Blonde Bombshell - Indigo Imp Brewery

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indigo Imp Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jpiper on 12-23-2008)
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Reviews by Blueribbon666:
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of joebeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by "bottle conditioned" on the label. Hard to find that in this price range. I looked at a few reviews and didn't see any mention of that. To me this helps explain the unique characteristics of this brew. I'm no expert but I thought bottle conditioned meant that the some of the fermentation process took place after it was bottled. One result of that would be an extra natural carbonation kick. I agree with many of the other reviews regarding the presence of Belgian complexities. Another thought is this is more of a 'garage band' kind of beer in that it has a rawness to it. And I'm ok with that. It's also worth mentioning that the top of one of the six bottles is covered with an artfully applied dripping blue wax coating. Kind if adds a nice touch. It is different than what I expected and that is why I like try different beers.

Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had thid beer once before and I strangely enough really enjoyed it...let's see how it goes this time. Pours out a slightly hazed orange golden hue with a bright white head forming thick above the rim of my chalice glass. Aroma has hints of lemon citrus and ripened apples. Flavor has soft cider notes with sugary cinnamon applesauce character. A mild earthy nuttiness, and much more spicy yeast content high carbonation much like a cider in a good way. Hints of bubblegum esters and fruity acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slighly cloying with fruit juice, I can't believe there's no actualy apples added here this is just malts and open fermentation with a Belgian yeast strain. Really quality stuff I wonder if they added sugar because it's really sweet, I like slightly soured ales but like I said this tastes like applesauce. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated a bit cloying with the level of sweetness but overall this is an enjoyable original experience that I'm really enjoying. Call me crazy and give me this Imp anyday.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A azy gold-orange brew attempts to raise a light whitish head that looks a little thin but does have a bit of staying power. It leaves very light, thinnish lacing, but in reasonable quantity.
The aroma is somewhat dry and gently chalky with a light sweet note of white fruits. The yeast certainly does play an intriguing, unusual part in this beer.
The flavor is fruity, more a mixture than just pale flesh, with a firm pale malts base, not as dry as the aroma with some grains underneath.
There's a nip of crispness in a soft, light body with a surprisingly velvety texture. A bit more crispness, particularly since it's a lighter style, and it's an exceptional feel. It's very nice regardless.

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde Bombshell pours a nice yellowish gold color. Definitely looks gold when held to light. Active carbonation yields a vanilla colored head that stands over two fingers tall. It recedes slowly. Lacing was definitely on the lighter side.

The nose is alright. Not overtly bad. It is weak. More strength would help. It smells mostly fruity with a bit of wild yeast. Apple and pear and are the most notable fruit scents. It smells a tad musky and earthy due to the wild yeast. Light spicy notes are secondary. Smells mostly like pepper with a few others I can’t identify. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is better. It starts out with an apple and pear combo. Very fruity flavor overall. A bit of spicy pepper and cinnamon follow. Yeast is there throughout. It adds a bit of a musky, earthy flavor. There’s a subtle sour aspect to it. It tends to succumb to a spicy surge on the back end. It’s actually a really nice addition to the finish. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Apple and complementary spices wrap it up with a bit of sourness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is lighter than anticipated. The bubbles feel soft. Overall, it feels relatively smooth. More body would help a little nonetheless.

Blonde Bombshell is alright. It’s not great beer by any stretch, but it’s not a total disaster. Personally, I think it needs a little more of everything across the board. Aromatics, flavor, body…you name. Having said that…it really isn’t bad. If you’re into very, very mild sours and fruit flavored beers, you might like this quite a bit.

Photo of nickd717
1.73/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this tick. 12oz bottle.

Hazy blond color with a quickly fading white head.

The aroma is sunblock, funk, and pale malt. Very faint.

The flavor is very weird, also like sunblock. What's the SPF of this stuff? Funk, pale malt, strawberry, and diacetyl round it out. Man this is nasty.

Unexciting palate with lower carbonation and medium-light body. This beer is just all kinds of wrong.

Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Tifore a.k.a. Tyler. This guy pretty much rocks all you traders out there.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Light earthy tone to this beer. Grainy, with hints of citrus and even some almost Belgian yeast in there. A light sourness to the beer overall in the nose as well.

T- The carbonation at first pricks the palate with a light lemon grass flavor at first. Middle of the beer has some banana, orange peel, and candi sugar notes. Ending hints of lemon grass and Belgian yeast strain. Sweet alcohol ends this beer altogether.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high for the beer I think. Sweet lemon tones left on the palate. More of a Belgian yeast taste with some sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors for what they were came out very well and were balanced. No off flavors at all. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. I liked it as it would make a nice summertime beer for me. Blonde Ales really don't do it for me most of the time but this time it delivered.

Photo of MJSJr
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Neilnpk
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Light hop aroma and a definite wild yeast character

Appearance - Cloudy orangish yellow with a ton of residual carbonation but a thin white head.

Taste - Dry with a tart finish. No real sweetness detectable. This really isn't like anything I've ever had before, but I like it.

Notes - A good beer that would be nice for a session.

Photo of teyuders
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The brewery calls this an American Blonde Ale, but I would call it a Belgian Pale Ale/Wild Ale. It appears to use Belgian yeast and it is fermented openly (that doesn't sound like an American Blonde Ale). There is a lot going on here. The body was a hazy deep butterscotch color. A gentle pour created a hugh creamy white head, over three fingers.

Smell was sweet and a little tangy. Mild spiciness - banana and coriander.

Taste had a peppery bite with understated Belgian yeast characteristics. Spicy. Creamy sweet finish followed an opening tartness. Raw grains, fruit and bubblegum. The alcohol became more noticeable as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body. There was a good deal of zestiness, yet some slickness too. Like I have already said there is a lot going on here. It may not all work together but it is entertaining. I will let this one age further and revisit it later, an interesting beer.

Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of xzqrut
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured from the bottle, hazy golden straw color, with huge thick white head. Perhaps the most carbonated beer I have seen. Aroma has a strong yeast, banana scent, very pleasant and fruity. The taste mirrors the scent. The feel in the mouth is very lively with all that carbonation. This is a unique, good beer.

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a very cloudy golden/orange color. the off-white head is about an inch when poured, settling to a nice 1/4 inch about 5-10 minutes after being poured. Nice retention. Decent lacing. Aromas of citrus and yeast dominate. Has a sweet citrus malt and yeasty flavor as well. Also a a grainy flavor and a very distinct sweet flavor. As one reviewer of this beer already noted, Belgian candy sugar does come to mind. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink in a good way. I really enjoyed this and feel the need to seek out this young brewery's other offerings indeed.

Eric

Photo of Erockss
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of maryd837
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up at Vintage Estate, interested to try a new local unavailable in my parts.

Poured into a tulip pint: 3 fingers of attractive white, foamy head over a hazy dark orange. Plenty of fast, tiny bubbles. Head drops to a finger

Weird smells coming out of this one: crisp lemon & raspberry, but also a strange savory flavor, like overly sweet ketchup, which is a turn-off. That fades over time, but is still detectable.

Citrusy up front in the taste (lemon & orange), but that sweet, ketchup-y taste is there, too, kind of unpleasant. The aftertaste turns kind of musty, like a lot of macros or Euro-lagers.

Mouthfeel is not bad, full & active but smooth.

It's a shame: the peripheral aspects (appearance, mouthfeel) were impressive, but there was something off about the smell & taste which would make me avoid this one in the future. Don't know if the bottle-conditioning had something to do with it, I didn't see a date on the bottle. I'd be willing to give it another chance, but not more than one.

Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Blonde Bombshell from Indigo Imp Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.