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Redhook BlondeRedhook Blonde

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Redhook Blonde combines the best attributes of a flavorful golden ale with the refreshing qualities of a lager. The ale is brewed with three different malts and two hop varietals. Lightly roasted barley and a touch of wheat, combined with an ample portion of hops, creates a truly crowd pleasing beer.

24 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998

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Photo of swihart
4.48/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated 050905 and it's been in my cupboard since last Aug. or Sept. (Cupboard is dark and cool at all times.) Aroma is disctinctly nice light malty, can't smell hops but my smeller is bad and it's a bit colder than it should be, and it's not supposed to have much anyway. Color medium gold. Bottle conditioned, slight floaties are just fine. Flavor -- nice balance, on the malt side. Very slightly fruity, just enough hops to balance but not enough to notice. All things delicate and well balanced. Mouthfeel is pleasant, body but lightness and a dry finish. Overall impression is good, drinkability is dangerous. (It seems to have less alcohol than it does.)

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.37/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I wasn't expecting to like this beer. I'm not a big fan of blondes in general (the beer, that is) and my low expectations for Redhook's Slim Chance Light Ale were borne out in tragic abundance. But Redhook's Blonde is a delightfully simple yellow-gold ale of crystalline clarity with a sensual aroma of biscuit dough. There is a wisdom to its uncluttered taste and clean finish that is too often absent in beers of similar design. Yet despite its visual clarity and clean drinking lines, the beer does not lack for flavor. It delivers a simple yet pleasing balance of bready malts and targeted bittering that works far better than most beers of this sort, making it absolutely perfect for casual outdoors recreation.

I drank a pint of Blonde on the patio at Redhook's Woodinville brewery where the beer may have enjoyed a greater presentation than it does in its ubiquitous six-pack form. But it's tragic that Redhook is now phasing out the Blonde in favor of the poorly conceived Slim Chance Light Ale. That's a big mistake in my view.

Low intensity, high refreshment, and unexpected character.

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Photo of supercolter
4.32/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is decent some good head, but fades quickly. Smell is delicious some pear and banana, sweet malt, and candy.
Taste is really similar to the smell, with a bit more malt backbone, very sweet though.
Mouthfeel is very good, thicker than expected.
Drinkability is only slighty inhibitied by the over sweetness.

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Photo of SargeC
4.31/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Honey-gold with a golden accented white head.

Smell: Clean malt with a decent hop presence.

Taste: Fresh bread start transitions to fruit flavors that feature the pear. Crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Liquid lingers to help enhance the flavor.

Drinkability: Easy drinking session ale.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew hits the glass with a nice citrus deep yellow color. A foamy white head rises from the bubbly bounty under it. A nice Saaz aroma pertrudes from the Klages and munich malts giving it a non-offensive invite to the beginner. To the veteran brew mizer, the complex combination of malt and hop without creating any off flavors, grants immediate respect to it's creator. Overall, a well-liked ale with some lager tendencies.

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Photo of rabsten
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 05-01-06. Cloudy blonde (duh) with good carbonation, thick, clingly head.

Malt-y aroma with clean hoppiness underneath. Promising.

Clean, refreshing, crisp....all of the BMC macro cliches come to mind, but in a good way. This ale tastes like what the marketers for the big three would have us belive thier macro-swill does. Solid malt base supporting a nice, crisp hoippiness. Well balanced. Very nice.

Clean on the palate with a refreshing carbonation bite. Very good beer for the summer months. Fine, drinkable beer.

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Photo of maddamish
4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at buffalo wild wings in knoxville.

Golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Strawberry and hop notes in the nose as well as in the tasting. Strawberries were the main feature of this brew and it was a bit of a suprise of how well it blended in with the rest of the beer. Although it is tasty it is a bit one noted as well but the flavor never tastes artificial like some flavored blondes.

My friend who normally does not like beer was estatic about this one. This is a good cross over beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.17/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Small head, golden color, and some head.

smell - Has a malt smell to it and light hops.

taste - More on the malt side here, but not like a malt beer. It is a hop/malt beer. Nice balance.

mouthfeel - Light body

drinkability - i enjoyed this beer. Very interesting taste. Nice summer beer.

4-13-08: Drank this from tap, easy drinking beer

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.09/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orange yellow color and is super clear. seeing the world through a pissy filter as i stare through the glass. cool. bubbly. crisp. flowery sweet smell. what a fresh taste.. honey notes are obvious and vanilla a little less so. hop kick in the back end.. surprising but welcome. mild though, no complaints here. finishes dry.. overall refreshing. puts hooker blonde to the test, fo real.

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Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Red Hook Blonde Ale--12 oz. Bottle. 1998 Release. 5.00% ABV. 1999 Delicious, Thirst Quenching Release. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright rich golden color. Light delicate hoppy front. Rich lightly sweet caramel fruit body with light wheat flavor. Pours thick and has good texture. Tingly sweet balanced finish. Sampled 5/11/1999.

2000 Delicious, Thirst Quenching Release. 5.40% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear bright light golden color. Floral wheat hop front. Lightly toasted mild malt body with hint of wheat spiciness is smooth and tasty. Ends clean with light hop flavor. Wheat floral bouquet in malt. Sampled 6/11/2000.

2001 Delicious, Thirst Quenching Release. 5.40% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Mild floral hop front hints of maltiness. Crisp mild biscuit golden ale body mixes earthy sweet notes. Light fruit tang from wheat. Balanced hop spice citrus end. Rich. Sampled 5/20/2001.

2001 Delicious, Thirst Quenching 22 oz. Bottle Release. 5.40% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright golden color. Mild floral hop front. Lacy creamy white head. Crisp tasty body with hint of wheat spiciness and buttery light sweet caramel bisquit flavor. Clean refreshing mild hop end. Sampled 11/25/2001

2002 Bold BLONDE Release. 5.40% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright golden color. Light wheat floral hop front. Lacy white head. No sediment. Crisp tasty slightly tangy crystal malt wheat body. Light sweetness. Clean light citrus mild hop wheat spice end. Sampled 4/9/2002.

2003-A Delicious, Thirst Quenching--Old Logo Release. 5.77% ABV--24.3 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Thin light lace. Floral mild wheat spice hop front. Tangy crisp mild wheat light dry sweet butter banana fruit body. Clean dry light citrus hop end. Refreshing. Sampled 8/18/2003 .

2003-B Delicious, Thirst Quenching--New Style Logo Release. 5.77% ABV--24.3 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear thin bright golden color. Light lace head. Mild floral wheat coriander hop front. Crisp tasty dry sweet mild wheat Pils butterscotch caramel body. Dry mild citrus hop end. Easy. Refreshing. Sampled 8/20/2003. .

2005 New Block Graphic--Longneck Logo Bottle Release. 5.41% ABV--18.3 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Blonde Ale--Wheat. Mild lacy head. Clear bright golden color. Mild hop wheat spice front. Crisp tangy Pils Ale caramel wheat ester mild doughy fruity body. Quenching Quaffable clean citrus mild hop end. Mellow spiciness. Sampled 5/26/2005.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--BLONDE Golden Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale. No sediment. Thin mild lace white head. Pretty enticing clear bright rich gold color. Delicate flowery mild hop light fruit ester front. Thin bodied mild sweet light caramel wheat doughy fruit hint refreshing body. Clean mild hop crisp citrus hint end. Well Made! Sampled 7/11/2010. 6-Pack $8.49.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a very clear pale golden color(I guess its blonde). Very minimal head, that leaves a flowy white bubbly lace. The bottle had the bottled date etched on front label.

S: Sweet nutty malts, and a very subtle grassy hops. The smell was clean and refreshing.

T:Sweet round malts comprise the body, but there is a hint of hops on the tip of the tounge as well as right before the finish. The finish was a slightly nutty bitter sweetness.

M/D: It has a medium-light body with almost high carbonation. Pretty much what I was expecting, easy drinking, sessionable, and refreshing.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Clear gold color, medium, fast falling head. Lemon citrus hops in the nose. Taste is dominated by a strong malt presence, with some sour hops accompaniament, A fairly big beer, for being a redhook. Wheat graininess present. Well carbonated, and refreshing, just like the bottle says.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another good beer that makes no since to me. Everything about it is average, except the taste, which is pretty good, but it's so damn drinkable. Maybe it's a break from all those heavy brews or something. Anyways, it's got a well balanced taste of malts and hops, mixed with wheat. There's no real overbearing taste that is in charge, but I guess that makes it good. I will say though, that it is just like a heavier version of a cheaper brew. One thing for sure is that it is quite creamy.

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Photo of berserker256
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Decent white head that fizzes out somewhat quickly. Smells like a beer that's not trying to be something other than a beer. No stupid fruity odors. No excessive hoppyness. Just a pleasant somewhat sweet aroma. If this beer was a breakfast cereal it would be Golden Grahams. Nice amount of carbonation and texture. This is a quite drinkable brew. I like it.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow, firm white head with nice lacing, slight cloud
Smell: A little faint on the malt, but the buttery smell was obvious
Taste: crisp, subtle profile, buttery taste kicks in late, clean, dry finish, hop bitterness is downplayed
Mouthfeel: light on the tongue, yet pleasant and not superficial at all.
Drinkability: excellent warm weather quaffer that is right on the money for type
Strong example of the lightest ale style. Good "initiation" ale

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/26/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light blonde colored brew with a large foamy white head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Slight yeasty must scent, a bit citrus rind as well.

Taste- Light hoppy kick, sweeter pale malt base, nice amount of lemon and other citrus flavors. Pretty grainy. Almost like a pale ale-pils combo.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy, fuller mouthfeel and average carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable blonde ale. Had this one right before bed. Cooled me down with this hot weather we are having. Smooth, crisp and tasty. Very much a nice session ale.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden in color with a white head that disapates quickly. Smell and taste pretty much the same of sweet malt with a good crispness to it with a healthly carbonation. Having a light mouthfeel This is a simple ale and a good choice for the warmer months when looking for something refreshing.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, wheat malt, and "several lighter caramel malts from Belgium". Hopped with Saaz.
7.0 SRM, 18.3 IBU, 5.41% ABV, OG=1.050.

Very lightly hazy dark golden with yellow accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma of Europils...some grassy pale malts, weak grassy hops, some hay...not much there...clean ferment. Mouthfeel is bright with a medium-light smooth body. Taste begins with some mildly spicy distinctly Saaz hops, followed by a touch of butter, some grass and freshly mown hay, and ending in a mild herbal bitterness with touches of vanilla. Aftertaste is watery and clean with a very light wheat husk astringency. No off flavors, no perceptable alcohol.

Actually, this is pretty good for the style. Easy to drink with enough substance to maintain my interest...better than most blondes at brewpubs. This would be a good session brew for hanging with friends and shooting the shit.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice distinct label on a 12oz short twist-off bottle. Description of the style and "A compelling endorsement may convince us to feature you in an ad." adorns the label. How bloody cheesy.

Appearance: Light golden with a healthy head that appears to retain. Odd that it does so more than their Hefe?

Smell: Slightly lagerish in aroma with mild aged hops in the back.

Taste: Loads of malt flavour for a light ale, some citrus and a heavy dose of diacetyl (like butter, and there is a bit of cooked veggies as well). The small use of wheat is apparent and helps to lighten and dry it up at the end.

Notes: Quite complex for a light beer. Much different from our bright tank samples at the brewery which were less stripped and fuller -- none the less very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another "summer quaffer." A little tart at first, but then the malt kicks in to mellow things out a bit. Slightly citric and a little thin, but not too much so. Faint impression of melon in the background. Nothing special, but quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of karengarys
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says "refreshing", and, well, it is. Not much of a red hook fan, I was pleasently surprised by this one.

This came straight from the 'fridge, opened cold. It pours crystal clear amber, with fairly large bubbles that leaves no head. Though it does not look bad, it doesn't have much character sitting here in my glass viewing it across the table either, as would a fountian soda.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and it does attract me.

The flavor is quite good - the hops are not overpowering as I would have expected, and it has a balanced sweetness that makes this a very very drinkable beer.

It has a somewhat thin body, which is fine in the summer.

I can't name the spice flavor it has on the way out, but it has a nice enjoyable finish, that dissapears nicely. There is very very litte bitter aftertaste with this - almost none at all.

It seems best to drink this beer fairly fast for as it warms it loses the mouthfeel and flavor and drinkability. That should be no problem though - I usually savor a beer but with this I noticed the glass was empty before I knew it.

If you are looking for "refreshing", then I'd recommend giving this a try. It doesn't have tons of character, but that is probably part of what makes it so easy to drink it - it just goes down.

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Photo of mynie
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light and unimpressive. No head. Nothing. By "blonde" they mean *blonde*.

Odor: diacetyl diacetyl diacetyl. How much yeast can you fit into an odor? A lot, actually, and when balanced by a hint of malt it's actually quite nice.

Tastes sweet like bread yeast, nice but not complicated. There's a slight chemical aftertaste that some might not like all that much, but it grows on you after a few sips.

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Photo of jakester
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case I bought at The Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date clearly marked on the case, and born on date clearly marked on the bottle. YAY!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a light orange tint. A 1/2 finger head of just off-white bubbles forms, then quickly drops to islands and a ring, with minimal splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is thin, light, pale malt, a very slight hint of caramel, a nice little touch of spicy hops, and very muted fruitiness. For what it is, it's pretty good.

First flavor is maltiness, a little on the thin side, but to style. There is a decent level of hop bitterness to match the malt, and a definitely there spicy hop flavor. Granted, everything's muted, but it is very clean and to style. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and pleasant, with a detectable zing from hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body, with soft carbonation. Finish is surprisingly long and nice.

I really wonder how people would review this beer if they didn't know AB was involved. If one reviews this beer objectively and according to style, you should find it pretty good. It's a blonde ale, and well made. I would have this again, if offered.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy deep golden colored ale with a nice finger's worth of snow-white head. the head fades quickly leaving a white ring around the beer. Very inviting.

Aroma is a touch of earthy-sweet malt, some noble hop spice, maybe some crushed fruit as well. Nothing bold or complex, just there. I get a touch of the fruit (maybe unripened pear or apple) in the taste as well. This blends nicely with the slightly grainy malt and a touch of that hop spice. This is easy to drink and nice and tasty as well.

Some nice body in this ale, more than expected really. A fair amount of carbonation but still a nice smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer, not heavy or filling, and great flavor. I could do this whole six pack no problem.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Light, creamy white head that quickly fades leaving some sporadic lacing; only some of which really holds. Pale straw in color; bright and clear.

Honey malt sweetness with some very faint fruity esters. Not much else going on here.

Initial honey cream sweetness that gives way to biscuit and wheat flavors. A nice dryness in the aftertaste. The flavors are all very subtle; no overpowering flavors, but the hints of honey are pleasant.

Light on the palate. A bit grainy, but balanced well regarding the sweetness of the malt and the wheat.

Very drinkable; refreshing and light. I'd probably get tired of drinking this all night, but it's a decent tasting blonde.

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