Bombshell Blonde | Southern Star Brewing Company

Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
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3.69 w/ 601 ratings
Bombshell BlondeBombshell Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by armock on 10-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,861
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
601
Liked:
334
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
13.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
177
Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of depechemode1983
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange. has a thick off-white head that lingers with high volume for a while and is gone in almost an instant..

S- In the nose there are notes of honey, chamomile, and dates and a slight undertone of banana. A very sweet nose with moderate bitterness from the hops.

T - Taste like bananas and honey and mild bitter hops with undertones of apple and sour strawberries. Lots of fruit flavors in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slick. Moderate carbonation and a soft feel.

O - As drinkable as it gets. Balanced taste, pleasing mouth feel, moderate ABV. A damn good session beer. Worthy of multiple purchases.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can a hazy orange color, making the "Clarity is overrated" claim from the can spot-on. More lasting head than I've ever seen from a blond ale, and it even leaves some lacing. Smell is particularly malty and bold for the style, almost like a brown ale; sweet, caramely, and delicious. Taste is loaded with malty, bready goodness, and I taste a bit of apricot and orange fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, also unique in a blond, and leaves my mouth a bit sticky. In comparison to other blonds I've had, Bombshell is imperial-like in appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel, but at 5% ABV, drinkability is excellent. Such a great beer at a very low price... and in cans!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. can as pictured.

A: Cloudy, golden amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves an abundance of lacing.

S: Very pleasantly mild citrus, malt and the faintest hint of hops in the background.

T&M: Amazingly smooth, medium bodied ale. Tasty citrus with a mild tanginess on the end.

Well-balanced hop and malt flavor is very drinkable. One of the best blonde ales I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of Wit123
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, very smooth, surprise this was so good. American Pale Ale and Vienna Malts. Available in bottle?

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Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. This beer is definitely unfiltered and opaque. "Clarity is overrated" is printed on the can and it couldn't be more right.

Smells of sweat carmel malt, yeast, biscuits, graham cracker and a little bit of citrus.

The taste is following the nose almost to the T with a little something extra that I think tastes like Nilla Wafers or a freshbaked cupcake with no icing. Its blowing up my taste buds and makes me happy that I have 5 more in the fridge. Has great depth and is VERY refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean with the perfect amount of carbonation to go with the body. Gives a very subtle drying after taste.

This blonde does it all without doing too much or trying to hard. Very refreshing and has a lot of depth to it. I cant wait to put a six pack in my cooler and go play a round of golf or go to the lake. Its a home run of a blonde for sure

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Photo of HelloLyn_Z
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden pour. White rocky head that fades into a thin lace. Smells of sweet pale malt. Faintly lemony, some floral smelling hops as well. Very inviting. Tastes of sweet malt tempered by a fair amount of bitter hops. Slightly bready, maybe even a little caramel. Grassy, floral hops make the beer fairly complex for the style. Medium amount of carbonation. The beer packs in a lot of flavor that you wouldn't expect from the style. Drinks very easy.

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Photo of Alxnmcc0723
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JessiL
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours with a slight haze. It is an unfiltered beer, so that is to be expected. The aroma is sweet/caramel. This is a full bodied beer that goes down nice and smooth. Although full bodied, this beer is not overly heavy, so you can drink it on a nice warm summer day or a nice winter's eve. Both would be enjoyable.

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Photo of frognot
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky burnt orange. The Eyes of Texas are Upon this Beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus

Taste: Smooth, light creamy citrus. Hops are faint.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. had my first tending the grill on a Texas August (i.e. quite warm) day. This definitely could be a session beer.

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Photo of mcfisty
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a murky orange with pillowy white head.

s= Smells of freshly crushed vienna malts and bread crust. Nice play between the malt and the yeast here.

F= Follows the aroma, faint spice from hops alongside the baked bread.

M= Is somewhat light but fluffy, nice play of carbonation.

D= Is out of sight. Could drink this all day and not get bored, which is rare for most texas blondes.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My original CAN review was lost recently so I feel fortunate to have another CAN in my inventory to re-review.

From the CAN: "Bombshell Blonde is brewed with American Pale and German Vienna malts that combine to give this ale its distinctive smooth, creamy body. Just enough hops are added to this rich golden-colored ale to perfectly balance its bready finish. It is non-filtered, non-pasteurized; no additives or preservatives are ever added to take away from its delicate taste. Whether enjoyed on the golf course, on the beach, or simply sitting at home, one sip from this bombshell will blow you away. Clarity is overrated. Break the circle - cut the plastic rings." The blonde riding the bombshell is reminiscent of Slim Pickens at the finale of "Dr. Strangelove". Ha!

Upon cracking open the CAN, head began to foam up, as though it could not wait to escape. Pretty dang full CAN as it turns out. My aggressive pour resulted in a foamy, soapy two fingers of ecru head with good retention. The color was a really cloudy, extra-hazy honey-golden shade. Nose was an interesting mix of grassy hops and biscuity/bready malt. Mouthfeel was somewhat full, almost creamy with that same grassy/bready admixture of flavors on the tongue that I noted on the nose. Wild! The finish gave way to the bready/biscuity flavor which was just fine. Man, I really liked this beer and could definitely see it filling my cooler in the summer.

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Photo of mmcary
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Houston, I am proud of the Texas craft brews we get, Shiner, Saint Arnold, Roar. All make serviceable brews, and in one instance, Saint Arnold Christmas ale, even exceptional. A recent discovery of mine is from Conroe and it is Southern Star. I am a big fan of the Pine Belt pale ale and just this weekend picked up the Bombshell Blonde ale.

A- First off the can is awesome, the artwork is simply great. The beer pours cloudy and is the color of hay, thin head and some lacing are left on the glass. You can tell this is un-filtered.

S- Smells bready and malty. Some spice and fruit come through as well.

T- This is the best part of this beer, it has a smooth taste, not too strong, not too light. A bready malty taste with some fruit, a little hop after bite. A really good summer beer, this hits the spot after some yard work in this humid area.

M- Very smooth again. It does not leave much aftertaste, some dryness is left, overall it is nice.

D- I could have several of these, very easy to drink, low ABV, but very flavorful.

Overall this is a great offering from Texas, anyone who enjoys Blondes should like this. I know it is slowly being distributed to other states, if you can not get this, drop me a line maybe we can trade!

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color. A small white head forms with good lace down the glass.
S: A sweet malty aroma. Kind of nondescript but enjoyable.
T: Fruity and sweet malt. Orange and lemon flavors. Not very complex, but it hits the spot. A slight hop twang as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Very creamy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

I had this at the Oktoberfest party. This and Real Ale are the two standards for the style IMO. Easy to drink, a good flavor, and not too heavy. Hard to beat on a hot day, or anytime.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, darker than a blond but lighter than an amber. It appears golden with a tinge of red. It produces a very small head, but it's dense enough to produce a nice lace. There's no noticeable carbonation. I get faint hints of cherry in the aroma. Nice balance between the malt, hops, and alcohol. A thicker mouthfeel than you would expect, a bit on the chewy side. Finish is also well balanced, with both sweet and bitter notes.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally arrived in this part of South Texas. $7.99 for a 6 pack.

A: Humongous, fluffy head billowing out of my pilsener glass. Hazy, unfiltered, tiny flecks of sediment swimming in the beer. There's some light scattered lacing, too.

S: Lot of honey on the nose, some nuttiness, buttered toast aromas, caramel. After a few deep sniffs there's some earthiness there, like today's grass clippings mixed with mud.

T: The malt is definitely the highlight here. Lots of honey, biscuit like flavors. Reminds me a lot of Fat Tire. Some citrus lingers in the background with some moderate grassy hops keeping the sweetness in check. Complex for a blonde ale!

M/D: This beer is a huge surprise. I was expecting something like Fireman's #4 which is a simple & drinkable ale, but this beer is way more complex tasting. The mouthfeel is the very definition of 'creamy' and begs for more sips.

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Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.6% out of 100 with 601 ratings
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