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 kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One inch of bubbly, coarse foam dies fast. A dark gold, mostly clear beer has tons of carbonation. The smell is buttery, dusty and a bit sour with some fruit. Front is fruity, grainsy, leading to a tangy middle showing light caramel and some butter. The nutty finish is very fruity, bitter. There seems to be a touch of metal and a little chemical. Not bad. A grainsy, fruity blonde.

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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 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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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Redhook Blonde pours out of the bottle a golden, nearly orange, yellow color. There are small wisps of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. Head is slight and quickly diminishes. I detected a hint of fruitiness and possibly wet straw in the smell.

Taste is light and refreshing. If you concentrate you'll be able to detect the touch of wheat in this beer. Mouthfeel is not overbearing, but is, again, light and pleasant. Aftertaste initially a bit fruity, but lingers on the tongue like bread and butter. I'm not sure what to make of this sensation yet.

Overall, however, a refreshing ale for summer!

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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 WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey golden hue off white cream tinted frothy head leaves sporadic specks of lacing. Aroma: Biscuit malts plus 2 row pale malts, touch of honey and fruit character, hint of alcohol and wheat not bad. Taste: A clean semi flavorful Bud-Hook product nice for sipping on in session flavor is reserved mild hops semi sweet with a touch of honey for the malt profile relatively clean and nonofffensive. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation nothing too special to note. Drinkability: Not a bad chill and watch the game type of beer, light crisp decent flavored blonde ale.

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

Little head with an aggressive pour, but leaves attractive creamy lacing, on top of a fairly clear light orange-gold body. The aroma is malt with sweetness, pretty faint. Gentle carbonation on the tongue and a light body accompanies a nonchalant malty flavor with a hint of hops. It picks up on the way down as wheat emerges, finishing fruity on the citrus side. Boring, except for the finish, which is a little too strong. It is refreshing and easy-going but not commendable in any other way.

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

Pours a nice pale, but dark, straw color. Quite true to the "blonde" category. A two-finger head that laces like it should.

Malty, biscuity flavors, with a hint of honey. There is a slight creamy quality, a subtle richness that carries into the aftertaste, which is a bit on the sweet side. The finish is a bit fizzy, but doesn't totally lack in smoothness. The hops can be picked up on in the scent; a mild, citrusy note with a hint of a "grassy" note.

Not a bad summer sipper (or should I say guzzler...?) I drank mine rather quick, without realizing it. I'd say burgers with garlic toasted buns and homemade macaroni salad is in order.

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

Light Gold with a decent head this is an easydrinking ale with just enough hops to let you know that this isn't Henry Weinhards. Give this to your Bud drinking friend and hope that he or she likes this better as we all need to start our beer journey somewhere.

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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 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 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 RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light orange in color and clear. The head foamed up nicely but JB’ed on me in less than ten seconds.

Smell – Very light malt undertones give way to a cheap, fruity sweetness.

Taste – The cheap Gummi-Bear sugars come out in the taste as well. The malt is almost undetectable. There’s a very light citrus hop balance but you really have to look for it.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and kind of refreshing. This light-bodied ale might do alright on a hot summer day, but I’m in Seattle in late October and it’s frickin’ cold.

Drinkability – It almost crossed the line from “drinkable” to “sinkable,” but I think I’ll stick with it.

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

Had this one at the "ren fest," one really hot day. This beer poured nice into my plastic cup, the head was thick and tasty much thicker than I am use to with this style.
Very nice smell of tiny hops and a little malt. Very smooth taste almost buttery like a wheat but only a little. Good bold flavor more than I expected in the finish a little sweet!!

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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 Quaffer
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a crystal clear, amber hue. With a lot of coaxing, I was only able to geat a head just shy of a finger. It was course, fizzy, and disappeared in a flash. Not much different than a soda, actually. There was a heavy bead and, even though the bubbles didn't survive for very long, the surface of the brew was acitive with swirling patches of foam.

Smell: There was a little bit of sulpher right after the pour, but it didn't last long. It was replaced by very light aromas of light malt, strawberries, and water. If I swirled my pint, I could arose a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and crisp to the point of being too rough. There was a lot of carbonation still present that didn't get released on my aggressive pour.

Taste: There is no complexity at all to this beer. The malt presence was minimal at best. About the only thing that really came through in the flavor was the hops, and it didn't have a good, clean flavor. A little too herbal and medicinal, in my opinion. The hops wasn't overpowering, but it was much stronger than the aroma hinted at. The finish was on the dry side, making this brew a little moreish.

I am rather underwhelmed by this beer. It's not horrible, but it just needs a cleaner hops presence and more malt to help balance it out. I must say that it does go down easily, even with the rough mouthfeel and the flavor problems.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a local pizza joint. Seeing as my other alcoholic selections were bud, bud light and Mikes hard lemonade, I was very grateful.
The glass (which happened to be a Bud "retro" pint) came filled with a bubbly straw golden liquid, topped with an ample white head. The grease from my grinder quickly took care of that. Good lacing, when I had this again a couple months later
Taking a moment to waft the beer under my nose, I gathered a light maltiness, with just a touch of grassiness. Somewhat herbal hopping, with a touch of diacetyl and the barest hint of pear. Pretty clean
Flavor is sweetly malty, light, with mild unassuming hoppiness rounding out the end. A light floral fruitiness, with some lemon and pear. A bit of buttery diacetyl flavor in the middle. Clean flavors, well balanced. Light body, with a crisp carbonation. A bit more carbonated than I'd like, leaving me pretty burpy. Not terrible by any means, but nothing special.

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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 Jason
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale in appearance with a basic lacing, clarity is fine. Faint aroma of malt and very clean with not much going on. Big on crispness with a tight but light pale malt body. Quick bitter kiss of hops keeps the brew in balance, hints of dough biscuits and husky grain in the finish. A decent extra pale ale, nothing to go crazy over.

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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 Stubbie1
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer would pour more of lighter color but it didn’t. It poured a dark gold, almost the color of apple juice. There was a tight white foam head on top of the beer but it left pretty fast and left a very patchy lace. The aroma was grassy mixed with malt and hints of wheat. There are also light hints of citrus mixed in. Nothing that really stands out with the aroma. The taste is pleasant. A sweet start with a neutral mid swallow and the grassy/citrus hop finish. A good beer for a hot day but nothing to special with this one. Slightly above average.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good looking beer that pours out a hazy pale amber or dark gold with a yellowish white head. The head is minimal and diminishes to a haze quickly, but manages decent lace deposits. Continual streams of small bubbles make this an active beer with a crsip mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly malty with a bit of hop balance. The nose is light and mostly malt with a hint of citrus. Slightly sour finishing taste. Good beer in a pinch; look for the distinctive red and yellow Redhook name on labels gracing the squat bottle.

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

This is an extraordinarily average beer. It is quite good looking however. Orange, cloudy, smal bubbles, and small head. Lightly malty aroma with mild citrus. Round orangy, lightly roasted flavor. Very light bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Does not have much of an aftertaste.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"Lightly roasted barley, subtle hops and a touch of wheat" or so they say..
Bought in the 12 oz brown stubby bottle.
A nice clear golden colour with a small pure white head that did not last long before disinigrating into a fine lace.
It has a nice clean aroma..witha sweet malt accent.
Mmmm, pretty subdued taste, light sweet malts, slightly dry finish and only a slight tough of hops.
I felt that this beer is over carbonated for my tastes..the carbonation wipes out any delicate flavours this beer might have
Though having said this its very very easy to drink in large quantities.

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