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Bailey's Blonde Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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163 Ratings

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies 6.5 - 7.5%

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clean looking beer with a soapy white head, transparent and lacing everywhere. Nose is all spicy grassy floral hops with a present but shy malt sweet backbone. Sweet light caramel starts it off & immediately followed by a mouth exploding floral orange hop burst - I'm guessing some use of Amarillo hops, amazingly balanced and drinkable. That hop goodness lingers for a few minutes after the sip, drinkability: high.

hoptualBrew, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cisco Brewers
Bailey's Blonde Ale

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large soapy head and lace. Aroma of herbal, tea like hops, belgian yeast, and citrus. In the taste, nice little belgian yeast funk and lemony citrus. Herbal, grassy hops. Semi-dry bitter finish with a sting of carbonation. Overall, not a whole lot American going on with the flavor, Bailey's Blonde tastes like a quality Belgian import. Solid.

Stinkypuss, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jamstone714, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +7.5%

BigCheese, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of pacino77
4/5  rDev +7.5%

pacino77, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brendaniel
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific summer beer that reminded me more of a wheat beer - with its subtle hoppy characteristics and cloudy pour. Simple hoppy aromas, some malts but overall - very mild. Flavors were very refreshing, lots of citrus and some mild sweetness. Not bad!

brendaniel, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jilly425
5/5  rDev +34.4%

jilly425, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Trailmix242
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Trailmix242, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +7.5%

tzieser, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +7.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AARomanov
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was first introduced to Cisco Brewers at the Boston Craft Beer festival (June 2011).

A - Very clear deep gold body with lively bubbles. Head is quick to form and white with virtually no tint of other hues. Head breaks apart slowly leaving large lacing.

Ar - Aroma is my weak sense but I can tell it’s much stronger on this beer than most others. Closest thing I pick up is grains (?)

T - Strong but not overly grassy hops. Almost in IPA territory but with a lighter body. Was hoping for more like a Belgian strong blonde.

D - I’m afraid I had the beer a little too warm and didn’t experience it properly. Will re-review at a future date.

AARomanov, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep golden brown, hazy with a finger wide head that dissipates over about a minute. Nice lacing remains.

S - Malt and Hops trying to overpower a light orange aroma.

T - Orange at first while it sits on the tongue. But then it goes straight to bitter hops when you swallow. This dog certainly has some bite.

M - Decent body with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

O - To me, this is an IPA all the way. Good flavor, but bitter. A decent drink when in the mood.

JustinAniello, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged one out of my friends refrigerator this weekend. Bright hazy yellow color with a lot of carbonation that leaves a fat amount of head which lingers for a while. Pleasant lemon grass and flowery hops. Almost like wild flowers and pale malt growing together. Wow, this is hoppy. The malt is present up from leading you in with a semi-sweet lemonade feel but then floral hops comes right in. The mix is great especially if you're a hop head on a hot summer day. Floral and lemon fruity hops mix well over a crisp pale malt body. Surprising hop character impressed me with this one. For how bold the hops are it is still extremely drinkable, especially on a warm day.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of PokerGod
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz glass poured into a mug.

Appearance- very golden, but hazy. decent amount of head with good retention.

Smell- all malts and yeasts (the probable cause of the haze in the color)

Taste- As expected quite grainy and bready, but surprise aggressiveness of hops where maybe I was expecting to taste fruitiness from the yeasty smell, but the hops carry through the finish nicely. Very pleasant.

Overall- I like this beer very much. I Will have another one, me thinks.

PokerGod, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a muddy golden color with out much head. The lacing is very minimal. The head that is there is just a thin white film over the top. The smell of the is grainy with some earthy hops. The taste is a little earthy and had a dirty hop flavor the overpowers the taste. The mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation. Overall, not a fan, didn't think this was much of a blonde ale personally. I'll leave this one alone in the future.

Knapp85, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Cisco brewpub at Logan airport.
This one poured a hazy, dark gold with a dense, white cap. Good head retention with some spotty lacing. Bitterness was moderate overall, but seemed a little harsh. It had a light citrus flavour with slight spiciness, cereal grains, a bit of sweetness and lingering bitterness. The aroma was all cereal, citrus, and a bit of spice. Light to medium bodied with creamy carbonation, off-dry. This just didn't come together for me. I didn't enjoy the combination of flavours and there was a bit of perceived harshness from the hops/spicy character.

DrJay, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of robhunta
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bit hazy golden blonde with three fingers of light fluffy head that dissipates to a crispy lacing

Live the aromas of hops and sweet malt with some nice doughy yeast

A very hoppy blond ale, a bit less malt and yeast flavor than the aroma

Nice light bodied and crisp mouthfeel

Overall this is a very nice beer I would certainly but it again and great for the spring season

robhunta, May 28, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw with hints of orange peel.
Cloudy and well carbonated with a smallish white fluffy head.
Aroma has some hop bite to it with pale malts.
A tart tasting beer with some lemon zest throen in. Hops are low key and in the back with sutle hints of citrus.
Tart and crisp .

micromaniac129, May 07, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a 2-inch, fluffy white head that leaves tons of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet, lightly toasted malt with a bit of lemon and orange peel hops. Per the style, it's not too aggressive but nice nonetheless.
T - More crisp malt with a surprisingly hoppy and bitter finish. Lots of orange and grapefruit is present, again with a slightly sweet and toasted malt backbone. Perhaps closer in taste to an IPA, and that's ok with me.
M - Thin-bodied with a smooth mouth-feel and crisp, spritzy carbonation. Good for the style, nice and drinkable.
O - Not too bad, this was a nice, hoppy take on a style that's usually pretty "vanilla" to me.

jsanford, May 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of what I was able to try. I am typical not a fan of the style, well I take that back, its not a bad style per se, just find it to lack what I am really looking for as far as depth and complexity, that said I am far from opposed to trying it by any means. The pour was about what I would have expected given the style. Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue as it worked itself through.

Overall this was not bad at all. Very light, but that is the M.O. on the style, crisp, clean and refreshing with a decent amount of depth to keep the palate from getting bored, I could see this one on a hot summer day.

mikesgroove, May 01, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and skunky hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, and skunky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. For a Blonde Ale this one had quite a bit going on in the flavor department. The skunky hop was definitely present in this one, but seemed to fit in the overall beer quite well and wasn't very invasive as some skunky hop brews are. Really solid Blonde Ale if I'm honest. This one actually motivated me to go outside and drink it in the sun that day. Definitely worth trying for any Blonde fan out there or the curious alike.

thagr81us, Apr 28, 2011
Bailey's Blonde Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.