California Blonde Ale | Eel River Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.62%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
117
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
22.22%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 117
Photo of thejewthatbrews
4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Eel River. Way better than the bottle.

A: Golden hue to it, with a small head, less than an inch.
S: Clean smell, fairly hoppy, but nowhere near a pale.
T: Taste was slightly hoppier than the amber, but once again, nothing close to a pale or IPA. Nice overall balance, with a slight shift away from malt, although the malt is not completely negelcted.
M: Good mouthfeel, although not really anything special. Not heavy at all, and with only a slight lingering taste.
D: Extremely drinkable, due to a lighter body, and a refershing balance between the hops and the malt. Definately a two or three pinter.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchsed from Northcoast Coop in Eureka, CA. Poured a nlight amber wtih a nice fat head that left decent lacing. A deep whiff brings up clean malts and a hint of hops. There is a touch of citrus in the flavor and mouthfeel is clean and refeshing. This is a nice beer if you like light and mild brews and is easy to drink.

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Photo of alexgash
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light haze in a copper peach body. Small, spittly, off-white head. Nose is bready and sweet, with notes of butter (diacetyl?), and apricots. Taste is bready, but light. Semi-sweet, with a soft fruity edge. Slight stale edge. Backed by peppery, mildly bitter and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin and dry. Not terrible, but also may be better fresh off the tap at the brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a musty, stale pale malt scent with some citrus hop aroma. This smells awful. The taste is average. It has a light and grainy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and watery. This beer tastes like a homebrew that sat in the sun for a month. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a bad beer all around; down the drain it goes.

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Photo of rastaman
1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[email protected] River. Didn’t find in very intersting, just thin grainy malts, like their pale ale, it was easy to drink, but not interesting. These Amerucan Blondes aren't really part of style that is particularly interesting. Pretty borring lagerish sort of ale. On the bland side of things.

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Photo of schrist275
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice Sunday afternoon, mowed the grass getting ready for football and to cool down... this. Somewhat plain label, will still keep it as I do all the others. Pours a hazy lemonade until it strikes the glass at which time it transforms into a semi solid gold, fingers are barely visible thru the glass. Head drifts into lazy whisps across the top and has a nice tall "ring around the collar". The nose comes in fruity with a slight citrus, typical ale.. stronger than blondes that i've previously had, nice. Taste attacks the side of the tongue right off the bat with a sweet and fruity, dont know what else to call it. Its good. Looks good, smells good and tastes good.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of grainyness. A medium bodied blonde ale. Mild malts, medium hops. Good balance. More kick than most blonde ales. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter

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California Blonde Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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