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Checker Cab Blonde Ale | Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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Checker Cab Blonde AleChecker Cab Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 10-16-2002

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 24
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3/5  rDev -11%

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear blond colour with a nice yet thin white lace. Doughy malt, spicy hop and very crisp. Touch of grape from the malt shows the use of imported malt. Spiciness of the hops gives just enough bite to clean the palate.

A tasty light brew, a great choice when starting off with some apps.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chelsea- Checkered Cab

On tap at House of Brews 51st St. NYC

A- Clear golden orange with a smal foamy head.
S- Sweet crisp lemon and strong cracked grains.
T- Sweet fresh bread crust grains with a touch of citric lemon.
M- Very crisp and clean with a mild dry finish.

Overall- An excellent beer to start the day or 1 to drink on a warm afternoon. If in Manhattan during the warm months find this one and enjoy.

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Photo of Jonatbr
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very light, good amount of sweet

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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. No aroma. White head prominent iwth lace, on opaque golden yellow. Carbonation bubbles. Refreshing, only a little hops, it's noble. Medium to light mouthfeel. This is on the malty side. Grassy highlight. Not very good as a kolsch, which is the advertised style.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple fresh pints at the Stagshead in Midtown. This actually seems like a fine example of the style. It even reminded me a bit of a good English bitter.

Upfront there's a clean, light toasty white bread note with a little sour cherry flavor to complement the malts. There's a nice, mild citrus hops kick to the finish to provide balance. Overall a fine beer, though I can understand how it wouldn't satisfy a lot of beer geeks or hop heads.

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Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hkyplyr73
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kent Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down leaving a large ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet grainy malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts along with some hints of bitterness and citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste a little more like a kölsch compared to a blonde ale. It’s easy to drink, especially if you are looking for something light-bodied on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Matt_Felix
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a pronounced husky grain with a smattering of light citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a solid biscuity malt and a somewhat lively and gentle hop. A slight diacetyl element detected.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp.

Overall a good and sessionable ale. Nothing too exciting, but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CHickman
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a 1/4 inch creamy white head; smells of wheat, light malt, light hops and a little lemon, but not very pungent at all on the nose.

Tastes of wheat, yeast and lemon up front with mild hops and malt trailing to the dry finish. There's a mild malt skunky-ness that is not bad at all in the finish, but that might turn some people off or it may have been due to dirty lines at Wildwood in NYC. Very crisp and light with high carbonation and a lot of bubbles moving up as the beer sits. Decent lacing for a blonde ale, and overall very easy to drink.

The taste is on the dull side, but for a blonde ale it wasn't bad and is the type of beer to drink all night or with food. It is better than most light beers, but just boring and conservative.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Rattle and Hum NY. Pours a clear light yellow with a small head which fades rather quickly. Faint smell of malt. Average tasting, ever so slightly bitter but no aftertaste. Good mouthfeel. Nothing special. Good drinkability although not my particular favorite.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Checker Cab Blonde Ale...on tap at the brewery...

Served in a normal pint glass, pale gold blonde with a two finger lace head that sticks around for a second and then leaves.

Smell-lightm buttery aroma, light mixtures of balanced hop and malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, balanced malt and hop flavor, buttery grain taste on the way down, finishes fairly clean, very smooth.

Drinkablity-no major issues, easy to drink.

Overall-not outstanding but a nice session beer, the drinkability is what makes it their flagship. Not overly complex but no major issues.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kent Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white had that reduces to a patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Dominant aroma is that of sweet grainy malts. There is just a little subtle hint of skunk in the nose as well.

T: The flavor of this beer is grainy/cracker malts with some light grassy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness which lingers and just a hint of citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This beer seems to be more of a kolsch than a blonde ale - very easy to drink and sessionable, especially on a hot summer day. Enjoyable but nothing special.

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Photo of hopdog
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Chelsea Brew Pub in NYC.

Poured a lighter yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of grassiness, some light citrus with some maltiness. Lightly sweet. Thin body and lively body.

Notes from and tasted on: 09/17/05.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at the House of Brews in NYC.

A: Pours a light, golden, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with low retention and no lacing.

S: A faint, malty smell that was nothing of great significance.

T: A light, malty taste with a light, crisp honey aftertaste.

M: A light, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. It felt a little over carbonated.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer quite formidable. A nice, refreshing, summer beer.

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Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Antc2382
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GulDukat88
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I look around the Chelsea Brewing Company bar, its pretty evident that this beer is their most popular style. Everyone wants a light beer... well, at least most of the general public.

It's hard being a harsh critic of a brewer who tries to produce a light ale. Making "light" beers, especially blonde ales, can be very tough to do commercially. Usually, a brewer has to cope with lightening the malt and hop bill, yet still retaining qualities that make the beer lively and interesting. Furthermore, since the beer is stripped down to its bare essentials, any minor flaw will be amplified by the lack of cover it receives from the hops, malt, and alcohol.

That being said, I thought this was an average beer. The head retention was OK, the smell had traces of DMS in it, and although it was balanced, the "taste" was something I would not crave.

But like I said, making a light ale is hard to do.

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