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Knockout Blonde | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,707
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
229
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Club. A tasty blonde, funk in the taste, a funky dirty blonde. Nice hops, piney and a little citrus. A sipper. Lace sheet.Complex and something I would have on a regular basis, as it would yield different flavour profile each time

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter fizzy but slightly fluffy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly with spotted lacing, over mostly clear slight chill hazed golden honey colored beer.

Nose has some light golden malts, hint of sweetness but seems mostly dry, a light aromatic toasty malt, but all light malt no crystal or anything more roasted. Then light spicy hops, a bit floral and hint grassy hop character. The aroma is pretty nice despite being on the lighter side.

Taste starts lighter as well but with a nice big malty kick, toasty cracked malt, with a hint of straw and very slight cracker, and a light creamy smooth but almost juicy malt character. The hops kick in fairly quickly as well, bringing slightly spicy, floral, and grassy hops, which turn pretty earthy quickly, and leave lots of hop oily tastes and feel, it has a slight fatty acid oil like taste. The bitterness starts light at first as the beer drowns it out, but as it moves towards the finish it gets a lot more bitter. The finish is quite bitter, it even hints at an astringent character since the beer itself is pretty light. Finish is dry, long spicy earthy hop character.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb, a little oily from the hops.

Overall pretty good. Mostly drinkable except the big bitter spicy earthy hop finish, and slight oily taste. Big hop character for a blond, but nice malts. The hops go a little overboard, but still tasty.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at The Warren Store. Batch 164, Bottle 24.

Pours a golden color with a hint of peach. There is a one-finger white head with some spotty lacing. The nose brings some grains and quite a bit of fresh hops. There is a bit of light Amarillo-like hops. Fresh and a bit of green hops. There are also some light pine and floral notes. Definite fresh hop flavor with some floral and herbal notes. Light to medium body and quite drinkable.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle says 5%, not 6.1%.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with no head until the very end. Small white head that leaves 3/4 coverage as it dies down. Quite a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell - Herbal hops. Gives it a saison aroma. Almost nothing by way of malt. A hop bomb of a light beer.

Taste - Herbal hops, pine, and everything else hoppy wonderful. Grainy malt comes through here. Strong bitter aftertaste. It's a bottle of hops. And it's really good.

Mouthfeel - It's a little strong on the bitterness, but it's really easy drinking. Well carbonated. Light and crisp.

Overall - The best session beer I've ever had, probably? I just had two Hill Farmstead blondes the other night and I'm fooling myself into thinking that blondes are all like this. Only in ABV is this a blonde. It's really like a super hoppy pale ale/ Really nice.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i found a blonde ale I liked! the style has always been my thorn in the side, but this i loved!

golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly,

Aroma was light, but nice and complex with light hops, Light notes of peach and light grain really come through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, and really let the light fruit notes pop,. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd who sent this one as an extra in our most recent trade.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a big, fizzy white head and some mild lacing.

S: This is a rather hoppy blonde ale, but it all seems to be European hops. Intensely floral and earthy with some mild spice and herb notes to it. A decent maltiness which provides some sweetness and a little bit of bread.

T: Herbal and floral hops provide a strong flavor initially and throughout the sip. Pale malts and a light bread character give the sweetness to the beer. Just a hint of bitterness is present on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

O: Definitely a different take on the blonde ale, and certainly for the better.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Served in a Lawson's Finest Liquids snifter. Classy. The beer appears crystal clear and light orange hued with an inch of foamy white head. The aroma is mild, offering a touch of hops, bready malts. The flavor brings notes of citrus, followed by sourdough bread and a bitter hop finish. Light bodied and flavorful. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. It pours a mildly hazy goldenrod topped by a finger-and-a-half of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, mild brett-like funk, light wheat, and a smidgen of bold banana. A strong whiff of lemon zest wafts up as the beer warms. The taste holds notes of waxy lemon rind, light brett-ish funk, dirt, and a vague but sharp bitterness that pervades the finish and malingers a bit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I found the odd bitterness to be too much to overcome here, especially considering the style. Not my cup o' tea.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lawson's becher pint glass (because it is a blonde ale and I'm treating it as one).
The appearance was a semi-thick hazy burnt blonde to murky orange color with a thick finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that softly dissipated to leave some clingy foamy lace.
The aroma had a fantastic blend of sweet to bitter pine up front playing with an underscore of citrus rind trying to pull in a little bit of bitter pulp. Malts play nicely. Some oily to grassy hop tones are ever so slight underneath.
The flavor leaned into the bitterness initially and ended up pulling in a nice sweetness from a blend of the citrusy to piney hops playing nicely with the malts. Nice smooth aftertaste of the citrus and piney hops, with that Sean Lawson-esque oily imparting that I expect from his bottled beers.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV says 5% on the bottle, so I'm not exactly sure if he changed up the recipe recently, still, I'll leave this here until I find further evidence that this is a newer beer. And yes, the ABV does feel at least between the 5% to possibuly 6.10%.
Overall, as a blonde ale by Sean Lawson, this is one I can expect by him, perhaps a bit different than one of it's normal style showcasing a bit more hops. I'm thinking IPA fans might like this one a lot.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of aasher
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson. Thanks Adam!

Knockout Blonde pours a light bodied, bright honey gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It looks great. The nose is pretty bland and average for the style, just pale malts and honey. The flavors are somewhat dry and bitter. It features pale malt, an ever so slight touch of honey, and a prominent bitterness perhaps from the hops. That said, it certainly isn't hoppy. It drinks light and dry and is really a pretty mellow beer. I wouldn't necessarily buy this if I saw it but it wouldn't be a bad beer to open after a hot day ate pool or in the yard.

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Huge thanks to stowehop for picking this up for me. Batch #130, Bottle #90. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of eggshell foam. Rings of lace remain after the head settles to a thick ring and some patchy haze. The body is a hazed apricot orange color.

S - Smells like a hoppy blonde ale - orange citrus, and a touch of noble hop spice, overlaid on a toffee and honey malt backbone. Maybe a touch of fruity yeast character too.

T - I like the taste better, as it has less of the zest and more of the hop juiciness in the flavor, and bitterness in the aftertaste. The malt character ties things together, but never gets to heavy - which is what I want from this style of beer. More of a 4.25, but I was generous elsewhere I guess.

M - Light-medium body, with low but active carbonation. Pretty smooth texture, and quite refreshing.

D - This is a superb session beer - I'd love to have it again some time.

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Knockout Blonde from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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