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Capital Blonde Ale - Forked River Brewing Company

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Capital Blonde AleCapital Blonde Ale

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80
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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Forked River Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
London, Ontario was selected as the site of the future capital of Upper Canada in 1793 by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, though later rejected by Governor Dorchester. This beer pays homage to our capital denied, with a defiantly bolder version of the traditional blonde ale. We present an easy-drinking, sessionable beer that balances the sweetness of malted barley and the bitterness from North American hops. The use of a unique hop combination added late in the boil is responsible for the citrus flavour and aroma. This beer finishes out nice and dry, great for any occasion, at any time of year.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-01-2013)
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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Bottle from the brewery. Figured I should try their other year-round beer. Served in a snifter.

A - Pours with a thin white foam that settles to a thin collar and little else. Forked River seems to favor lower carbonation, but this seems a little light on foam for the style.

S - Smell is actually pretty solid; cereal grains, fruity notes, hint of citrus. I'd go for more hops, but this is true to style at least.

T - The taste is a bit less exciting. More hop bitterness in the finish, but flavor is a bit more grain and bread with perhaps a kiss of sweetness.

M - Lower carbonation, medium-light body, a tad grainy, with a crisp dry finish.

D - A decent entry-level craft beer, and actually a better beer than the Riptide Rye in my opinion. Easy to drink; the half-litre is an appropriate serving size.

MasterSki, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -11.8%

CurtisD, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.8%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of ToddMopps
3/5  rDev -11.8%

ToddMopps, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

nullbort, May 03, 2014
Photo of EvanHarper
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

500mL bottle from the brewery retail store, poured into a pint glass

Slightly hazy golden straw colour only a shade darker than a pale lager. Minimal blink-and-you'll-miss-it head, a few bubbles drifting up lazily from the glass.

Good hop aroma strongly suggestive of southern hemisphere hops; stonefruit, apricot. Only a slight citrus note despite what it says on the bottle.

Taste is clean and dry up front with some of the stonefruit hop presence, transitioning into a smooth but robost Munich-esque malty kick with a hint of crystal and maybe also a threshold-level buttery diacetyl note that's not technically to-style but works anyway. Finishes clean and dry again. Impression of moderate bitterness throughout (more than I was expecting for a 'crossover appeal' brew, good show) and especially towards the finish. Overall it's a brew with moderate, balanced amounts of several different flavours, similar to a good English bitter (although the flavours are different ones.)

Lightly carbonated, mouthfeel on the rich side for a 4.7% beer.

This is an excellent brew, easy-drinking without sacrificing complexity. It finds that elusive sweet-spot between between mass-appeal and craft credibility. It deserves to get picked up by LCBO or Brewer's Retail so that more people can know about it. As it is, I will be making a point to seek out bars in London that have it on tap, since I've heard the cask version is better than the bottled.

Note: This review has been updated; of two bottles I picked up from the brewery store, one was substantially under-carbonated. This second one was lightly carbonated but not so lightly that it seemed off.

EvanHarper, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of baylz
3/5  rDev -11.8%

baylz, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of KoraLajoie
4/5  rDev +17.6%

KoraLajoie, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, some biscuity notes, floral hops and some citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready malts, some grains, biscuity notes, floral/earthy hops and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Subliminal64
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

First time trying the microbrew beer from my hometown. All I can say is very good.

Pours a gold colour. Very clear (despite being unfiltered). Little to no head on it though.

Smell is very neutral. Not weak, but not potent.

Taste was very good. Strong, but not overwhelming.

The only complaint I have is the carbonation. When it poured, there was hardly any head on it. Carbonation dissapeared quickly. Although this was not the case when I sampled the beer from the tap. We will see on the second bottle.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Price was a little expensive, but its local, small batch, and fine ingredients. I will be purchasing again in the near future.

Keep it up guys!

Subliminal64, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%

Thoroughly enjoyed this fresh on tap as well as the bottle that was purchased and opened last week-end. However this second bottle is lacking the west-coast hop elements and most of the carbonation, so am rating it lower than I expected to be.

Pours a crisp and clean light golden, straw colour - if it had bubbles and a white head, would be an attractive beer. Grain forward aroma is bready and koelsch-like. Flavour is also biscuit-forward but with a reasonable bitterness in the finish. Lacking all of the tropical fruit hop elements I remember enjoying last week-end?

I have tremendous hopes for Forked River, but this bottle was a disappointment.

hopsolutely, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of pootz
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%

Tried bottle and draft - pale straw color decent white cap laces well. Aroma is lightly citrus, malty, clean. Light bodied rounded character. Flavour has hops and malts up front in perfect balance, clean drying lightly bitter finish. Not an off the hook ale but very drinkable, flavourful but not complex and very sessionable - I think this is what the brewers were after - Works for me as a crafted on tap session ale

pootz, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of bmacaskill
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%

Nothing compelling here. Not much of a nose, decent mouthfeel. Nicely hoppy but otherwise unremarkable. Maybe a little flat. Still, I'd drink it all day on a patio in favour of maxi easy-drinkers. I suspect it's just what it was brewed to be...

I'd have it again, but only if there was nothing new to try! I prefer their Riptide Rye.

bmacaskill, Jun 05, 2013
Capital Blonde Ale from Forked River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.