Bombshell Blonde
Southern Star Brewing Company

Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #120
ABV:
5.25%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,674
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
630
From:
Southern Star Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  187
SCORE
84
Good
Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
Notes: A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts.

20 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Wyermann Vienna
Hops: Saphir, Sterling
Yeast: California Ale
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Reviews by 1ale_man:
Photo of 1ale_man
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce can to a tulip glass..
Slightly darker gold than a Bud Light. Clear. Bright.
Aroma of bread, hay, very slight citrus.
The taste follows the nose but more lemony citrus. Clean, dry, and yeast and bread on the end.
Body could be a tad heavier for my taste, but a very good beer.
Overall a great beer, one that I drink from time to time.
I would recommend this to anyone. Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, and the pour yield a thin head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was weak and malty, barely standing out. The taste was just what I'm looking for in a pale or blonde ale - crisp flavor, low bitterness and refreshing aftertaste that fades quickly. Smooth and crisp. Another wonderful ale from Texas.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pale straw yellow with a nice thick white head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is very fruity, suprisingly strong. Taste is very malty, with hints of various fruit flavors. The hop bite at the end leaves a slight dry feel, which is the only downer. This is going to be a great Texas Summer beer.

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Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale Ale enough to warrant grabbing a 6-pack of the Bombshell Blonde. This blonde is excellent.

It pours slightly a slightly hazy and golden, with the unfiltered particulates floating about even in the beer, and makes a frothy but bubbly white head.

The smell is of citrus, its bready from the wheat and yeast, and slightly spicy from hops.

The Bombshell Blonde tastes great. I would prefer a more full-bodied feel, because that's what I always like, but there are some great flavors. The yeast is there, as is the citrus tang, but what I think makes this beer stand out is the lingering flavor of the hops that adds bitterness and gives the beer full flavor.

It's like a German hefeweizen mixed with a light pale ale. A good beer here!

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Photo of kat_ikard
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with no freshness date poured a slightly hazy, golden-orange with a creamy, sustained head.

Very faint, sweet malty aromas.

This is very malty yet extremely refreshing. Nothing cloying even as the ale warms. There is a slightly fruity, bitter hoppiness in the background.

Light bodied with good spritzy carbonation. There is an off-putting bitter flavor that does detract from the mouthfeel.

The refreshing light body and low ABV make this a good quaffer for the spring or summer. It is not very complex and the aforementioned strange bitter flavor keeps this one from a higher rating. Still well worth trying.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 8/12/11

Pours a pretty honey colored orange yellow with a solid finger and a half of foamy white head. Nice appearance but I would like some more lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with a yeast backbone and a nice slap in the face of citrus hops. This is a great blonde, I cant complain about the smell.

Taste is very light on the pallet. A little bit of the sweet malt and some yeast flavors but it hits off with a honey lemon flavor that dominates. I would like some more malt sweetness but it is a great summer drinker.

Mouthfeel is light in the weight and has little or no carb or hop bitter characteristics.

Overall this is a great Blonde. Very well balanced and the citrus flavor makes it a great summer sipper..

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Photo of bayern1987
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Chaz
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy golden dirty-blonde in color, topped with a frothy, very pale tan head (head is the consistency of whipped cream). LOADS of suspended yeast, here -- I'm surprised I didn;t notice this fact the first time I enjoyed this one, as it looks more like a Belgian blonde or golden ale than anything. Loads of sticky lace here.

Sweet, malty//bready nose, more fruit-forward than anything (bananas, light pineapple/tropical fruit/mango), and with nothing resembling so much as the slightest American West Coast hop profile -- maybe a hit of Cascades and another, gentler hop for bitterness, but both are rather buried beneath the copious fruit notes. The nose here actually reminds me of the Southern Star Pine Belt Pale, so I'm guessing there's more than one shared ingredient (malt and/or hop).

Slightly-sweet, smooth and tongue-coating on the first sip, this one is as light and almost delicate as I remember it being. Nice dry, bready/biscuit malt character going on here, but the mouthfeel just won't quit! As such, it drinks bigger than the listed ABV, even despite bearing a minimal alcohol profile.

Highly drinkable, and biscuit malts and dry character linger --much less any real bitterness-- but Bombshell strikes me as an excellent food beer, and as an easy go-to for someone who's looking for something easier-going than a hoppy Pale or an assertive Pils.

Definitely worth a Tick or a Trade -- Hattip to Crusian for the cans! : )

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Photo of profholt82
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep gold, with moderate, dense white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating; the carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Somewhat sweet a bit like honey, with grassy and lesser grapefruit rind notes.

Taste: Quite malty, the opening of the test is like fresh-baked bread drizzled with honey. As the taste progresses, there are floral hop notes, and towards the close, some mild medicinal hops. The taste finishes rather cleanly.

Mouth fee: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, refreshing summer beer, very well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Chimay chalice.

Presentation

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a typical golden color with less than a finger of light head. The head leaves very minimal lacing, and quickly dissipates to a very thin ring. The beer is very cloudy, particularly when held to light.

S - Only feint smells, first of caramel and malt, followed by light hops in the background.

T - Taste is a bit stronger than the smell. This is very malty, with hints of honey tropical fruit. It is void of hops up until the finish, which provides a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Creamier than the typical APA, and heavily carbonated.

This is a solid summer beer. I would have liked it to have more hops to balance the flavor.

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Photo of sirhc3034
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of OhhhKevin_G
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect from a Texas Blonde ale, but this one pours a slightly hazed honey golden hue with a bright white head. Aroma is pretty mellow layers of grassy herbal hops and sweet honey drizzled bread notes. Flavors more grassy herbal hops lending a slight bitterness with a nice honey dipped breadiness full all grain malts going on. No rough offness just a clean drinkable golden ale. Satisfying maltiness and even carbonation with a light to medium body straight from the can into my favorite mug. Overall experience so far with these Texan canned beers have been nothing but positive, if you see them grab some especially fresh pale ale or any form of the Buried Hatchet Stout.

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Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info but just released so I know it's fresh. It was a cloudy light golden honey color. A few lazy carb streams and come sticky lace. It had a good sized off-white head that stuck around for awhile and settled into a thin film and collar.

The aroma was malty and sweet with really no hop presence. The taste followed the aroma. Crisp, clean and drinkable. Good session beer for hot days. Also probably a good BMC conversion beer. Mouthfeel had a bit too much carb.

Overall, a good beer that I mildly recommend if you can easily find it (especially if in a buddy's fridge). For me, it doesn't have enough flavor to warrant buying many unless on tap and limited choices or a friend has it.

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Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jeffaroo95
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Hazy dark gold/orange amber glass holds a half finger of tight white lace that clings to the sides of the glass.

S) Heady orange blossom citric floral blend with a mild yeast character.

T) Excellent balance, doesn't taste sweet or bitter, but has light hop flavors and a malty grainy finish. A little yeast flavor punches up the beer.

M) Medium heavy body is surprising given the mild tastes, lower carbonation helps.

D) Yep, keep them coming. I can see this being a staple canned beer setting beer; lake, pool, sun, yum. Really nice work, very clean and flavorful. Blonde beer done right.

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Photo of shoky01
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Basoos1
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 630 ratings