Blonde Ale - Seasonal - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev +18.2%
Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a finger width head, decent retention, results in a thin, semi-sticky lacing.
Smell - Malted grain, earthy, grassy hops.
Taste - Grassy hop forward, with a bit of malted grain. Subtle hints of lemon or lime. Finishes with a fair amount of balance.
Mouthfeel - Light body, decently carbonated. Goes down with a nice smoothness.
Overall - Decent blonde ale. Not big on the style, and this one drinks about for par. Drinkable, but probably wouldn't buy again.
08-09-2012 03:00:32 | More by TheSixthRing
3.83/5 rDev +29.4%
The bottle bubbles over, not a good start. Makes a good head, but it dies quickly. There's a decent amount of spotty and ring lace. The liquid is dirty gold with a definitive chill haze.
Smells sweet like freshly made, light-colored caramels. No notable hop.
Pleasant "fluffy" flavor--lightly sweet with a raw, pale grain flavor. The hop is mild but present. The body is more full than I would expect; I like that. The carbonation adds to this (it's low). For a Blonde, I think this is a pretty beer. In fact, I'm a little surprised at the other reviews. It makes me wonder if I'm missing something.
10-02-2011 21:53:09 | More by smcolw
2.5/5 rDev -15.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pale yellow color with virtually no head. It looks pretty dull and has minimal carbonation.
S: Grassy corn aromas come through along with some malts and a subtle lemony citrus. However, there is also a skunky quality to the smell that hinders most other aromas.
T: The taste is comprised of tangy citrus with some malts and a light bitterness. Unfortunately, the taste also has that skunk-like sensation. It isn't terribly unpleasant, but it does block other qualities.
M: It is medium bodied, has minimal carbonation and is thin with an almost watery feel.
O: This isn't really my favorite style to begin with, but I have certainly had better offerings. I usually enjoy Mendocino's beers, but I think I will pass on this one in the future.
09-24-2011 03:57:44 | More by BilbosNuts
2.73/5 rDev -7.8%
A) Pours with a finger thick head that sticks around - great retention. Clear golden body. Upward carbonation.
S) Grainy. Subtle floral notes. Not very aromatic and quite dull.
T) Astringent taste. Grainy with slight malty sweetness.
M) Fizzy. Light body. Dry finish.
O) Not a very good beer. I will not be having another one of these. The initial astringency was unappealing.
09-14-2011 00:39:22 | More by u2carew
3.05/5 rDev +3%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a slight hazy golden-yellow; bubbly with a short, and short-lived near white head.
Weak but nice aroma. Mainly light toasted grain with some fruitiness.
The taste largely follows the aroma; again, decent quality
M - good body for style. Slightly dry finish.
O - a decent but undistinguished summer ale.
08-23-2011 00:44:16 | More by chinchill
2.75/5 rDev -7.1%
A: Pale straw color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated to a thin skim thicker on the edges. Decanted lazily. Broken lacing.
S: Pale malt. Faint light-colored fruit; white grape and pear. Even fainter spices.
T: Same as the nose; sweeter. Fruit more like lemon and orange. For a relatively low ABV beer, a fairly distinct alcohol taste. Finish stays a little sweet.
M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a finish that turns dry.
O: Doesn't carry-off the balance very well.
08-19-2011 17:10:34 | More by Haybeerman
2.42/5 rDev -18.2%
Appearance: Straw color, 1/2 inch white head, moderate lacing, average retention.
Aroma: Bready, skunky, definitely expecting some diacetyl in this one. Odd, especially since the beer is fresh.
Flavor: Orange at first, quickly turns into lemon, then a bit of butterscotch (there's that diacetyl). Surprised to taste a moderate amount of alcohol, considering alcohol content is only 5% ABV.
Mouthfeel: Light body, dry, the moderate carbonation helps to smooth things out a bit.
Overall Impression: Balance just isn't there. Too bitter and a bit skunky, even when fresh. Not very drinkable. 12 ounces of this brew was more than enough for me.
07-29-2011 02:30:07 | More by soulfly1492
3.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.
Look - clear golden color, with good carbonation and about half a finger of dull khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell - maybe a little biscuity or skunky smelling. Seems to have more malt smell in it than hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel - much like the smell, a bit skunky tasting. There's a little bit of bitterness at the finish, but not much there in the beginning or middle except for the "skunky" flavor. Texture is pretty well balanced.
Overall - it's an okay brew, but not at all interesting or thought-provoking.
07-26-2011 03:31:54 | More by Nerudamann
3.88/5 rDev +31.1%
Beuatiful frothy head. Very nice smell and a decent easy to drink taste. This is an easy drinker and has some flavoring to go with it. I found this a decent beer from a little know brewer. Respectable and well crafted. A good summer beer. I just wish their others were this good.
07-02-2011 19:21:31 | More by bubseymour
Blonde Ale - Seasonal from Mendocino Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.