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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:
#42,898
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
62
pDev:
18.93%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a modest heads that leaves a few dribs and drabs of lace

Smell: A little bit of grain and a little bit of lemon; about what would be expected for the style

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt character that adds a hint of lemon shortbread by mid-palate; after the swallow the sweeter malt flavors continue to complement the hint of lemony hops into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing on a hot summer's day; I like the lemon shortbread character

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a thin white head with decent retention and light slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet bready malt and light grassy hops. Flavor follows, sweet bready malt, a hint of citrus and a light grassy hop finish. Light bodied. American blonds seem to the opposite side of the coin to "crafty" megabrewer beers: a craft beer mimicking an adjunct lager. Lightly flavored, pleasant and inoffensive, this could pass as a macro brew. No faults, but I'm unlikely to return to this bombshell.

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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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3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, 03/17/2017

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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 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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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Crisp, malty aroma has an undertone of pear and apple. Malty and crisp flavor has a fruity undertone that is mainly pear with some apple. Fizzy, lively texture leaves behind a persistent tingle.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Once a summer seasonal, now a year-round beer, this American Blonde Ale style is part of a recent resurgence of the style, thought to be a good stepping stone style for the novice beer drinker.

Its brilliant bright golden color flaunts a crystal-clear clarity. Light doughy biscuity aroma, almost like fresh-baked shortbread. The head subsides to a thin lace pretty quickly. Some light floral hop flavor in the nose. Light and crisp, wet on the palate--a clean beer. Semi-husky malt flavor goes a bit bready. Hops drop just enough bitterness to balance, with a lingering herbal flavor to boot. This beer dries up pretty fast and leaves the mouth clean, for the most part.

While this beer may not be for the beer geek at all, it's a good choice to help convert the typical mass-produced lager drinker; or you could simply chalk this up as an American session ale. A heaping plate of nachos topped with chili and pepper jack cheese strikes us as the perfect pairing.

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Photo of Reidrover
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 ZachT
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to Donkster46 for this beer sent with love from Washington!

Appearance (3.5) : Blonde is right, with a mostly transparent body, I'd say about 20% opacity. 1 finger fluffy head that pretty much stays put.

Smell (3.5) : Rich, toasted grains. Bready sweetness, roasted malts, yeasty heaven. A touch of caramel. I absolutely love the smell of blondes (pfft, haha) and this one is no different.

Taste (3.25) : I really wish there was more yeast here, but it's not too bad. I'm getting corn or malted grains of some sort, bread crust, and some sour malt notes here and there. Hint of lemon on the finish.

A good blonde in my opinion has a lovely, bready yeast that just rises up and slaps you lovestruck. That's sadly missing here. It tastes more like a typical adjunct lager with some extra breadiness. That being said, it's not a bad tasting beer - it's just missing what I love most.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Spiky carbonation, dissolves slowly into a smooth creamy finish. Wheat burps. Acceptable for the style but wish it were smoother.

Overall (3.31) : It's worth a try. I personally have yet to find a better blonde than Dempsey's Battle Axe Blonde in Watertown, SD on tap. That's my hometown, and that beer is downright amazing. On the right night, you're drinking fresh baked bread. Even on the wrong night, it's a good beer. Anyways, the Blonde Bombshell from Cascade Lakes is reminiscent of a macro lager with a slight hint of breadiness. Try it if you can. If you can't, you're not missing out on much.

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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 strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle fresh from my sister's fridge. I drank this straight from the bottle while doing many sweaty chores in Bend, OR., so my recollection may be a bit faulty.

I enjoyed this beer a great deal on a warm afternoon. It hit the spot with no bad attributes. Don't know if it truly qualifies as a blonde, so let's assume it was a lager. Still tasted smooth and well balanced. Not too hoppy. Nice malt flavor. Will try again.

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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