Oval Beach Blonde Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Oval Beach Blonde AleOval Beach Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by Kerry1:
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MadMike27
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant gold with 1” white foam cap that dissipates to film A touch of skunk on the nose but after a few swirls most of the skunk goes away and you pick up some malt. It’s actually rich and malty with a fruit touch sweetened by light caramel. Barely discernable mild hop bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation. Nothing special.

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew itself is a dark gold color, bright and polished. The head, pure white, is too spritzy to keep up for long. It makes the effort, but fades fast, leaves just a little, and deposits light spotting.
Malts are dry in the nose, crackery and wheat-like, with a musty earth quality and fruity sort of sweetness. A faint hint of leaf offers a light counter.
The taste still has the dry malts, which go grainy into the middle, the dusty earth filling in from front to back, and the sweetness going more like honey. A little bitterness eases into the finish.
The body is light but crispness keeps up the impression of firmness. It comes to feel a little thinner in the middle, but finishes well with a lingering semi-dryness and light bitterness following through with the sweetness.

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Photo of king75
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a mixed sixer for a Christmas gift

A- hazy gold yellow with moderate carbonation and little to no lacing. Appears pretty mediocre.
S- It honestly smells like an adjunct lager. Has a metallic smell with traces of corn and a hint of orange zest. Nothing worth remembering
T/M- Has a sweet light malt body with a hint of orange zest barely coming through. A corn like adjunct flavor is present. The mouthfeel is light in the body ending with a sweet, dry ending.

Overall- This is my second time having this beer. The first time I had it on tap it was awful, this time I found it much more enjoyable. Don't get me wrong it is a very mediocre beer that does little to make me want to seek it out. However, it is surprisingly drinkable and would make a descent summer/lawnmower beer.

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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 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.
Review# 6,334

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slasich
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very ordinary blonde ale.

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Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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

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 MooseWiersma
3.2/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of CortexBomb
4.89/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd never heard of Saugatuck Brewing Company before running into this bottle randomly at Goodrich's. Bomber. Blonde Ale...why not?

Suffice to say, I'm extremely impressed by this offering and I'm going to be looking for more by these folks in the future. Beautiful beer all the way around: straw yellow pour with plenty of carbonation. The beer and the aroma are both smoothly malty with a tang that I think is either paradise seed or lemon (possibly both) and a slight woody sour tang at the finish. Fairly complex but not overly so; enough interesting elements to result in a real winner, particularly for the style (which I always keep in mind when I'm rating).

For the style of beer this is about tops of my list. It has enough character to draw you in, but is still smooth drinking, and I could easily see throwing back a few of these sitting on the beach in June.

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

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

Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label is printed "130115 693" in the upper right corner, possibly a best by date of "01-15-13".

Pours a hazed bright orange that reflects a good amount of light. Initial head of a fingers width or so, that rises and falls quickly before the first sip. Not much coverage, a bare thread of skim around the edge is all that's left after the first couple sips.

Smell is yeasty and sulfuric at first, becoming sweet and grainy afterward with a light hint of apple.

Flavor is straightforward and simple, crackers from the malt, apples from the yeast, dry floral note from the hop addition. Body is lightly astringent with medium carbonation and a slight slickness to it. Overall a passable beer for a summer bbq, but a rainy November afternoon calls for something different.

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Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. ABV is printed on the label as being 5%. Gushed out of the bottle and sprayed my computer when I opened it. WAY overcarbonated!

Appearance: Solid layer of white foam. Slightly hazy amber body with good carbonation. Good head retention.

Smell: Spicy yeast and actually some alcohol. I'm surprised I got alcohol in the aroma considering it's supposedly only 5%abv.

Taste: Pretty good, but bland. The taste is mainly comprised of the yeast. Some hop bitterness.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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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Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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