Redhook Blonde | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook BlondeRedhook Blonde

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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 Rootdog316
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of the brown bottles, Redhook Blonde Ale is very clear with a golden color that has a tinge of brown/tan. There isn’t much foam and what little there is fades away faster than you can take a few sips. The aroma of the beer is a little bit herbal, a little bit malty, and with a hint of diacetyl and grassiness.

The flavor of this product emphasizes the roasted malt and the hops. The hop flavor is not as pronounced as I first thought (judging by the aroma), but it is definitely present and the hop flavor kicks in almost instantly (not just in the finish). I could also detect a little bit of fruit taste- citrus, banana, and maybe some lemon. The finish was slightly bitter.

In summary, I think that Redhook Blonde Ale is an above average beer product. I think it will appeal to most drinkers, at least as an occasional summertime quaff. It’s nothing exceptional, but it’s good enough to throw back a few on a warm day to quench your thirst while you anticipate something a little better.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8 Aug 05 Pours a clear golden color, some carbonation, very small head, light lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malt, sweet, and grassy. Nice taste kinda sweet with a little bit of a hop flavor, smooth feeling. Light body. Very drinkable, a good reprecitation of the style. Would recommend.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first, a foamy white head that turns into a thin but sustaining lace. The color is a dull golden amber. An interesting grassy, hey aroma in the nose, with some grain malt coming through as well. A light caramel flavor, with a smooth grassy taste as well. There’s a touch of clove in there, too. The hop bitterness is decent throughout but is just barely detectable in the finish, which is mostly dominated by a grainy malt character. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with mild carbonation.

Pretty good. Not mind-blowing, but very drinkable. Recommended.

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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 maggotbrain
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy gold color. Even with a pretty aggressive pour, not much head has formed, and what did appear has died down to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass as I drink.

The smell is very mild. I can barely detect something sort of sweet in there.

The taste is actually pretty good. It has a light wheat beer-like flavor mixed in with a mild bitterness. It's nothing to blow your mind, but tasty in a simple, balanced way

The mouthfeel is ok. It is certainly fuller than other Redhook beers I've tried.

The drinkability of this beer is pretty good. I'd have another, but this is my last blonde ale from a Redhook sampler case.

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

"Lightly roasted barley, subtle hops, a touch of wheat."

Cast in clear gold, with small, down to none head...

Faint, but pleasant enough aroma.."Subtle hops" is right...

Very meek and mild on the palate as well, with that "touch of wheat" prominent on first works well, and adds a certain characteristic to the mouthfeel that sets it apartment, and keeps it from being an entirely dull-as-dishwater blonde ale...but just barely...

Very light in body, with a scant, wheaty/citric finish..."refreshing" indeed.

Not my favorite kind of beer, but this does it's business well, and I hope it is enjoyed by those kind of people who enjoy this kind of beer.

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

Contestant number 3 in the Redhook sampler.

This looked like it might be good in a frosted mug so that what I poured it into. Surprisingly, it didn't pour blonde but a nice amber sporting a bleach blonde head that laced nicely. Has a distinctive nose but my subpar honker could not get a good read on it...Wheaty maybe?
This is one of the more "mild" beers I've had recently in terms of flavor. Not that it was lacking, just that nothing really stood out.
Not as light bodied as I thought it might be and had a proper amount of carbonation
Finished smooth and easy. I'll have this again next spring when the BBQ season starts. Good.

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Photo of xoqx
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent beer for its style. Not only impressive in any area, but very drinkable.

Appearance: This beer pours pale yellow with a clear, crisp appearance and 2 finger white head. The head dwindled over the first few minutes.

Smell: There was a mild grain smell and not much else. Smelled simple.

Taste: The beer was balanced, but not bold, with neither hops nor malt standing out. It was neither sweet nor bitter. It is a crisp light, good hot weather beer, but not anything that will impress a "big ale" taste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. The beer cannot hold its own on top of very spicy or flavorful food.

Drinkability: The beer, despite its simplicity (or maybe due to its simplicity) was very drinkable and I could have had one or two more right on the spot. Part of that is that I kept want it to blossom into something more significant on my palate. The other aspect is that the beer is consistent from start to finish.

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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 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 palliko
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance pale yellow/gold with a foamy head that produces a little lace. Aroma is of cooked corn, and hops. Initial taste starts with malt, citrus, yeasty, buttery diacetyl, and wheat. Finish is dry and clean. I have tried it on tap, and it is better. A so – so blonde ale – there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Redhook Blonde Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz pint glass
Bottled on date for 05/09/05

This beer pours a golden yellow color with an orange tint. Small head on top that vanishes to a thin white lacing.

Dull nose. Some whiffs of grain and wheat. Faint scent of flowers in the background.

Pretty average tasting beer on all accounts. I taste some grains and wheat flavors. A dryness and sweetness clash at the same time on your palate. Some sips are a struggle to put down in all honesty. This beer is not balanced. It tastes like a beer that was crafted with cheap malts and hops. Not the worst option out there, but not as good as I remember this Redhook offering once being.

ending up pouring the rest of this beer down the drain. This is a very rare situation. I think only the 2nd time since I began reviewing on Beer Advocate.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 07/06/05 at Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly, VA.

Light golden color with a decent white head. A decent malt grain aroma with ale yeast fruitiness evident. A nicely balanced ale with soft maltiness and nice fruit character. Light-Medium bodied and smooth.

Per Redhook website:
Grain Variety: 2-row, wheat malt, several lighter caramel malts from Belgium
Hop Variety: Czech Saaz
Color: Straw (7.0 SRM)
Bitterness Units: 18.3 IBU
Alcohol % Weight: 4.24
Alcohol % Volume: 5.41
Original Gravity: 1.05075
Calories / 12 oz.: 166
Carbohydrates / 12 oz.: 13.1 g.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty pale gold with just a hint of amber. Not much of a head, but as it was on tap and I was not sitting at the bar I wont subtract as it could have sat for a bit.

Aroma is a touch sweet. A bit of butter also comes through. Really not much to write home about no real hop aromas to speak of.

Taste is pleasant enough. A touch of honey, a little butter, malty sweetness. Enough hops to keep it from becoming too sweet, but not enough to really notice.

Mouthfeel is average decent carbonation and fairly light bodied. Drinkability is a touch above average. One could session this beer as it is an inoffensive, medium flavourful ale. I would not rush out and buy this, but it was a decent fall back when the other choices were beers I dont like or refuse to drink ( Stella)

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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 SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing going on. The aroma is grassy, with a slight amount of pale maltiness and just a touch of hops. It almost smells like a pilsener. The taste is about the same. Light grassy and malty flavors with just a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is decent for a blonde ale, and the drinkability is ok as well. It's there.

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

Well, mine is obviously from a different lot as the one pictured, as my label is yellow instead of black around the border. The bottled on date is 12-30-04, so it's pretty damn fresh.


It's a clear yellow brew, with almost no head. What little head there was died away in less than a minute, leaving just a tiny ring.

The aroma is of lightly spicy hops and light malts... nothing spectacular, and somewhat subdued. I wanted a bit more presence.

And the taste was also subdued... the barest touch of hops, some graininess, a bit of wheat, some breadiness, but overall quite wimpy.
Almost like a macro, but with maybe 1½ times the flavor of a Bud.

What the hell, I got a couple for free from a neighbor... who am I to say no to free beer? It wasn't that bad for the price *L*

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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 UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Dark Bottle, black label.

Pour: very small head on this beer, amoung the smallest I have every scene. Very little Carbonation

Color: Pours a medium gold.

Taste: semi-sweet and creamy.

Drinkability: Sure is easy to drink. Taste is easy and smooth with very little aftertaste. Look for this during summer!


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

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and carapils malt scent with a fruity yeast finish; refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale malt flavor with a slightly fruity and grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking American blonde despite it's flaws.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden, clear with a small amount of carbonation and a thin head. Aroma is semi-sweet, bready-yeasty. Plain, inoffensive, generally nice without a lot more to say. Flavor is slightly sweet, creamy and a hint of citrus. Minimal hops. Mouthfeel is moderate, generally pleasant. This beer is a nice drinker- nothing amazing going on, but hey, it sure beat the other selections on tap!!!! Enjoy it when you aren't looking for anything complex, just a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great: deep gold color with a blanket-like foam, leaving bits of white lace everywhere. Faint flowery aromas, grassy, grainy, with hints of citrus. Foretaste moderately is doughy and bread-like. Moderate to high carbonation, with exceedingly small bubbles. Crisp finish. The brew has a somewhat thin in the heft department, and in on the sweet side. Middle of the road.

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

Beer pours a nice light copper color, topped by a pillowy white head that makes a decent show of longevity.

Wheat in the nose, light hops. Seems to take on notes of candi sugar but it recedes when you try to isolate it.

The taste is light and crisp, with hops, wheat, and grassy tones. This is a nice light brew, some distinctiveness to separate it from the herd but nothing offensive.

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Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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