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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of Juner03
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Juner03, Mar 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev -10.2%

klipper, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of xylophonica
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden colour with almost a finger of head and plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S - Sweet, slightly caramel malt with some light hops. Touch of fresh herbs as well.

T - Smooth and creamy at first with a soothing maltiness. As with the aroma there's a sensation of herbs (vaguely coriander) in there as well. Aftertaste is quite bitter and vaguely reminiscent of some darker malt flavours.

M - Plenty of creamy malt here which coats the mouth fairly quickly. Nice level of bitterness which creates a pleasant harmony.

O - Decent blonde ale with some nice creamy textures and a solid group of flavours. Unlike a lot of American beers there doesn't seem to be the usual identity crisis here - it's just a straight homage (or rip-off) of a classic Belgian pale ale. Not sure how this was classified as an American Blonde (I'm sure that's not a real category...) but it's an enjoyable beer with modest aspirations.

xylophonica, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jwmarcum
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ADZA
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons for this and pours a see through golden blonde hue which leaves a frothy three finger head and clingy lacing,the smell is quite average and has aromas of honeyed malts,herbal hops and some grassiness,the mouthfeel is lightbodied too light for me and the tastes arnt much better very similar to smell with hints of honeyed malts,grassy herbal hops,cereal and bread and overall love the label but thats it for me and wouldnt buy or drink again cheers.

ADZA, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

denver10, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jimdkc
3/5  rDev -10.2%

jimdkc, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Flatlands
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Flatlands, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz via Beermasons, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a hazy true-golden colour, with a nice white, soft, small-bubbled head of foam. Ok retention, the odd drip of lacing on the way down.

Smell is a mix of light floral bush honey to start, then lemon, lemon zest, orange peel and then sweet malt.

Taste is more of that sweet malt, not over the top, but it builds. Little bit of bush honey as a closer, but faint.

Some light pepperiness to it as well, instead of any noticeable hop bitterness. Body is more than sufficient for the style and ABV.

Nothing wrong with this, decent, simple enough to be sessionable, body is big enough to be content with just one. Have bought plenty worse.

MrKennedy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
3/5  rDev -10.2%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pretty standard for a light ale. Decent level of foam and some good carbonation. Lacing is ok too.

Smell: Some cider and lemon qualities. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly some honey-like malt with a bit of cider-like fruitiness. Can't complain overall. Gets kind of boring after a while. Mouthfeel has a nice body.

Overall Drinkability: A bit disappointing, but still worth the try.

tjsdomer2, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

ScrimshawFan, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas!!!!The first beer on this blessed Holiday is a True Blonde from SKA. The beer pours a golden clear with thin white head that is not lacing....due to the fruitiness. The smell has subtle lemon flare with delicate malt balance. The taste is a great balanced beer with good lemon zeal. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is quite tasty....and highly recommended.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

EinWeizenbitte, Dec 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

sonorb7, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

dankster, Dec 05, 2011
True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.