Farmington River Blonde Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Farmington River Blonde AleFarmington River Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 08-08-2002

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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of this beer. But a few things. First, despite the name, this is most definitely a Pale Ale in the west coast style. The brewer told me "I name my beers by color, not by style." Fair enough. Plenty of Cascade hops in the nose. A very drinkable ale by any name... a dry finish. Reminiscent of the Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from Atlanta.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice yellow ale, but it had almost no head to speak of.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, lemon peel, and hay.

The taste was of pleasing bitter hops, hints of pine, some difinite citrusy flavors thrown in, and a long lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was good, and definitely drinkable.

An excellent beer for watching the game and eating snack foods.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear brassy golden color, topped with a thick white head. Head dissipates quickly, dying out completely just before the beer in finished. Some bubbles quickly racing to the top.
Aroma is sweetly malty, with light citric hopping. A strange hint of cotton candy and some corn. Light floral aroma. Malts are pleasant, balanced perfectly with the hops.
Flavor is malty, with a light graininess up front. Malts fade quickly, with a slight apricot flavor right before the hops kick in. Hops are slightly piney, mostly citric, with a bit of saaz tanginess right at the end. A touch of husky grain comes through right at the end, leaving a bit of a coarse aftertaste.
A nice lighter styled session ale. Plenty of flavor, especially for a blonde ale, well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull golden color, without that frighteningly bright yellow hue that can plague the style.

Points lost for distinct lack of aroma.

Some biscuit/bread malt flavor contrasts with a nice citrussy hop bite. The bittering sensation increases mid-bottle.

Drinkability suffers through comparison to my favorite goldens and blondes. OK, but not great. Good for hop fans who need something that won't overpower light flavored foods.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost exceptional appearance.Left tons of lace.Color was a light gold that was very cloudy.Aroma presented cascade hops in a healthy dose.A light body with light malt.A touch watery on the finish.Bitter and dry was the after taste.Quite average and not too impressive.

Note:Grapefruit like bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a bit of haze and a thinnish white head. Fragrant citrusy hop aroma. Crisp dry mouthfeel with plenty of citrus tang to the hop bitterness. Refreshingly easy to drink with a clean finish that doesn't linger. Another fine beer that I must thank VENOM for bringing up to the Maine Fest, Loren you sure can pick a winning brew!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy straw color. Thin wispy white head sits on top and retains nicely. Nice little hop nose. Piney and citric. The beer is light bodied and fairly well carbonated. The taste is primarily hops and dryness. Malt makes a ghostly appearance if any. I'd like a little more backbone in the malt area even in a style like this. The hops produce some grapefruit tones as well and pine needles. Dryness on the aftertaste. And there is a noticeable bitterness as well. Decent brew, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Thanks to pbrian for the sample.

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Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden straw with a nice lasting head. Sweet malts and citrusy cascade hops meet the nose. Taste is complex and full-bodied for a blonde, lots of cascades. Finishes dry and bitter. Nice beer.

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Farmington River Blonde Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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