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Arran Blonde - Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
79
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2003)
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Reviews by crwills:
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Edinburgh, where I purchasd it in a liquor store. Pretty standard, but passable, English pale ale with nothing that really makes it stand out -- other than the fact that it didn't have any noticeable defects. Pretty light in almost every way - light colour, light aroma, light flavour. Moderate carbonation. Went well with food, although it doesn't really compliment flavours, just washes things down.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 17:59:28 | More by crwills
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United Kingdom (England)

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Washington

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2013 20:03:43 | More by Jaymz
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-08-2012 16:21:02 | More by mick303
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Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-02-2012 08:07:24 | More by animal69
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12.3%

11-27-2011 15:37:05 | More by Rochefort10nh
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with bubbly white head that reduces to leave a pinky sized head lacing.

Sweet smelling ale, some good floral, grassy hops & a fair bit of citrus; it has a nice, summer like feel to it although it was a little basic.

A citrus hops flavour & a nice floral, summery taste to begin with. Followed by a mix of citrus & some spice along with some bubblegum.

Smooth & crisp for the most past with a slightly dry finish. The body is medium and overall the beers drinkabilty is quite good.

Quite a nice one that went down easily & was fairly enjoyable; I feel that this is a good example of the style.

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Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:36:42 | More by flyingpig
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GrizzlyBrew

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Note: This bottle may not have been the best example - the top popped with no off-gas and very easily. I didn't read anybody else describing low carb levels - I feel like someone uncapped and recapped immediately.

A - poured light orange, pretty hazy with almost no head, even with vigorous pour directly into bottom of glass.

S - extremely minerally, nice floral hop in background, very low malt note

T - fairly hoppy with nice malt follow up, perhaps a little uninteresting

M - ok. I'm getting the impression that mine has a lot lower carb than everyone else. I would guess around 1 - 1.5 volumes CO2.

O - I would give it another shot if bought for me, but wouldn't want to spend the $5 again myself

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:55:23 | More by GrizzlyBrew
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't too sure what to expect from this 500ml brown bottle of 'Blonde'.

I poured the beer (in three instalments) into my Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip glass. The beer was a clear golden blonde, a slightly deeper gold than a typical lager, but with the same sort of pure white head.

The smell was of hops, as was the main taste and it was obvious from the first sip and smell it wasn't a lager based beer, but an ale of some sort. The malted wheat gave the beer a flowery feel and a floral flavour, very summery.

The bottle asked for the beer to be served chilled, it was. All in all a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 08:15:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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GrantDuthie

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very much like a lager, slight lacing, with a head which dissapears quickly leaving patches of foam

S - citrus, peaty

T - Very drinkable, Slight fruitiness (overipe mangos, pineapples)

M - very slightly Dry

D - a very decent session ale, nothing exeptional but something i would definatley try again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:58:39 | More by GrantDuthie
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, orange color with a small, white head that left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled earthy and grassy with touches of sweet caramel.

T - Not much different than the aroma - caramel, grassy hops and a touch of earthiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer that has a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty decent English ale. It is easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:04:24 | More by zeff80
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ToasterChef

Maine

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cellar temp 500ml bottle into my NERAX pint glass. The beer has very little head, just a scattering of white bubbles on top. I can see plenty of bubbles on the bottom of the glass, a few of which are rising slowly. The beer has a slightly hazy golden orange color. There are aromas of yeast and orange citrus in the beer. This beer has a large malt flavor. There is some bready yeast in there as well. It finishes with barely any flavor at all; it's actually pretty watery. This beer has an average body and no detectable carbonation. This beer just doesn't do it for me. All of it's attributes are average, but the some of them makes the beer feel below average. I received this beer as a gift (from someone who isn't a beer drinker) and I wouldn't purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:48:10 | More by ToasterChef
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Offa

California

2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy yellow amber with almost no head.

The aroma is odd, old sharp fruit, freshly painted walls and wet plaster.

The taste is much better but bland and thin. It is fruity grain, lemon, with good balance, smooth, but with a flat feel and ovrall character. It seems "old" or stale, but I am not sure if this is because it is old or it is just the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:13:48 | More by Offa
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erosier

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a short and medium sized off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of toasted malts, some bready aromas, and a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of toasted and bready malt mainly, then a hint of hops at the end of it finishes it off. There was a distinct bitter aftertaste to it as well that was not all that appealing.
M: Very smooth, nice amount of carbonation.
D: OK drinkability, not the best as the harshly bitter aftertaste didn't help it's cause.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 14:44:45 | More by erosier
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nick76

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has grassy and floral hops with sweet malts. The appearance is gold with light hazy and a small head. The flavor is as good as the aroma with malt, hops and some citrus. The palate is thin. This is a light, enjoyable beer. Nothing outstanding here just a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 08:30:01 | More by nick76
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and - oddly - no head or lacing.

S: Had a sweet smell of hops and malt, but not much else.

T: Disappointing. You get a bit of malt and light hops up front, but then it's just a thin, watery brew. Totally uninteresting.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied. A strange case where the mouthfeel actually outshines the taste, instead of working in concert with it.

D: This is a wholly bland piece of brewing. No real character or taste, with a couple of the components working. Not the worst thing I've ever had, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 15:18:25 | More by avalon07
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JamesS

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent blonde/light yellow color, but not as shining as others, and there is no head or lacing to speak of. Strong scent, very sweet and malty with high levels of diacetone. Same with the taste, it seems as though it would have a great malt/hop balance, but the sour-fruit taste covers a lot of it. It does go down well, but this is far from the best Scottish beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 21:07:18 | More by JamesS
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville... recently sampled Arran's Dark, which was a decent stab... Their blonde sample, however, failed to impress, not really leaving anything to memory or striking a strong chord with flavor or style...
Hazy, murky, dark-copper, medium-amber hue with a very minimal head that soon receded, leaving no llacing, just a pale foam...
Sweet, extremely floral aroma with shades of blond honey...
Watered-down, semi-sweet mouthfeel with not much going on in this department... Crisp and clean, but too watery to really assert itself successfully...
Drinkability was about average or so, with the modest ABV, but the lack of appealing flavors brought this down a notch or too...
Arran's Dark is certainly the better of the two...
Not recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 01:31:22 | More by dsa7783
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JBogan

Nevada

1.88/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale gold with a one finger head which hung around for a few minutes before slowly disappearing. Minimal lacing left in my glass.

Smelled of simple bread and alcohol, and perhaps a pair of well used gym socks.

Taste was only slightly better than the smell. Mainly alcohol was what I detected, hops and perhaps even the tiniest hint of bubblegum.

Very thin mouthfeel, perhaps the thinnest I can ever recall in a beer. Not much carbonation either to make things interesting, not that even that would rescue this brew enough to make it drinkable.

I don't like knocking a beer. I know a lot of work went into making it and someone, somewhere is proud of this beer. But I have to be honest, this was among the least enjoyable beers I've ever had. It was all I could do to finish a glass, and I threw the rest of the bottle away.
A very attractive bottle, but as we have all learned at one time or another, don't let a pretty face fool you.

One day I'd dearly love to visit Scotland, but if this is what the beer is like there, I'll smuggle something else into my luggage to drink while I'm visiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 21:02:19 | More by JBogan
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Color of apple juice. No head and no lace.
S: Roasted, sweet and hoppy.
T&M: Stringent and watery. May have been a bad batch but it just kind of lays in the mouth without any real punch.
D: Not my cup of tea but it's not terrible, just doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 04:57:27 | More by July2Nov
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DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light brown, amber with a large initial head that faded quickly. Little lacing.

Aroma - Mild biscuity malt and herbal hops

Taste - spicy hops and dry, light toasted malt

Mouthfeel - Medium to light, pleasant.

Drinkability - Pleasant but just that, nothing special. I thought more hops would give the beer a stronger bitterness to balance the malty character.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 15:04:13 | More by DaveUK
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Ratman197

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy gold with a minimal off white ring of a head with very little carbonation.
The nose was'nt impressive with an off aroma I could,nt put my finger on. The aromas I could identify were bread, carmel and fruitiness.
The taste was mostly bread with some fruitiness and light carmel with a smooth mildly bitter finish.
The mouthfeel was light in body, smooth and flat.
I don't plan on revisiting this beer anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 19:44:15 | More by Ratman197
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml bottle (Batch # 650) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with a smile inducing gurgle & glug, lively, yet it has an almost syrupy look to it. Sweet, piney nose up front, stone fruits like peach, apricot, faint citrus with grapefruit, maybe some warm pineapple, a whiff of buttery toffee...a very inviting bouquet. As it airs it gets more like a chewy, fruited caramel in sweetness.

Head was feeble at best - some large white bubbles that tried to get organized yet failed miserably, leaving a thin floater of a sheen and a thin glass ring that never had a chance to lace. Slightly hazed, the body is a pale, brassy warm honey color with no noticeable carbonation. At least it smells good.

Semi-dry, creamy smooth, sweet but in a very light manner, soft pine, dirty hop bitters with a peep of some black pepper to them for some sharpness. The malts are a bit rocky and flat, but they provide a floor for everything else to dance on. Its an unusual taste, yet interesting, a wee bit seductive as well as pleasing.

As with a lot of this style and its cousins, it sets a very leisurely pace, yet is very easy to drink. I have come to enjoy English style beers like this for that reason. I cannot put my tongue nor finger on it, but I find myself slowing down & chilling out when enjoying them - a welcome quality in any beer.

The hops take on a more citrused quality with some bloom as I am detecting grapefruit now. Its actually quite hoppy for a Scottish brewed EPA, and I'm diggin' it. They are more noticeable and sharper/bitter on the palate as the malts fade and gets a little drier. The finish is more sweet than bitter, a little syrupy, leaving a nicely hopped/grapefruit, chewy aftertaste that is clean and pure.

This was an unusual tasting beer, but I did enjoy it. It caught me off guard a little but it had no real dead spots aside from appearance. Nice citrused hops over a distinctive malt profile - a great combo. This screams whitefish, a semi-strong cheese (Cotswold would be awesome with it), a high end deli sandwich on artisan bread with a crunchy crust and chewy crumb. Possibly the most unique Scottish beer I tried outside of Traquiar Jacobite. Check it out if you want something a little different and good.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:49:09 | More by BuckSpin
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Arran Blonde from Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.