Barrio Tucson Blonde | Barrio Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrio Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
barriobrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
48
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of ConradKenney
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TAMU99
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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 CaptainFleeker
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of aknalley
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color, smells of bread. Biscuit and honey on the palate with some mild hop bitterness. Very refreshing blonde ale with more of a lager feel than I'd usually expect in a ABA, but delicious none the less.

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Photo of dbriesemeister
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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 thebeeler
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mrose78
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It wasn't a bad beer. Just not too memorable.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chubenzino
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Azpittil57
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rpm0003
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vero-Dave
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

crisp - low ABV making for a good sessioner

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Barrio Tucson Blonde from Barrio Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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