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 Gosox8787
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had this on tap at a local restaurant. Served in a cold Redhook pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color. No haze at all. A decent bit of carbonation running to the top. No head at all. Nothing special.

Aroma: Some biscuit and pale malt notes. A touch of fruity esters. Pretty light on the nose, but not unenjoyable.

Taste: The pale malt and biscuit notes come through. Really light, even as it warms. A touch of fruity esters. As it warms, a slight, bitter hop bite near the end becomes noticable. Overall, a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated. Moderate to light mouthfeel. The bite of the carbonation is a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: The low ABV and crisp mouthfeel make this really sessionable. The only reason I cannot see myself drinking a lot of this is that its rather uninteresting and one-note.

Overall, a decent, crisp ale that is refreshing. Nothing too special or interesting here at all though. I wouldn't turn one, but I don't see myself seeking this one out again.

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Photo of OpIvy
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this when I went down to the U.S. Good smooth beer. Strong alcohol content for a pale ale. You don't notice how strong they are until you've had a few trust me!

Has a great summery taste. Great in warm weather! One of the better beers from Redhook IMO.

The case packaging looks neat as well!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special to this one at all. Wet the whistle on a hot summer's night, but other than that, it was just a small step ahead of most macros, as it was thin bodied, with a short finish with little nose or flavor. While Redhook is not primo, I have definitely had better from their line.

Pass on this one

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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 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 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 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 mothman
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass. Bottled 080408

Color is a golden straw. It looks like a combination of the two colors used on the label. Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer over that rests on the beer. Left very minimal lacing.

Smell is kind of citrusy.. lemon and orange zests. There is also a banana clove aroma.

Taste is citrusy with banana notes, just like the smell. There are also some bready malts.

Mouthfeel is dull, seems a tad undercarbonated. It leaves a pretty clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is nothing special. It doesn't have to much of a complex taste to it. No major malts or major hops. Maybe a good summer beer.

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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 fingerlaker
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expect more from RedHook!

I've had many good blonde ales, especally from Belgium. This is subpar on many levels.

The signature of the apperance was the force-carbonated head that left in a matter of a minute. The libation itself was a dark straw color that poured very smooth.

The smell was carmel-y and a touch of hops, plus a little bit of cornfield and barn smells similar to other blonde ales.

The taste... Syrupy-sweet carmel with mild amount of hops on the tail end.

It felt watery yet syrupy at the same end. That said, it was drinkable and not terrible.

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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 Proteus93
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blonde would be about right to describe the colour. A golden hue to it, and just the slightest bit of haziness. Head is a bit soda-like and retention isn't all that great. It leaves sparse spotty lacing behind.

S + T: Mostly a mild, toasted maltiness with a little dash of hop flavouring, but nothing that really stands out. They aren't really all that apparent at all on the nose, which is all about the malts. Light, easy-going, and accessible. This would be my idea of a lawnmower beer, or casual beer drinking.

M + D: Moderate carbonation and a lighter body. It's a pleasant beer, without going too crazy in any way... just nice and simple. If some of the macro offerings were more like this, I'd be in beer heaven. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of colts9016
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: There is a Golden amber yellow color. There was a one finger head that dissipated to a 1/4 inch white foamy ring. There are lot of effervesce coming from the bottom of the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear except for a little bit of cloudiness.

Nose: Cooked corn, lightly toasted malt, and floral. The hints seem fruity, butterscotch, and some hops.

Taste: Toasted malt. cooked corn, yeast, and floral. There are notes of citrus, butterscotch, and grassy.

Overall.The beer is just okay. I don't think it is great. There is a cooked corn note coming over the toasted malt. The mouth feel is carbonation, and powdery. Finish is slight bit bitter and it kinda leaves a funky aftertaste.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a "Redhook Greatest Hits" box.

Pours a clear gold color, similar to most American macro lagers. Even after an aggressive pour, little to no head is produced. However, what little head there is does have some sticking power and leaves little traces along the sides of the glass.

The nose is pretty boring. I get sweetness from the malts, and a very very mild floral hop character. Very light.

Taste is very sweet. I almost get a corn taste as well. Maybe that's because I attribute corn in beer to Grain Belt, and I find this very similar tasting to Grain Belt. No hop presence at all, and little to no malt character either.

Light body, very sharp and crisp from a lively carbonation. Definitely drinkable, but that is common in the style.

A solid, yet average brew. Doesn't blow you away with it's boldness, but thats not the brews purpose. The brews purpose is to be a solid Blonde Ale. Considering the limitations of the style, I would consider this a very average Blonde Ale. Not something I will seek out again, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a minimal amount of white head that fades away.

Smells like a little sweetness from some kind of fruit.

Tastes of sweetness followed a grain taste.

Mouthfell is thin and watery, but has a dry finish.

Fairly drinkable like the rest of the style.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear pale golden color with a minimal white head ,no lacing. Smells sweet and slightly fruity,just a touch of hay,or maybe grain.Flavor is a bit sweet,bready,with a touch of fruit . Nice dry finish and mouthfeel. A well built and solid blond,drinkable for sure.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very refreshing beer. Clear gold pour with a little white head. Fresh grassy aroma with lemon. Taste is wheaty, and little sweet and lemony, kind of like a hefe-light. A good beer for a hot day, but nothing spectacular. A better alternative to Bud Light.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale golden, one inch white head, not as many bubbles as I would have thought

S- Kinds has that macro smell, which I guess is good for the style. Grainy with a little touch of lemon.

T- Very clean and mild. Malty, cerreal, grainy, mildly fruity, lemon zest. Just about the faintest bitterness there could ever be. Finishes sweet and malty

M- not as much carbonation as some others have in the style. Not too watery which is nice though.

D- Very dribkable and non offensive. Not amazing but it gets good marks becaue it is quite nice in the style.

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

The beer is a good looking one, with a nice pale malt nose with some graininess underneath. The beer pours a clear golden, a few shades darker than pale, with a decent creamy white head and some lacing. The beer is light to medium bodied, and a little thicker and creamier than what is typical in the style. There is a hoppy presence right up front in this beer and a rather citrusy rind taste more on the back end. This isn't a particularly complex blonde ale, it is smooth, quite a bit sweeter than most other blondes, with some graininess and biscuity qualities lurking not too far below. This is definitely more chewy than what is typical for the style. There is just a slightly off lemony citrus taste, and a bit too much hop up front that detracts from this beer. The beer is moderately carbonated and has an aftertaste that does linger a bit. Not a bad beer, glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of Goregazm
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Appearance: Pours a copper/yellow color, clean and smooth looking but not watery. Has a nice two-finger head which goes down in 30 seconds or so and leaves some decent lacing in its wake.

Smell: This beer is sweet on the nose, with an apple and fruit scent to it. There is some sweet malt and a warm cornbread aroma in there as well.

Taste: Interesting. Tastes like your drinking a piece of warm, buttered cornbread. Has a slight hint of fruit and a sweet malt. Very little bitterness in there at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warm. Has a comfortable, frothy feel on the palate. Aftertaste consists of a very slight bitterness, with traces of the cornbread taste still there.

Drinkability: This beer has a warm, toasty feeling to it, and it's ok for a sipper. Personally, I don't really care for beer when it gets warmer, but I feel that this one holds up better that way. I wouldn't buy this on a regular basis, but it's not something that I'd avoid either. Not bad, but definately not the best Redhook has to offer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Nothing out of the ordinary here, just the usual blonde ale that seems to be pushed out by all american breweries. It was thrown in the mixed 12 pack so I gave it a whirl but wasn't really too happy with it. It's light bodied and super drinkable, but just not enough taste to warrant buying this on its own.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, first i gotta comment on red hooks new bottle design. It's got 2 labels striped across the middle of the bottle with raised hop leaf etching, kinda neat. Nice 21st century looking bottle and crisp graphic design.

I don't think its smack on the style, but in general its rather tasty. Reminds me of a macro lager in some respects, and a golden ale in others.

Golden with lots of fine bubbles and creamy lacing.

Smooth and crisp aroma. Some grassy wheat and the faintest hops.

Taste is a bit macro-ish, with some grainy cereal (rice crispies and corn flakes) and a powdery floral sweetness.

An easy drinker, but otherwise unimpressive.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Straw colored with a large soapy head that recedes to a film.

S. Hay like malt smell. Faint grassy hops.

T. Fairly light in flavor. A decent helping of malt. Some wheat is hiding in there but not overstated. Hops are noble and add a decent balance. Mineral water aftertaste.

M. Light and slightly watery. Carbonation level is decent.

D. A fairly new style. I would say this is an unremarkable beverage, but compared to some of its contemporaries, its above decent.

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Photo of erosier
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a short and thin whtie colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Very sweet malts, and a tiny bit of citrisy hops.
T: Very nice light sweet malt taste with some citrisy hops at the end of the flavor.
M: Very sweet, light, and refreshing. Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer as it is not very overpowering in any of the flavors and is a light feeling beer perfect for a summer day.

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