1488 Blonde Ale | Tullibardine Distillery

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1488 Blonde Ale1488 Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Tullibardine Distillery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 06-26-2009

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by Shadman:
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3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably the last beer @ trackside I haven't tried yet.

Good EPA look to it. Light golden colour, rich tan head and tons of lacing. Tends to have a bit of a chill haze if poured cold.

Vanilla from the oak and sweet toffee. Some grassy herbal notes with a bit of lemon rind.

Interesting tsate. That can be good and bad. I'm guessing this might be a less than fresh bottle becuase there is a citric sourness that seems to dominate the front end of the sample. Nice contrast though after that intial disappointment between the toffee malts and an herbal bitterness. Vaniila oak and woodiness from the whiskey are apparent in the aftertaste.

For a light ABV I found the feel to be a lot fuller than expected.

Worth a try, but the $6.85/per bottle price tag puts this out of my sessioning area.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml slick, attractively labeled bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot colour, with two fingers of rocky, foamy off-white head, which leaves a thick wall of caked Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. Can't say that I've seen that before! It smells of ripe orchard fruit, candy sugar, pale malt, vanilla, and earthy hops. The taste is softly sweet caramel, grainy malt, woody vanilla, and herbal, floral hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the low side of middleweight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, an astringent, resinous woodiness predominating.

Nice to see a barrel-treated beer that is reserved in oak character, as well as in strength. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I was very impressed with the nearly 3 inch dense foamy head off the initial pour, which wasn't too hard at all. It eventually settled down to a layer sitting over the brew. It is a straight up golden color and appears to have some big carbonation to it. Nice sticky lacing clings to the side of my glass as well. The packaging is very bold and masculine looking, with a big "1488" stamped on the label, exemplifying the whiskey roots the beer comes from.

S- An oak aroma is noticeable right up front, perhaps a whiff of hops and a dry grainy smell is in the backround. There is just a hint of mellow vanilla/malt sweetness to help offset the stiffer aromas.

T- The taste is bold for a lighter ale, with wood and grains dominating the palate. I can taste the smooth single malt whiskey flavor towards the finish, which is balancing well to the mild spiced hop to end it off. It has a mild wood aftertaste, but overall it's fairly clean.

M- The carbonation is heavy with lots of zing on the palate. It's lighter bodied, but mellow.

D- Not bad at all and I'll probably get this again if I come across it. It's refreshing but with the right flavors to make you think about it's origins. A nice lightly oaked beer!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Transparent deep golden in colour, tall spongy white head that slowly settles.

Light grains, grassy, herbal hops and some vanilla and wood in the aroma. Rich toffee notes as it warms.

Quite complex flavour for a 4% abv ale. Crisp, dry grains at first. Woody, even a bit earthy in the middle. Dry, spicy light herbal hop finish, a bit of spice and wood lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated yet rounded as well.

A bit pricey for what it is, although enjoyable all the same, much more than what I was initially expecting, and worth picking up from time to time.

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Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another one I have tried at Beerfest, finally getting around to sampling a whole bottle of this locally available beer. 500ml brown bottle - pours clear, golden copper color, with a thick, tan head. Great retention and a pile of lacing.
Smell of a typical English Pale Ale, grassy and herbal hops, slight citrus kick. Some earthy, oak wood as well.
Caramel malt base, with leafy hop bite. Again a good EPA. Nice suprise with a finish of vanilla, oak barrel. Just enough note of whiskey from the barrel aging.
Good body and mouthfeel from a light (4%) beer.
A bit pricey for everyday, but might have again for a treat. Would love to do a side-by-side tasting with their Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mac1381
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

1488 Blonde Ale from Tullibardine Distillery
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