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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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218 Ratings

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

packetknife, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

Jason, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

ybnorml, May 31, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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!

BeerResearcher, May 21, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours into my SN tulip glass a bright golden yellow with a healty inch of foam on top...lots of carbonation rises up the glass. Sweet crisp lemon glazed grainy maltiness in the nose along with a herbal, floral hoppiness and a creamy spiciness. Nicely nuanced.

First sip brings a sweet, creamy maltiness to the forefront with hints of lemon and light citrus. A mellow flowery hop lays in the background with some mellow spiciness. A nice, easy drinking ale.

The mouthfeel has a good creamy medium body that flows over the palate oh-so smoothly. An easily drinkable brew that would be great in the summer months. Nothing earth shattering here but definetly worth your time. Thanks to goodbyeohio for bestowing this one upon me.

orbitalr0x, May 05, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +21%

Thanks to pete for this beer. It pours a slightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to ring the top. The nose is slightly grassey/grainey witha honey sweetness. Very mellow, no harshness as in other grainey aromas I have experienced. The flavor is spot on to the nose. The grainey hits first, followed by the sweetness that moves back to a slgiht grainey finish. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde. Refreshing and enjoyable all around.

kmpitz2, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Rich golden amber, a beautiful shade. The eggshell white head was large to start and has now fallen to a softly rounded, sculpted, two finger disk of dense foam that has left very little of itself on the glass. Blonde Ale looks like a cream ale ought to look, more or less.

The nose is good, but isn't a standout. There's plenty of volume with elements of lightly toasted, lightly buttery, sweet grain and softly floral hops. While it could use a tad more personality, it must be tough to make a cream ale that's an olfactory wonder.

Taken for what it is, considered alongside its peers, this is a good effort. The aroma description holds on the palate as well. The flavor profile consists of lightly sweet, toasty grain with a 'just right' quantity of bittering hops to pull it all together. The body is solidly medium with an expansive mouthfeel that holds its own through the finish.

Hooker Blonde Ale is a solid, drinkable beer that doesn't impress with bells and whistles, but with sheer quality. Cream ales will never be among my favorite styles, but this is one of the best (along with Rogue Honey Cream Ale) that I've had and just might be in my regular rotation if I lived in The Constitution State. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

I was surpised to see this listed as a cream ale, but I checked the company website and, sure enough, thats what it is. A well-crafted ale. So often it seems that blonde or golden ales are just pale ale wannabes. Aroma was very fresh, and a little grassy. Poured a bright gold. Flavor profile was nice and lively, bigger malt than I expected with a full but not heavy mouthfeel. Hops were well balanced - a little sharp and lemony. Would be a great session ale. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

Brent, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.98/5  rDev +16%

Pours a pale golden color with a light white head leaving no lace. Aromas are a mix of corn and toasted malts which follows with light hops. Flavors are sweet and creamy with a decent dosage of sweet corn with a super light body. The finish is crisp and somewhat bitter with a clean hop bite. Though this brew is fairly light it keeps a decent body with its creamy flavors. Overall a great session beer that to me would make a great opener to introducing people to better beer. A nice offering.

bigbeerdrinka, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%

12ozer bottle from a six pack bought at Randazzo's Package Store, Stafford Springs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the polished gold brew. Head is gone in a flash, with lacing minimal to average. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, with a dash of hops. Taste is follows along, with sweet pale malt character, coupled with a crisp hops bite. Have to appreciate lack of off flavors in such a clean brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. A good introduction for people to better, local brews.

ppoitras, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy and fizzy white head with average retention. Faint spotted lacing with not much strength. Watery, light straw in color.

A big biscuit-like aroma with a tough of light honied sweetness; some buttery diacetyl as well.

A mild honey sweetness with a moderate biscuit and bread-like underlying malt base. A touch of floral hops as well; faint diacetyl. A hint of bitterness that leads to a pleasant, buttery sweet malt aftertaste.

Light bodied; this cream ale coats the palate rather well. Almost syrupy. Very surprising mouthfeel given how thin it appears.

A flavorful version of the style and very pleasant on the palate. Nothing flashy. The style itself doesn't really do much for me, but this version is actually pleasant and a bit tasty.

NEhophead, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%

Clear light gold, creamy white head stays for a bit and then settles, leaving a tight lace on the glass. Aroma makes me think of a vienna lager because of the strong honey-grain combo with some mustiness I get from some lagers. Flavor starts sweet with the honey accompanied by citrus and vanilla in just the right balance. Floral and spicy hops make a beautiful show. Bitterness appears and creeps in, but still leaves it on the sweet side. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant drinking, this beer is damn good and will be a regular of mine once they get into Massachusetts.

waughbrew, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

Pale golden yellow color with a bright white head that rises to a half inch and slooowly settles down. Aroma is biscuity malt, some pear and butterscotch, and a faint grassy hop line. Flavor is chewy, with light sweet malts, some buttery corn, and a light cinammon backbone. A light hoppy tingle finishes it off, and a roasted corn thing lingers. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and thin legs of lace run down the lenght of the glass.

far333, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Another solid offering from Hooker and friends.

Poured out a golden color with a nice head that stays with you until the very end.

Smell was a little light, but could still detect some fruit tones, some hops and slight malt aromas.

Taste was good. It's more on the hoppy than malty. To be honest, don't expect too much malts in this brew. A nice hop flavor along with some fruit tones.

Mouthfeel was light-medium body, quite crisp and fresh. Carbonation wasn't a problem and it did have a smooth, creamy body to it.

I could drink this all night to be honest. A perfect example of a session brew. But cream ale? More like a golden ale to me. Seek and drink.

necoadam, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

pours a gold straw color with a thin head. aromas were slight, but well balanced malt/hops. Tangy, crisp, refreshing taste. Well balanced, decent body and mouthfeel, mild hop finish. this is an unnasuming beer that was intended for the non-ba thanksgiving guests. All enjoyed it and I agree this would make a good session or quenching beer

counselor, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

I had this at a pizza place in West Hartford.

Appearance: Golden body. They didn't put much of a head on it, but I could tell that it was nicely carbonated by the tiny bubbles that never ceased to rise to the top of the glass.

Smell: A light hoppy aroma.

Taste: A bit of fruitiness which seemed rather odd but is not all that noticeable. The faint hoppiness is still present, especially in the finish.

Drinkability: Helps the pizza go down very well. Crisp and refreshing but flavorful as well.

I'd probably get this again the next time I go to the restaurant, unless they have a new beer on tap.

BeefyMee, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

The beer is a pale golden color. It has a bit of a head to it. Not too much in the aroma department. There is a bit of malt and a whill of some hops. Body is about medium. Taste is a bit malty, but a bit on the lighter side. No real bitterness to it, but maybe I'm getting numb from drinking too many Hop Devils. A really good session beer.

Boto, Jul 26, 2003
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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.