Blonde Bombshell | Indigo Imp Brewery

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Blonde BombshellBlonde Bombshell

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Indigo Imp Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jpiper on 12-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 84
Photo of willyumlong
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. Understanding they open ferment this beer amazing from a professional brewer's perspective. I would love to drink all of this.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma faint, slightly fruity
Head small (2 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
No lacing
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with light malt, fading to a slight lactic sour ending. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a very refreshing blonde ale – the lively carbonation and the lactic sour finish offset the initial maltiness.

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Photo of xzqrut
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured from the bottle, hazy golden straw color, with huge thick white head. Perhaps the most carbonated beer I have seen. Aroma has a strong yeast, banana scent, very pleasant and fruity. The taste mirrors the scent. The feel in the mouth is very lively with all that carbonation. This is a unique, good beer.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy orangish golden color. White bubbly head of maybe 1 and a half fingers. Fades quickly to a faint ring. No lacing.

S - Noticeable sourness. Fruity, some apricot maybe strawberry. I don't detect any hop character.

T - Fruity again. Sweet and complex. Tart finish which fades to a malty aftertaste.

M - Light and bubbly. Doesn't really linger.

O - I really like this brew. I think that the sourness (from some stray yeasties, no doubt) really adds to the experience. Easily sessionable. I think I'll go have a couple more.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A azy gold-orange brew attempts to raise a light whitish head that looks a little thin but does have a bit of staying power. It leaves very light, thinnish lacing, but in reasonable quantity.
The aroma is somewhat dry and gently chalky with a light sweet note of white fruits. The yeast certainly does play an intriguing, unusual part in this beer.
The flavor is fruity, more a mixture than just pale flesh, with a firm pale malts base, not as dry as the aroma with some grains underneath.
There's a nip of crispness in a soft, light body with a surprisingly velvety texture. A bit more crispness, particularly since it's a lighter style, and it's an exceptional feel. It's very nice regardless.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Since this brewery does open fermentations and as such the beers can vary from batch to batch, I will point out that this is from a six pack purchased January 2013 in western PA.

Pours a hazy blond with a white film for a head.

Smells of citrus and mildly sweet wheat malt along with a mildly sour lactic-like note.

Citrus and sugar sweetness with some light lactic tartness.

Medium body with bubbly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I like the idea of the open fermentation, you never know exactly what you're going to get. This one is pretty good, light and highly sessionable, but could stand to be drier or even more sour. Definitely worth trying and looking forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.89/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another puzzingly wax-dipped treat from Ryan011235. 12 ounce bottle poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Slightly hazy deep gold with a fizzy head that's a small bubbly ring in a matter of moments. A stray wet bubbly bit or 2 of lace slides harmlessly back into the ring.

After my first 2 encounters with the Imp, I'm a bit apprehensive, but this actually smells normal, lightly sweet floral and honey aromas with a yeasty undertone.

Normal? Perish the thought; this is Indigo Imp, after all. Is this blonde by chance a strawberry blonde?? Tart and tangy with a lingering powerful taste of strawberry hard candy. Fizzy carbonation unleashes a hint of funk. The pale malt base does, I concede, appear to be appropriately well-attenuated for the style, but chalk another one up in the WTF column for Indigo Imp. (3-for-3 so far...)

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Photo of TuffNut87
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured into a pint glass with a giant white head and smelled of flowers and yeast. Cloudy and golden, the bubbles never stopped. One of the most surprising beers I have sampled. Fun in your mouth, sweet but with a bit of citrus and subtle bite. I was so surprised how much I liked this beer, It reminds me of no other beer I have had,well done Imp!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small floral and a yeasty. In the taste, a dry to sweet floral and yeasty, with notes of fruitiness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry yeast and floral like aftertaste. A nice floral presence, nice, and easy to drink.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Light hop aroma and a definite wild yeast character

Appearance - Cloudy orangish yellow with a ton of residual carbonation but a thin white head.

Taste - Dry with a tart finish. No real sweetness detectable. This really isn't like anything I've ever had before, but I like it.

Notes - A good beer that would be nice for a session.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours gold with a chill haze, effervescent and large fizzy head. Lots of active carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: Ripe with aromas of must, sweet Belgian yeast, white grape/green apple.

Taste: Sweet and funky, with some wild yeast notes. Tart like fresh apples and refreshing. A light malty note plays well of the mild sour notes. Little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, and has a high level of carbonation. Chalky yeast gives way to a welcome and very sophisticated dryness.

Overall: An impressive offering from the Indigo Imp brewery. Open fermentation allows wild yeasts to leave their fingerprints here, and it is more than suitable for this unique dry ale.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw to golden color with a one finger soapy white head. The head recedes to a skim and leaves a little lace. The aroma is a little faint, it has a slight sweet green fruit smell at the front before a funk, clove smell comes through strong with a hint of spiciness. The taste starts out with a slight sweet green fruit tatse. The taste gives way to a nice mild sour taste. The end of the beer has a slight spiciness. The beer is lightly carbonated. Overall for the style this is a soild beer. The mild sour taste gives it some nice character. This is a good beer to try.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large head that recedes to about a quarter inch thickness. Carbonation is only visible near the edge of the glass. Some lacing is left in my glass. The smell is of banana and slight saison like funk. The beginning of the taste contains a light sweet malt then I get a touch of what seems like strawberry and a bit of sourness. (This is indeed a unique beer) the mouthfeel is of medium thickness, but it is quite effervescent. Overall, this is a spectacular beer, but from what I have read, each batch is different. It is however, not much of a blonde ale.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde Bombshell pours a nice yellowish gold color. Definitely looks gold when held to light. Active carbonation yields a vanilla colored head that stands over two fingers tall. It recedes slowly. Lacing was definitely on the lighter side.

The nose is alright. Not overtly bad. It is weak. More strength would help. It smells mostly fruity with a bit of wild yeast. Apple and pear and are the most notable fruit scents. It smells a tad musky and earthy due to the wild yeast. Light spicy notes are secondary. Smells mostly like pepper with a few others I can’t identify. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is better. It starts out with an apple and pear combo. Very fruity flavor overall. A bit of spicy pepper and cinnamon follow. Yeast is there throughout. It adds a bit of a musky, earthy flavor. There’s a subtle sour aspect to it. It tends to succumb to a spicy surge on the back end. It’s actually a really nice addition to the finish. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Apple and complementary spices wrap it up with a bit of sourness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is lighter than anticipated. The bubbles feel soft. Overall, it feels relatively smooth. More body would help a little nonetheless.

Blonde Bombshell is alright. It’s not great beer by any stretch, but it’s not a total disaster. Personally, I think it needs a little more of everything across the board. Aromatics, flavor, body…you name. Having said that…it really isn’t bad. If you’re into very, very mild sours and fruit flavored beers, you might like this quite a bit.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a huge white head. Quite a bit of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Head has pretty solid lacing and leaves pretty light lacing.

S- Smell is pretty fruity, sweet and yeast. A bit of breadiness here too.

T- Taste is again quite fruity, but with the slightest bit of funkiness to it. Pretty sweet too.

M- Lighter in body and carbonation.

O- I'm not really sure how often I'd drinkk this one. Its different for sure.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Thick two-fingered head, bold golden color and a plethora of tiny bubbles.
S: Apricot, baked apples and spice.
T: I agree, somewhat like fruit juice, caramel malts in the background, and the sourness from the open fermentation is pleasant- I've felt it's been too much in some of Indigo Imp's other brews.
M: Good balance- not too heavy or light, just a bit of acidic pucker, a slight tingle from the carbonation.
O: I like this. It may not be for everyone's tastes, but I find it unique and fun to drink.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had thid beer once before and I strangely enough really enjoyed it...let's see how it goes this time. Pours out a slightly hazed orange golden hue with a bright white head forming thick above the rim of my chalice glass. Aroma has hints of lemon citrus and ripened apples. Flavor has soft cider notes with sugary cinnamon applesauce character. A mild earthy nuttiness, and much more spicy yeast content high carbonation much like a cider in a good way. Hints of bubblegum esters and fruity acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slighly cloying with fruit juice, I can't believe there's no actualy apples added here this is just malts and open fermentation with a Belgian yeast strain. Really quality stuff I wonder if they added sugar because it's really sweet, I like slightly soured ales but like I said this tastes like applesauce. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated a bit cloying with the level of sweetness but overall this is an enjoyable original experience that I'm really enjoying. Call me crazy and give me this Imp anyday.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A-Pours a dark golden color with a finger of white fizzy head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Apple and mild spice

T- This really tastes like apple juice, Mott's Apple Juice. It has some mild spice and hop bitterness to go with the promient sour apple juice flavor.

M- Crisp, refreshing, and highly carbonated.

O- I like hard ciders like Woodchuck and beers with apple like Unibroue Ephemere, but this is not good. It really just tastes like a mildly bitter sour apple juice. This is the third beer from Indigo Imp I have had and I think I am officially giving up on them, every beer has been disappointing. I like to support local breweries, but these guys just don't make good beer.

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Photo of Wildman
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a huge foamy snow white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A large amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, clove and orange. Flavor is of hops, citrus and bread. The body is light and the finish is quite sour, not really the style for this beer.

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Photo of nickd717
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this tick. 12oz bottle.

Hazy blond color with a quickly fading white head.

The aroma is sunblock, funk, and pale malt. Very faint.

The flavor is very weird, also like sunblock. What's the SPF of this stuff? Funk, pale malt, strawberry, and diacetyl round it out. Man this is nasty.

Unexciting palate with lower carbonation and medium-light body. This beer is just all kinds of wrong.

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Photo of rlshep
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: A lot of fruit fresh peaches and pears. A hint of sourness. Sweetness in the background. Honestly, open up a fruit cup that is what it smells like.

Appearance: Pours big bubbly white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Minimal lacing. Golden yellow color. Very clear. Lots of carbonation.

Flavor: Tartness up front. Pear notes as primary flavor. sweet bread as secondary flavor. A honey flavor lingers in aftertaste. Not quite as fruity as aroma would suggest. Bitterness leaves a crisp taste, well balanced. No hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a hint of sweetness. Alcohol noticeable.

Overall: This bottle has been sitting for awhile waiting for me to review. It has lost something with age, suggest to drink fresh.That being said this is one of the most interestingly complex, yet easy to drink beers I've had in a long time. I highly suggest it.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

who's bad

A- huge expanding white head with a yellow tint to it like lemon pith is dense and nearly unmovable and i'm growing anxious waiting for her to settle. her body is a hazed golden amber with many tiny bubbles rising up the stange. i decided not to include too much of the yeast.

S- fruity sweet and crisp, and it somehow reminds me of the beach. aroma is of melon and pear becoming very floral with some bready and honey-like malt sweetness.

T- very fresh, but odd flavor. sweetness creeps up on me, almost starting dry and becoming honey sweet with an almost artificial sweetener flavor. there's about zero hop flavor and the balance is insanely one sided. there's a bit of tartness under there but the malt pretty much goes unchecked. finishes too sweet for me.

MF- creamy and soft with fine gentle carbonation. also pretty sticky. as far as the whole real ale deal goes, they hit a bullseye on the dart board of cask feel. just a step zestier than having a nitro widget.

D- i don't know about this one. i guess i was expecting it to be similar to a kolsch. looks nice, smells nice, feels nicer, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of joebeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by "bottle conditioned" on the label. Hard to find that in this price range. I looked at a few reviews and didn't see any mention of that. To me this helps explain the unique characteristics of this brew. I'm no expert but I thought bottle conditioned meant that the some of the fermentation process took place after it was bottled. One result of that would be an extra natural carbonation kick. I agree with many of the other reviews regarding the presence of Belgian complexities. Another thought is this is more of a 'garage band' kind of beer in that it has a rawness to it. And I'm ok with that. It's also worth mentioning that the top of one of the six bottles is covered with an artfully applied dripping blue wax coating. Kind if adds a nice touch. It is different than what I expected and that is why I like try different beers.

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Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours 12oz bottle to pint at WL DT. Dont love the name o the beer but bartender recommends. Heavy pour yields a big white head over cloudy orange body. Lots of carbo hugging the glass on its flight to the surface. Reduces to a half cap of lace and small halo. Aroma of peaches and cream, somehwat buttery, quite fruity. Reminiscent of orange juice. A somewhat over carbonated body explodes in the mouth, foaming up entirely. Malty flavors hit a chemical like component that lingers and tickles the throat. Comparable to a Belgian wit with a slice of orange. Refreshing and perfect for summer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Tifore a.k.a. Tyler. This guy pretty much rocks all you traders out there.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Light earthy tone to this beer. Grainy, with hints of citrus and even some almost Belgian yeast in there. A light sourness to the beer overall in the nose as well.

T- The carbonation at first pricks the palate with a light lemon grass flavor at first. Middle of the beer has some banana, orange peel, and candi sugar notes. Ending hints of lemon grass and Belgian yeast strain. Sweet alcohol ends this beer altogether.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high for the beer I think. Sweet lemon tones left on the palate. More of a Belgian yeast taste with some sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors for what they were came out very well and were balanced. No off flavors at all. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. I liked it as it would make a nice summertime beer for me. Blonde Ales really don't do it for me most of the time but this time it delivered.

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