Oval Beach Blonde Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 02-27-2007

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#40,414
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
157
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saugatuck Brewing Company "Oval Beach Blonde Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "MAY1518 8522"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's got a very nice fluffy head of off-white atop a hazy golden body. For some reason I thought it would be clearer, but OK. The aroma expresses mainly grainy malt but there are some hops mixed in there as well, they're just not strong enough to stand out on their own. That's OK, as a blonde ale I don't expect it to have a bright hoppy nose. On to the flavor... there's a lot of fruitiness to it that I didn't detect in the aroma, and the maltiness is not as pronounced as I thought it would be. The hops show a little more, floral and lightly lemony and grassy. It's not bitter, the label lists just 10.5 IBUs, but it's not overdone with malt and although there's a sweet edge to it it finishes mainly dry. It's nicely balanced. Looking back the head has held really well and it's still got a solid cap. The lacing is pretty decent as well. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall, as an American blonde ale it delivers all around.
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Photo of BlueTomorrow
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Michelleroo
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried this one on tap - I’m looking to expand my taste in ales. This one was crisp, dry and fairly refreshing, if a little plain. Clear golden color, a little head that dissipated and no lingering lacing. Very faintly smelled of grain. Tastes of grain, malt and a little bitter citrus zest. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation throughout. I will have to try others in this style.

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Photo of Mikecd234
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Griphon
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prager62
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz. bottle dated 4/19/17 poured in a 12oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a transparent gold producing a thin layer of rapidly settling soapy white foam. No lacing is left behind and it looks rather flat.

Smell- Cereal, malt, spicy floral, wet grass and yeast.

Taste- Slightly spicy floral followed by sweet malt, a little grapefruit zest and straw/grass.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slightly bitter dry finish.

Overall- This was from a six pack given to me by a friend. I noticed the date was a bit long in the tooth but didn't detect any off flavors and found it very drinkable for the style. I'll revisit a fresher date if I come across it for comparison and adjust my score if necessary.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow see trough with lots of carbonation bubbles and little head which seems appropriate for a blond. Having trouble pulling much from the nose , slight malt and slight floral hops. Taste is much the same with a bready malt base and some slight citrus or maybe lemongrass flavor. Well carbonated and a bit less thin than I was expecting on the mouthfeel. Non offensive but not very exciting overall.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, hint of lemongrass, slight spicy hops, hint of floral hops, and slight honey. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, hint of lemongrass, slight spicy hops, hint of floral hops, and slight honey. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Z-man
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jduprey007
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Try-em-all
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color, light head from a regular pour, beer smells better (citrussy) than it tastes, relatively smooth. I won't get this one again.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gulli
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice for summer.bubbly, light , lotsa foam head. A little thin, but nice when hot , not heavy.

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Photo of komatsukiller
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 157 ratings