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Blonde Bombshell Ale | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
cascadelakes.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"As the name implies, this is one knock-out of a beer. Brewed to be a light bodied, refreshing ale, Blonde Bombshell combines subtle malt and wheat flavors with a delicate Liberty hop aroma to create a sensational beer. Originally brewed as a seasonal, this beer was so popular it pushed its way into our regular line-up."

Grain: 2-Row, Wheat
Hops: Liberty
Orinigal Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.008
I.B.U.'s: 26
Alcohol: 4.0

Added by Reidrover on 05-16-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,875
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
62
pDev:
18.93%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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1/5  rDev -68.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of RedDiamond
2.04/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A regrettably misguided ale of tepid dimensions and foul disposition. Bombshell is sunny yellow like aspen leaves in October. It is clear with a deft white head that makes no overtures towards lace. But it smells like a soapdish with a dry, edgy taste, bland bitterness, and a wholly unwelcome aftertaste.

A micro brew with macro misfortunes.

Also, I can’t let pass the misguided blurb on the menu equating the relatively low 4.2% alcohol by volume with low carbohydrates. Blonde Bombshell may be Cascade Lake’s lowest ABV beer, but to claim, “that means low carbs” is to betray an ignorance of essential nutritional facts.

Alcohol has no carbohydrates at all. None. It does have more calories than carbohydrates (or proteins) do, so it’s fair to suggest that a beer with lower alcohol also has less calories. But not only does lower alcohol content not correspond to lower carbohydrates, it may actually suggest higher carbohydrates if the beer has low attenuation and a greater reserve of fermentable sugars.

*NOTE* This is a blonde ale. Its designation as a lager should be corrected or ignored.

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Photo of katybee
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As I paid "designer beer" price for this, I had higher expectations but found this relatively ordinary, along the lines of PBR.

Pours light pale yellow; minimal quickly disipating head.

No overt smell, but towards dry hops.

Taste was highly ordinary. Light floral hops, and perhaps a wheaty tone to the body. Slightly peppery. No creamyness nor sweetness.

Moughtfeel was light,no real before or after effects...

Overall, totally unmemorable. Will definitely pass it by next time.

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2.25/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jaystooge
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Novaguy
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought this beer with the hopes that like many other Oregon brewed beers, it would have an understated sophistication and body. Sorry to say I was a bit disappointed.

It's not that this is a bad beer, its just not memorable at all.

From the thin head that formed when poured to the thin, bodiless taste, this beer appeared a bit weak from the start.

Nice golden color topped by a thin head, weak body with a mouthfeel of dishwater.

Truly disappointed from this offering.

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2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at "The Lodge" in Bend, OR.
Typical pale lager colour..pale yellow,wispy head,livelly carbonation
Very faint aroma..some light grainy smell..not much else.
Pretty sweet taste for most of the mouthful, then a very light hop kick then more sweetness to finish
Sweet and somewhat cloying on the palate.
Drinkable..yes, but not any better than a regular "macro">.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ white head that fades to a shallow layer and leaves some lace. Cloudy pale amber color, looks like a wheat. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Citrusy nose. Starts like a wheat with yeast flavor and citrus notes, light clean finish and yes there is a blonde on the label so it isn't a wheat. $1.35 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

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Photo of yuriruley
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light yellowish color, with a white head that fizzles down fast.

Smell - Grain, I'd say more, but there isn't much to say.

Taste - Once again graininess, and some sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - Quite a bit of carbonation, but overall not too bad.

Drink - Easy to drink, not sure I would want to though. I would take it over other beers of similar style though.

Was an ok beer, just not my favorite style. For the $3 I spent I could have bought another black butte porter, but I decided to support another local brewery. I have had some of their other beer and enjoyed it.

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Photo of mtrentm
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the "Cascade Lodge" in Bend.

A: Looks like an American lager...pale Budweiserish color.

S: Hmmmm...a very faint grain smell, not a whole lot going on hear.

T: Same as the aroma....very lacking just like a clean bland lager.

M: Lots of carbonation, very crisp and clean.

D: It's drinkable, but it doesn't do anything for me. Won't pay for this again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at CL's Lodge in Bend. Served with a lemon wedge in the glass. Ugh, don't like where this is going.

Straw (budweiser-colored) yellow. Fizzy highly carbonated head.

Very sweet and grainy. Yeast funk with some citrus (probably from lemon slice). Low ABV and "low carb" according to the menu. It reminds me of a Miller Light with a lemon in it. For the macro drinker, it's probably pretty close to their expectations. Me, I expected a good blonde, what I tasted was a wheaty american pilsner with a fruit slice.

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Photo of robbrandes
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, leftover from a dinner party guest.

pours light straw yellow, minimal head, recedes to thin skim across head. what faint aroma i pick-up is a bit of malt, maybe hops if i stretch.
taste - blah. nothing even remotely newsworthy. not bad per se, but why bother. mouthfeel is think carbonation bordering on annoying.

glad it was a freebie. can my liver have 12oz of processing ability back?

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Photo of stevoj
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This fairly bland, but highly drinkable. Lightweight grainy nose, with some taste of a wheat ale, lightly hopped.. Pale golden body with a scant head. Mild hoppy, dry finish. Would be good on a very, very hot day.

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Photo of Cascadia
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, for what it is, this isn't a bad brew. I don't tend to like beers that are served with a slice of orange, but this one is pretty decent on a hot day. Pours a typical golden yellow, not much head. Smells like a wheat beer to me, and tastes like one too, but maybe that's cause of the orange slice. Not the best mouthfeel, I thought it needed a little more umph, maybe the tap was low. Don't think I'll be searching this one out again, but not sorry I tried it. Afterall, it was made of beer, and I like beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pallid gold with a light dusting of yeast. I've seen light lagers that were darker than this. The bone white cap is on the short side and looks... just okay. It stays around for a bit, though, and isn't too shabby when it comes to decorating the glass.

It's hard to appreciate much even after multiple concentrated sniffs. Truth be told, pale malt and wheat malt don't have much aroma. Liberty hops should be contributing more (especially at 26 IBUs), but they aren't. Boooring.

Blonde makes sense, but Bombshell is seriously overstating the case. Maybe the brewery thought they needed to draw attention to a plain Jane beer by giving it an exciting name and label (which is well done, by the way). It certainly wouldn't be the first time that has happened.

Unlike the nose, the flavor provides a little something to go on. That said, it's nothing but lightly sweet, untoasted grain and a moderate amount of herbal, spicy hops. The bitter edge and the semi-snappy finish are nice, but they aren't enough to pull this little ale above the ranks of the merely mediocre. Does anyone really *love* American blonde ales?

The mouthfeel is as expected for a low ABV beer from a less than top-tier brewery. It's light without being (too) thin, has less than the normal amount of carbonation, and is more harsh and fizzy than soft and smooth.

Cascade Lakes Blonde Bombshell is no silver screen beauty queen, that's for damn sure. It's an also-ran of a blonde ale (is that a dye job?) that tries to impress with more than the usual amount of hoppiness. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the chops to make it through the first audition.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Massbmx
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Moose90
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Lane_in_ID
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in plastic cup in the lobby of the Tower Theater in downtown Bend, OR before the recent Steve Earle concert.

Overall, this is just a nice, crisp, clean, easy drinking example of the style. Clear golden yellow color. Nicely blended and balanced grain and hop scents and flavors. Crisp, sharp body. Smooth, easy drinkability.

It's totally worth grabbing this beer if you see it. Whatever outside work or play you're doing during the summer, this brew will be a worthy companion.

Edit 5/13/12: CL's beers recently started showing up in my area and I grabbed a bottle of this without realizing that I had reviewed it before. My numbers were slightly different, 3.0/3.0/3.5/3.5/3.5, but my overall impression was pretty much the same. This is a very nice, smooth, easy drinking brew that's worth your time when your in the mood for this style.

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Blonde Bombshell Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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