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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Boilermaker88

California

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 18 12oz singles I snared while in CT this past weekend. I wanted to get as many T. Hooker brews as I could, seeing how I loved their Liberator D-bock and Old Marley b-wine. For glassware, I used a standard pint glass.
This cream ale had a clear golden color, some lively carbonation and a 1-inch bright white head that rather quickly settled down to a miniscule cap and left no lace.
The nose had a mild sweet white corn aroma interspersed with some crisp hops notes. The taste lacked the corn flavor I was expecting, given the smell. Instead, I got a subtle pale malt flavor and reasonable hops tang in the finish. No one taste was real robust which I would expect. The feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
All in all, this is a highly drinkable, inoffensive cream ale that's a pretty good fit for a warm day and a group of beer lovers who might be new to craft beer. Nothing remarkable here, just a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 04:56:42 | More by Boilermaker88
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geexploitation

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with minimal head. The nose is fresh malts and a slightly burnt sugar smell. The beer tastes very smooth, with a creamy, nutty sweetness that's really the only taste going on here aside from a brief wash of hops at the end of the mouthful. There's not much going on here, kind of boring. Mouthfeel is very full and round. This beer would be drinkable if it were more interesting, but without a hook, what's the point? Meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 03:40:14 | More by geexploitation
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew is a true honey color. It wells up a thin white colored head that quickly laces around the glass.

S - beneath the hoppy ale aroma lies the faint hint of apples, very refreshing and inviting

T - the taste is tarter than i had predicted. has a citrus backdrop to its hops and corn? flavors

M - a medium bodies brew that dries quickly with some acidity

D - smoothly drinkable, a good party beer

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 18:40:41 | More by sinstaineddemon
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14K honeyed gold topped with a medium sized white head of small bubbles. Settles fairly quickly to smattering of dust, no lacing, but plenty of carbonation streams. The smell is fairly clean with some grassy hops, relatively light, little in the way of malt. The taste is a touch grainy and sweet, with some spicy hops interspersed. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied and nice mouthfeel, this is a solidly drinkable beer that works. Nothing spectacular, but a great beer for the crossover crowd.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 02:31:40 | More by hopsaplenty
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cameraman

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rich golden color with very little head. A light hoppy aroma with hints of malt coming through at the end. A nice creamy taste, very mellow flavor, folowed by nice clean, dry, hoppy finish. Light in the mouth, maybe a little watery, but not to thin. This is incredibly drinkable, the light creamy taste helps one mellow out quickly. You can sit back and drink several in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 07:12:28 | More by cameraman
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow (slight tinge of orange) topped by a small white head. Little head retention, no lacing.

Smell: Light fruity notes of peach mixed with a hint of something a bit like butter.

Taste: Lightly sweet malts with hints of apples, berries, and butter. The latter is not heavy or in any way nasty. Grainy malt and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with little aftertastes. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: Sessiony, uncomplicated. A decent example of a lighter style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 19:28:59 | More by ManekiNeko
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a very small head.The smell is a very strong biscuit scent.This is like walking into a bakery.The taste is a creamy crisp hoppy beer.There are some floral and malt flavors that make a light and very well balanced m/f.This is a good summer brew.I could go for another.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 03:58:40 | More by jmz62565
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Naerhu

Japan

4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rob Schulman for lugging this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Extremely hazy yellow with a hint of orange body and the thinnest of thin white head.
S - Pale malt and lemon aroma.
T - Very mild. Light pale malt, almost no bitterness, pleasant orange blossom notes. Nothing stands out, quite refreshing.
M - Nice and soft, very clean.
D - Tasty and mild. Great for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 12:59:29 | More by Naerhu
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a one-finger white head that goes quickly leaving no lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. No nose. Starts smooth and sweet, finish is mellow, there are traces of hops. This would be a good summer time beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 00:02:43 | More by jdhilt
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First impression is a real "Rice Krispy" head: lots of snap, krackle, and pop.

White head drops to a tabletop quite quickly. Body is a clear yellow gold, with enough gold that it looks inviting, not weak. Nice lace.

Aroma features some fresh hay, and a bit of bakery. Not real strong, but take a good whiff and you'll find it.

Soft malty start, a difinite sweet start, before a subtle hop wash for balance at the end, which lingers well into the aftertaste. The hops rise gently, smoothly, not with a snap.

Light to medium mouthfeel, substantial enough to establish itself. Real good drinkability - where has this beer gone so fast ?

A good entry-level/crossover beer. A good everyday/ hot day beer. A good intro beer to an impressive brewery. Hey, it's not all about Liberator or Old Marley. It's ok to like the little beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 04:09:12 | More by RonfromJersey
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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one after I tried the Pale Ale, and wish I had reversed my sampling order. This awesome brew has a beautiful color and appearance, with a classic medium-to-full body and great dried-fruit flavors throughout. Fresh buds on the nose round out all of the excellent characteristics of this great "local" brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 16:01:23 | More by MattBrooks
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stevemcqueenjr

California

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, a little cloudy, some head but it goes away pretty quickly, little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet, but not much character besides that.

the flavor is the standout of this beer, sweet, good carbonation, smooth and light to medium bodied. I could drink a six of this and not think twice. It would make a great summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 03:50:04 | More by stevemcqueenjr
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radshoesbro

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

a - typical of this type of beer. alright head with dark golden body. alright head that receeds very very quickly to form no lacing. looks like cream soda.

s - smells like cream soda! it's not a very strong nose though. i can't really smell any hops or malts.

t - ummm...not much to this. it's good, but it's definately a light bodied brew. sweet malts and very little hops.

m - light bodied brew that one would almost say is watery, but it's quite nice with a light meal.

this is the second hooker that i've had (i've also had their APA), and it's not nearly as good as the first. it's still good though, don't get me wrong. not 100% sure if i'd want to get this again though. if you haven't had it it's really worth a try. it's interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 01:16:15 | More by radshoesbro
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FirstMan

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not exactly sure how this got into my fridge. I don't remember buying it, so it must have snuck in with another hooker six pack that I bought. I generally am not much of a "golden ale" kind of guy. Maybe I thought I was getting a bottle of golden lager...?? At any rate, it's a good chance to try it.

Pours a light orangish gold. At first I thought it was going to be very clear, but there's a cold haze in there - probably from the low temp ale fermentation. Very little head to speak of except for a white ring around the edge of the glass.

Ale yeast is predominant in the nose, with a slight buttery essense. Malt with very little hop presence. Not the greatest nose.

Actually a very good malty start that evens out nicely in the mouth with a floral, yeasty back. There's a little bit of a vegetable thing going on here, too- almost like a lager yeast was involved. It lacks just a bit of fullness in the middle when it comes to flavor - this is a "start!...wait, wait... finish!" beer. All the same, very refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is fairly standard for a lighter american ale. A little creamy.

Overall I like this quite a bit. A good session / lawnmower beer for sure. Too bad it's starting to get cold here in MA. I could have used this one in August.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 00:50:05 | More by FirstMan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mouth watering golden/amber/orange/topaz color, clear with a nice white head. The foamy head turns into a creamy ring around the surface and the lacing fades pretty fast. In the smell there is a doughy buttery biscuit cream situation that comes together in a very smooth way with light overtones of lemon and herb. The taste has lemon, herb, and floral notes over a creamy biscuity malty base. Refreshing. In your mouth it feels like a velvety buttery wave. Smoothness at the finish. Nice and very drinkable.

An interestingly simple beer that I surprisingly like a lot. Its a quality summer brew and ultra drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 04:27:48 | More by tastybeer
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Todd

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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 can’t 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
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden honey color with a light foamy head that doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is also light and practically vanishes all together before all is done. Smell is light - of creamy, sweet malts, toasty/biscuity aromas. Taste is lightly sweet and creamy, almost bready, with a light hop finish. Crisp and smooth with light carbonation - goes well with the warm weather, although its probably a decent choice any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 00:38:16 | More by wedge
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chilidog

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long warm day, a nice Blonde can always get ya back to good. That this Hooker dose. It pours a nice golden straw with a cream like white head that settles to a nice worthy film. Lace is spotted but trails well.
The aroma, greets you with a nice citric lemon hop while the malts balance the background.
The taste is malted biscuit with a crisp, lemon citric hop that dosn't overpower but rather smooths things for a truely drinkable, quenching brew.
I enjoy this style and sometimes forget the smooth, creamy aspects of it that I like, for I just don't get that many of them.
A good little Hooker, this Blonde. And a good trade was had to get one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 02:33:16 | More by chilidog
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another hoppy cream ale. Not sure how close to style lines this one might be. But not bad. Pours a not-quite-clear gold with a slight head. Flavor is sweet from malts, but has a nice hop kick to it as well. Also picking up tones of honey and vanilla. Mouthfeel is not as heavy and creamy as the few other cream ales I have tried, but comes across as more-or-less crisp.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 22:34:34 | More by MuddyFeet
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, dark amber color, very similar to Pioneer's Whitetail Cream Ale, but with a fluffier head. Smells fruity and sweet, kind of like apple juice. Taste is creamy, appley, and buttery. Just a little bit of a pleasant, bitter finish to remind you that you're not having a cream soda. Exactly what it advertises itself as, "smooth & refreshing." The only odd thing is the the Hooker logo, which features six hop buds; kind of incongruous, given this particular beer. This is better than Spotted Cow.

Thanks to MuddyFeet for the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 21:19:16 | More by battlekow
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear peachy gold-- more towards the gold/yellow end of the spectrum. Nice head which very quickly goes away. Little to no lacing.

Taste has a very muted pineapple notes--I think? Muted so it is hard to tell. A general "malt" taste, bug again, not intense.

Excells in the mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 22:20:10 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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packetknife

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grant's in West Hartford, CT. It had evaded me on-tap for quite some time so I was happy to find it. I felt it might has been served a bit too cold though. Yellow-golden crystalline body with a thick dense bleached white head that laced well. A bit of sourdough bread on the nose but not much, pleasant but not impressive. The taste was a bit weak and bland for my liking, with very light malting and a bit of sharp tang. However the mouthfeel was very good and creamy, crisp and acid enough too. Very drinkable on the warm summer eve too.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2005 15:41:45 | More by packetknife
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly haze on the dark yellow beer. Has a small (now you see it now you don't) white head. The is a light sweet grassy aroma with a nice hint of lemon. There is a light sting of bitterness and some citrus at the start of the flavor. That moves to a smooth malty character. Then to a gentle hop on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 22:00:50 | More by ybnorml
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a semi-gloss brassy/amber color with a fluffy white head on top.
The smell is mostly of damp crushed malt, with a whiff of cut hay in the distance. A light citrusy aroma is noticed.
The creamy malt body bathes the mouth and throat in a nectar-like sweetness. The malt is upfront and sweetens further as it warms.
A hint of pears and some lime-like citrusy tastes adds a bit of balance to this malt-leaning brew. Smooth and freshing!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 02:24:37 | More by BeerResearcher
Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.