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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 416
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 416
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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