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Hop On A Blonde | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-04-2013

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This "blonde" is a darker shade than I would think, yellow but on the deep end. It's got some chill haze all the way through. The white head is a small, sudsy one that displays moderate retention and keeps up a layer that stick heavy spotting to the glass.
This beer's aroma is hoppy, no fruity esters or grains like I get from most blondes. Pine, citrus, and flora, though it could be stronger. Pale ale?
Nothing prepares for the hops on the tongue. It's not massive, but only recently this would have been for what I'm now assuming is a strangely named pale ale. Hops take front and center with a good, strong floral, piney and citrus pith note and good balance from bready malts as well as a touch of zest.
The feel is simultaneously soft and firm, creamy and smoothly flowing while maintaining a medium body and strong crispness.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this was a very nice IPA style. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This must be a bottle blonde (not a natural). She may look blonde, but she tastes a bit darker.

This is obviously a well made, carefully planned beer. It is an interesting experiement. It's a little dirty blonde in the glass, with lacing but not much head. The aroma is a bit hoppy. Some nice stank.

Taste wise, the hops profile is really big for the style (whatever that is). It sort of doesn't work, but if it weren't there, you would get tired or your blonde, so this one has some character. The aftertaste is a malty, hoppy blend that is very satisfying. And surprisingly so.

This experiment was a success. What you have is something very sessionable that isn't a poor excuse of the real thing, in fact it's a bit over the top. There have been other dirty blondes but this one is my favorite.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, at 7.1% ABV, and part of the Saugatuck mixed-pack recently made available in Alberta. Cheeky as all get-out name and label imagery on this one, I'll tell you whut.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of wanly puffy, frothy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells of musty orange and white grapefruit rind, a flinty chalkiness, crackery, and only slightly doughy pale malt, and further leafy wet pine cone hop esters. The taste is sharp citrusy (the same from the nose) and edgy pine and spruce tip bitters, grainy pale malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, a receding wet stone path thing, and more leafy, floral, and faintly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is nicely fizzy at times, and gently frothy at others, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, especially those moments when the hops aren't looking. It finishes trending dry, the lingering hop selection, crackery malt, and still dozy alcohol colluding as such.

A decent APA, the supposed 'blonde' characteristics mostly restrained to the label, as mentioned. Good and hoppy, with an elevated ABV that knows when to keep quiet, and just make everybody happy, so it's not particularly sessionable as a summery offering, but that's the price to be paid for this one.

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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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