True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
3.88/5 rDev +15.8%
Appearance - Very little, white head. Doesn't last at all. Yellow slightly foggy body.
Smell - Grass clippings, pinecones, a hint of grapefruit. Almost like potpourri. Slightly offensive, but definitely interesting.
Taste - Slightly bitter, with a pointed finish. Reminds me of wheat, golden sunrays, and Spring allergies.
Mouthfeel - Just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability - Different enough to keep me interested, but not too weird where it's more like a one-time experiment. I'd have a couple of these in a night and might pick up another one. But I am not infatuated.
03-01-2011 01:41:12 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-25-2004 01:36:38 | More by oberon
2.65/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
03-17-2002 16:07:37 | More by Todd
2.58/5 rDev -23%
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.
11-19-2003 05:26:11 | More by Beaver13
United Kingdom (England)
3.25/5 rDev -3%
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.
08-05-2013 23:22:37 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
02-23-2008 01:19:37 | More by scottblaze
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-25-2011 21:58:46 | More by wmtxbb
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-16-2008 23:34:03 | More by racer2k
3.35/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-26-2011 01:20:38 | More by doubledteague
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-12-2012 00:13:36 | More by tdm168
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-13-2012 04:46:35 | More by tjsdomer2
3.15/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-18-2010 05:07:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
12oz can, leftover from a mixer 12pack. the blonde ales are always the leftovers
appearance: bright yellow can - poured into a tyranena pint, dull yellow body but a nice thick white foam head
smell: light and clean, grassy hops, toasted grain, lemon peel
taste: not much going on her - no standout flavors...old lemon, a touch of sweetness from the hops, grain.
mouthfeel: light bodied
drinkability: good - tailgate/lawnmower beer
10-22-2010 02:39:18 | More by dirtylou
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