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 johnrobe
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with SN Summerfest this is one of my favorite summertime quenchers, and, IMO one of the better products RedHook makes. It pours a dark blonde (hint of amber) in the glass with a two finger fizzy white head that rapidly disappears. The aroma is very slight, a trace of fruitiness but that's all. Taste is dominated by sweet (but not overly sweet) cereal maltiness. Hops is in the background but noticeable. This beer finishes with a refreshing dryness. What a shame, this was my last bottle until next summer. This is how macro flagship beers SHOULD taste.

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Photo of proc
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and refreshing. Pours out to a bright, golden color. Not a complex beer, but rather straightforward. Not meant to be an IPA, but rather a light, session ale. A quaffable thirst quencher. A good beer to introduce to those who drink macro beers.

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

Three finger effervescent head tops a rich gold body which reveals a steady stream of carbonation. Lemon dominates the aroma, with some vegetables in the mix. A nice malty taste is balanced by a zing of wheat, and a snippet of hops. Surprisingly full mouthfeel. Intended as a summer quencher, it fills that job admirably. A lawnmower beer for microfans. I went thru 3 with my wife's Mexican Chicken Casserole'.

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

The beer pours clear golden and has a nice frothy white head that retains nicely. It has a nice little malty aroma. Nothing substantial about the taste however. Fairly bland. Maybe a bit of a lemon like zest to it. Very little malt character and no hop accents to speak of. Light body. I could easily drink more than one of these, but I wouldn't seek it out and would prefer many other light colored beers over this one.

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Photo of inebrius
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is right on with the style, quality lacing. Nose is sulphur and hop combined to give the impression of ones well-used hockey gloves. Decent hop presence, but the malt manifests itself with a grainy character. Although not downright awful, I won't be purchasing Redhook Blonde again. Try Rogue's Oregon Golden Ale if you're interested in this style.

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Photo of beernut7
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really a fan of golden ales to begin with, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. Nice clear goledn color adn foamy white head, biscuity aroma and flavor. maybe it was in the bottle too long, but it seemed the hops were off a bit. I think I'll try it at the brewery and see what's really happening here.

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Photo of frank4sail
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight nose of malt/wheat. Not very good retention or head at all.. Clear gold in color. Not a ton of flavor.. just very clean and crisp beer. There is not enough character in the brew for my taste. Nothing stands out as special.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, sub-amber appearance. Frothy head, bumpy on the inside of the pint glass. Subtle aroma, slightly yeasty/bready. Light-bodied mouthfeel, just a hint of maple/honey to the malty tastes. Hops are hardly present but the mild malts don't throw the beer remarkably out of balance. Flavor is almost gone by the swallow. Blondes are blondes in the world of beer, I'll always take one over a detergent-tasting macro but not too much interesting here. Certainly is easy on the tongue and drinkable.

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

Pours a light amber gold with a snowy white head that lasts, moderate lace. Pleasant aroma of hops and malt, a bit understated. Rather malty and slightly sweet taste with a surge of mild hops toward the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, a nice summer beer.

Blonde ale is one of Redhook's triptych of seasonal beers, along with Winterhook, and Nut Brown Ale. It is usually available in the late spring and summer.

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

Had this for the first time in a long time @ The Times, downtown Boston. It was okay. Quite the drinkable and clean product, but it also had quite a bit of diacetyl, which is not cool for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice distinct label on a 12oz short twist-off bottle. Description of the style and "A compelling endorsement may convince us to feature you in an ad." adorns the label. How bloody cheesy.

Appearance: Light golden with a healthy head that appears to retain. Odd that it does so more than their Hefe?

Smell: Slightly lagerish in aroma with mild aged hops in the back.

Taste: Loads of malt flavour for a light ale, some citrus and a heavy dose of diacetyl (like butter, and there is a bit of cooked veggies as well). The small use of wheat is apparent and helps to lighten and dry it up at the end.

Notes: Quite complex for a light beer. Much different from our bright tank samples at the brewery which were less stripped and fuller -- none the less very enjoyable.

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