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Horny Toad Blonde - Coop Ale Works

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Coop Ale Works visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bort11 on 05-27-2009

Crisp and clean, Horny Toad is a premium blonde ale with a hint of Noble hop bitterness to balance the two-row and pilsner malt body. This refreshing libation is a great introduction to craft beer and COOP Ale Works.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by K9AleingPiss:
Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was very nice,bubbling dark golden color and bonde head. A little too much floral odor for me,had to take another look at the can,thought this might be an IPA. Taste was a litte too much hops and bitterness,but no after taste,and does become more balance at the end. Nicely finishes like a good cerveza..quinches your thirt, no need for a drink of water afterwards...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is has some nice biscuit malt notes, as well as some grass and a hint of citrus from the hops. The flavor has a lot of the same notes. The grain and biscuit malt notes add some sweetness to the beer. There is a little bit of pepper and some grass and earth notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Decently carbonated pale golden color with little head that left no lacing. Aroma is light wheat and citrus with a hint of noble hops. The malts and citrus are balanced with a nice hit of the hops at the end. Very light and refreshing taste. Light body and medium carbonation. The bitterness from the hops is necessary to balance out the nuttiness from the malts.
Overall, a good but not great blonde. Good for spring and summer sipping since it's refreshing and light. Not the best beer from Coop.

Photo of dbossman
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, yellow with a solid 1.5 inch head--sudsy with good retention; beautiful lacing

S: Citrus and grassy hops up front (lemons and apples linger); a grainy background--really crisp and fresh aromas

T: Really balanced but actually a pleasant amount of noble hop bitterness; this is incredibly refreshing and crisp and citrusy

F: Medium body and creamy without an abundance of carbonation; a touch thin on the finish

O: This is a solid, refreshing beer; I'm incredibly impressed with this brewery so far

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & grainy notes, plus a bit of green apple, some perfumy hops as well

T: Much doughiness, bready sweet malt & a touch of lemony & grassy hops up front. More grassy, grainy & bready notes as this warms, nice pear fruttyness & a touch dryness & lemony hops too. Finishes dry with grainy breadyness, some lemons & a touch of honey suckle & Golden Delicious apple; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy. I like this better in the can versus the draft versions I've had; almost seems like a different beer. The draft version struck me as more like a Mexican Lager type deal with some rough notes. This will be in the rotation if I can find it around here...

Photo of EagleTalon
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can into a thick pale head with smooth, even lacing all the way down and a clear golden color (this is one sexy beer). Aroma is a slightly creamy/sweet grainy, malt-oriented scent with some spicy hops poking though. The flavor is a very well-done classic Mex-German style Pils, hold the skunk. Sweet pale malt, with a tangy noble hop balance. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side for the style but very pleasing and the CO2 is just right. Overall, I say this is a winner. I can't wait to return to OK to get more.

Photo of yamar68
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint can to brandy snifter, big thanks to 4balance for this one!

Pours a middle gold without much of a pulse... Fat two fingers of white head, a bit of lacing.

The nose showcases some corn, wet hay, leafy hops, faint pale malts, pretty damn clean. Smells like a nice BBQ beer.

The taste exposes a lot of the same things... mild grains, soft corn, a bit of hops near the end. If this was my local brew it would quickly become a staple summertime beer at my house.

American blonde? Not really... But still a quality hot weather beer from a brewery that I wish had a spot in MN.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this via pint can purchased in Tulsa. Not much lacing, but nice aroma and good taste. A great "light" blonde that has very good flavor.

Photo of Etan
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two ounces poured into a pint glass so I could get a look at it. The rest drank from the can. Sent to me by ThirstyHerf as an extra.

A: Pours a boring light yellow with a decent white head.

S: Mildly fruity grain. Floral, coarse milled cereal.

T: Soft grain and mild vegetal taste. Slightly sweet, like honeysuckle. A bit of dry leafy bitterness from the hops. Crisp, coarse grain in the finish.

M: Soft-bodied, good carbonation, creamy.

O: Nothing to write home about, but certainly better than the alternative.

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a Pilsner glass, and the brew makes a solid two finger thick head of clean white, and the body is golden with a mild haze.

The aroma is a little grainy and corn husk like, lemony Noble hops shine through, giving this brew a refreshing fragrance.

Taste wise there is a mile caramel malty sweetness to the brew, along with lemon drop sourness and mild metallic qualities.

Feels light in body, and refreshing. Nice carbonation and leaves the palate refreshed.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this can!

Nothin' like ending a long work day with a sixer o' Sooner brews, eh? Starting things off with this one. It pours a clear pale straw topped by more than a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises lemon rind, light wheat, and a bit of rice. The taste enhances the lemon, adding a bit of the fruit's flesh, and softens the wheat a bit. Some mild greens seem to have snuck in there as well. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a solid light brew, one that goes down far too easy for its own good. Not bad.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a clear pale straw with white bubbly head.

S: Fruity wheat malts, lemon and subtle yeast aroma. Straight forward and clean.

T/M: Tropical fruits, sour lemon candy, sun dried wheat, nice biscuity malt. Pronounced lemon essence and bitterness. Horny Toad finishes dry with a medium body and a zesty carbonation that melds well with the lemon tartness.

O: I'm horny for horny toad! Crisp and clean wheat, biscuity malts and a great lemon presence that brings this blonde ale together nicely. I have been wanting to try this for a long time and just never picked it up. Fortunately for me the tavern that I went to was replacing their entire wall of taps so I had to opt for a bottle or canned brew. Sure glad that was the case now I know how good this is. Cheers!

Photo of chocosushi
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one that has improved throughout the period it has been canned. It just seems to taste better than it did last year.
16oz->Hoegaarden Glass (hexagon)
A ~ Pours bronzed yellow with that Light & Tight carbonation that seems characteristic of all COOP brews. Looks darked than the average "cerveza."

S ~ Not too much in the nose. Little bit of breadyness & a touch of pepper & grass from the Noble Hops.

T ~ Doughy biscuits, Saaz, Yeast...hint of leafy vegetables & rolled oats/granola on the throat. All grain flavors taste very clean & work together with the modest hop bitterness.

M ~ The specific carbonation is one of my favorite aspects of all of COOP's beers, and this one is no different. There is no cloy.

D ~ I'm glad they still produce this in cans, as it is a good transition. Any brewery that puts "Cerveza" on the can better do it right, and they did. Very drinkable & very affordable.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to ThirstyHerf for the excellent extra in the hype train BIF.

a - opened the can and poured the cerveza into my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a clear crisp yellow with a super frothy head that bubbled away leaving frothy residue. looks kind of thin.

s - cerveza indeed. kind of a sweetened slightly fruity version of a BMC.

t - oh wow, pretty tasty. very easy drinking beer. probably a great gateway beer from BMC to craft since like the smell it is a sweeter and more fruity flavorful beer but with a tingle of that BMC characteristic.

m - body is pretty good. easy drinker.

o - overall, if this was local, i could see myself bringing this to a lot of parties. like i mentioned, it is kind of BMC-ish, but with some flavor added.

Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think WIll Rogers once said something to the affect that he hadn't met a Coop Beer he didn't like. Well I feel the same way. I'm also a big fan because they have a great sense of community awareness and a focus on making their brewery as sustainable as possible. I also have to hand it to the Coop boys for breaking away from the pack on this one, because it's a brave move to put the word "Cerveza" on the label of a craft beer these days. That being said, I know these fellas aren't very concerned with craft-bandwagoning, and that type of thinking is what helps them make kick-ass brews.

Ok, onto matters of the the most import. Typically bubbly and cloudy yellow into a pils glass. White head is slight and fades quickly with no residual lace. Sweet with a bit of lemon and wet grass to the nose. Tastes of sweet malts, grapefruit, lemon, a bit of wheat and ends with quick hop hit. Body leans toward medium. Crisp overall with a slightly chewy core. Goes down smooth and visions of warmer spring days ahead dance in my head. All the pistons are firing in unison on this one.

Call me a fanboy or whatever, but I stand behind my call on this beer. While not the biggest or boldest, or even most creative of the Coop lineup, it serves it's purpose well, and is a damn welcomed addition to the Oklahoma beer lineup.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving notes - had this at McNellie's in Tulsa, shaker glass, just cool of room temp.
A - sweet and grainy
A - finger of head that dissipates to a persistent film, crystal clear yellow/straw.
M - thin body, low carbonation.
T - sharp grainy taste with grassy hops. Nice maltiness comes through as the beer warms. Some hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.
D - Very decent beer, but not one that I would consider a session beer.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.11/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow, a good half an inch worth of head that sticks around a bit, leaves behind decent lacing. I noticed some fine twister bubbles.

Smells grainy like a lager, a little malt, some yeast, a bit of funkiness.

Tastes really solid, good bready malt profile, some hop bite in the tail end. Very refreshing and smooth, not too unlike a fuller flavored stella or a pilsner.

Good carbonation, enough to leave a tingling feeling in your mooth, and light-medium bodied.

Very drinkable. This is just a great sessionable lawn mower beer that will quench your thirst in the summer and go perfect with football games throughout the fall. Just a great beer to enjoy when you're wanting a cold one. Very easy to go through a 4 pack of pints.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some sweet grainy malt

T - Follows the nose sweet grainy malt with a touch of grassy hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - For what it is this is a pretty good beer its a beer for the masses to please everyone and I think it does that well this is a good summer brew worth trying sometime

Photo of bump8628
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The weakest by far of the COOP lineup, but I've yet to give it a go from the tap. Consumed about 15 miles from the brewery so freshness is assured.

Clear, golden straw with a thin-bubbled head that has the endurance of a COPD patient.

A raw, but pleasant Pils-type graininess hits first with some spicy hop bitterness. The flash of flavor is there and then quickly gone as it gets washed down by a general "beery" flavor.

Not that this is a bad beer, especially for the style, it's essentially the grain and hop bill of a Pilsner only fermented with ale yeast. My biggest rub is the "Cerveza" moniker. It's clearly a cheap play for the Oklahoma crowd that thinks Mexican beers are the pinnacle of the beer drinking experience...pretty weak for a group guys that are supposedly passionate about craft beer.

Photo of Kevinator
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Even though both samples I drank originated from the can, I tried one in a pint glass and the other straight from the can. Low and behold, the can tasted better. This style is generally not one of my favorites so I wasn't expecting to be knocked out of my chair. The can episode seemed to bring out a stronger hoppy character and I found it pleasant to drink. When I had a glass about a week later, more of my senses were engaged, which seemed to bring the overall grade down a notch. The bitterness had dropped, the color was underwhelming and the smell average. It was a drinkable beer but not one that you can sit back and savor. I'm not sure if having this on tap would improve it any. This is my first shot with this brewery of which I've heard good things. I would venture with one of their other brews before buying this one again.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam and looks to have some good lacing.

The smell is pretty Pilsener like with some sweetish malt and light hop bitter notes. Some grain in the background.

A nicely applied balance of hops and malt with the sweet flavour just nudging out the bitter. Slightly vegetal as I get deeper into the session. Again, this tastes sort of like a Pilsener; whatever, it's a good brew.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, nicely drinkable. I see on their website that they are celebrating their 2nd anniversary...cheers Coop Ale Works!

Photo of chilidog
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought back two coop beers from Oklahoma, both in cans of coarse. I must say I was cautious of this one but actually found this to be my favorite of the two.
It pours a hazy golden, with a nice white laced head.
The aroma was Bread like with a citric note.
The taste of wheat malts with a slight spicy hop blended well. Hints of lemon and even pepper add to the flavor.
The mouth was smooth with a spicy black pepper note.
Overall a good, well done brew. Enjoyed and thanks Oklahoma .

Photo of PrairiePenguin
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at a local restaurant in Stillwater, Oklahoma and I was somewhat perplexed by this beer. The bartender told me it was a cerzesa but it poured a dark. clear amber color. This is a beer that doesn't require nor warrant a lime or salt. When you first drink this beer it tastes like a salty Dos Equies but as it warms it takes on a very salty taste that is very unique for this kind of beer. All in all, it's a good beer but it's not like anything you would expect for a "mexican" style beer

Photo of zander4dawin
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can says it's a pilsner but tasted too creamy and sweet to be a true pilsner. A little bready on the pallet and a very subtle floral hop note to balance the beer. Overall a nice everyday drinking beer from Coop Ale Works. Similar to Southern Star Bombshell Blonde or Ska True Blonde Ale.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance- Golden and very hazy, and it gets a brown hue when the sediment is poured in with it. One finger head on the pour and no lacing at all as its consumed.

Aroma- Medium amount of aroma with sweet bread/nut malts most present.

Taste- At first sweet malts and some lemon/herbal hops are noticeable, and on the back end the bread/nut malt round things out.

Feel- Crisp and clean, I could definitely confuse this for a lager. Medium amount of carbonation that provides a nice snap at first, which is followed by a creamy/smooth finish that the malt provides.

Overall- This is a really nice blonde ale. Definitely unique as far a blonde ale goes with its pislner malt and nice hop presence. Very well balanced and one of the better session ales available in Oklahoma. (85/100)

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Horny Toad Blonde from Coop Ale Works
77 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.