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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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379 Ratings

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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 mothman
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops with pale, biscuity malts. Smells a bit like an american lager. Very basic.

Taste: Even more like a lager here than in the nose. It has a very faint hop profile with some bready/pale malt flavors. Maybe notes of grain. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very slight hint of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager. There really wasn't a lot of flavor. Should one expect a lot of flavor? No, but some would be nice.

mothman, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Chill hazy gold colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is crackers and malt with a good strong whiff of Nobel hops. A bit sweet smelling the herbalness from the hops is quite good smells like a Pilsner.

Taste is neutral and SHARP Nobel hop bite at the very beginning. Taste is spot on for a well-hopped Pilsner; this gives you the impression that they are quite tired of the assumption that blonde ales are sweet and under-hopped beers. Damn this some tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is good.

What you have here is a Pilsner Wolf in a lamb’s skin. If you like strong Pilsner beers then you will love this stuff. This is very strongly hopped with Nobel hops and your liking of them will pretty much determine how well you will like this.

Zorro, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -10.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a cup to see how it looks. Pale, straw golden nice big white foamy head.

Aroma is light. Some very subtle hints of corn. Honey. Spice and citrus. All are light at the most. Kind of a lemon-snap cookie aroma

Flavors are also light. More malt than snap, but not clinging. Some clove and spice. Real easy on the palate, no corn or other defects. Light green grass.

This beer goes down quite well. Could use a bit more spice, just a bit. Body was light and carbonation seemed a bit down. Still, good summer beer

Mebuzzard, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger white head, with some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly yeasty, with a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

LXIXME, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent, golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of thick, pure white head that has decent retention

S - faint cereal grains, a hint of lemon, faint grassy hops

T - bready, cereal grains, lemon, faint grass

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a rather malty brew. The bready flavors are intense. There are some fruity notes that come trhough as well. The lemon is most evident. There are some subtle, grassy hops, but overall, this is a bit unbalanced and ultimately a bit forgettable.

tdm168, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

harpus, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade form depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a golden blond color with a small fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grains bread honey and grass with a hint of herbal hops. Smells sweet and grainy for the most part. Taste is sweet with lots of honey in the taste mixed with a bit of grainy malt and almost enough hops to keep this from being a bit sweet. Medium body, crisp carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad little drinker. Smooth sweet and tasty. Its a decent brew, nothing really wrong with it, but nothing exceptional either.

johnnnniee, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Gusler, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, leftover from a mixer 12pack. the blonde ales are always the leftovers

appearance: bright yellow can - poured into a tyranena pint, dull yellow body but a nice thick white foam head

smell: light and clean, grassy hops, toasted grain, lemon peel

taste: not much going on her - no standout flavors...old lemon, a touch of sweetness from the hops, grain.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: good - tailgate/lawnmower beer

dirtylou, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Cynic-ale, May 23, 2014
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

drummermattie02, Jul 23, 2013
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
Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled the 4th week of March) a clear light gold with almost no foam. There's just a few islands and a ring around the glass with a bit of lacing.

The smell is very sweet. Caramel malt, candy sugar, something else?

The taste on first sip has some graininess to it and notes of bread but there's what I'd describe as saltiness to it that I don't find very appealing at all. Further sips in and the saltiness from my initial sips seems to have subsided leaving me with a much more refreshing, tasty brew. The finish is a bit on the watery side but over all, this is a pretty good blonde ale.

Bottom line: A pretty tasty blonde ale but I doubt I'd put it on my regular rotation if it was available locally.

Bitterbill, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Boone757, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is of malts and hops, well balanced, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw gold color; slightly cloudy. Poured a one finger coarse white that dissipated fairly quick. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Crisp, clean malt. Cirtussy fruit zest.

T: Sweet malt and light sweet fruits. Light hoppy finish thats very clean.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sort of lager-like.

D: Very easy to drink - smooth, crips and clean.

Haybeerman, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear light gold color with a frothy white head that has pretty decent retention and a smattering of lacing. Pretty average looking blonde.

Floral hops, honey and grainy malts come through on the nose with bits of barley husks and mowed grass as well. Fairly pleasant brew to sniff upon, if a bit light.

Hops are pretty noticeable in this beer, a mix of floral flavors and grassy bitterness. That could be because the malt bill seems pretty tame. Not a whole lot going on besides some grainy, husky sweetness. Taste is pretty average for the style...light, crisp and refreshing. A nice no-nonsense summertime quencher.

twiggamortis420, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steardy and solid looking gold color with a smeared body glow. Small, lush capping of tight white foam that sits about a pinky high. Leaves large sheeting of lace acorss the glass while maintaining a always present skim on top of the golden body.

Aroma is light, clean, and starchy of pale bready malts and sweet, dulled melon and apples. Nice touches of cereal grains add some nice noting in the nose as well.

Taste is pleasingly simple and firming with a clean sweetness of pale breadyness and soaked cereal. Rounded out touches of dullish lemon, melon, and apple make the middle to finish a glide of fairly lasting tone. There's a tiny grassy hint of hops, but mostly stays grainy and sweet throughout each sip.

Feel is firming, yet light, quick, and bready with a simple frothy tone and semi creamyness that ends softly at the finish where it teeters out leaving a sweet bready effect thats easy on the palate.

A nice little drinker of a Blonde. Wholesome, bready, tender, sweet, and fulfilling for what it is.

tavernjef, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -10.2%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

RBorsato, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden yellow with a thin head and good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bready grains up front with hints of caramel and citrus fruits. This beer has very little malt and hop character.

T: wheat grain bready flavor like the nose with little malts and a mild hop presence. After a few sips I also gor a slight citrusy notes as well.

M: light bodied with good carbonation and ends thin on the palate.

D: decent blonde and would be a great summer brew to enjoy in the hot socal heat.

Gobzilla, May 20, 2010
Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

enelson, Jul 22, 2012
True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.