Island Mesa Blonde | Kannah Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kannah Creek Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp English Summer Ale with a light hop accent to peak your interest. Brewed for the summers in Colorado where it's hot in the day and cool in the night. Pairs well with a float down the river or an evening by the campfire.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2005

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by donaldchapman:
Photo of donaldchapman
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear golden color with a slight white frothy head.

S - Very light malt character, clean and crisp.

T - Clean and wheaty, a slight hop flavor and a good balance of bitterness.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, and crisp.

This beer was a pretty good beer for style, it was refreshing, clean, and crisp, pretty close to what I would expect a blonde to be.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikefuski17
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A damn solid blonde. Ironically, sold to me by a brunette, at black bottle brewery, and I won the raffle for a flourescent lima-bean green t-shirt with the ticket I got for ordering this beer! Sweet deal!

I will give them this: the brewery did a great job choosing a rep to sell their beer, which is good beer, btw, and their rep did a great job of making me happy to have tried their beer. Ultimately I wouldn't be very flattering to the beer if I didn't LIKE the beer, so don't think a pretty face is all that it takes to sway me when it comes to beer.

The beer itself is a fine blonde ale, but might have just a touch of funk in it somewhere (or have I been at funkwerks too long? who cares, it's a damn fine blonde ale!).

Grassy to the point where I think I'm collecting monarch butterflies in a field in New York state. Grainy like you're in a hay-loft when you're an impressionable child and you're at the base of your friend's dad's grain silo. Overall a very enjoyable beer that seemed to induce some scent-induced memories, which is always enjoyable, even if it's at least partially illogical! Viva!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

an english style blonde ale? okay, sure. this is a clearish pale straw colored brew with a ton of carbonation rising several inches in the glass and not really relenting much. the nose is english ale yeast and a lot of malt, more than wheat or pale even, almost a toasty copper note to this, similar to some others they make out there. the flavor matches the nose, really intense grain flavors for such a pale beer, and the yeast makes it seem heavier too. not totally sure this would do what i want a summer seasonal to do for me, but i dont at all dislike it. its just sort of average all the way around even though it is a style bender. huge carbonation levels lighten it up a bit, but its just sort of weird conceptually. not my favorite, but i appreciate it for what it is.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taospowder
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will start by saying that this review is coming off of a keg I purchased for St. Pattie's Day and installed into my new kegarator. I choose a Belgian-style belled beer glass for my review.

The color of this beer is very pale golden, like many very-light tasting beers, likewise it is very clear. The head is bright white, frothy and leaves ample lacing.

This beer smells very light and a little-bit grainy with a hint of lemony-citrus. At the brewpub they serve this beer ultra-wicked-cold and in that state it is quite refreshing. I served it about 45f and as it warmed from that ther was a bit more hop complexity that came out. It was nice.

The taste is also slightly grainy and has a hint of citrus. As for the claimed style, the brewery has 'English-style' Blonde as its designation, for what its worth. I would say it is amongst the very lightest micro/craft beers I have tried, and is so without any note of cleanser or anything else nasty in the taste.

The mouthfeel is good with a medium body and a decent amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability could be higher if the beer were just a bit more interesting or complex, but it is good or I would not have bought a whole keg (5gal size).

All in all a good light beer, though I am not sure of the ABV or the caloric content so maybe its not 'light' at all. It is truly a marvel of lightness nin its realm.


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Photo of Gerred
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cyrock1
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw colored with not much head.

Smell: Light, bready aroma.

Taste: Tart with a mild grain flaver, like cheerios.

Mouthfeel: Medium carboantion, tart finish.

Drinkability: By itself it was good but with a little pizza it was much better. A good beer for appetizers.

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Island Mesa Blonde from Kannah Creek Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.
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