True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

410 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Photo of hellbilly
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
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

Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw gold color; slightly cloudy. Poured a one finger coarse white that dissipated fairly quick. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Crisp, clean malt. Cirtussy fruit zest.

T: Sweet malt and light sweet fruits. Light hoppy finish thats very clean.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sort of lager-like.

D: Very easy to drink - smooth, crips and clean.

Photo of racer2k
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one at the Liquor Barn in southside Santa Fe. Out of the bottle this one poured a true gold color but the white head was very short lived and left on wispy lacing. Great clarity though. The aroma was light, slightly sweet and grainy. The flavors were at first a bit of honey sweetness with some grassy undertones and floral hops. As it finished biscuity malts appeared. Good mouthfeel and light to medium bodied. Not much to think about but a good session beer and easy drinking.

Photo of SouthLoopSuds
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden color, and a nice head.

S: Pleasant odor

T: A nice beer with a smooth finish, I could knock back a few of these at a ball game. (Of course that'll never happen)

M: Nothing special, but nothing bad either.

D: Again, quite decent for an everyday watching sports, or grilling beer. I plan to buy more of this.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steardy and solid looking gold color with a smeared body glow. Small, lush capping of tight white foam that sits about a pinky high. Leaves large sheeting of lace acorss the glass while maintaining a always present skim on top of the golden body.

Aroma is light, clean, and starchy of pale bready malts and sweet, dulled melon and apples. Nice touches of cereal grains add some nice noting in the nose as well.

Taste is pleasingly simple and firming with a clean sweetness of pale breadyness and soaked cereal. Rounded out touches of dullish lemon, melon, and apple make the middle to finish a glide of fairly lasting tone. There's a tiny grassy hint of hops, but mostly stays grainy and sweet throughout each sip.

Feel is firming, yet light, quick, and bready with a simple frothy tone and semi creamyness that ends softly at the finish where it teeters out leaving a sweet bready effect thats easy on the palate.

A nice little drinker of a Blonde. Wholesome, bready, tender, sweet, and fulfilling for what it is.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an awesome looking medium golden colour with an absolutely huge, long lasting white puffy head that takes forever to subside and leaves patches of residue on the glass. Very nice.

The aroma is sweet, grainy, and a bit grassy. Honey notes definitely come through here. Basic, but well done.

The flavour hits on the characteristics of the aroma and then some, as it has a bit more boldness to it. Honey is a bit more pronounced and grassy notes give way to more of a bread-like, floral flavour that just hits the mark when blended with the honey. Again, this one is fairly simple (as to be expected for the most part within the style) but it works well Mouthfeel is light bodied with some crispness but a bit of creaminess to it as well.

I'm really surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I was expecting another run of the mill Blonde Ale, but this one takes the basics of the style, amps them up a touch and just makes everything work. Give it a shot...you might be surprised.

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of an off-white head that immediately dissappears into a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing. Body is a clear pale gold.

Smell - there are weak aromas of honey and sugar, along with a slight hint of cloves, and a weak aroma of apricots and a slight hint of figs.

Taste - much like the smell. There is weakly, some sugar and honey, as well as some malt biscuits. The finish, weakly has some apricots and figs, and some more, but weak, sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel - thin to medium bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - This is not bad, but I certainly would want something else after one or two of these, and I don't think I'd ever have it very often in the first place.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a sparkling, golden straw color with a two-finger, rocky white head. Moderate carbonation and hardly and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet and lightly fruity. Very light aroma in general.

Taste was sweet, with notes of bread, honey and light malt. Some floral hop notes are also present.

Easy drinking, well balanced, my only complaint on this one was that it seemed a bit one dimensional.

Photo of scottblaze
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of chileman13
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-light golden poured to a 1-2" head
a-beer, smelled like beer. not overpowering in any area.
t- good light well balanced beer flavor
d- I think this is a good "I wanna have a beer" beer. well balanced not too heavy. One I don't have to think about, a constant crowd pleaser.
this is one to gret your friends started on micro breweries.

Photo of MarcGetty
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the strangely small 650 ml capped and wax sealed bottle and into a glass.

Pours golden in color with very little head, however, what little head is present remains for quite a while. The taste is typical of a golden ale but is slightly darker and quite a bit less effervescent then most golden ales.

Smell is a slight hint of malt coupled with the golden ale "bright" and sweet smell. Not a strong smell, but an overall a good solid aroma.

Taste is coupled closely to the smell. A golden ale with a tiny bit of malt at the base. Not strong tasting in any way. Not bad, but not outstanding either. Golden ales are my favorite style and I was slightly disappointed that this beer is not true to the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is fine, the lack of effervescence is the major drawback to the beer.

Overall quite drinkable. No complaints. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger head. No lacing develops. Several carbonation bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass tones are quite bold for the style.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grass, bits of lemon zest, and a very soft balancing bitterness. This came across a bit meatier than some other blond ales I have had, but not as refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Not as refreshing as expected.

Drinkability: pure lawn mower beer here. Light and easy to consume, many of these could be thrown back. Decent but not overwhelming flavor brings the higher score here.

Photo of lordbrad1
1.81/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Kuma's Corner in Chicago, and I thought it to be pretty good, especially for a style I usually associate with disappointment. This beer poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a towering pile of head. Aroma is very light, with some small amount of fruitiness. What I didn't get was a lot of cereal-ness, which I usually associate with beers of this style (that's a bad thing). Flavor was extremely light and pleasant. A bit of fruitiness and a touch of maltiness; pretty good. Mouthfeel was very light and clean.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled the 4th week of March) a clear light gold with almost no foam. There's just a few islands and a ring around the glass with a bit of lacing.

The smell is very sweet. Caramel malt, candy sugar, something else?

The taste on first sip has some graininess to it and notes of bread but there's what I'd describe as saltiness to it that I don't find very appealing at all. Further sips in and the saltiness from my initial sips seems to have subsided leaving me with a much more refreshing, tasty brew. The finish is a bit on the watery side but over all, this is a pretty good blonde ale.

Bottom line: A pretty tasty blonde ale but I doubt I'd put it on my regular rotation if it was available locally.

Photo of flexabull
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and crystal clear straw gold color. Head died off pretty quickly on this one.

A hint of fruity sweetness and grass on the nose... but it's pretty faint.

Flavors are about as faint as the aromas are. This beer doesn't taste bad by any stretch... but it just doesn't taste like much of anything. There is a slight hint of dryness, a crisp and tiny fruity and hoppy hint, and then a bit of creaminess on the finish.

Mouthfeel is average. A bit full up front, but fades pretty quickly.

Drinkability? This is SESSION beer. Not something you are going to sit around and savor at all while drinking. But if you needed something to take to a party, especially one with non craft beer drinkers, this would fit the bill pretty well.

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale straw with a gold tint to it, little white head with little retent, leaves little lace, with some little bubbles.

S- crisp, clean and malty nose with some kind of fruit sweetness to it.

T- malty sweetness, sweet fruit like taste but i cant exactly define it. Hop flavors in there as well, light, floraly. Hops remind me of a english pale ale. Lager like.

M- light bodied, smooth, with a partly sticky finish.

D- very easy to drink, but wouldnt bother me if i didnt have another. Fits the style, that earns this brew some points.

Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lightly hazy straw yellow with a small white head.

Smell is sweet with a light orange scent.

Taste has a sweet maltiness with a touch of honey, finishes with a bit of a light musty hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Not a bad beer, just another average attempt at a pretty average style.

Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden and very clear. Head is on the thin side with slight lacing.

Smell is malty backbone paired with a nice fruit aroma. Light floral hop bitterness as well.

Taste is on the sweet side. Honey and bready flavors make an impression. Pale malt and light fruitiness provide balance. Finish is mild but crisp with mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel is Light and airy.

Flavors are balanced, but mild. Sweetness becomes cloying after awhile. Hop bite gets stronger as it warms. Fortunately there is a nice hop bitterness, providing a 'beer' taste. I wouldn't seek this out, but it puts me in mind of a decent lager.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Characteristically awesome Ska Brewing head, tall, stiff, and marshmallowy with very good retention. Body is a hazed brassy yellow with plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Soapy, lemony, white grapefruity, slightly stale hop aroma, whisper-quiet bready malts accentuated by a bit of doughy yeast, and a hint of DMS (cooked peas and cauliflower).

Taste: Wow, much more robust than I expected from the appearance and smell, with lots of juicy, grapefruity and Saaz-ish leafy hops, tangy yeast, and sweet but subdued malts. Very well-balanced with a surprising earthy tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light but mouth-fillingly airy.

Drinkability: Another quite quaffable beer from the rude brewers of Colorado! So far I am rather pleased with my Ska Brewing variety pack.

Photo of sabrills70
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with bottled on date of July of 2005 (uh oh). Pours a very slightly hazy golden blond with a good 2 finger head and nice lacing. slight citrus and malt aromas mixed with a bit of honey. Slight hop aroma as well. Nice honey malt flavor up front with a decent hop presence in th middle and a malt/bitterness in the finish. I would love to try this when it is frsh especiall on tap. Not a bad beer, but it does have a ring of oldness to it. For a blond ale its OK.

Photo of AlexJ
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.

Photo of bearrunner44
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.