30A Beach Blonde Ale - Grayton Beer Company
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Das_Reh:
2.13/5 rDev -36.4%
Never had anything by Grayton before. Not much info on this one since it's a new release and is regional. I just added this beer to the BA.com catalog and I couldn't find the ABV or IBU ratings anywhere, so I apologize.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.
A = A golden yellow beer, crystal clear, with a fizzy 1 finger head that dissipated quickly into a thin film.
S = Smells a lot like an adjunct lager...
T = Tastes a lot like an adjunct lager... thin, watery, and spritzy with that typical BMC ricey, cooked vegetable flavor. Seems more like an attempt to compete with Landshark and Corona than a serious craft brew. If I was given this beer without knowing what it was, I would have assumed it was some sort of light lager.
M = Medium-heavy carbonation, super slick and watery. Very easy to drink.
O = Very disappointed with this one, and I'm thankful I only bought two bottles as opposed to an entire six pack. As a thirst quencher on a hot day at the beach, it would be just fine, but as something to enjoy and savor, pretty much anything else is a better choice. There are a lot of good breweries in Florida (Cigar City anyone?) but after this one, I'm hesitant to give anything by Grayton another try.
03-16-2014 18:37:18 | More by Das_Reh
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3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
Blondes are so hot! Especially if you leave them out in the sun too long. But no such risk here as this blonde is certain to go down so easy. Effortless puns aside, the taste of the Florida beaches can reach the most far reaching palate with the fusion of citrus, wheat and crisp refreshment; and this is exactly what Grayton delivers.
And like those Florida sunsets, the hazy ale gleams with golden rays that prism through its body. Enticing with that first sip, the ale bursts with a bouquet of flower pedals, honeysuckle and delicate caramels; even with a bready-sweet undertow that keeps the initial taste supported very well.
With the malty sweetness holding firm with those honey and caramel flavors, the floral notes expire and a herbal presence introduces- allowing a playful grassy taste, soft chamomile, coriander, citrus peel and apple cider to take hold. Bold in carbonation, glimmers of white wine add a tantalizing acidity.
With a late quiver of sweetness, alas the effervescent citrusy character commands the finish as peps of white pepper, mint and vanilla spice tingle and taunt the tastebuds in its fleeting semi-sweet closure- never to see her again... or until you take the next drink.
Perhaps I'm sitting in Kentucky buy my mind is at those Florida shores- thanks to the keen brewers of Grayton to put that Jeanie in a bottle and send her my way.
06-12-2014 06:20:02 | More by BEERchitect
30A Beach Blonde Ale from Grayton Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.