Knotty Blonde | Three Creeks Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SurlyDuff on 07-24-2008

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by kickerofelves:
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Sisters.
Hazy light and pale golden with a limited head and very little lacing.

Flavor: good balance of fruity hops and malts that lent a light biscuit character. Hints of banana and light spicing.

Feel: thin body with appropriate crisp carbonation.

O: refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is honey and grains.
The taste is fairly sweet with enough bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp.
Not too bad.

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Photo of ilikepaleale
2.44/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I just sucked down two of these followed by a Miller Lite. ( I drink way too much so periodically I like to give my liver a break from stuff like Devil's Milk at 12% ABV). These two beers are nearly identical in taste with the Miller being more (too) carbonated, but this having a better mouth-feel/after taste. Not sure it's worth the extra $2.50 per six-pack over the Miller Lite though.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma is grainy with light grassy hops and a bit of skunk (unexpected from a brown bottle, but purchased at a brightly lit store, so maybe bad storage). Flavor is sweet bready malt and grassy hops with a hint of citrus, finishing with dry grain and light grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied. The malt body is reminiscent of the sweet blandness of adjunct lagers, although there is a hint of biscuit and bit more aggressive hopping here. I'm not getting much blonde ale character, more like a hybrid between an adjunct lager and a domestic pilsner (in the slight biscuit element and hops). Not much here to bring me back. This was the only apparent craft beer at a small town store in the boonies of Oregon and I guess it was their choice for craft for a clientele that expects macro beers. It is a bit more exciting than those. I wish I could have tried a more substantial beer for my first one from this brewery.

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Photo of ScottishStoutMan
2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer seemed to fall off the further I got into it. Unimpressed from the off by the lack of any dating or description on the label (just a personal pet peeve of mine) Poured straight down the center, although not aggressively, which produced a LOT of carbonation, but only a quarter to half finger of head, which dissipated quickly. Has about the same light-golden colour as a PBR or macro lager. The aroma of this beer is actually quite pleasant, mostly consisting of barley, grain, other floral/grassy smells, and grapefruit.

The beer has a pretty minimal linger on the tongue, mostly the taste is of hops, grass/grain, and a spicy taste on the back of the tongue. The carbonation is a major downer for this beer, as I am halfway into a 22 oz. bottle and already feeling a bit bloated by it, though that could be due to having the beer along with a meal. Overall, this could be a decent session beer, but it is very unimaginative with its flavoring and hop presence. This is the first beer brewed in Oregon that I've been disappointed with.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their go-to beer for the macro crowd. Yellow golden pale, with a decent soapy frothy head that hung around for a while.

Sweet almost corn husk and honey sweetness in the aroma. Not really bad, just kind of mild and bland.

Taste is right there alongside the aroma. I'm getting some macro flavors, some light corn and some dry wheat. A bit crisper and drier than the sweet aroma led me towards. It's got enough body for the style, and I would consider it a good drinkable blonde.

Overall, it does it's job. It keeps the macro-zombie crowd appeased, and since it doesnt look like the brewery sells anything other than their own brews, it fills the space for the token generic pale macro-ish beer just perfectly.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Roths Sunnyside market in deepest S.Salem. $3.99 Nice sunshine yellow beer with a good sized frothy,thick white head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma..lager/pils hop style,then some hay and fruit. Light airy,fruity taste..some hops underneath. Slightly wheaty. actually nice. Pretty nice on the tongue..goes down smooth. Overall nice low alcohol, session brew.

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Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.4/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WertMaker
1.27/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Ordered this in a taster set at the brewery in Sisters, 6/16/2015. This selection arrived, granted in a taster glass, here are my observations.

The beer arrived with literally no head, very light straw, nearly appeared like a pear cizer in color, but with so much haze I nearly expected a Hefe character. that wasn't the case

There was little to no hop note, as expected for a blond. the beer had little to no body and was nearly watery.

There was however a noticeable yeast ester which dominated the taste profile.

Not impressive...

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kkenagy
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harrymel
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at brewery

Light grain color with little foam. Crystal clear. Smells clean with grain and some hay pretty simple nose up front. Flavor is simple, crisp light malts with just a hint of yeast character; not bad at all. Thin with hi carbonation and an off dry finish. Seems decent for a session.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of Stevedore
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant ale with a light malty finish. Refreshing, but not exceptional. Definitely worth the $2.99 (22oz.) I paid.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's always a risk involved in ordering a blonde ale. The style should be both flavorful yet restrained, and experience tells me that many, if not most brewers don't appreciate that this style rocks or rolls on its yeast. Everyone talks malts and hops, and naturally, these are helpful. But on a beer of such modest design, yeasts deliver the goods. If the yeast is too tangy or more acclimated to higher gravities, it will overshadow the malts and change the tune of a blonde from a waltz beer into funk city.

But blondes are always an impulsive choice for a lunch beer with me when I'm looking for refreshment with minimal distraction from alcohol. Knotty Blonde steps forward here with a taste that's engaging but not overblown. It is Bud-yellow color though hazed and offers just one confused bubble rising upwards at a time to a headless rim. If there's a difference between flat and undercarbonated, I'd call this undercarbonated, though perhaps that's charitable. The smell is like fresh water with a grain of sugar and the mouthfeel is routine. Based on these criteria Knotty Blonde's most immediate impression tags it as somewhat generic.

But the flavor works nicely. The yeasts do add an appropriate tang, but are no more charismatic than they are clean. Malts are low-key and modestly sweet in the finish, while hops are strictly for bittering balance. The combined effect delivers an ideal structure whose taste is endearing as a lunch beer or otherwise.

Still, the beer's under-carbonation and absent lather are deficits too obvious to ignore, so I'm scoring low for now. But with a bit more zest this one could move upwards through the ranks.

Footnote - I scribbled in my tasting notes an educated guess that perhaps the yeast used here was Wy'east 1056. The next day I interviewed the brewer and confirmed that indeed, Knotty Blonde is fermented with Wy'east 1056. Score!

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