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 changeup45
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and fairly refreshing. Golden color topped with a thin white head. Pretty basic taste with a slight malt flavor with some citric wheaty lemon notes. Goes down pretty smooth but this is nothing special. It would be good for sitting in the hot sun or doing some yard work.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is extra pale, close to clear with ok carbonation. The head is smallish white and leaves little lace.

The smell is lite bread and a bit of pumpkin style spice.

The taste follows pretty much like a spicy thin malt brew. A hilt of lemon, and apricot, light enough tasting to be refreshing.

The mouthfeel is a bit more then medium body, kind of sticky and the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is ok but I would not recommend or choose it again. Prosit, MK

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Photo of squidtrick
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle

A: Pours a pale gold, thin white head.

S: Smells grainy and a bit lemony.

T: Taste is crisp and clean, not bitter, not sweet, a bit malty, very refreshing.

M: A very light, slightly buttery feel.

D: This beer is nothing special, but I don't always need an outstanding and complex beer. This is a drinkable, smooth ale and a very good summer drink.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly pale golden yellow with a fine head of white carbonation and fast rising bubbles throughout.

S: Smells a tad grainy with a touch of lemony zest and some powdery corn husk aromas.

T: Taste is clean and slightly buttery with a refreshing malt flavor balanced with just a touch of hop bitterness. It's easy drinking, that's for sure.

M: Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy.

D: As it brushes against 6% ABV, this blonde should be kept an eye on, as it is pretty drinkable. The graininess can leave a bad aftertaste after a few, but it's pleasing for the most part.

For a blonde, it's not extreme, but it's sessionable and can hold it's own in the summertime. I wouldn't want to go after this one during the fall and winter months, but it fits with the mixed 12-pack it came with.

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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 adams82
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light/pale gold, brite and clear, with a small, filmy white head.

Smells malty, fruity and sweet with a light hop backing. Nothing too complex; just a big dose of pale malts and (noble?) hops.

Tastes pretty grainy and overly sweet with notes of caramel malt and a rather big fruity character; pale and toasted malt flavours linger. Light hop bitterness, little hop flavour save for the finish and actually, pretty sweet. Lots of malt flavour packed into this brew with a decent hop finish... a little better than par for the style, not great.

Light bodied, but not really watery, a little too sweet. Pretty clean but again, a bit sweet for the style, and not really what I would describe as a "crisp" beer. Very easy to drink, and overall, it's decent.

Except for the weak aroma, I kinda dug this brew.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, pale golden in color. One inch head with moderate retention, eventually settles into white collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Toasted malts with a funky spicy/metallic hop component.

T - Faint watery malt presence. Late palate gives up some faint hops, with a slight peppery/earthy character. Finish is fairly clean.

M - Moderate carbonation, but thin and quite watery.

D - Wouldn't mind having a few of these to pound, certainly better than macro alternatives, but overall it's a very bland brew. It' somewhat reminds me of Flying Dog's Tire Bite mixed with semi-flat seltzer.

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Photo of animal69
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear med. gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing in my nonic ; a very subtle smell, a bit of steely grain and lightly toasted malts, but not much else ; a thin, dry flavor as well, a bit of bready malts and a slight hop bite, some fruits but not discernable, slightly metallic finish ; a dry, light bodied beer with a good amount of co2 ; a quaffable brew for sure, just not a striking one...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blonde, with a smallish white head, no lacing, fair retention.

S: Very malty, almost wheaty smell, some grapes and apples in there, very pungent.

T: Same wheaty and slightly fruity flavour as in the smell, clean finish of green apples.

M: Really light, needs more carbonation IMO.

D: Let's be honest, this isn't going to have as much impact as a great IPA or tripel, but as a blonde ale it's quite good.

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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 Pencible
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a light clear amber with very little head. It smelled and tasted like a regular pale ale, with a bit of hops and descent malt flavoring. It was watery but somewhat smooth with almost no carbonation. It had only a little aftertaste, which made it easy to drink but not very potent. Overall mediocre.

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Photo of Brad007
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Golden blond with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and malty. Light. Crisp. Inoffensive.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Smooth. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: Ditto.

Verdict: Not bad. Drinkable. Sessionable. Impressive? Not so much. Good summer beer? Check.

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Photo of kwm13
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blonde Ale...they says blondes do it better so I was happy to try this one.

It poured nicely into a pint glass with a small amount of head on it and bubbles racing through it. Very carbonated. Without a doubt, the color is nice, a golden amber hue that looks like a nice light ale.

The smell is very floral, a light scent of alcohol and perhaps a hint of citrus.

First taste was a bit skunky with a mild aftertaste, too. Second sip didn't do much more for me. It was indeed light and quite carbonated as I suspected.

The flavor doesn't really live up to a great ale, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/07, I think?
Pours a cloudy orange hued golden yellow with a bare head that quickly dissipates to nothing. No tracing to speak of. Aromas are a play on some crystal malts and hops, mostly citrus varieties with some bright fruitiness as well. It is a very quiet aroma, clean. On the palate, the malts develop with biscuity notes, whole grain bread and then mashed with more oranges and lemons, almost to a slight tartness. Hops are very subdued, an overall so so beer; certainly an easy drinker and nothing offensive but not particularly one I would pick up again.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-ish blonde yellow color with a fair, white head. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of light graininess, maybe a hint of fruitiness. Taste is more of the very light matly/grainy flavors with a slight noble hop-like bitterness. Balanced but yet not much character to speak of. Easy drinking. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. Fairly drinkable if you are looking for something light.

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

Pours a light orange-gold with a thin white head that shrinks to a ring forthwith. The nose is mostly citrus and tepid malty sweetness. As is the taste -- rather bland and uncomplicated while remaining inoffensive. Crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel. An easy drinker, but not a thrilling one. Mediocre across the board. Just wanted something a little lighter while I'm making the chili before the big Super Bowl feast and I pulled this out of the Redhook variety pack so as not to take any of the better offerings ahead of time. It served its purpose -- I'd never buy one on its own.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with little head and no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty but does have some herbal hop aroma.

Taste is malty up front, not too sweet, bitterness near the end, but neither aspect are particular strong nor noteworthy. Crisp taste, bit much carbonation, better if this was a summer seasonal than a year-round brew that could be consumed in the winter.

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

Poured a nice straw yellow color, good carbonation with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Taste was typical of most of them, lighlty hoppy, smooth not much body, character or love in this one. A drinkable beer but not one I would have over and over again.

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Photo of bboven
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, very very clear, ring of head around the glass but breaks up to nothing in the middle.

Lots of American base malt and not much else in the aroma.

Again the base malt shows up in the flavor but there is also a fainter nuttiness that makes it a bit richer than what the aroma would have you believe.

Very bubbly, crisp and drying mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium high, a faint bitter aftertaste that sticks around for just a little bit. Very refreshing.

This would be a great hot summer lawnmower type beer. I'll definitely consider it again when I'm looking for that frisbee/volleyball summer beer.

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

A: Golden/yellow with decent head retention. Some lacing. S: Some lighter malts, a distant hop aroma. Nothing huge. T: Huge presence of strawberries. maybe it was just this cask, but I'm having hard differentiating anything else. There's a slightly hop dry finish, but not much to speak of. M: Coarse, light, refreshing. D: The balance is a bit off, the fruit taste is a bit overpowering, but overall it's a nice light beer for a hot day.

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Photo of GAPit
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle applejuice yellow with a thin white head, falls to a thin white film that remains for the rest of the beer.

Smells very little. Slightly fruity, light hop finish.

Very light body, Refreshing and crisp. Nice malt/hop balance. A little boring, but good.

Crisp in the mouth, balances well on the tounge, pretty high amount of carbonation. Finish could be tighter, drags on a bit too long for a blonde.

Overall another great Redhook beer, I've always been a fan of their stuff. Great session beer in the summer time, a sixpack I'll buy again.


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Photo of cookin420
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my 2007 world series champion red sox mug.
Appearance is a great example of what a blonde should look like (no not pam anderson) see through but not a light color by any means. Head is already gone minutes into the beer.
Smells a bit like a german lager.
Tastes good. some sort of grassy hop in the bitter galana maybe? nice bittering at any rate. a lack of hops elsewhere though.
great mouthfeel, they really are pro's at redhook.
Drinkability; all day if necessary, with no regrets.

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

This beer looked like every other yellow fizzy beer and smelled slightly of floral hops,a little soapy , and a little vanilla .
Clean and crisp with plenty of carbonation on the tongue.
Slight bitter hoppiness, bready and tart, finishes sweet.
This is pretty drinkable, definitely sessionableif you like the style. This came in a variety 12 pack and it was okay I guess, but to purchase this on it's own - not.

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Photo of SargeC
4.31/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Honey-gold with a golden accented white head.

Smell: Clean malt with a decent hop presence.

Taste: Fresh bread start transitions to fruit flavors that feature the pear. Crisp hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Liquid lingers to help enhance the flavor.

Drinkability: Easy drinking session ale.

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