30A Beach Blonde Ale - Grayton Beer Company

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30A Beach Blonde Ale
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grayton Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Das_Reh on 03-16-2014

LIFE SHINES on Scenic Highway 30A. But 30A is much more than a strand of idyllic beach villages along Florida's Gulf Coast. This light-bodied blonde ale greets your palate with a subtle citrus nuance and mild malt sweetness. 30A Beach Blonde Ale is a refreshing and sessionable ale that conjures up that relaxed coastal attitude anytime, anywhere. So kick off your flip-flops, grab a cold 30A Beach Blonde Ale, and relax. Slow down, you're here.
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Photo of UTPharm2012
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For the price, tastes just like a regular beer you drink on the beach. Pass.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Lahoi
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not bad for an AAL, but this wasn't priced as such. I expected more.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Pours a golden, clear straw color in a 20oz pub glass with a nice 2 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell has a floral note to it. It is really a pretty good smell, I also get some malts with some yeast as well.

Taste is nice and sweet with those floral notes up front then they give way to the malty sweetness. The end has the breadiness of the yeast.

Mouthfeel is a little light as you would expect from a blonde. Carbonation was nice though which made it easy to drink.

Overall, a decent beer. If you are looking for something that is over the top with flavor, pick something else but if you are looking for a beer to bring to the beach to enjoy with your toes in the sand, this may be for you.

Photo of ackleydg
4.89/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden amber with a pleasing, fruity aroma of apricot/peach/lemon. Effervescent with a foamy white head. Soft, sweet malt up front, possibly some wheat, with strawberry notes and a light bitterness. Yeast character similar to a Kolsch or Bohemian Pils. Light and crisp mouthfeel but not too thin. Medium dry finish. Overall, it's a superb example of the style. Perfect balance between flavor and drinkability - just what you want in a beach beer!

Photo of Das_Reh
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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.

30A Beach Blonde Ale from Grayton Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.