Isabella Blonde | Kern River Brewing Company

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121 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kplummer82
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw color with a one finger head, no head retention, good amount of carbonation streaming up the middle, slightly hazy.

A: Tea, lemongrass aromas, malt, grainy, crackers, nothing impressive.

T: Like the nose, tea, lemongrass, slight bitterness, finish is malty, semi-dry finish.

M: Light bodied with a semi-dry finish.

O: Pretty straightforward, not much on the hops, an easy drinking beer that would be good after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date: about two weeks ago
Palate Contaminants: none

Okay, Kern River Brewing. Had a splash of the Citra IPA at a festival, so I figured it was worth the detour.

Appearance is slightly opaque and straw colored. The head is fine, but goes away quickly.

The smell is sweet and like any number of adjunct lagers. I'll say malty with some rice. The sweetness makes it a bit nicer than the adjuncts.

Taste is definitely rice and wheat, but the character is a bit crisper. There is a slight bit of hops for a slight bit of bitterness. It's okay, but surprisingly indistinct. At least it's not overly watery.

Feel is light-moderate with a bit of prickly carbonation. What's there in the taste all sticks around for the aftertaste.

Overall, it's not particularly complex, but it is refreshing. I'm sure it's pretty good for going with a burger after floating down the Kern River on a summer Saturday, but not one that I'd seek out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear straw yellow, with a small quarter inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

This smells like tea, grassy hops, and pale crackery malts.

This is not one of my favorite styles, so I'll try to be unbiased. Even for a blonde ale, there doesn't seem like there's a whole lot here. There's some nice dry tea-like hop flavors, a little bit citrus, crackery malts, and a pretty watery finish. There's a decent yeastiness to this that's not super enjoyable.

This has a light, kind of watery body, with a crisp mouthfeel, a high drinkability, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Doesn't quite work here, unfortunately.

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3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.44/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mdlb44
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of gefinley
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaredkc889
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Isabella Blonde from Kern River Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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