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Horny Toad Blonde - Coop Ale Works

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: bort11 on 05-27-2009)
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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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 beernads
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 MSandahl23
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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 atone315
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bilco
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Etan
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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2.4/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
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 BarryMFBurton
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of hopkrid
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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 EagleTalon
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
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 +8.4%
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.

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Horny Toad Blonde from Coop Ale Works
77 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.