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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

367 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Reviews by BrewsCrewSA:
Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I honestly read some reviews before trying this beer, just out of curiosity. I didn't think it was as bad as the reviews generally painted this beer out to be.

A - Pours straight golden with a white, frothy head. Little carbonation in the can, but the foam blooms when you pour. Retains decent lacing, if that's any indication of a good beer.

S - Scents of hops, fresh milk, a sort of cleaning product scent but in a pleasant way. Decent.

T - Bright, citrusy, like lemons, followed by resolution of malts on the back side of the flavor. A bit salty, but not bad. Nothing about this flavor screams "craft" or "unique", but who cares, it still tastes good. Hops don't overwhelm, although they're present throughout. Strikes me more like a lager rather than an ale.

M - Good, clean and refreshing; maybe it's the can.

D - Good for sessions, or multiples. Goes down easy, nothing to complain about.

BrewsCrewSA, Mar 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wanted something easy to drink while watching the Pistons game tonight so I picked this,pours a clear light golden color with a soapy looking light head.Aromas of toasted grain and some honey thrown in not to bad,taste is toasted up front with a lightly sweet/honey finish.This beer served its need good with some chilly dogs.Not a award winner by any means but a quaffer and better alternative to a macro lager for sure.

oberon, May 25, 2004
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
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1.44/5  rDev -56.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Todd
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Comic book style label depicting a SKA/MOD blonde babe on a scooter. Vroom! -- but no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy/hazy (yeast in the bottle) pale yellow beer with a white whispy, mostly ringed, lace.

Smell: Quite malty, floral and pleasantly aromatic with notes of sweet honey and a grain backbone.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. A husky grain tannin feel on the palate follows, along with a thin sweetness of the sugar water kind. Some fruity apple and honey flavours come up for air, backed by an earthy flowery flavour that, unfortunately, gets quickly choked by a grainy flavour. Slight crispness. Finishes with a musty grain residual flavour/feel that levels to a dry palate.

Notes: For a few sips, an interesting beer. Then the flavours get lost in a very tannin and thin character. Worth a try? Maybe, but you're not missing much if you skip this one.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Todd, Mar 17, 2002
Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear golden color, with a small head with big bubbles that mostly dissipated quickly. Has a honey aroma with floral hints. The initial taste was of honey with some citrous on the side. I normally expect a blonde ale to be pretty bland, but this had more flavor than most.

Beaver13, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date (smudged off). However I believe that this bottle is out of date - I hope it hasn't deteriorated too much. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The ingredient list mentions that this contains wildflower honey.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright pale-gold colour with faint haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of fruity ale yeast, subtle grass and faint stewed hops. Grainy and very slightly sweet, with a twinge of cardboard. Not much going on.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, grain, subtle grass/hay, faint earthiness and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp, mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body that matches the style. Slightly astringent, with an weak aftertaste of light malt and fruity yeast esters.

So-so; not unpleasant but not terribly impressive either. Looks quite nice, but the aroma and flavour are bland and understated. A decent body can't rescue it. The honey might be there - an evanescent floweriness lurks in the background, however it's hard to be sure. Drinkable but forgettable. No need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Cynic-ale, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

williamjbauer, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

JohnLynch, Aug 02, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Schlafly33, May 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

LXIXME, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

pegordon, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

RDW, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of scottblaze
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw colored, the pour resulted in a frothy, peaky head, about 1 ½ ", decent retention and lacing is interesting, in that its frothy ribbons keep clinging minutes after the beer is finished. Smells a grassy/floral, a hint of honey maybe some ginger, nothing stands out strongly. Malty back note in the flavor, not sure of the of hops, I believe Cascade or Chinook balanced nicely against the malt and honey. Good mouthfeel and superb drinkabiltiy.

A solid beer in every regard, very refreshing.

scottblaze, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of wmtxbb
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: thin lacing sitting on top of a blond/yellow brew.

Smell: thick wheat scent, crunchy, citrus, and grainy.

Taste: Non-existant hop flavor, strong wheat profile with no discernable alcohol flavor.

Needs more spice, possibly from hops. All other flavors in accordance with the style.

wmtxbb, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of racer2k
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale light yellow golden color with one finger of head which quickly dissolves. Good carbonation and thin lacing on my glass

S-malt nose with a hint of honey and fruit in the nose.

T- A dry malty sweetness with a hint of floral hops and honey. Light crisp and refreshing taste with a corn grainy finish. A thin ale.

M- dry, light body and smooth with a bit of a sticky finish likely from the fresh honey that is added.

D- Overall a good session beer. This was served at a pre-wedding party and provided a nice introduction to a broad cross section of beer drinkers.

racer2k, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of doubledteague
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Milky golden.

S- Heavy malts, little bit of cereal.

T- Deffinately has the malts. Slight aftertaste of lemon or somethin tangy.

M- Heavy carbonation, and the malts hit almost immediately.

O- Good, I like blonde ales and put this one right at about average. The malts were just a little on the heavier side of some I've tasted, but overall good.

Tasted and reviewed on 10/25/11 @ 1930-2000.

doubledteague, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of pandajuice22
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pandajuice22, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent, golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of thick, pure white head that has decent retention

S - faint cereal grains, a hint of lemon, faint grassy hops

T - bready, cereal grains, lemon, faint grass

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a rather malty brew. The bready flavors are intense. There are some fruity notes that come trhough as well. The lemon is most evident. There are some subtle, grassy hops, but overall, this is a bit unbalanced and ultimately a bit forgettable.

tdm168, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pretty standard for a light ale. Decent level of foam and some good carbonation. Lacing is ok too.

Smell: Some cider and lemon qualities. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly some honey-like malt with a bit of cider-like fruitiness. Can't complain overall. Gets kind of boring after a while. Mouthfeel has a nice body.

Overall Drinkability: A bit disappointing, but still worth the try.

tjsdomer2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin white head which is lost quickly. No haze light golden body.

S: Lemon zest. light on the aroma, a refreshing smell.

T: A light orange taste, with lemon. a bit sweet on the finish.

M: Short and crisp, not much lingering taste.

D: In a can bonus, but a very lighter blonde in regards to taste and aroma. A good drinkable and light bodied beer.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 18, 2010
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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.