Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 130 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
2.93/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a hazy straw / dirty blonde colored brew with massive carbonation bubbles that forms a thick white foam of snapping foam bubbles. Snaps its way down to nothing.
Metallicy nose, steely grain husks and a light veggie/floral aroma.
Light-bodied. Crisp carbonation fizz lifts the palate with an underlying citric hop snap that wakes things up. Sweet malts with a lightly toasted bread crust edge with an odd raw-ish veggie/creamed corn flavor beneath. Light herbal/sweet-tea-like finish with tannins in the linger. Exits with an overall "aged" character with hints of oxidation.
Okay, but I cant get past the veggie notes and blanket of blandness that seems to coat my palate. Perhaps this bottle is not as fresh as I thought? Tough to tell with no freshness indicators on the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2005 22:46:06 | More by Todd
3.95/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap.
Thick and creamy white lace, tarnished pale yellowish golden hue ... god clarity.
Pale malt aroma and flavor; biscuity ... almost doughy with a herbal and lemon hop twang. Mild palate with a light crispness, very easy to drink. Not a bad blonde at all ... fitting for this hot weather we are having in Boston.
Serving type: on-tap
06-13-2005 10:12:02 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.28/5 rDev -4.9%
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
Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.