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City Steam Blonde On Blonde - City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Blonde On Blonde
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85
very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
City Steam Brewery Café visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

What can we say about the Blonde on Blonde? Is it the upright way she holds that tray that makes us love her? Or is it the humongous hops sitting on top that gets our bubbles bursting? This PALE ALE was our 2nd beer made available for statewide distribution, and has been a growing hit among Connecticut consumers since 2010. In November of 2012, Blonde on Blonde won 1st place in the Pale Ale catrgory at the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, R.I. It is brewed with German hops for bitterness, Zythos and Cascade hops for aroma. Come try out this award-winning beer fresh on tap, or find it where you can locate it in the region by clicking here. Served short or tall. Oh Mama!
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 122
Reviews by Botulizard:
Photo of Botulizard
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden brown, not unlike a witbier. one-inch white head that lasts for about 2 minutes before giving way to light, bubbly lacing. Speaking of bubbles, any carbonation is invisible, except for a few bubbles about half and inch from the bottom of the head that shoot right up into the head. Once they've gone, there's no visible carb to speak of.

S: Citrusy, floral hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness with slight citrus notes coming through on the finish.

M: Thick and heavy, with more carbonation than the appearance lets on. It's a slightly below average amount, but it's there although the appearance suggests otherwise.

O: It's not bad, but in my opinion, it would be so much better if the citrus hops were more prominent in the taste. That may be just me, though. The bottle says that the citrus hops are there for aroma and the bitter hops are there for taste, so I can't fault the brewer or the beer itself for not being exactly to my liking. (956 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tmoreau713
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass with a nice one and a half fingers worth of a creamy and bubbly white head. Clear pale straw colored body. Good lacing and fair retention.

Smells like a juicy grapefruit, some pine resin and bready yeast.

Tastes like a bubbly, juicy grapefruit mixed with some pine and bready malt flavors. A firm lingering resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat coating and oily on the finish.

Overall this is a great beer. Nice job Ron. This is fairly well balanced with great hop character.
$5.50 a pint. (543 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass and piney hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by light pine hops and big citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweetish start bitter middle with a less bitter end

Overall: I like the combination of hops on this one. A nice clean bitter beer. Nothing mind blowing but certainly something I could see myself picking up again. (430 characters)

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden colored with coppery highlights and a firm and frothy head of off-white foam that lingers long and leaves fat rings around the glass as it's drained. Inviting aroma of citrusy hops, some grassy and woody notes.

Sharp hoppy flavors full of tangerine and grapefruit, morphing to pine, sappy with hints of mint and herbal notes. An understated honey malt flavor rides beneath and keeps this one well balanced. Grapefruit pith lingers. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, full and round. Great beer, very hoppy and very drinkable. (546 characters)

Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at City Steam brewery, overall a decent beer, but my last review indicated the DIPA had too few hops, so imagine how this tasted! It has a pretty inviting aroma which indicated herbal and citrus hops, but the taste didn't have the same characteristics. Maybe this was too old? Nice malt note, gentle sweetness, but the hops hide too much in the background. Could have been a lot better. (390 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdilauro
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the external appearance, I could have assume that this beer would be as simple as many of the mass produced brews.
It pured just slightly more amber than your 'light' beers.

But thats where the similarity ended!. The nose was full of hops and citrus. There was a definite bouquet fresh pink grapefruits.

The first taste was like the bouquet. A good dose of hops, just the right bitterness along with nice citrus lemon,orange grapefruit.

This one tasted very crisp and alive. The mouthful was big along with a good lingering after taste

Surprisingly nice (563 characters)

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjstacker
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review required? Okay, this beer is super bitter and totally lacking when it comes to anything fruity or enjoyable. Its bitters on malts and basically sucks, sorry. i bet someone somewhere likes it. (200 characters)

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a yellow gold color with a residual 1/4 inch of fluffy white foam. Looks like a blonde, semlls like a pale. Light pine smell. Taste is a light malt that builds quickly into a hop wall. Leaves a small bitter taste on the tongue. Some citrus in the finish.

Just different enough to be unique. Interesting and pretty good. (373 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a nice head and is a light amber or slight reddish color.
Odor is floral and very typical of a pale ale.
mouth feel is a little light. It is pretty carbonated.
Taste is crisp at first and then gives way to hops and ends with a hoppy bitterness. After taste is bitter hoppy. Overall a solid effort and a above average pale ale. (377 characters)

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TeasdAle
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jbhollis1180
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of pbrian
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright tin gold. Clumpy, sticking white foam. Spotty shards of large bubbled carbonation. Minted evergreen and lime peel aroma with soft red licorice candy accents. Initially crisp, powdered lime hoppy and evergreen bitter with a lasting spearmint aftertaste. Clean pale malt sugared backbone with a strong bitterness to squelch it, although it’s more chalk than abrasive piney resin. Hints of lime dust and red licorice careen off brisk evergreen flavors all the way to the end. Finishes briskly hopped and just sugared pale malty enough with a telltale fusion of non-citrus based hop elements. An awesome classic.

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City Steam Blonde On Blonde from City Steam Brewery Café
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