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Blacktop Blonde - Tailgate Beer

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48 Ratings

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 20.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CPeterson on 03-21-2011)
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2/5  rDev -34.9%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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2.89/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

woemad, Sep 14, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

MadeInOregon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +30.3%

tbone64, Jun 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

p-wagz, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
2.64/5  rDev -14%
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Beerdanza, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +30.3%

samturner, Sep 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

marct, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

mactrail, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 08, 2013
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1/5  rDev -67.4%

dertyd, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

JMD, Jul 13, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Zorro, Jun 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

DrunkinYogi, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

SocalKicks, May 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

shamrock071521, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Canned 12/20/12.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sweet grassy flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is way too sweet and sugary to be very drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 13, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Medium or slightly bigger white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear pale golden colored beer.

Lemony and slightly bananaish aroma with some very light black pepper like spices and a definite sour grain weighing in.

A light wet taste of very light sour lemon and even lighter sour grains with just a touch of a hops bittering coming through.

Light almost dryish aftertaste without much taste remaining with this light bodied beer.

Not a lot going on here, I guess that makes it the perfect beerpong beer, but I'd rather have more substance and taste in my beers if I'm going to go to all the trouble involved with tailgating.

LXIXME, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

sgregory, Apr 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +14%

Alek, Feb 18, 2013
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Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate Beer
73 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.