Paddle Break Blonde - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ddavison on 05-15-2014

A Belgium style Blonde Ale perfect for an adventure amidst the lakes and trails of the backcountry. This Blonde balances hints of citrus and Belgium yeast much like you balance a canoe on your shoulders. Effortlessly.
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by bsp77:
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden blonde with good sized white head.

Smell: Strong, semi-sweet aroma of toast, biscuit and banana.

Taste: A little more muted than the aroma, with toast, biscuit, banana, clove and floral hops. There is a lingering sweet fruit aftertaste.

Feel: Relatively light body with ample carbonation. Finish is almost dry but not clean due to the aftertaste.

Overall: Very solid representation of the Belgian Blonde Ale style. If this finished a little more crisp and clean, this would be outstanding.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A yeasty, bready, and fairly fruity malt forward aroma with good hints of Belgian yeast, grains, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper and clove. Pale malt with some hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Some light honey like hints as well. A pretty nice Blonde style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp, yeasty, and fairly fruity Blonde style taste with good notes of Belgian yeast and citrus. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with notes of grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Mild sweet notes of honey. Citrus fruit notes of lemon zest and orange. A pretty nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Blonde Ale. Good Belgian yeast notes with some nice subtle fruit.

Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from12 oz can
A-pours a clear yellow color with a 2 finger white head a decent amount oflacing thru-out
S-spicy with belgian yeast white fruit notes and clove
T-same as nose belgian yeast with floral/fruity hops banana and clove very light with some pepper toast
M-sweet with good carbonation that finishes semi-dry
O-refreshing brew that drinks like a pils and tripel hybrid

Photo of herman77
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a eggshell white head that sticks around. Okay lacing.

S: Fresh cereal grains, lemon, pilsner malts and some slightly spicy belgium yeast esters are very prominent, but not overpowering.

T: Nice clean pilsner taste up front, then some belgium yeast spice comes next. The belgium spice/clove taste is very mild and very well integrated. Very mild citrus hops. Low bitterness, 20 IBUs. Really nice crisp finish. Ever so slight lingering sweet/citrus finish.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is slightly high.

O: Awesome drinkability. Really nice overall. Going to get another six pack or two of this stuff before it's done for the year.

Photo of Go4aBrew
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost too smooth for a 6% brew. I'm thinking citrus addition might be nice, or just crush 1!!!!!!

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Pale Ale here with ample yeasty qualities but not overdone in that regard. Aroma of cloves, black pepper and banana. Taste adds in some citrus zest. Very tasty and easy drinking.

Creamy medium body....well done overall. Would buy again.

Photo of heytomcat
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I wasn't real thrilled about this beer. I guess that's the way I feel of all blonde ales, oh well

Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Yeasty, coriander, sweetness.

Taste: Mild sweetness, yeasty. Light body.

Overall: Bent Paddle has a new seasonal, so I gave it a try. I thought it was going to be a generic blonde ale, so pleasantly surprised by the Belgian yeast flavors. It is a very light bodied beer, but surprising that the ABV is 6%.

Photo of Arrowhead_MN
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great blonde. I'm glad they decided to up the ABV this year. It has a really smooth, creamy mouth feel and that classic belgian taste. Very well balanced and great example of the style. Not as hoppy/citrusy as I remember last years batch being. Knowing bent paddle, I figured they might bend the tradition a little with more hops.

Overall, it's a very refreshing and highly drinkable belgian blonde.

Photo of jera1350
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow can, pale gold body. Smell is clean and floral, mostly belgian yeast character. The taste is nearly all belgian yeast esters with a mild hop flavor. Floral, fruity and a bit funky from the yeast. Goes down so easily with summer weather. Lighter and smooth. I am not a fan of blonde ales at all. I would put this more in the category of belgian golden ale flavor wise, but the abv is just too low. Wonderful drinker and was perfect on my camping expedition.

Photo of maedhros09
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear gold with average white head
Smell: Belgian yeast, herbal hops
Taste: Sweet maltiness with Belgian yeast flavors. mild bitter hops finish, but mostly on the sweet side.
Feel: light to medium body, normal mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: This is a decent Belgian ale with no significant weaknesses, but unlike other Bent Paddle brews I don't find anything very distinctive about it. it's a bit too sweet and strong to be a session ale or a hot weather beer in my opinion. In any case no huge complaints, just not very remarkable.

Paddle Break Blonde from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.