
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass on 8/04/06. (I don't drink nine beers a day--I'm just clearing my notes out after a summer of drinking beer).

A: Pours a blonde color. OK, so it's light yellow-orange. No head retention and almost no lacing. There once was 1/2 finger of white head, but it didn't stay with me for very long.

S: Malt. And, um, more malt. The only word for it is "Sweet."

T: Sweet and malty (is that redundant?). I think I detect some corn or corn syrup. It's a mild flavor, and there's no real hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. Yep, this is a sweet-tasting beer.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: It's easy to drink. I had this at a bar once in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho when there was nothing else good on tap. It did the trick then, and did the trick now, but it's not a beer where I'd ever say "you know what I could go for? a Redhook Blonde."

It's crisp and refreshing, so if I ever have to settle for it again on a hot day, I won't be disappointed. It's just too sweet and kind of bland. There's not much complexity in this one. The ESB is still my preferred Redhook ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

Photo of zeff80
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.

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

Yellow gold colored with a fairly weak, white head. Smells like cheap, sweet malt. Taste is generic and malty, with some scarecly detectable hops, a faint creamy taste, and a slightly rusty/metalic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly crisp. Somehow, drinkability is not suffering too bad... I must be thirsty. Overall I don't hate this beer because it is cold and refreshing, but I'm not going to pretend that it's better than it is.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color, with a one-finger fizzy head. Shows poor retention and a few streaks of sticky lacing. Pilsener malt and fruity wine aroma. Pale malt and pilsener sweetness upfront, followed by a vinous yeast flavor. Dry aftertaste, hints of saaz or tettnanger. Light and crisp, but shows traces of diacetyl. Finishes with a lingering dry white wine flavor. The yeast character seems too dramatic for the malt and the hops are almost non-existent. Unbalanced with a strange oily mouthfeel... mabye Redhook should have used soft water and more hops and called It a Kolsch.

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

This beer poured a golden color with little to no head. There was a light lacing on the glass however. The beer has a sweet mellow smell but not much else. The taste is crisp and malty like you would expect with a hint of a wheat grainy quality. It does have a little bit of an aftertaste that is slightly on the bitter side. Almost a soapy flavor. The beer had a crisp feel with an over all light body. In all not a bad blonde. Very drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rabsten
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 05-01-06. Cloudy blonde (duh) with good carbonation, thick, clingly head.

Malt-y aroma with clean hoppiness underneath. Promising.

Clean, refreshing, crisp....all of the BMC macro cliches come to mind, but in a good way. This ale tastes like what the marketers for the big three would have us belive thier macro-swill does. Solid malt base supporting a nice, crisp hoippiness. Well balanced. Very nice.

Clean on the palate with a refreshing carbonation bite. Very good beer for the summer months. Fine, drinkable beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook Blone pours a nice golden color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is good, a bit malty, some hops are also evident. Tastes okay, nothing too earth shattering, but quite drinkable. Nice malt backbone with some hop toward the end. Worth a try, might be a decent session beer.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of May 28th visit to The Cove/ Gander's Pub in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Poured into the glass a clear pale golden color. Head was a fluffy off-white with thick and sticky lace.

Smell was malt sweetness, mild fruity orange citrus with defined fragrant hops.

Taste was malty goodness, mildly citrus with a bit of dry hop bittering in the finish.

Light to medium bodied. Active carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkable? Yes.

Photo of taez555
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden yellowish/tan body with bright white head.

Nose was mellow with soft touches of malt and some biscuit.

Taste was light to light/medium bodied. A mild little hop bite with not much hop flavor other than to add some mellow touches of earth and fruit. A nice grainy husky grain malt taste. Soft touches of caramel as well. Very simple and very light to drink.

A simple golden blond ale. Not something I'd normally go after, but on a warm summer day or just hanging out watching the game, a great session beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellowish gold, with a small head starting out fading to nothing, little lacing to speak of. Faint aroma, can't even pick up enough to tell what it is. A light body makes this easy to drink, but there really isn't much to taste, little malt presense, hop unnoticable. Better than piss beer, to be sure, but still no reason to have this again. Would be a good one for doing something on a hot afternoon.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a very clear pale golden color(I guess its blonde). Very minimal head, that leaves a flowy white bubbly lace. The bottle had the bottled date etched on front label.

S: Sweet nutty malts, and a very subtle grassy hops. The smell was clean and refreshing.

T:Sweet round malts comprise the body, but there is a hint of hops on the tip of the tounge as well as right before the finish. The finish was a slightly nutty bitter sweetness.

M/D: It has a medium-light body with almost high carbonation. Pretty much what I was expecting, easy drinking, sessionable, and refreshing.

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