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Blacktop Blonde - Tailgate Beer

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BA SCORE
74
okay

45 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.53%
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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Reviews by JMD:
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JMD

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -4.2%

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...

07-13-2013 22:21:56 | More by JMD
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Marketed toward tailgating—a pretty narrow market and some tough competition to be up against. Regardless, it’s what’s in the can that matters, right? Clear but some particles are in suspension; lacing is decent enough ... beery ap- pearance. Lemony, almost vinous twang in the nose, with some graininess in there as well. Light slick body, not bone- dry but close. Clean graininess throughout. Lemon bars or cookies come to mind ... not sweet, but zesty. Hint of herbal hops in the drying finish. Easy drinking, even if it is a bit off-kilter.

09-24-2011 04:04:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%

Yellow beer with a big frothy head. Not much in the aroma department to speak about.

A thirst quenching beer, not much malt or hops, yeast flavor is almost nonexistant, but there is water. Corn if you're into that. Good for tailgating when its hot I guess. But why the price so high? There's nothing to this beer? I mean, even BMC has advertising $$ that figures into why their stuff costs so much, but this?

A decent palate cleanser for a hot day. Had at SDIBF.

07-07-2011 17:56:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-10-2013 21:29:20 | More by LXIXME
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

08-08-2013 00:36:33 | More by biboergosum
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dertyd

California

1/5  rDev -68.1%

08-04-2013 05:54:29 | More by dertyd
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.64/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

12-25-2013 01:35:23 | More by WoodBrew
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californiakebab

California

4.03/5  rDev +28.8%

Appearance: Pours bright yellow with a fluffy white head that has fair retention, and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Clarity is brilliant, looks like a german pils.

Smell: Light floral aroma, some soft malty sweetness. You can definitely detect some cascade here.

Taste: Mostly sweet malt, with some breadiness, and some subtle hop character. There's a faint bite from the hops that does a nice job of balancing it out, making this a very, very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light, carbonation level is perfect to achieve the thirst quenching effect of a blonde ale.

Overall: I think Blacktop Blonde really fits the style well - extremely drinkable, and has a pleasant aroma and flavor to boot. Perfect for slugging down a hot day and not getting too inebriated (5% abv).

Nice job Tailgate!

08-04-2011 05:14:55 | More by californiakebab
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

01-27-2013 21:27:52 | More by GRG1313
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color wioth a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some honey appears to be present. Taste is crisp, malts up front, slightly sweet, a touch of hops at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

07-23-2011 14:45:10 | More by tone77
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CEDAMA

California

2/5  rDev -36.1%

01-04-2013 19:36:37 | More by CEDAMA
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev +5.4%

poured from 12oz can into pint glass

A-poured a light straw yellow aith about 2 fingers of head that left a little lacing as it faded away

S-light fruity smell with some pear and lemon

T-light on flavor, a little bit of malt is almost hidden but is there along with slight hop bitterness

M-well carbonated with a fairly dry finish

O-not bad, but not anything complex

09-29-2011 23:39:07 | More by tvv375ia
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BlottoOtto

California

3.8/5  rDev +21.4%

04-24-2012 03:22:08 | More by BlottoOtto
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tbone64

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +27.8%

06-01-2014 23:59:34 | More by tbone64
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-16-2013 00:23:55 | More by Zorro
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JustinQ

California

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

08-08-2012 20:46:04 | More by JustinQ
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%

I CANnot remember who sent this to me, but I have a feeling that it was my dear trading partner, indiapaleale, who did so. If I am inCANrect, please set me straight. I want to spread the blame, I mean, give credit where credit is due accordingly.

From the CAN: "Award Winning Craft Brew!"; "Blacktop Blonde"; "Blacktop Blonde Ale is our homage to you, the tailgater. It is our way to say, 'We see you out there on the blacktop and we know you're thirsty.' This is why you deserve a 100 % natural craft beer brewed with the same stuff cavemen used thousands of years ago. Named with the help of 'Jay the Tailgate Guy', this is an Ameri[CAN] blonde ale that stays true to form. Bold use of [M]agmum and [C]ascade hops create a soft, subtle spice that sets this easy drinker apart from the rest. Beautiful golden malts complete this light colored, easy drinking ale."; "Crack one of these beauties wherever you are and in the immortal words of Jay, the tailgate Guy, 'Grill on.'"; "'The Official Beer of Tailgating'".

The Crack & Glug produced two rocky, bone-white fingers of head that fell nearly as quickly as I poured. Color was as advertised - a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty-sweet with just a whiff of Noble hops. Say, isn't that what I just wrote about the previous beer? Well, yes, and that is why I decided to follow one with the other. Mouthfeel was medium and the sweetness was a bit more prevalent here in the mouth. Finish lingered with a sweetness that was not enough to be outright cloying, but too sweet for this self-avowed hophead. Sorry, Blondie, but unless the Stillers are playing at the Chargers and I'm going to be in the parking lot tailgating with the infamous Pittsburgh 7 (Mad Dog, Crazy Mike, Gooch, Frere Denis, Steve-O, Jimmy and myself), you're getting left out. We need fuel!

05-22-2011 12:48:58 | More by woodychandler
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samturner

California

4/5  rDev +27.8%

09-30-2013 00:17:37 | More by samturner
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MadeInOregon

California

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

07-12-2014 05:35:23 | More by MadeInOregon
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womencantsail

California

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%

A: The pour is a crystal clear straw/yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Fairly corny with a high amount of sweet grain. Surprisingly, there's a really yeasty smell to this beer. Minimal hop notes, but what is there is fairly grassy, maybe a little bit floral.

T: Lots of corn flavor to the beer as well, and more of that cooked grain. Some old vegetables and stale bread notes are present which really ruin the beer for me.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not very pleasant overall, but I suppose if you're slugging these down as cold as possible, then it could work for you.

04-01-2011 18:13:35 | More by womencantsail
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

05-20-2013 03:39:16 | More by SocalKicks
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hopsgirl35

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +23%

The apperance is a pale straw color that leaves
a little lace around the glass.

The aroma is a light citrus hops with a low
malt smell.

The taste is a little malty with a
medium citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bitter but it dos'nt
last long.

Overall it is a good grilling beer.
Taste good from the can to.

07-20-2011 21:26:05 | More by hopsgirl35
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sgregory

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

04-04-2013 23:31:06 | More by sgregory
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

05-24-2013 03:17:31 | More by DrunkinYogi
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +29.4%

This beer pours a clear blonde color. The head is on inch of bright white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, and some faint spicy hops. It is quite aromatic for a blonde ale. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the spicy hops are a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better blonde ales I've tasted. I could easily see myself drinking this again on a hot, sunny day.

08-06-2011 02:37:43 | More by KarlHungus
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Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate Beer
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.