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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

359 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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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dankster

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-05-2011 18:36:55 | More by dankster
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-01-2011 03:04:33 | More by barnzy78
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Daveychu

California

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-30-2011 20:26:28 | More by Daveychu
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-28-2011 01:19:22 | More by TheSquire23
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Rckmo10

California

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-22-2011 06:14:11 | More by Rckmo10
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-16-2011 17:04:23 | More by TicoCali
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-15-2011 16:32:43 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-15-2011 00:54:21 | More by Exiled
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-14-2011 23:06:33 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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doubledteague

Texas

3.35/5  rDev 0%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Milky golden.

S- Heavy malts, little bit of cereal.

T- Deffinately has the malts. Slight aftertaste of lemon or somethin tangy.

M- Heavy carbonation, and the malts hit almost immediately.

O- Good, I like blonde ales and put this one right at about average. The malts were just a little on the heavier side of some I've tasted, but overall good.

Tasted and reviewed on 10/25/11 @ 1930-2000.

10-26-2011 01:20:38 | More by doubledteague
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Cereal and malts.
T: Somewhat sweet, with wheat, cereal and a twist of lemon.
M: Light but crisp and refreshing.
O: Overall it's pretty average, but is quite pleasant to drink and would make a good session beer.

08-25-2011 00:26:41 | More by ONUMello
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - light golden/straw color, clear, with good carbonation, and about two or three fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - fairly malt heavy, maybe a bit of a cereal grain tinge to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - again fairly heavy on the malts, but not as much of a cereal tinge in the taste. There's a little bit of a muskiness and a bittersweetness to it. The texture is pretty well on the watery side, but not too bad.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very interesting either.

08-22-2011 03:38:00 | More by Nerudamann
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DCon

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

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).

08-18-2011 16:06:51 | More by DCon
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

APPEARANCE: I touch cloudy and I’d say, well, Blonde in color. A half-inch head rested on top after a fairly aggressive pour and it hung in there for a while.

SMELL: Very bready and slightly citrusy.

TASTE: Like a lot of Ska’s beers, the Blonde followed the nose. A nice biscuit-like flavor was complimented with some peripheral citrus, particularly lemon and with a touch of grapefruit. It is slightly sweet and more full-bodied than many blondes I’ve had. I’m sure there’s a ‘that’s what she said joke in there’. Anyhow, the finish has a tiny bit of a hop bite too it that most blondes do not, which probably turns off a lot of people who are fans of the style, but as an IPA guy I’m all for it.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Unlike some of Ska brews, this isn’t too strong on the carbonation, but it is light and very easy to drink. It goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: At 5.3% this is easily sessionable if the sweetness doesn’t build too much. I think I could handle two or three before the sugar got to be too much. That said, I think Ska created a very accessible beer in the Blonde that is palatable for the uninitiated to good beer and the seasoned vets who can still enjoy it even if it is toned down a bit.

08-17-2011 09:21:15 | More by StoneTSR
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brandoncox

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%

Translucent pale golden pour.

Crackers and buttery biscuits take over but a hint of honey comes in and mellows it out. Sour wheat is also present on the nose but only slightly.

Wheat and a touch of honey is just about all I get. No complexity to give this brew a worthy nod.

Very thin body and very under-carbonated. Just not a lot of action on the palate.

Overall this is just simply boring. But don't rule this out being a light beer to be enjoyed and paired with food. Sampled one while eating pizza and one before bed... it definitely made my pizza into a pretty damn good meal. However, look to something else if you're just looking to drink a beer.

08-06-2011 18:25:15 | More by brandoncox
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a golden straw. its cloudy and has a very thin head. Appears to have some sediment maybe yeast. Carbonation is average.
Smells lighty of yeast and pale malts and grains.
Flavor is pretty average.Some old tart lemon, alittle hops, alittle malt...
Thin mouthfeel dry and bland. Watery as it warms.
had this at a restaraunt its pretty basic beer nothing fancy.
One and done.

07-17-2011 12:08:36 | More by micromaniac129
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +3%

Appearancee-Slightly hazy yellow/orange with a 3 finger white head, not good retention and average lacing.

Smell-Slightly lemony and some sweet malts. Grainy and earthy. Very average.

Taste-Very earthy and grainy upfront with some light citrus hops. Light bitterness on the backend but instantly masked by the malts. Peppery.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and refreshing. Feels like a hefe. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-Just another blonde ale. Nothing to brad about, but would drink more.

07-01-2011 22:36:03 | More by SWMeyer4141
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and slight honey aromas. The taste is mainly sweet malt with some fruity and honey notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good easy drinking blond ale that I am glad I got to try.

06-15-2011 17:54:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

light golden yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded quickly leaving behind a decent, but shortlived lace ring. Smell was lively, lots of yeast was present even in the aroma, and it was very light. Bread and earthy grains were the predominant aromas. Taste was crisp, light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Very smooth and full of bready and earthy grain tones, with a slight hop presence as it warmed. Overall this was excellent for exactly what it was

06-15-2011 02:19:30 | More by mikesgroove
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beerad666

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%

If you pour it out into a glass you will be presented with a hazy, golden color and just a slight head. The aroma of yeast, lemons and grains drift from the glass and begin to brighten up your day. The full essence of summer fills your mouth when you take that first sip. Flavors of sweet malts, lemon and a slight hop presence brings a smile to the face. Drinking this beer you can easily knock back a few cans and just enjoy the afternoon.

05-15-2011 17:38:32 | More by beerad666
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blakereik

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

Drank these from a can, so can't say much about the appearance, although it is a good looking can :)

S: Malty and sweet

T: Medium body a little bitter. Crisp, but this was out of an ice cold cooler on the side of a golf cart, so anything would seem crisp in that condition. Sweeter taste first, maybe some honey and fruit tones quickly drowned out by grain. A little bit of metallic in the flavor from the can.

Better than the typical can of beer i can have on the golf course, will keep looking for a beer that I can really enjoy out on the course without violating the rules.

05-09-2011 15:32:01 | More by blakereik
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rawfish

California

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Hazy gold when poured into a shaker glass, small cloudy particulate blended well. Very little head to speak of, white and bad retention with no lacing.

Little smell to speak of, grains and a grassy coating maybe a little citric hop notes. Overall lightly sweet from bready malt and a touch of honey.

Really sweet brew overall characterized with thin grassiness and hints of lemon on the fore front before a large bready malt backbone and a large amount of honey. Rather overpowering on the honey aftertaste, no hop profile and starts to get a little musty after a while. Not unpleasant because the malts are well balanced but the honey note would probably make this too sweet for most.

Could've enjoyed this one colder, medium body for a blonde with average carbonation. Despite being so sweet it lacks any form of stickiness or residue.

Average blonde ale, really potent honey character but that's all that was really memorable about this beer.

05-01-2011 07:35:51 | More by rawfish
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TexIndy

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

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]

03-29-2011 01:26:38 | More by TexIndy
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: thin lacing sitting on top of a blond/yellow brew.

Smell: thick wheat scent, crunchy, citrus, and grainy.

Taste: Non-existant hop flavor, strong wheat profile with no discernable alcohol flavor.

Needs more spice, possibly from hops. All other flavors in accordance with the style.

03-25-2011 21:58:46 | More by wmtxbb
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -11%

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger stark white cap of foam. Head is slow to drop. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of grainy malt, grassy, lemons. Yeasty.

Flavors of light lemon, sweet grainy malt. Yeasty. Dusty. No hops to speak of. Finish is short and on the sweet malty side. A little cardboardy, could be past its prime. No freshness date, so hard to tell by looking at the bottle, but tastes like it's gone over.

Mouthfeel is light, good level of carbonation.

Not a bad session beer. Might be better fresher. Nothing aggressive or memorable.

03-23-2011 00:46:57 | More by JamnesCameron
True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.