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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

394 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 159
Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of JoelClark
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Light Golden in color with a big fluffy off white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is light grainy with grassy like hop aromas smells like a pilsner. Taste is light slightly grainy malt with a grassy hop flavor and very light bitterness. Might be an ale but reminds me of a decent pilsner. Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing would make a great lawn mower beer to bad its winter. Drinkability is ok but light ales aren't my cup of tea so to speak if there yours give it a shot, if your like me don't bother.

Photo of spoony
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought two of these 12oz cans from Lukas Liquor in Ellsiville, MO for $1.99 each. Poured into a giant Hefeweizen Glass and has BEST BY 10/04/11 on the bottom ridge of the can.

Aroma- Light and crisp aroma with a wheaty background. Sweet malts are present but no signs of hop or any other character.

Appearance- Pours a 4.5 finger head that keeps very well. A straw, gold color body shines in the glass and leaves fairly good lace.

Flavor- Very grainy and malty from the beginning. Sweet, light, and has a lemon twist at the end. No bitterness but does have a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and Refined. Almost has a rice characteristic in the mouthfeel that I do not appreciate.

Overall Impression- Refreshing but wouldn't go out of my way to have again... The main reason I went for this was it was in a can and the other 8 cans I grabbed were all to match up craft beers with other friend's A.B. cans and see what they thought. So far the O'Fallon Wheach is winning! (w/ Ska's Modus Hoperandi in a close 2nd).

Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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 Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 16 Feb 2008. Gift from J&K, thanks!

Medium bright white head. Bright clear yellow color. Aroma is light, sweet and floral. Light malt, slight apple and pear flavor. Finishes with a faint bitterness. Light body.

Decent thirst quencher, easy to drink.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear golden/straw color. A fizzy white head dissipates soon, leaving a film. Some sticky lacing at first, then nothing. The beer smells slightly metallic, with malt and grassy notes. Tastes grassy, light, and somewhat of a lemon peel note. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, standard fare from Ska. Not great, not awful. Pretty enjoyable when the temp is 103 and you're sitting on the deck, but I've had better. Not regrettable.

Photo of kew
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mikereaser
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 inches of white foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing
4
S - some floral and citrus hops with a grainy base. It just smells very clean and crisp
3.5
T - The grain flavor is mostly prominent, there are hints of lemon, floral and citrus hops are present, but everything is overshadowed by the grain.
3
M/D - It almost has a grainy mouthfeel as well, slightly bitter, light bodied, its an ok beer to drink but I doubt I would go for another one.
3.5/3.5

Photo of PopnLoads
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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 TexIndy
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 5/27/11 lasered on the neck. Was a hazy golden color with lots of little yeast bits floating around. Good carb streams. Had a barely there head that quickly dissipated into a very, very tiny and partial ring. No lacing.

The aroma was bready and grainy malt with a touch of honey as well. A little citric hops but not much. The taste was grainy with a little sweet from the honey. Decent for what it is but not much flavor there. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a middle of the road blonde ale that I won't remember 15 mins from now. Not that it's bad but just not much there to get excited about. Avail here in TX. Rotation - I Like the other Ska offerings much better so I'll stick to those [N;N]

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head that quickly drops down. Some honey, some lemon zest, some malt in both flavor and aroma. Very simple. A nice medium body to it. Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer. Not the most memorable but every once in a while it can hit the spot.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Pour - bright golden yellow, almost looks like a pilsner. A rather thin powdery head adorns this pour with some little bubbles streaming upwards adding a little excitement to the mix.

Aroma - a little grainy and corny along with a syrupy sweetness and some bread dough aromas.

Taste - sweet and tangy. Lots of malty sweetness is joined by the flavors of creamed corn, honey, caramel, biscuits and some slight but noticeable citrus flavors. Its a very pleasant mix of flavors that leads to a very easily consumed can of beer. Blonde Ales are known for being non-offensive and this one certainly fits the mold. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste is a nice way to finish this brew.

Overall - solid Blonde with a nice malty body and some nice citrusy crispness that makes it a great summertime brew. As the style goes I'd say this is spot on and sure to please the masses. If you get the chance definitely give it a try and share some with your friends be they beer geeks or not.

Would I buy more of it? - I hear they do a mixed pack of Ska cans and that would definitely be a worthy investment for any weekend of outdoor activities. This one would be the perfect beer to start with before going on to the others.

Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a style I often overlook (it's usually just a bad pils with an ale yeast) but tend to trust Ska. I've had this on tap before some time ago, but this is the first I've had in quite some time.
Pours a lemon-y yellow color that's crystal clear with a lot of carbonation and a decent sized head.
Those nose is sweet with hints of fruit that reveal it as an ale. Hops are there, but non-distinct.
The flavor profile actually has more hops and malt than I expected. Sweet bready malts up front, hops in the middle, and while the honey doesn't specifically come up in the flavor - it adds a sweet and sour finish that blends well with the light bitterness in the hops.
Easy drinking and fairly light - this would make an excellent tailgating or camping brew.
This isn't going to blow anyone away, but it's probably the best example of a non-boring American blonde I can think of. Definitely on par with the examples from Brick and Montgomery in the deep south.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.