Redhook Blonde | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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 Risser09
1.89/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Transparent, true golden colored beer yields a white, 1" bubbly head. The bubbles are various sizes, but there is no sign of carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very faint. Perhaps lemon-lime and some spiciness. Some flowers.

Taste: Weak. Sort of balanced but there really isn't an established flavor. There is hardly any noticable and flavorful sugars. Malts is the main flavor. This is poor.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe and slick. Kind of an unpleasant and meaty feeling in the back of your throat after swallowing.

Drinkability: Blah. This beer is hardly worth even trying. There are no outstanding characteristics to speak of and it's affiliated with Bud. Stop trying to pass this off as a microbrew. k thx bye

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Photo of drugsbunny
2.05/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This newly re-designed bottle of Redhook Blonde might as well be any basic macro in my opinion. Same color, taste, etc. Pours a fizzy yellow with a faint hint of fruity ale sweetness. But that seems to be the only distinguishing "ale" feature of this beer. Bland, boring macro taste, with no hop profile to speak of. So many other fine ales to choose at this price that Redhook beers aren't worth the time. Too bad.

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Photo of ReebShorts
2.09/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color, looks like a pils. Decent white head on pour, with some retention even after a couple of minutes.

Smells grainy, and slightly medicinal.

Not much here in the way of flavor, just an astriget, medicinal, buttery, mildewish grain taste. The one redeeming quality is the bite at the finish. It does finish crisp, and not much aftertaste.

This is very watery going down. Not Good, not recommended

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.22/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/28/2006 (Pint @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA):

Pours a body that is clear yellow in color, with a frothy head, small, malty, and effervescent. Light, watery, malty taste, light. Similar in many aspects to big brother beer. Not much else to say, kinda bland.

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Photo of argock
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle
Apperance: body: reasonable pleasing golden hue, head: minimal to nonexistent
Smell: can't say as there wasn't much of one
Taste: not much of a punch here, could pass as a macrocreation, mealy and not much to get excited about
Mouthfeel: nice balance of carbonation and heft
Drinkability: its harmlessness is offset by its relative vacuousness; I'm not sure I could describe this beer to you tomorrow it's so nondescript

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Photo of beernut7
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really a fan of golden ales to begin with, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. Nice clear goledn color adn foamy white head, biscuity aroma and flavor. maybe it was in the bottle too long, but it seemed the hops were off a bit. I think I'll try it at the brewery and see what's really happening here.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear golden color with a small white head the recedes within seconds. The aroma is thin, and malty. The taste is almost as thin as the smell, but not quite. There is a faint malt flavor, but nothing else. The mouthfeel is light bodied and over carbonated. The carbonation actually burns my tongue as I drink. Overall, this beer just isn't my thing. It might be appealing to the average macro drinker, as I am sure it is meant to be, but to a craft beer drinker this brew doesn't have enough of all things that make beer great.

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Photo of beertunes
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice honey gold color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

I could smell the skunk as I poured the beer. Under the skunk was a what was probably a very nice grain scent at one time. The taste was the same, this was probably a nice brew once, but when I got it, it was underwhelming.

The body was a bit thin for the style, yet managed to still be kinda sticky. Drinkability was decent, but below average for the style. Overall, if you're in the mood for this style, try a different example.

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Photo of goz
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is clear golden, small white head, very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, some banana and slight citrus. Flavor is very sweet, lots of banana and some other fruitiness. No reall hoppiness to note. Fairly thin and watery. Nothing in this brew that would make me go back for a second.

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Photo of bditty187
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Translucent golden hue, served with a small white head. Decent retention… it produced some specks of lace. Crisp nose with buttery hints… odd, and not very inviting. The invitation of the bouquet matched the palate perfectly (unfortunately), it had almost uncontrollable buttery diacetyl flavor. Distant hops, wheat-like malt backbone. Lackluster and almost offensive. Medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel. Did I get a bad sample? I’d like to try it out of a bottle, maybe. This wasn’t enjoyable at all…

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin film of white head a few big bubbles launching from the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of pale malt has a light noble hop aroma that is almost chemical without any depth. There is a faint dry grain and corn note in the background.

T- The taste of hop bitterness is all I get from the first sip. That flavor of dry corn hangs on the breath when I exhale. As it warms a bit there is a very light note of pale malt but it is hidden by the hops. The finish is pretty dry and crisp.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- This beer his light and crisp and has many lager qualities but it doesn't have the nice depth of malt and the hops are punch and bland.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Beer pours clear and golden in color with a white head that dissapears quickly.
S: Faint wheat smell and a citrus aroma that is fairly weak. Lightly toasted grains on the aromas end.
T: Light honey and toasted malt with a hint of grapefruit and spicy hops. Some metallic flavor almost like canned beer is off putting. Hops are light and not seemingly fresh.
M: Light body with crisp carbonation. Slick on the finish.
D: Would not recommend this one but it is drinkable. Not a stellar example of a blonde ale at all.

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Photo of SirSaranac
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this in a Redhook 12 pack sampler....

A- Almost no head... the slightest ammount of cloudiness... almost no carbonation.

S- Where's the aroma!?? Almost no scent... Faint malt that smells decent ... Boooo

T- Not a BAD taste... Just rather bland and uninteresting.

M- Light body... low carbonation

D- Eh.... I'd drink it if someone gave me the choice of this against a typical macro lager. Any other occasion, I'd probably pass.

Overall?... not much bad to say about the taste that is present, rather there's a lot of taste that is LACKING.

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Photo of biggmike
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden color with very little head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much aroma to speak of at all. Thin body with watery mouthfeel. Fairly pedestrian blonde ale that neither offends nor really satisfies, unfortunately. Much better than a macro-brew but what isnt? Bland.

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Photo of xav33
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Blonde Ale
12 oz bottle
Brewed 08/06, consumed 08/06
Medium pour in a pilsner glass

Poured a clear gold with a white fully diminishing 1/4 inch white head.

Smelt of light perfume and bread.

Taste was upfront sweet perfume followed by light bittersweet bread and a hint of floweriness, with an average finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery and fizzy.

Overall, a good no-brainer beer with some easily accessible taste.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: coarse bubbly bone white cap. Fizzy straw blonde colored body with a hint of tangerine. One long snake trail of lace and that was about it

S: this has a soft pale malt nose and unique spicy sweetness. Maybe some honey coated oranges and faint metallic whiff with hops

T: soft fruits, grains, biscuits malts, and yeast notes. Plenty of zest in the body, very fizzy. Light acidic notes show through and hops are super subtle. Malts are focused with reasonable strength and yet I find myself saying after every sip "now what?" I also get a like soapy vibe from the hops, maybe? I still get a buttery metallic residue at the roof of my mouth

M: light body, fizzy, crisp, and in some regards could be categorized as refreshing

D: this brew lacks in overall complexity and has that, as I saw on another post, lawnmower type of vibe. On a hot day this might turn out to be the cats meow, otherwise it misses the mark

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Photo of clvand0
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light amber color and has little head and almost no lacing. Very cool color. The aroma is malty with a hint of citrus, but not very strong. The flavor is a little sour and a little bitter at the same time - some hints of citrus also. There's nothing too special about this beer - I didn't not particularly like the flavor, but it wasn't really bad, just not my style.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 021108. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet grainy malt with just a touch of hops. The taste mirrors the smell with some malt and a touch of hops in the finish. This is really not an overly complex beer, but is decent for what it is. All in all, this is an easy drinking blonde that just doesn't possess enough character to buy again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a weak head with little retention that lasts 1/4 of the glass. The color is yellow/orange and only slightly cloudy.

Smell is a citrusy lemony grass smell with some pale malts coming through typical of the style.

Pale malts upfront with a strong grassy flavor and some citrusy twang. There is a little diacetyl butterscoth that mix with the citrusy/grassyness. Underneath that are some weird off flavors. there are some dry tannins that don't work completely well. Diacetyl doesn't go well with pale malts with a citrusy twang. The dry tannins mixed with that make the beer less than desirable.

Mouthfeel lacks any crispness and is somehow slightrly cloying, which does not sit well for a blonde ale that is meant to be refreshing.

There are so many better blonde ales out there that I regret buying a six pack of this stuff and will probably give it to guests to try.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Rich golden yellow color. Small head of white foam that quickly dissipated. Streams of bubbles racing toward the top. Minor notes of lacing.

S: Roasted barley. Toasted bread. Light grains. Inviting.

T: An uneventful mixture of mild malts and light, wheaty grains. A hint of sweetness toward the finish, and only the ghost of hops are noted.

M: Lower carbonation. Not much going on. Slightly dense.

D: I've had better Blonde Ales.

Notes: Red Hook could do better. A disappointing effort.

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Photo of RodBurg
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color with decent white head and lacing as it went down.

Bready malt smell with light hops.

Tastes kinda like a lager. Biscuit and bread malt flavor with some hops in the mix. Finishes with a dough-like malt flavor.

Not bad, nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, grassy and sweet. Lightly hopped, lightly malted. Well balanced. A mild pilsner with good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty, no bitterness.

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Photo of david18
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are not my favorite beer but this is one that's worth getting if that's what you're looking for . Not going to be too expensive, hopefully your expectations are already depressed and it's really not that bad after all that. Decent sweetness, which a blond should have and good enough abv to put on a buzz with.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer definitely lacks aroma. It poured a small sized white, smooth, creamy head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was slightly cloudy and carbonated with a yellow hue. The nose was that of very little malt and hops with a sweet, hoppy and malty flavor to it. It was smooth and tingly on the palate and was light-medium bodied.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden blond in color with thin white head.

Smell: I think it is fair to say that this beer lacks in the smell department. I caught a little malt but that is about all.

Taste: An agreeable taste/flavor which is fairly mild. This beer is pretty much dominated by a sweet fruity flavor with very little hop flavor. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Creamy and refreshing.

Drinkability: Another middle of the road offering from redhook which I think would be great for the non-craft beer drinker and also occasionally for the craft beer drinker who is looking for something basic or for a change of pace.

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