Island Mesa Blonde | Kannah Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kannah Creek Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by donaldchapman:
Photo of donaldchapman
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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 TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mikefuski17
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw colored pour with a small white head. Light aroma of grain and lemon peel. Taste follows the nose with grain and light lemon flavors upfront. Can also taste a hint of wet bread and biscuit.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 batt6343
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of token_23223
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unknown bottle date

Very light gold color, one finger white head recedes fast

Nose is very muted, maybe a little bit of grass, metallic. Grape.

Taste is a little bit fruity, red grape and a bit of apple. Very slight metallic taste. Slight bitterness. Hints of some spice

Light bodied but not as dry and crisp as label makes it out to be. Carbonation on lower side of medium and not very lively.

An ok beer. Not a style I'm drawn to.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with a frothy head.
Smell is slightly sweet. Faint grain and citrus.
Taste is grassy and a bit of lemon. Dry and crisp finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taospowder
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +6.5%

Photo of cyrock1
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.52 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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