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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

158 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 415
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 415
Photo of bashiba
3/5  rDev -11%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -11%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of bearrunner44
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale clear golden color with a foamy white head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass . Light bready aroma, mild flavors of bread and grains, light bodied with a thin yet crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, it does have a clean finish, not much flavor but a decent session beer. (283 characters)

Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Hipster marketing, with a short description of the beer clearly evident. Bottled on date notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours completely clear and golden with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing. Light effervescence.

Smell: Slightly sweet and grainy - the aroma is very faint.

Taste: Light grain flavor starts off, and then a bit of honey and malt sweetness. Slight hops in the middle.

Overall impression: Not a bad beer, but certainly not an exciting one either ... (515 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light blonde with a small white head that dies. No real lacing is sticking.
Smell is of light malt and corn syrup with fresh dough and sweetness.
Taste is of light breadienss with sweet malt and unnoticeable hops.
Mouthfeel is light, zesty, and refreshing.
Drinkability is ok. It's enjoyable if nothing else. (322 characters)

Photo of babydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with label notched two-months before tasting. Clear pale golden, head is frothy white, one finger, dissipating rather quickly. It does end up leaving a persistant, sticky lace. Nose was malty, grassy,sweet, made me want to jump right in and taste it. Taste was malt balaned with hops in the beginning, but a bit bitter on the finish. Light to moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish, easy to drink. (434 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The after its escape from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the Nonick glass a cloudless amber color with the head upon the pour moderate in size, semi creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the resultant lace a fine coating surrounding the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, a touch of fresh plowed dirt, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start has a mild sweetness, the malt decent and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasantly carbonated the hops adequate for the style and the aftertaste droughty, a nice drinking beer that lies easy on the palate. (609 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with a fluffy and moussy white head that was long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny with DMS and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was corny with a grassy bitterness that was very low and not well balanced. No malt flavors.

The finish was dry with a slight, I mean slight lingering bitterness. The body was medium light to medium.

12 ounce bottle. Kinda boring. (425 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (423 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Label depicts a cartoonish well endowed blonde women on a motor scooter. The kinda women that's constantly giving me and the BelgianBum the "big eye" on US1 in sunny south Florida. The label had a freshness dated indicated on the bottom. Also mentioned something about being made with local honey.
Light pale yellow color. Fizzy beer color, only a bit more shiny. Thin small white head. Grainy sour beer smell. Taste is very grainy, wet grass, and pasta. Only a subtle wiff of honey, and that seemed more sour, than sweet. Old beer taste, like stale beer from your dad's stash in 10th grade taste. Still tastes like beer though, and that's good. Honey taste is nearly lost on me. Comes and goes. Light bodied, highly charged. Easy enough going down, not much lingers. A decent beer, nowhere near the level of their ten pin porter. Worth a try, but don't lose any sleep if you haven't had it yet. (911 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (968 characters)

True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.