Hold The Spoon | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Blonde Ale brewed with lactose, cocao nibs, peanut flower, and salt added.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden-amber with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention, certainly doesn't look like a blonde ale

S- sweet milky lactose up front, along with light notes of peanut, vanilla, honey & sweet bread

T- sweet and malty up front, with notes vanilla, milky cream, marshmallow. Mid-palate tries to bring out the other adjuncts, but they're hidden pretty well. There's a bit of a white chocolate notes, but the peanut is pretty faint. The finish is sweet with some vanilla and malty sweetness on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a thick and viscous finish, abv hidden well

O- a cool concept, I wish the adjuncts would have come through more.

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Photo of IKR
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with a generous-sized thick light beige head which slowly subsided. A good looking beer.

Smell: Mild bready aromas is all I get in the nose.

Taste: I pick up some undefined sweet notes with some very mild bready malt notes. The flavor elements just meld together with none of the advertised adjuncts noticeable to me. the beer finishes on a slightly sweet note.

Mouth-feel: on the lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly generous level of carbonation. The beer has sufficient heft to it's body.

Overall: The beer comes off sweet like ice cream but it's a beer where the sweetness is generic and not defined. not a bad beer but I wonder what if it had been free of adjuncts and just presented as a straight blonde ale.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The thick, foamy, two finger head stays around for a long time and leaves some lacing in small patches. It's a clear, bright amber color.

Smell: There's some sweeter notes of malt, vanilla extract and refined sugar followed by more earthy and musty scents of cocoa and peanuts. A faint alcohol note shows in the background as the beer warms.

Taste: There's some milk chocolate and malty sweetness and then a salted peanut flavor takes over; but the strong, sticky sweetness doesn't go away. The aftertaste is quite boozy and lingers for a long time with a distinct raw cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, rich, smooth and very creamy with medium-low carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying.

Overall: It shines in some respects like looks and texture but the taste just doesn't live up to everything else. This would have been better as a softer, more delicate brew. Not exactly ice cream in a can as advertised but still a good beer overall.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: March 23, 2019
Consumed: March 28, 2019
Reviewed as: American Blonde Ale
Misc.: Packaged on March 1, 2019

Saw this for the first time in stores and picked it up right away. Can called for, “I scream! You scream! We all scream for…beer. Inspired by our undying love of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. This imperial blonde ale is rich and creamy with hints of peanut, cacao and salt. Hold the spoon. We’ll take ours in a can.” Never heard of that ice cream, but was really looking forward to it.

Poured an amber-to-copper clear color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Slow moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glasses. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled vanilla, creamy peanut butter, chocolate ice cream, cacao, chocolate syrup, marshmallow and walnuts. Not much more from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted almost as good as the nose. Definitely got that ice cream feel. Got vanilla, marshmallow, Rocky Road, chocolate, creamy peanut butter, cacao, chocolate syrup and walnut. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Really good. Right up my alley. Can’t wait to have it again. (Overall - 4.25)

4.18 | 93 | A-

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Hold The Spoon from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 13 ratings