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Blonde Bombshell - Indigo Imp Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 20.53%
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:
Beer added by: jpiper on 12-23-2008

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
1.89/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another puzzingly wax-dipped treat from Ryan011235. 12 ounce bottle poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Slightly hazy deep gold with a fizzy head that's a small bubbly ring in a matter of moments. A stray wet bubbly bit or 2 of lace slides harmlessly back into the ring.

After my first 2 encounters with the Imp, I'm a bit apprehensive, but this actually smells normal, lightly sweet floral and honey aromas with a yeasty undertone.

Normal? Perish the thought; this is Indigo Imp, after all. Is this blonde by chance a strawberry blonde?? Tart and tangy with a lingering powerful taste of strawberry hard candy. Fizzy carbonation unleashes a hint of funk. The pale malt base does, I concede, appear to be appropriately well-attenuated for the style, but chalk another one up in the WTF column for Indigo Imp. (3-for-3 so far...)

More User Reviews:
Photo of joebeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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 WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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 willyumlong
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Understanding they open ferment this beer amazing from a professional brewer's perspective. I would love to drink all of this.

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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
1.75/5  rDev -48.7%
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 alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 xzqrut
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
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 OneDropSoup
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
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 hustlesworth
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

who's bad

A- huge expanding white head with a yellow tint to it like lemon pith is dense and nearly unmovable and i'm growing anxious waiting for her to settle. her body is a hazed golden amber with many tiny bubbles rising up the stange. i decided not to include too much of the yeast.

S- fruity sweet and crisp, and it somehow reminds me of the beach. aroma is of melon and pear becoming very floral with some bready and honey-like malt sweetness.

T- very fresh, but odd flavor. sweetness creeps up on me, almost starting dry and becoming honey sweet with an almost artificial sweetener flavor. there's about zero hop flavor and the balance is insanely one sided. there's a bit of tartness under there but the malt pretty much goes unchecked. finishes too sweet for me.

MF- creamy and soft with fine gentle carbonation. also pretty sticky. as far as the whole real ale deal goes, they hit a bullseye on the dart board of cask feel. just a step zestier than having a nitro widget.

D- i don't know about this one. i guess i was expecting it to be similar to a kolsch. looks nice, smells nice, feels nicer, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of therobot
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Received in trade from frothhead.

A - Cloudy yellow-orange light quickly dissipating head.

S - Very pungent and unique smell, sour citrus, maybe apricot.

T - Wow, very sharp sour taste makes my taste buds tickle. Fruits are very present, maybe some sweetness from candied sugars, overall this is really throwing me for a loop not at all what I expected.

M - Highly carbonated, very fizzy on the tongue, but refreshes the palette from the intense sour.

D - I will easily finish this bottle it is unique, refreshing, and even with its' strong flavor it is keeps me coming back because the flavors and carbonation work well together to produce a solid beer.

Photo of TuffNut87
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured into a pint glass with a giant white head and smelled of flowers and yeast. Cloudy and golden, the bubbles never stopped. One of the most surprising beers I have sampled. Fun in your mouth, sweet but with a bit of citrus and subtle bite. I was so surprised how much I liked this beer, It reminds me of no other beer I have had,well done Imp!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small floral and a yeasty. In the taste, a dry to sweet floral and yeasty, with notes of fruitiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry yeast and floral like aftertaste. A nice floral presence, nice, and easy to drink.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: hazy gold hue, slight head with almost no retention

S: light malt aroma, hint of lemon

T: thin taste, very tart tasting, not much hop bitterness. Slight citrus bite

M&d: thin light body, slightly watery. Very drinkable. Would be a good bridge beer to wain those from adject lagers.

Cheers!!!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours gold with a chill haze, effervescent and large fizzy head. Lots of active carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: Ripe with aromas of must, sweet Belgian yeast, white grape/green apple.

Taste: Sweet and funky, with some wild yeast notes. Tart like fresh apples and refreshing. A light malty note plays well of the mild sour notes. Little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, and has a high level of carbonation. Chalky yeast gives way to a welcome and very sophisticated dryness.

Overall: An impressive offering from the Indigo Imp brewery. Open fermentation allows wild yeasts to leave their fingerprints here, and it is more than suitable for this unique dry ale.

Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw to golden color with a one finger soapy white head. The head recedes to a skim and leaves a little lace. The aroma is a little faint, it has a slight sweet green fruit smell at the front before a funk, clove smell comes through strong with a hint of spiciness. The taste starts out with a slight sweet green fruit tatse. The taste gives way to a nice mild sour taste. The end of the beer has a slight spiciness. The beer is lightly carbonated. Overall for the style this is a soild beer. The mild sour taste gives it some nice character. This is a good beer to try.

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying I'm not familiar with this style but this isnt what I expected. This beer is very tart / sour. I know its open fermented; I wonder if some Bretts got in to this batch. This really should be labeled differently; maybe American Wild Ale.

It pours a honey color, it is cloudy with an explosive carbonation. The head is big and frothy last a long time then falls to about a 1/4". No lacing to speak of.

This is the loudest beer that Ive ever had. The carbonation coming up under the frothy foam sounds like rice crispies.

Smells of plums, ginger, banana peel, lemon, sulfur. This is wild and strong, the scents jump up my nose.

The flavors are more subdued than the scent. Its tart / sour. I taste plums and grapes, something reminds me of tequila.

It has a medium body. The carbonation hits like champagne.

I could have a couple at a time. Ill buy it again.

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A-Pours a dark golden color with a finger of white fizzy head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Apple and mild spice

T- This really tastes like apple juice, Mott's Apple Juice. It has some mild spice and hop bitterness to go with the promient sour apple juice flavor.

M- Crisp, refreshing, and highly carbonated.

O- I like hard ciders like Woodchuck and beers with apple like Unibroue Ephemere, but this is not good. It really just tastes like a mildly bitter sour apple juice. This is the third beer from Indigo Imp I have had and I think I am officially giving up on them, every beer has been disappointing. I like to support local breweries, but these guys just don't make good beer.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Since this brewery does open fermentations and as such the beers can vary from batch to batch, I will point out that this is from a six pack purchased January 2013 in western PA.

Pours a hazy blond with a white film for a head.

Smells of citrus and mildly sweet wheat malt along with a mildly sour lactic-like note.

Citrus and sugar sweetness with some light lactic tartness.

Medium body with bubbly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I like the idea of the open fermentation, you never know exactly what you're going to get. This one is pretty good, light and highly sessionable, but could stand to be drier or even more sour. Definitely worth trying and looking forward to more from this brewery.

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Thick two-fingered head, bold golden color and a plethora of tiny bubbles.
S: Apricot, baked apples and spice.
T: I agree, somewhat like fruit juice, caramel malts in the background, and the sourness from the open fermentation is pleasant- I've felt it's been too much in some of Indigo Imp's other brews.
M: Good balance- not too heavy or light, just a bit of acidic pucker, a slight tingle from the carbonation.
O: I like this. It may not be for everyone's tastes, but I find it unique and fun to drink.

Photo of gkunkle
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large head that recedes to about a quarter inch thickness. Carbonation is only visible near the edge of the glass. Some lacing is left in my glass. The smell is of banana and slight saison like funk. The beginning of the taste contains a light sweet malt then I get a touch of what seems like strawberry and a bit of sourness. (This is indeed a unique beer) the mouthfeel is of medium thickness, but it is quite effervescent. Overall, this is a spectacular beer, but from what I have read, each batch is different. It is however, not much of a blonde ale.

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Blonde Bombshell from Indigo Imp Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.