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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Blonde AleThomas Hooker Blonde Ale

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205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
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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Photo of Beerislife652854


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Clear golden-colored body with a fizzy white head that fades into patches after time.

S - Sweet and malty.

T - Sweet and malty. Hints of fruit.

M - Low carbonation. Mellow, smooth.

D - Semi-light, it does have a noticeable body and density.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 16:54:14 | More by Beerislife652854
Photo of jmdrpi


2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured an orangish golden color, with 1" white head that quickly disapates. It almost smells more like a wheat beer, but not exactly. the taste is a little bready, with slight undertone of hops. kinda bland. higher carbonation, thin mouthfeel. is a decent summer brew, light flavor and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:18:47 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow pale body, thin white head that quickly dissipates, mediocre lacing.

Aroma: Malt and grain predominately. Mild earthy hops.

Taste: Just as the nose predicted with a slight citrus taste.

Feel/Drink: Thin mouthfeel, great sunmer drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 14:51:56 | More by travduke
Photo of morebeergood


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Dedham. Served in a standard pint glass. Cloudy yellow body. Thin white head. Slight smell of citrus, though faint to the point of nonexistence. Taste was decent for a blonde ale. Lightly hopped with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was thin and but not really watery - it had just enough body for a blonde. A nice beer for the summer or while eating an appetizer, like I was. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 16:48:08 | More by morebeergood
Photo of DNICE555


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

On tap at flatbread

A - Yellow with a think white head tht dissipates quickly.

S - Grain and citrus.

T - Citrus, Yeast, Grain, Minor hop presence.

M - Light bodied heavily carbonated ale. Cream? Not really

D - A nice light summer beer. A lot of bars in my area that have crap on tap will have this one because it is very local so it's a safe goto.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 20:23:17 | More by DNICE555
Photo of theghost3


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nycspotrusherz for this extra.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one-finger beige headthat quickly goes away. No lacing.

Smell is mainly earthy hops with a little bit of roasted barley malts. Taste is earthy, with some light roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry, clean.

This is a great beer for a hot day. Not sweet, and no aftertaste; just refreshingly clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 04:06:06 | More by theghost3
Photo of BetterDarker


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- Pale gold in color with a creamy, bone white dense head. Looks like a continental lager.

S- Fruity and floral, very restrained.

T- Fairly well balanced between the malt and hops, sweet honey finish.

M- Decent carbonation, light bodied brew.

D- Not bad, though I guess I don't get the differences between a cream ale and a blonde ale, though I do not detect any hops in the finish, so perhaps that's why this is a cream ale? A very approachable beer, best served cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:36:23 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of u2carew


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/07/10

A) Pours with a thin, wispy head that quickly settles. Lacing is thin semi-sticky. The body is fairly clear with upward carbonation.
Bronze in color.
S) Earthy, and almost a wet dog smell. A musky sweet (if that makes sense). Light floral notes.
T) Mellow malt up front - light caramel. Then moves to a nutty and creamy middle. Finishes with a subtle hop bite.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Just a touch of dryness.
D) Meh, not my favorite but on a hot summer day this might be even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:10:42 | More by u2carew
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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, decently carbonated gold into an American pint glass, with very thin white head, and spotty lacing. The smell was decidedly sweet...honey and brown sugar. The taste confirmed the smell, with little hop balance and a finish that was hard to characterize. The mouthfeel was thin but carbonated. Could be a decent session beer if it had a little more complexity in the flavor, and a texture to match.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 04:36:30 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Light and gold, okay head. Lacing was decent.

S: Sweet, honey, fruity.

T: I was pretty impressed with the taste, my expectations were not that high. Sweet, almost reminded me of a "blondie" brownie while drinking it. Maybe the name was influencing me too much.

M: Light, kind of creamy.

D: Very high, especially since it was so light and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:03:35 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of Mavajo


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color that appeared to have an appearance of sediment floating around. I must confess to having had a few beers before that, so maybe my mind was screwing with me. An average-sized white head that faded to nothing quickly.

The overwhelming note in the nose was honey. Didn't pick up on much else. Taste was the same - honey. No bitterness to speak of. Perhaps subtle notes of light fruit.

The mouthfeel is where I got really disappointed. I found it to be overly thin and, to be honest, watery. Massive letdown. Carbonation was mild.

Drinkability was good. There's nothing here to stop you from sessioning. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 22:55:46 | More by Mavajo
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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a slight haze. It had a thin, bubbly, white head of foam. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, honey and floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, sweet fruits and some honey. It had a very subtle bitter spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a nice cream ale. Just enough sweet and bitter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 02:31:24 | More by zeff80
Photo of JMD


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light straw color with orange and peach tones. Small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Grass and straw. Floral hops and some light apple. Aroma is very faint.

T: Grass and grains with a touch of citrus. Sweet carmel malt. There is a fruity element to this beer, tastes like fresh apples.

M: Moderate carbonation, light bodied.

D: This beer was a bit disappointing. Definitely a step up from your typical macro lager, but lacks any depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 17:37:12 | More by JMD
Photo of philipquarles


2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BDL. Pours clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Smells of light, slightly sweet malt followed by faint floral hops without much else to speak of. The taste is again light grain; here the hops barely make an appearance. Characterless and almost flavorless save for the lingering sweet finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Even if it's not harsh and incredibly offensive, the pervasive blandness gives me no desire to drink it . This beer sucks.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 18:40:36 | More by philipquarles
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden yellow from my 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Quick active foam, short lasting.

Smelled modestly hoppy but otherwise unremarkable.

Taste is moderate halt with a consistently minimal hop prescence throughout. Just a note creamier than a basic blonde ale. Some hints of orange buried beneath. A good pint.

Definitely drinkable. This beer had good taste, good finish, and was a nice clean ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 01:09:10 | More by KTCamm
Photo of albern


3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream ale? I'm not so sure of that descriptor for the style. This seems like a pretty standard, run of the mill, blonde ale to me with some slight deviations. It pours a nice reasonably clear blondish golden color with not much head and zero lacing. The nose is big time citrus with a malty under belly. The smell is nice, and has none of the metallic, or tinny qualities that are common with the style. The taste has a very slight lemony zing at the front end, but this segues quite nicely into a more malty and bready, almost doughy flavor. There is a grassiness to the beer, a slight lemony and spiced bite, but this is very subtle and it is mollified somewhat by the honeyed qualities that emerge as the beer settles. This is quite a smooth blonde ale that goes down easy. This isn't a complex beer, it is light bodied, refreshing, reasonably carbonated, nothing overly challenging on the palate, and a good summer type ale when the weather gets steamy.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 21:59:31 | More by albern
Photo of tigg924


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, gold, small head, big carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and florals

Taste: sweet malt, earth, and barley

Mouthfeel: bitter start with a sweet/smooth finish

Drinkability: I think this would be an excellent, sessionable, lawn mower beer...A refined Budweiser that is more tasty--I also think I am drinking a lager...I like more complex beers, but this is good for the style

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 23:57:52 | More by tigg924
Photo of thespaceman


4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beauitful gold in color, the pour shows a decent size head with good lacing and retention all around.

Smell: A nice boquet of fruit florals, a small hop oil residual hangs around, along with some citrus fruit pairing.

Taste: A nice dose of fruit texture, the backround shows a creamy malt presence, hops and malt are balanced fairly well together. A bit of raw honey and some biscuit like element from the malt make this one a sure treat.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a nice light to medium bodied brew that shines through it's malt addition. This one has good balance on the tongue as well.

Drinkability: Overall, on a almost 60 degree day in New England this beer felt like it was painted with the picture, a good brew to enjoy on a warmer day. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 19:13:11 | More by thespaceman
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4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this was sold to me as a "good lawn mower beer." i think that is a good description since some hot summer days you just need a light, thirst quenching beer.

aroma is very fresh, of sweet hay and hops. flavor has mild bitterness, but is above all else, drinkable. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:57:16 | More by joshsbeerblog
Photo of nick76


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

The aroma has corn, plastic, yeast, dried hay, and fresh cut grass. The appearance is golden with a really thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it has qualities that I don't like but somehow it manages to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 10:09:38 | More by nick76
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy straw gold color with a white head. Weak retention a poor lacing .The aroma was dry, an even balance of pale malt and floral hops. The flavors were similar and interesting in their development. First I got a dry grain flavor, soon followed by the floral hops bitterness and a caramel malt sweetness almost right upon each other. The balance was superb. The body was medium/light and the carbonation lively without being prickly. This would be a great beer if only they could make it look better, but flavor wise it is an excellent example of the style and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:06:37 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

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

A bright gold pour with a frothy but short lived white foam. Nice malty nose with some fruity notes and some hops....a little bit of hay. Tastes of sweet malts, honey, some weak hops, sweet grains. Creamy, easy to drink a few of these. Thanks for the bottle John.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:55:14 | More by mrmanning
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap with dinner in New Haven. The beer was clear golden yellow with almost no head, maybe a couple millimeters worth. In terms of smell and taste this beer had everything I expected and wanted out of it, but there isn't much to express in a cream ale. This was on the sweet side and maltier than it was hoppy, just an easy-drinking craft beer that's perfect with a BBQ or drinking in your backyard (or at a restaurant in New Haven).

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 09:20:06 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale is listed as a cream ale? Interesting... anywho, it's a little bland and boring. It's very drinkable and all but just lacks on the taste, mostly due to the style here. I wouldn't mind having it again at all but just seems a bit too forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 23:38:42 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of corey0212


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, loosely-formed head rises quickly and fades within a minute, a few spots of lacing left behind. Slight herbal hop aroma, grainy/beery smell. Taste is decent, clean malty taste, slightly grassy-tasting hops, and a summer-beer-like lemony character. It's very crisp, not a lot of lingering bitterness, but there is some. You could definitely put back a couple of these in the summer...in fact, right or wrong, I think I'd buy this more ("buy", as in, "believe", not actually "purchase") as a summer release. Is that wrong? Either way, relatively tasty, very easy to drink, and could certainly be used as a "gateway beer".

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 19:25:51 | More by corey0212
Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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