20:20 Blonde Ale | Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
20:20 blonde ale is created for those captivated by a radiant sunset descending behind its mountainous curtain. The clarity and light malt body of 20:20 are found between a crisp, hoppy introduction of Mount Hood Hops and a lingering Simcoe hops finish. Like the spectacle that is dusk, this symphony of tastes will leave a lasting impression.

Added by Todd on 05-04-2008

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Indigo in Lynnwood.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a very light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is minimal due to pour.

Smell: mild sweet malt aroma with a hint of floral character. Mild but enticing.

Taste: nice malt flavor; pretty robust for a beer with this low of an ABV. Hops are lightly citrusy, providing a mild but refreshing bitterness. I like it!

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good level of carbonation. Nicely creamy!

Overall: a tasty and refreshing session beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sjdavis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hi-Life in Ballard. Served in classic pint.

A--Attractive golden color, tiny bit of head that dissipated immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S--Pleasant floral aroma. A tinge of vanilla.

T--Malty with a bit of delicate (read not at all bitter) hops in the finish. While the flavor was fine and fully consistent with the style, the beer could be improved by amping up the hops a bit and perhaps the strength, too. As it is, it's a solid but unremarkable blonde.

D--Very easy to drink. Thirst-quenching, a good beer to drink on a hot summer afternoon. I'd guess the abv is in the neighborhood of 6.5%.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes.) Poured a pale straw yellow with just a bit of fluffy white head. Pleasantly surprised by a nice hop presence in the aroma along with some light honey sweetness.

Well-carbonated with a relatively light mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with the sweet malt typical of blonde ales and a really nice hoppy finish with floral and citrus notes.

Extremely drinkable -- would definitely have it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red Hot Tacoma

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Honey, floral and hops

T: Starts with a sweet honey and hops element which then develops into a floral, citrus, bittering and dry hop taste from the SImcoe

M: Floral, dry, clean and good. This blonde was a bit hoppy for the style but very good nevertheless

D: Yup, I would drink again for sure

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to joel for being a sweetheart and letting a quadret of fools into his place to taste before leaving.

the first beer he poured us was this baby. i don't have much respect for this style, but this was the finest blonde i've ever had. he even apologized for it not being super fresh, because when its fresh the simcoe (trademark) finisher just pops. as it is, that grapefruity anger was a remarkable assault from such an unassuming cutesy. i was thinking of asking her on a date but i took a sniff and stuttered. thinking it best not to become intoxicated on her perfume, i quickly quaffed it, and put her out of sight. but certainly not out of mind. now i know.

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Photo of KJH
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at FX McCrory's.

Definitely appears to be a blonde based on color but the aroma lets you know that some aroma hops are present.

Someone with me asked if I was drinking apple juice (based on the schooner I had in my hand) and this may have affected my tasting since I detected some fruity, possibly apple, flavors late in the taste. initially this comes off as a great blonde, then some faint citrus hops and that vague apple flavor appear and linger. Very strange.

This is drinkable but "different" in my opinion. Different can be either good or bad based on your point of view but I'd drink another one.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intrusive yeast tangs tend to chase me away in favor of straighter malt'n'hops lines. For this reason I didn't relish 20:20 as the kind of easy drinking, light bodied ale I'd return to for casual enjoyment on a regular basis.

But putting aside my personal preferences, if you like broad yeast expressions and flat, weighted bittering in a pale or blonde ale, this might be your ticket. 20:20 has a buff, rocky head, a modestly hazed, corn-yellow body, strong carbonation, and no shortage of character. And unlike most blondes that take their names from the Random House Dictionary of Bimbo Synonyms, 20:20 is named for the clear skies of spring that inspire one's appreciation of nature and your corresponding inner beauty. Worth trying. Just be prepared for the tang.

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Photo of Texwild
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two Beers 20:20 Blonde redefined the category for me. Normally a fan of strong IPAs, unique saisons, sours and the like, I shy away from blonde ales. However, I was persuaded by a waitress one day to try the 20:20 and was greeted with a wonderful malt nose that led to a complex hop adventure (for a blond ale) on the palate and carried by what seemed to me to be some kind of belgian style yeast. Wow. Decent lace left on the glass as the beer descended the pint glass. Blondes can really have some fun. I ordered another to explore the yeast and malt of this tasty brew and finished intrigued (Simcoe hops are used but express themselves in a subtle way that surprised me). I plan on seeking them out again. This brewery is moving to a larger space (I think they were brewing on a 1 BBL system for awhile) and opening soon for tastings. Worth asking for at your local pub when you're in Seattle.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, medium straw color. Less than an inch of bright white head that had decent retention and left a surprising amount of sticky lacing.

A neutral aroma doesn't have any outstanding characteristics, just subtle malt and hop notes. Blonde ales aren't generally known as flavor bombs, they're kind of training wheel beers for those expanding their horizons, but this was a pleasant surprise. Well balanced with predominately malt flavors, just a touch of hop zing keeps this beer interesting.

The body is typical for the style, light enough to not scare anyone away but solid enough to not offend us beer geeks. Nicely drinkable, this would be an acceptable companion for an afternoon of yardwork. If you're in the Seattle area, give it a shot.

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20:20 Blonde Ale from Two Beers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 14 ratings