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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

385 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of RustyCundiff8
5/5  rDev +49.7%

This beer might be light on color but not in taste I just had this beer about a week ago and it quickly has become one of my favorites

RustyCundiff8, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Amzion
5/5  rDev +49.7%

Amzion, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of fishguyac
5/5  rDev +49.7%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Jimmajamma
5/5  rDev +49.7%

Jimmajamma, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of nayb_poppins
4.88/5  rDev +46.1%

nayb_poppins, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of roywilliams
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

roywilliams, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of dogfish7
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

dogfish7, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ska True Blonde Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of white chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of light, sweet, biscuity malt, sugar, and a ghost of honey. Taste is of all that, with underlying honey, faint grain husk, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and lager like. Ska True Blonde Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very nice, and I score it as being excellent. Get some!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 28, 2013
Photo of dostom
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers. has a very good taste. poors nice from bottle to tall glass. very nice taste but needs to be your style of beer. not strong but flavorful. light fruit aroma, looses bite quick so drink when first opened. i can easily drink a 6 pack.

dostom, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of timlyon
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

rorjets, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of swmay8627
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

swmay8627, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Nickgiraud
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%

Nickgiraud, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is nicely sour with soft malt. Some earthy/grassy/smoky-kind of aromas. Smells good.

Pours a medium yellow, good clarity, moderate creamy head. Looks good.

Moderately malted and hopped for a Blonde. Creamy malt is full-flavored and decently sweet. Hops add their twang over the sweetness and display a good deal of tartness and leafy/grassy freshness with the mildest of bitterness. Some hop trails into the finish, but it's otherwise clean. Tastes quite good. Feels nice. Impeccable drinkability.

Damn fine Blonde I must say. True Blonde has lots of flavor and a solid balance. It's easy and fun to drink. This would be a great gateway beer.

Kudos to Ska Brewing!

MrHungryMonkey, May 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with 1 finger white head that left no lacing

smells of light grainy malts lemon apple grassy hops

tastes like the nose sweet grainy malts apples and lemon with a good amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel is too heavy for this style with low carbonation

drinkability is good even with the so so mouthfeel

jsh420, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden-blonde color with a small head with many streams of bubbles throughout the glass

S- Clean with a light smell of cracker and some floral notes

T- The flavor is somewhat sweet, slightly bitter and very clean. Grainy feeling build up. Slight fruit flavor of pears and apples

M- Moderate body with light, prickly carbonation

D- One of the cleanest ales I've had to date.

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Chill hazy gold colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is crackers and malt with a good strong whiff of Nobel hops. A bit sweet smelling the herbalness from the hops is quite good smells like a Pilsner.

Taste is neutral and SHARP Nobel hop bite at the very beginning. Taste is spot on for a well-hopped Pilsner; this gives you the impression that they are quite tired of the assumption that blonde ales are sweet and under-hopped beers. Damn this some tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is good.

What you have here is a Pilsner Wolf in a lamb’s skin. If you like strong Pilsner beers then you will love this stuff. This is very strongly hopped with Nobel hops and your liking of them will pretty much determine how well you will like this.

Zorro, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with honey. Part of a 12 pack sampler from the brewery. Brewed September 2004. Cheesy nostalgic label is irritating.

Pours out to a clear light golden, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a flimsy soapy white head. Poor retention (always leaving a scum ring of soapy bubbles) and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of floral Saaz hops, slightly grassy with some mild pale malt husk. Distant corn note connotes macro lager yeast, but this is clearly an ale. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy and watery with a light body. Taste begins with some spicy floral hops in the front, followed by a nice malt backbone which is well-balanced. A touch of honey is clearly, yet briefly evident, at times tasting like residual sugars one would find in a Rogue offering. There is a spicy floral Saaz bitterness in the finish and a semi-dry astringency from the hops with a clean finish. The aftertaste is a tad ruddy and oxidized in it's mouthfeel. No off-flavors or perceptable alcohol.

This is a pretty nice Blonde Ale. Between the good balance, the residual sugars and the Saaz hop flavor and bitterness, it makes it enjoyable to drink. My favorite offering from the brewery so far. I bet it tastes quite nice fresh on tap.

Mitchster, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of theParish
4/5  rDev +19.8%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of pegordon
4/5  rDev +19.8%

pegordon, Mar 21, 2013
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas!!!!The first beer on this blessed Holiday is a True Blonde from SKA. The beer pours a golden clear with thin white head that is not lacing....due to the fruitiness. The smell has subtle lemon flare with delicate malt balance. The taste is a great balanced beer with good lemon zeal. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is quite tasty....and highly recommended.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +19.8%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little ale that is available in cans. A winner right there. Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settled to a half-inch and hung in there to the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Clean aroma of bready malt and cereal grains. Not much else to expand on in the aroma. Pleasant taste of light malt and some hops giving notes of melon and grass. Just slightly sweet. Finishes clean. Light body with good carbonation that keeps things lively without being prickly. Really nice for a lighter tasting beer. A refreshing beer that hit the spot on a hot evening. No problem finishing off several of these in a sitting.

morimech, Jul 20, 2010
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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.