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Blacktop Blonde - Tailgate Beer

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Blacktop BlondeBlacktop Blonde

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52 Ratings

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tailgate Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CPeterson on 03-21-2011

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2.56/5  rDev -15.2%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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2/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

12oz can from a 6-pk purchased at a discount grocery store in Spokane for $4.99. The label is different than the one pictured on BA. I purchased this because it was cheap and because it said it was brewed in Nashville, and I’d never had a beer from Tennessee. Now I see it must have been contract brewed for “Tailgate Beer”, which is apparently some sort of concern in San Diego. My inner ticker is displeased. No obvious freshness date, though there’s some sort of code stamped on the bottom of the can – “30072015 12” Best by 7 July, 2015 – Batch 12? Your guess is as good as mine.

This looked hazy, with a color that was somewhere between gold and amber. Initially there was a big, white head describable as somewhere between creamy and sudsy. Said head left quite a lot of lace on the sides of the glass and receded to a white skiff over the course of three or four minutes.

Crude, earthy,“grainy” malts and meek, floral hops – in that order. There was a slight, apple-ish fruity tang.

The nasal description above fits the taste, but with a vague sourness in the aftertaste that reminds me a teeny bit of lemonade. This tastes like a bland mass consumption lager without the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is…yawn…unremarkable, so I won’t.

Worth what I paid for it, and very drinkable if served just above freezing. It’s inoffensive, and I could probably knock back several if I wanted to. That and the fact that I have, indeed, had much worse are the nicest things I can say about this beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

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2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am not a big fan of the Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate....sorry. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is tart and stringent. The taste is pretty bland blonde ale. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is ok....not my fav.

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev +32.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.74/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Rather attractive in the great big Duvel tulip with plenty of foam. Dark golden color. Kind of a wet laundry smell with a touch of cardboard. Just a faint nibble of hops in this one

If you like a sweet beer, this is the one. It's so sugary and malty, it's must be unique even in the shabby hallways of the Blonde Ale Hall of Fame. This is well made in the industrial sense. It's just a continuing surprise. The opposite of refreshing with that ickiness and the stab of medicinal bitterness after the sugar subsides.

I don't know why I am drinking this, except I thought it was a San Diego brewery. Well, sort of. I forgot they are quite upfront about it being contract brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery, which is why it says Monroe, Wisconsin on the 24 oz can.

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2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, broadly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few sparse instances of waterspout lace around the glass as quickly blows off.

It smells of crisp apple skins, pale grainy malt, a touch of yeasty doughiness, and mildly skunky, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet white malt, apple and pear sauce, and lightly touched by the devil earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are generally supportive and undemanding, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, in that adjunct way. It finishes off-dry, with little beyond the smarmy malt and lingering cheap-ass fruitiness.

Another semi-successful attempt at craft mainstream respectability, in that it falls far shorter than normal. Still beyond the horizon, but hey, progress is progress.

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1/5  rDev -66.9%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Being the bargain shopper that I am, I just couldn't pass up the 24oz can of Blacktop Blonde for $1.99. Huge can of beer emblazoned with a pick up truck, charcoal grill, and cooler presumably filled with ice cold Blacktop Blonde. 'Merica, Fuck Yeah!!

So this beer looks exactly the way you would expect. Light golden color. Maybe a hint of orange if you look long enough. Frothy head that fades quickly.

It honestly smells better than I thought it would. Pretty typical macro aroma with a touch of honey.

this beer is surprisingly sweet, and not necessarily in bad way. think of a bland lager, add a touch of honey and boom...you know exactly what Blacktop Blonde taste like. That's how you break it down in a beer review.

Mouthfeel really isn't even worth noting. If you've had any one of the hundreds of macro, blonde, light beers, you know what I'm talking about.

Ok, so Tailgate Beer did what many other brewers have done with a "blonde ale". Lets make a beer that tastes like a macro lager to appeal to marco drinkers. Sure, slapping on the label "blonde ale" sounds sexy. "Ale" is such an exotic term to macro drinkers, and we all love "Blondes", right? Slap the words "craft beer" across the top and this is guaranteed to appeal to the refined palates of beer drinkers at NASCAR races and monster truck shows. Yee-haw...

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3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

five dollars($4.99) @BGO(Bellingham Grocery Outlet) versus a smidge more for lousy Oly 16 oz; found me making the choice...ultimately

So, this reminds me of a friend winning a new, red, four-door '05 Chevy Aveo in the EGO(Eureka Grocery Outlet) drawing to celebrate their new building's grand opening. wow...or else she'd gotten her comrades to buy her one identical, to scam the town with?

Ever see a new car close up? Me neither, until like every other EGO shopper there was one in the aisles every day to drool over like the rest of the offerings i could never afford anyway...i even rode my forty year-old ten speed to the dealership to sit inside of one similar

fred had been my IHSS care-giver the fall prior 3 hours once weekly; while a full time AFSCME union worker organizing other IHSS care-givers...so the next summer after she'd won the car, I got involved collecting signatures to present to the county supervisors in notoriously anti-union Humboldt county...winning AFSCME's "President's Award" normally given only union members


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3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is light and fruity with a little malt to it. No hops detected in the scent.

Starts out lite the smell light and fruity with no real bitterness. No real complexity here it is pretty lightly flavored. A little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Wouldn't go very far to get one but this is pretty OK.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate Beer
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