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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Blonde AleThomas Hooker Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%


Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smooth flavor with a subtle malt sweetness accented with the delicate aroma of Czech hops. This brilliant gold ale is a mellow but flavorful microbrew.

11 IBU

(Beer added by: far333 on 05-11-2003)
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale clear yellow with a huge white head that does not last. Lots of lacing and a single ring as you drink down the glass. I literally popped the cap of an undisturbed bottle and walked away, only to find a cone of foam had risen out of the neck of the bottle.

Grassy hop notes and light malt in the nose, with some woody vanilla in the background. I dig it.

Mild mild mild beer. Initial sip is light bready malt. Some grassy bitterness follows and intensifies, and essentially washes out the malt. Malt flavor is weak, and has a very very slight tart twang. Bitter is superior flavor, and that is subdued.

Lighter bodied, feels a little watery.

Overall, this is hot weather bear and lawnmower beer. It has just enough tiny peaks of distinctive flavor where you are ok with it as you go thru the pint. Terrific structure, but I don't buy beer to just look at it. Had half the pint alone, then had the rest with a simple grilled burger, which completely dominated the beer to the point where I could have been drinking water. Lacks the richness of a true cream ale and intensity of flavor, but nothing you will hate either. Accept it if offered one, but don't seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:03:02 | More by OtherShoe2
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange / yellow with a medium lasting white head. Aroma and Taste has some citrus, lemon fruity notes, biscuit malt, yeast with some citrus floral hops notes. Palate is nice medium body, crisp with lively carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, fruity with some citrus and lemon flavor, some light tartness and a bit of spicy citrus floral hops for balance. Overall a good crisp and refreshing summer style ale

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:25:28 | More by Samp01
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nibbish

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - lightly hazy. Light head with very little lacing.

S - little to speak of. maybe a light sweetness

T - bright and pleasant

M - a little cloying, with a slight lingering aftertaste.

O - not bad, a decent representation of the style. There are better out there, but it's worthy of a glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:58:15 | More by nibbish
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searsclone

Arizona

1.25/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

poured into a pint glass from a bottle

slightly hazy golden color with not much head and zero lace

I get literally no aroma from this at all

taste is almost non existent, maybe a bit of malt and a touch of hops

mouthfeel is crispy and dry

overall, it looks like a beer and if feels like a beer, but it doesn't smell or taste like a beer.

I have another one of these that I will try later, and if it's different, I will edit my review

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:10:41 | More by searsclone
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9-21-11 and today is 4-30-12.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a thin frothy head.. Has nice lacing. This beer looks unfiltered.

Smell - Pale malts and somewhat of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Has pale malts, grains, corn, a little sweet, and has somewhat of a creamy flavor. The bottle says it's a blonde ale but the site says it's a cream ale.. Has a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation. The carbonation gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. I don't know how it's considered a cream ale though. It has the texture but not the flavor..

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 04:17:11 | More by jsisko01
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured by the bartender into a plastic cup (can't take bottles with you into the theater, bub).

A: Deep gold. Slight haze and no head save for a slight white film.

S: Musty. Sort of a damp lawn or garden shed scent.

T: I'm getting a lot of musty, earthy root cellar flavor without much subtlety or really any variety. Not a whole lot of distinguishable flavor to this one. A little sacchariney sweet as it warms up.

M: Thicker and stickier than you might expect, and a little cloying.

O: Forgettable. Like um... can't think of his name. Brown hair? Glasses? Had a beard. He definitely had a beard. You know who I mean. Anyway, Hooker is capable of making better beer than this and I wouldn't recommend it over anything else in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:40:39 | More by DirtyPenny
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold in color, slightly hazy, white head that retains rather well, with some lacing.

S/T - Sweet, fruity, a white wine-link vinous quality. A little grainy mid palate, finishing with a touch of astringency, but mostly dry with minimal bitterness.

M - Light/medium body, high carbonation, a little tingly going down.

O - The green grape, white vinous character is a bit one-sided, but drinks easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:58:57 | More by garuda
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tlazaroff

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma coming off the beer has a distinct lemon note to it. I also get a little corn on top of a grain/barley smell. It's not bad, but defiantly could be better.

The color is pale straw with a bright white head. Visible carbonation in the glass and nice lacing make this beer look better. I'm just conditioned to not like fizzy looking yellow things.

Sadly, this beer doesn't stop disappointing there. The taste is almost nonexistent. I get a touch of grain, and no hops.

Mouthfeel is even worse, it's like drinking water. Incredibly thin, lightly carbonated.

Overall, this beer isn't good. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I really don't care for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:59:25 | More by tlazaroff
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RockinRob925

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with three finger head. Has slight skunky aroma and taste. Started the pour down the side and the color looked very promising until the head started to form. Takes a long time for it to settle leaving a slight orange /tan tint to the head. I liked the unfiltered appearance for this blonde ale. 100 beer club was eager to try and left disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:01:37 | More by RockinRob925
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malt plus earthy and floral yeast in the nose.
T: The beer is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very sessionable. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:56:20 | More by metter98
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Half a fingers worth of crisp fizzy slightly off-white colored head... Light or no retention... A milky way of slight lacing can be seen with carbonation bubble bursting through the surface... The color is a golden yellow with a slight haziness... A modest bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Light euro hoppiness... Fresh cut grass... Slight floral bouquet... Canned corn... Perhaps some lemon zest... Some doughy bread malts as well...

T - Some faint lemon notes... A mix of cereal, grains, and corn... A very slight hop component that takes on a earthy character...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizziness... Slightly crisp...

D - This one doesn't do much for me... It's a very "average" beer in all categories... I can see how this could be a gateway beer for the BMC crowd, but their isn't much more to offer... It's a shame because I would love to order a "blonde hooker" every now and again...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:52:37 | More by philbe311
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-murky dark yellow color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is tangy with some breadiness. Slight bit of hops. Taste is more of that tangy bread flavor. Small amount of hop flavor. Hard to pick up on too much else since the tangy flavor dominates. Hints of citrus. Lightly carbonated with a watery mouthfeel. Overall, nothing special. No need to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 15:11:26 | More by PicoPapa
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow, mustard color. Small head, fairly good lacing. Has a sharp start taste but very smooth finish. A full bodied beer. Average drinkability. Would probably try again but not as my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:35:07 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a Blonde ale after a day of meetings. Or maybe it was the only choice that I hadn’t had at a bar with no craft choices.. Either way, I wound up with a pint of Hooker Blonde in front of me and made the best of it.

Bottom line. Not bad but also not very exciting.

Pine came with very little head yet left quite a bit of lace. The beer was a slightly hazy dull gold color… Light mustard yellow almost.

Aroma was very light. A bit doughy with some light grain scents.

Bready nice flavor again with notes of doughy bread. Very light hop character late in the flavor.

Very light body, with just a faint carbonation.

For what this is, it’s not bad.. but also not great character either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 11:14:34 | More by Reagan1984
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to HikerCT for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very, very clear light straw color with a thin white head. The head immediately recedes and doesn't leave much of anything behind. The nose carries a very light amount of grain and straw; nothing too much else. The flavor is light grain and straw. There's a touch of very light hopping, but really not all that much. Light body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish. Okay.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:25:36 | More by Thorpe429
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The cap pops off to reveal a slow gusher overflowing out of the bottle. The beer pours into the glass with a towering four fingers of white foam on top of slightly hazy, golden body that is full of rising bubbles. The head is supported by the carbonation and slowly settles, leaving loose lace in its wake.

S - Slightly tart, bready malt and herbal hops with a bit of lemon. A bit of peppery phenol in the background, it almost smells like a saison....

T - Tart, bready malt up front with some spicy hops. More herbal hop character in the middle with some pepper and clove. The beer finishes with crisp, dry malt and peppery hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this one is hard to judge; it has almost certainly gone bad, but in a way that seems to have made it better than it probably was when it was fresh. It has become just slightly sour and the herbal, spicy hops work nicely with everything else. I know that this isn't what a "blonde" ale is supposed to taste like, but it actually makes a pretty nice farmhouse ale. I guess my conclusion has to be: if you buy Thomas Hooker Blonde, age it for a while and it will turn into a pretty decent saison!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:54:47 | More by nickfl
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : pours a clear and pale yellow with a lot of head. white billowing and thick.

S : melted butter grain and a sweet honey with a hint of dried apricots. no hop aroma to speak of.

T : starts watery and then a smooth and sweet flavor of candied sugar. There is a melted butterness like the aroma, with a tinge of hop towards the beginning of the second half. Finish is again clean and watery. further into the glass the hop lingers nicely on the tongue.

M : very bubbly but carries nicely. Smooth and clean. Fresh

D : I could pound these and never flinch.

Overall an all right beer but nothing blowing me away. Better beers for the price, but a decent offering for the "blonde cream" nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:49:44 | More by Thads324
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy medium yellow. Very little head, white, disappears completely in about 30 seconds. No lace here.
Smell is fairly light with notes of malt, citrus and caramelized sugar. Pretty well balanced.
Taste has some hops to balance the malt but citrus is lighter.
Medium + effervescence, medium body leaning fuller. Some vanilla shows up in the aftertaste with a good malt/hop balance. A decent beer, hopefully better on tap. Nothing makes it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 21:50:37 | More by PorterLambic
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Erikp666

Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at a local American Legion. Wasn't impressed at all.

It looks good enough at first glance. A nice golden yet thin looking pour with little head. It is an easy drinker that goes down easy. My biggest complaint is the lack of overall taste. I imagine I would have enjoyed quaffing this down after mowing the lawn on a hot summer's day. It is crisp and light.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 20:50:12 | More by Erikp666
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours a dirty blond with a very small head. Carbonation bubbles seem larger than normal. No Lacing really.

S: Creamy. Pretty clean aroma. Light hops and other grains.

T/M: Chewy and a little citric. An overall small taste. Not much of a hop presence. With more grains and some wheat. Crispness leads to somewhat of a weird aftertaste, but still pretty good.

D: Very easy to drink. An average brew. More of a summer drink for me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:24:56 | More by mnrider
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden with a small white head. lagerish smells with the slightest hint of vinegar. tastes a little on the sweet side, again with a hint of vinegar. a little bit of citrus and acid. very thin on the mouth. this beer is very different. while it tastes like a lager it has a tingle on the mouth and some different flavors going on. It's a decent beer. nothing to get too excited about and I probably won't voluntarily purchase another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:07:46 | More by Blanco
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jlindros for this bottle!

Hm, it's usually blonde hooker, not Hooker Blonde. (Honestly, that one made me laugh pretty decently when I thought of it...) It pours a bright gold with an intimation of haze (maybe more of a rumor) and topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises bright corn syrup, wheat, and a very light dash of coriander. The taste ramps up the coriander, adding some lemon zest and cardamom, while maintaining the slight wheatiness and keeping the corn syrup to a necessary minimum. The body is decidedly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing feel. Overall, a nice bit o' summery goodness.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 19:26:56 | More by TMoney2591
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two-finger starting head. It settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves no permanent lace. Cloudy with a light gold color (darker than most cream ales).

Smells earthy (a little odd for a blonde) with a hearty dose of raw grain.

Creamy mouthfeel with a decent spritz. I'd describe this as a floral (if a little grainy) malt flavor. There's light hop providing some balance, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste, however, is brief.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:40:54 | More by smcolw
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a spritzy pale golden yellow color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent brings a suprising amount of grassy hops with notes of pale straw, white bread. Taste again suprises, with a definite grassy and earthy hop presence over the pale strawlike backbone, hints of white bread. Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation level. A nice suprise, great warm weather drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:58:43 | More by rfgetz
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socon67

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before at the brewery in CT. Reviewing htis in bottle.

A - Decent pour. Looks like a generic pale ale.

S - A smell of fruit, and a slight earthy smell as well. Not particularly strong.

T - Its a nice beer. Again a taste of fruit, with maybe some spice.

M - Very smooth, not heavy, and leaves a generally sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this on a hot day. This certianly qualifies as a "session beer".

I like the Thomas Hooker brand and these guys do a nice job. This blonde ale is fairly generic, but enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:20:17 | More by socon67
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