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 rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Here comes a light colored blonde beer with some haze. Why? I dunno. Aroma gave way to a mild sweet honey pale malt vibe.

Taste has a slight bitterness to it, very mild, clearly they knew where they were going with this one. Mild, middle of the road, slight honey sweetness, tang. Probably around 35 ibu, light noble and cascade hops. It is what it is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a sweet and slightly fruity finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty for what it is.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I've passed this one so many times... Thankfully, a single made itself available recently, so I finally decided to give it a shot. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose is a blast of buttery biscuit, with little else getting in the way. The taste changes things up a bit (thankfully), with notes of orange zest, light lemon peel, caramel, and light buttery toffee coming through. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, nothing too interesting going on here, but nothing all that offensive, either. Just another blah beer that's gonna be passed over by me in the future...

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent blonde, it pours a pretty golden color with a small white head and just a bit of hoppiness and some mild bitter notes. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite from redhook. I would maybe drink it again, but overall I was not especially impressed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple. First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

During a visit to Portsmouth we took the opportunity to visit Redhook Brewery. Tried the Golden Blonde. The color was golden clear with nice carbonation that gave way to a thin white head and lacing. The nose was a very faint citrus, if any. The taste was good, nice crisp, clean with maybe a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel was good and I certainly could do a Session with this beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So glad they brought this one back and retired the slim chance. While not an outstanding beer, and much better "lighter" option and a beer I've always just liked.

The bottle pours hazy orange shade of copper with no foam whatsoever. Sweet malt smell, but light. Small malt taste with a subtle hop. Citrus throughout from a to z, but not running the show. Light mouthfeel, minor carbonation.

Very drinkable. Welcome back.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hm, well for starters on appearance, it looks almost completely see through, I am very surprised at how clear it is. It looks like a lager almost to me, I know it's a blonde ale, but still. There is a lot of carbonation. The head looked nice when I first poured it, it almost looked creamy, with a one finger width, but now it's almost gone. The appearance is average. The first smell I get is the hops, which is good, it means it's not pussing out the hop aspect. The next smell I pick up is citrus, and finally a small malt sweetness in the very back. The smell it's amazing, but it smells pretty good. Well the taste is a little disappointing, instead of getting that hop bite at first, you get the malts instead. There is a small hop bite mixed in there pretty nicely, but it is subdued by the overall sweetness and maltyness of the beer. There might be a tiny tiny citrus, but nothing like what I was smelling, which is also disappointing. All in all the beer tastes a little bit watered down to me. With all that being said, it isn't a bad tasting beer, it's good, just very average. An average beer from what I can tell is a so far average brewery. As far as mouthfeel, and drinkability go: the mouthfeel is ok, nothing special, the drinkability is pretty good since it is watered down a bit, and the taste is easy drinking and it's yummy enough not to be a gross watery beer. Overall an average beer.

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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 CooperEllis
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a .3l tulip.

Really pretty pour, amber glass with champaigne style bubbles running up the brew and keeping a thin layer of white lacing thoughtout the glass.

A little matly and a little yeasty. Nothing really earthy in the aroma, though I feel the taste is largly weighted that way.

Earthy notes. There is a note of honeydew melon, or really more the juice of a honeydew.

Nearly water, but with good carbonation and a pleasant bitterness.

It's certainly fine. I think if I were drinking it/reviewing it while watching a ballgame in August I would be inclined to weigh this a half-notch higher but it's a fine Ale to find in your glass, and probably even one you're going to seek out at a regional place with a limited craft selection.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear light yellow; small head that dissipates quickly; little lacing remained
S: slight malty smell, a hint of honey
T: grassy ale; bitter, not sweet; overtones of wheat; not complex
M: feels a bit watery

Despite the overall presentation, it's a refreshing, though not completely satisfying, beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Doughy malt, slight fruitiness, some melon.

L: Brilliant straw yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Melon like fruitiness followed by a sweet honey like taste. Medium-low bitterness (slight citrus) leading to some clean maltiness.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

Ok blond, fairly one noted with the exception of a nice clean honey taste.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their winter sampler pack

A=Pours a thin golden color, 1 finger head, leaves rings down the glass
S=Light nose of mostly malt and citrus, not too complex, but overall very pleasant smelling
T=A bit weak overall, but very crisp. Light bitterness and the faint malt backbone work well together, but overall its nothing to write home about
M=High carbonation, moderate bitterness and a crisp, clean feeling overall combine to make this the high point of the beer
D=The crispness and lighter body make this easily drinkable.

I've alway found Redhook to be a solid if unspectacular brewery, and this offering is no different. Worth a try though.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a label dated 7/07/10

Redhook Blonde Golden Ale poured a clean/clear golden color producing a nice 1 ½ finger white head leaving behind good lacing. The nose is of light malt and a little citrusy. The taste is reminiscent of the nose, light, clean mild malt and citrus.

Redhook Blonde is an average blonde ale that is a little lighter on flavor than I hoped.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= slightly cloudy light amber-blonde, modest head dissipating quickly to short-lived pooling.

S= sweet malts, slight vanilla hints, maybe slight melon; some yeast when first poured.

T= grassy, modest bitterness, light honey-sweet, reasonable malts, light berry or melon notes.

M= slightly grassy-dry with modest bitters, light sweet malts, lingering light berry or melon. Nice, and different from most blondes.

D= very drinkable, probably goes well with just about any meal or salad, refreshing and not boring for a blonde in this category. Sessionable.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sourced from variety pack.

Very nice beer. I keep coming back to that feeling you get when you score that better than average extract homebrew batch.

Coors lightish, except with accentuated positive flavors from standard profile. Well balanced. Hoppy earthiness grassy aroma

Color was darker straw.

Good wholesome beer that has not destroyed itself in the persuit of "complexity"

Ver drinkable, even for the non beer drinker, like my sister.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on September 30, 2010. It pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a quarter to half inch of fizzy white head. Hops seem to greet the nose at first but that is followed up by a vaguely yeasty slightly malty sensation. The taste has this sort of canteloupe or melon thing going on as well as a thin but tart hoppiness in the end.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice looking beer. a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a pretty good head (maybe 1 1/2 inches) that leaves a nice ring of lace.

S: A nice aroma for a light ale. It smells sweet with a touch of fruitiness that I can't quite place.

T: Pretty flat flavor. No outstanding flavor characteristics, very little in the way of hops. I'm having some trouble describing it because the flavor seems to be pretty, well, unremarkable. Just some lightly floral notes and the slightest hint of hops.

M: A nice, light feeling to it, not very heavily carbonated. Actually a very pleasant mouthfeel.

D: The beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's a good session beer: it's not going to fill you up or overwhelm your palate.

A good choice if you're looking to drink more than one or two. By the same token, though, there are a number of other beers out there that taste pretty similar. If you find yourself in possession of a couple they'll go down smooth, but I wouldn't go looking for it

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Photo of NickHanna
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer is blonde, a frosty, slightly cloudy blonde, with a full white head. It looks good in the glass, and isn't gassy.

The aroma is subtle. Not a lot of hops, so the malt comes through. Rather understated.

The flavor is malty, sweetish and smooth. The mouth feel is more substantial than the taste and aroma lead one to expect. Let's say it's a blonde with nice body.

I rank this as a session beer, or a good beer for drinking with food. It's definitely a beer that invites a second half, or even more.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium blond yellow hue with just a touch of haze. One thin finger of foamy white head; not too bad.

Smell: aroma is light, but of a somewhat rich, sweet malt and a touch of earthy hops. If this were a bit stronger, I think it would be quite a bit better.

Taste: a nice malt flavor, but with a hint of sour grain; almost lemony. Not quite my favorite, but it's not too overpowering. The earthy hops remain, which are quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of well-integrated carbonation. The creaminess is very pleasant.

Drinkability: the bit of sourness in the taste is fleeting and doesn't build on the palate. Overall, an enjoyable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold in color with a small creamy off white head that faded quickly; pretty decent lacing that slides down the glass leaving residue all over.

Smells malty and of yeast, with citrus like lemon and coriander, grass, with some grains or bread and a touch of floral hops; decent aroma that was sweet overall but on the light side.

Tastes of sweet malt, cherry, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, toasted grains, toffee, some floral hops, flowers or grass and some lemon zest and/or grapefruit; sweet overall flavor with a crisp feel and there was a little grainy flavor in the finish that was with a metallic lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and really crisp, smooth on the tongue, with very light carbonation but yet a medium body. Pretty easy to drink.

Highly drinkable, but just not as tasty as I had hoped it would be after the initial flavor burst up front. All in all a good beer, just leaning towards the basic side which I guess is fine for a nice summer brew. A definite session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy looking yellow. Aroma was the faintest sweetness.

Taste, middle of the road, minimal hopping, but a tang, that faint sweetness again, very little malt heft, but enough to separate it from a lesser classification. This is a decently built beer for a summer day or girlfriend. Good enough for me around the pool.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12pack.
Bottled 060910
In a pint glass it was a bright gold color with barely a head.
It had a sweet malt aroma, with a hint of flowers.
Mostly malt flavor, a little bit of hops showed up late.
Decent enough mouthfeel. A beer to drink after you've mowed the lawn and you want something to drink.

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Photo of rawthar
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Probably not rating to style, but I just don't particularly find it pretty (or ugly). Guess I really just prefer red heads (guess I'm not a gentleman). Kind if a dull straw yellow, a bit hazy, not entirely homogenous, with a tiny dull white film.

S- Yeasty up front with a dull kind of sweet malty finish. A little on the bready side, which is nice, but otherwise smells a bit like college keg remnants the next morning.

T- Pretty tasty after the unimpressive aroma. On the sweet side, nice light maltiness, full-bodied flavor in the middle, followed up with some lemon and a hint of heavy syrup. Not much hop flavor to speak of, more of a hop insinuation at the end that terminates the sweetness. Good stuff.

M- Carbonation is prominent on the tongue and on the back of the palette, and synergizes well with the flavor. Lightness belies the sticky sweetness of the flavor.

D- Very drinkable, a good session beer (damn, did I really use that term?) I would order this at an outdoor spot on a sunny afternoon.

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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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