Barrio Tucson Blonde | Barrio Brewing Company

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Barrio Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.53%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A good starter beer for those that have only drank the mass produced suds. The blonde is a light, crisp beer with a slight malt flavor and just enough Czechoslovakian Saaz hops to balance the malt sweetness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 47
Photo of ClassicBlur04
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the many reasons I miss AZ. This blonde is perfect for the desert. Light and smooth. Just what you need with a great meal at the Barrio. Miss you Barrio!

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Usually drank on tap, but bought a can on sale at Plaza as part of a mix-a-six.

L - Pours a hazy, golden yellow with amber tinge. Slightly less than an inch head, goes away quick, leaves a light lacing.

S - Sweet malty biscuit, cereal grain, honey, some wet dog.

T - Characteristic of other blondes. Mostly biscuit malt and grain up front, some citrus fruit and honey, very little hops to finish but dry and smooth.

F - A little sticky out of the can. Still clean and refreshing for a blonde. Light to medium body with slight carbonation. Probably pours cleaner on tap.

O - I'll go with local over mass-produced when I see it on tap. This is a solid, light, balanced beer on tap. Out of the can, it's pretty good. Maybe the metallic characteristics seep into the beer throwing it off a bit. But a good attempt at a blonde ale in the southwest.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fast, explosive center-column of effervescence; a bit of floating sediment; good retention of its moderate (especially for a blonde) head, with a ton of lacing and a quite palatable sudsy quality in the mouthfeel. While somewhat soft, there's a nice grainy, slightly tilled-earth bouquet that lifts out of this blonde when decanted into a tulip-pint; it's matched by a slightly Saaz-flowery, slightly fruited-malt flavor-profile, that's smooth, actually pretty delicate, and very easy-drinking. There's good crispness, good lightness, but nonetheless solid depth for a blonde on the lighter, milder end of the spectrum. Though it's nothing about which to get overly romantic, it's definitely a "good starter beer" indeed.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this beer is getting rated so low. Draft @ Beyond Bread - Great beer for the pool or just relaxing. I though it was crisp, had a little sweetness and overall it was clean. Would not hesitate to grab but wouldn't go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

...I should probably stop thinking about opening this can of beer and just open it and move on to the beer:

Not really blonde in color, as it sits closer to a paler golden color, topped with an inch of thick creamy head which retains extremely well. Lacing rings around the glass and sticks around for awhile. The aroma is clean, light, but offers some kisses of crisp hops, a hint of cream ale sweetness, and vague grass. Flavor is light as expected, though it does offer wave after wave of little flavors to keep this beer interesting. The beer starts with a touch of grassy hops, then brings a slightly sweet shortcake note. A little diacetyl adds a buttery note which compliments in this case. It's a light bodied beer which feels a little heavier than its listed alcohol, with lower level of carbonation.

One of the better blonde ales that I've had to taste. Needless to say, this must be a great choice during one of the many 100+ F degree days in Tucson.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with some head. Scent mild hop with old beery smell. A light, bubbly very very pale beer with a hint of malt and hops. It distinctly lacks the "swill" character of the average light-ish mass beers. A good intro into the craft beer world, though not one of it's finer representatives.

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Photo of Shumania
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at Blanco Tacos in the Phoenix Airport. Good spot with a few local options if you are ever stuck here.

A: Pale yellow/orange color with some carbonation and little head.

S: Slight biscuit, but not much else there

T: Again with the biscuit, but then some under toned citrus and bitterness in the finish.

M: Very refreshing and easy to drink

This would be a very good easy drinking summer beer at a BBQ. Very straight forward and a OK offering.

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Photo of LuckyJohn
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Phoenix airport (with some fish tacos). It was exactly what it claimed to be: clean,crisp and balanced. To me, it was plenty flavorful for the style and was very enjoyable on its own, but was at its best when paired with food. Overall a well executed ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Noble Hops in Tucson. It's a clean blonde, but I was hoping this would be closer to Chelsea's Checker Cab Blonde, which has a nice clean bready character. This was clean, no flaws, but the barley and citrus hops were very mild. Yes, the beer was refreshing and not too light, but I'd have wanted more flavor.

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Barrio Tucson Blonde from Barrio Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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