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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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350 Ratings

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.1%

11-16-2012 03:31:55 | More by dgrauwiler
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

06-18-2012 18:53:20 | More by carteravebrew
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1.78/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a can to a duvel tulip. Beer pours a clear golden yellow with a finger length white head. Aroma is light bread, corn, very faint floral. Not much here. Taste is bready malt, more corn, and lower quality grains. Mouthfeel is thin and forgettable. Not my favorite beer.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 11:39:41 | More by thydarkprevails
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New York

1.8/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm usually really good about trying to write a constructive review of a beer or brewery even I don't care for what it is I'm reviewing. I honestly just don't feel that this beer is worth that much effort.

The Ska brewing company should have spent more time on their brewing recipes and techniques than it did on the cool "punk rock" appealing bottle labels.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 15:59:03 | More by lordbrad1
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

11-11-2012 03:19:00 | More by Mordhaus
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

05-02-2013 12:20:56 | More by Schlafly33
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

07-21-2014 01:35:13 | More by CalbeDacks
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours clear yellow with a lasting white ring of foam. some spotty lacing forms on the glass.

faint aroma... pale grainy, straw, dried apricots and mild spiciness.

it tastes the way wet bales of straw smell... with some yeasty notes and cooked lemon with a slightly spicy finish. medium body feels a bit 'dead' on the tongue.

not a good one...5/3/4/2/8/2.2

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:34:13 | More by hellbilly
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops with pale, biscuity malts. Smells a bit like an american lager. Very basic.

Taste: Even more like a lager here than in the nose. It has a very faint hop profile with some bready/pale malt flavors. Maybe notes of grain. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very slight hint of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager. There really wasn't a lot of flavor. Should one expect a lot of flavor? No, but some would be nice.

Serving type: can

09-15-2010 01:58:15 | More by mothman
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2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, golden in coloer. Very pretty to look at. Smells a little of faint lemons. Head was thin, gone quickly. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Subtle hints of citrus. Slight after taste, though this would be good on a summer day at the beach. Not really my style.

Serving type: can

01-01-2010 22:27:04 | More by Jameyd33
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2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is highly visible. A 1/2 finger of white head stands on top but recedes quickly, leaving quite a bit of thin coating lacing.

S: Nose is of spicy hops and extreme floral hops. Some pale malts filter in and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a major piney hop burst. Biscuit notes and pale malts rounds out the middle. Strong floral, almost soapy flavoring malts finish this beer.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean start with an oily finish.

D: Not well blended, not a very good representation of the style, the soapy nature is overpowering - not of true soap but of the overpowering floral nature. I'd pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 01:06:38 | More by Jayli
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

02-15-2012 21:36:18 | More by jwmarcum
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

11-29-2013 06:20:14 | More by Mrose78
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

12-20-2011 03:13:12 | More by ROGUE16
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

11-11-2012 22:06:46 | More by Hellpop65
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

08-07-2012 23:26:44 | More by justinp
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

04-15-2012 06:06:52 | More by monaquee
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

07-27-2013 23:57:40 | More by OgreSanchez
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this brew is the groovy lable art. The pour os clear golden with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin veil.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of honey, sour green apple, corn, and floral hops.

Flavor is bready golden malts, almost corny adjunct grit, and some dry grassy and herbal hop notes in the finish.

Body is just above light, with an expansive, forced-carbonation feel and grainy texture. They say gentlemen prefer blondes. I sir, am not a gentleman.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 01:47:09 | More by AlexJ
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

07-27-2013 16:08:34 | More by alexanf
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2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Notes: 6/29/09
Ska Brewing Co.
True Blonde Ale
blonde Ale
5.3% Abv.
12oz. Botlle in SN pint glass

Appearance= Regular pour into glass yields a thin 2 finger head. Nice white head. Lively carbonation. Semi-cloudy yellow body. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell= Decent smell.

Taste= Decent taste. Nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel= Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Kinda high if you liked this beer. I however did not. Not much to this beer. I would drink this over BMC anyday, but would pass on it for something with more flavor. Just not my style I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 20:09:03 | More by Grabbin2nd
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 05:26:11 | More by Beaver13
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2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow-amber, with a clingy off-white head. The head is small, but creamy in composition.

Smell: Light & bready malt, with sweet notes of honey and fruit. A bit of tannin grassiness in the background.

Taste: Very mellow malt character, slightly dry and toasty. Gets sweeter in the middle, tasting of honey and cherry. Very slight hop bitterness emerges in the finish, before being wiped away by musty notes. Off-flavors are all over the place in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little watery. Thin composition.

Verdict: Indistinct and burdened by off-flavors. I probably won't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 04:15:14 | More by bearrunner44
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2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can into New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger thin beige colour head of no real cream and below average retention. Body colour is a pale clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh.

Sm: Clean pale malts, barley, light floral hops, and straw. An average strength aroma. Meh.

T: Clean pale malts. Crisp clean barley. Middling floral hops. Imbalanced, with an empty bland third act and unsatisfying climax. Very boring.

Mf: Smooth, thin, and wet. Okay carbonation. Underwhelming. A bit crisp.

Dr: Bland and boring. A drinkable but underwhelming blonde from Ska. Why brew this? I wouldn't bother with it again. A dull beer.


Serving type: can

01-08-2013 06:28:21 | More by kojevergas
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2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clean, clear, light, blonde, 2 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S: faint smell of citrus hops and bread, not much here

T: metallic- almost like a cheap champagne, faint citrus taste;I expected more

M: clean, light and crisp

O: decent blonde ale, but subpar. Very sessionable with high ABV, but not my personal choice for a blonde ale- drinks more like an American light lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 18:52:37 | More by Dusty6467
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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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