Capital Blonde Ale - Forked River Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-21-2014 03:15:48 | More by EvanHarper
3.59/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-30-2013 20:21:57 | More by SebD
3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
10-05-2013 22:56:07 | More by Subliminal64
3.44/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-16-2013 22:08:27 | More by hopsolutely
3.19/5 rDev -5.3%
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
08-03-2013 12:19:49 | More by pootz
3.09/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
06-05-2013 16:19:28 | More by bmacaskill
Capital Blonde Ale from Forked River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.