Blonde Bombshell
Indigo Imp Brewery

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American Blonde Ale
3.43 | pDev: 20.41%
Indigo Imp Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 84 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
1.89/5  rDev -44.9%
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 Wildman
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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 joebeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything."

--Marilyn Monroe

More tangerine orange than honey gold, with an attractive, unfiltered haziness. Multiple streams of fine bubbles have produced a large crown of ecru colored frothiness that is soft and unsticky. Bottle conditioned beer often produces a less than impressive head and very little lace. Blonde Bombshell is nowhere near drop-dead gorgeous.

The nose could use more power and personality. Warming helps on the first count, not so much on the second. Sour fruit is appreciated, as is a moderate (German?) hoppiness.

Blonde Bombshell is disappointing beer. Given the style, it ought to favor either sweetness or bitterness. Unfortunately, this much sourness isn't gonna get it done. I like the fact that the brewers were going for a slightly different take on an American blonde, but they didn't deliver the goods in the end.

It tastes and feels like there's a considerable amount of barley present. In fact, there's so much underlying sweetness that I'm beginning to wonder if candi sugar was used. Pale malt is most likely dominant, with something more earthy and toasted sneaking in at the edges. Tart apricots and lemons give BB an offbeat flavor that isn't improving much over time.

Predictably (after seeing the head), the mouthfeel doesn't measure up. Although the beer is medium-full for the style, the bubbles are fine, fizzy, harsh, have a short half-life, and inject very little creaminess. Maybe that whole bottle-conditioning thing for 12 ounce bottles needs to be reconsidered.

I was excited to see beer from a new Cleveland brewery on the shelves during my last trip to Ohio. Indigo Imp is a memorable name, the labels are well-done and waxing one bottle out of each sixer is a nice touch. None of that really matters, though, unless the beer is good. Even if it's meant to be a wild ale type of blonde ale, Blond Bombshell doesn't work. That said, I'm perfectly willing to give these guys more chances.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: hazy gold hue, slight head with almost no retention

S: light malt aroma, hint of lemon

T: thin taste, very tart tasting, not much hop bitterness. Slight citrus bite

M&d: thin light body, slightly watery. Very drinkable. Would be a good bridge beer to wain those from adject lagers.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orangey-gold body with a thin, fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Tart-scented, particularly lemon-packed aroma with notes of both grass and grain.

Taste: There's an initial sugary sweetness that gets folded into a unique tartness. The keenly lemony citrus character, along with the sugar and tartness, gives me the impression of an tall, cool glass of lemonade. Hints of grain and lemongrass. Fairly restrained hop bitterness. Finishes predictably sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Ok, listen up, so Indigo Imp beers are fermented in open fermentation tanks allowing for all sorts of wild yeasts (and imps) to permeate the final beer. That explains a lot. Personally, I'd prefer the bottles to more clearly state this fact, as there's a mighty fine line between "intentional" and "oops!"

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a grinning little blue Imp sitting on a line that separates the top beige half from the lower blue half. Off to the left is the Government warning and to the right is a description of the beer, a paragraph about the brewery, pouring instructions, and the address of the brewery. The only piece of information missing from the label is some kind of brewed on or best before date. This was the wax capped bottle. There's at least one in every six pack.

When poured into a Sly Fox pint glass,, this Imp was a lightly hazy bright lemon yellow colored beer. Sitting on top of this solid lemon yellow beer was a great looking 3/4 of an inch fluffy head of pure white foam. Excellent retention lead to an ever lasting skim of white foam and a large amount of small streaks of lace.

I've never smelled a beer that smelled exactly like a tart lemon before and I've had lemon beers before. There wasn't much hiding behind the strong scent of tart lemon. My nose picked up a touch of yeast, a few spices, and a subtle whiff of caramel malts.

The aroma lead the way to what this beer was going to taste like. The taste was strong with tart lemons. It was so strong with tart lemons that it was almost like I was sucking on a lemon. There was no other taste in this beer after the tart lemons. I looked and looked and couldn't find anything.

This was a light bodied beer with a good level of carbonation and a mild tart aftertaste of tart lemons and a gentle touch of yeast.

It looks like a lemon, smells like a lemon, tastes like a lemon, but guess what brother? It isn't a lemon! Surprisingly this is actually a beer and not something you can find in the produce section of your grocery store.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Along with Jester from the same brewery, I found this beer to be a big disappointment. To start, no head. None at all. The liquid itself was dark gold colored with a little chill haze and plenty of carbonation as judged by the bubbles rising to the surface, just no head. The aroma is off, this beer literally smelled like devilled eggs. Sulfurous and eggy, maybe a little lemon too. This is not a good start, and the taste doesn't help out enough to make much difference to me. The body is thicker than the average blond ale, not too drinkable.

This is possibly infected, and if so I am an unhappy consumer. People like to knock down AB or the other macros, but you can clearly see a difference in consistency and quality with the big boys. These smaller breweries need to hit a minimum level of quality too.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a very light cloudy yellow with a small mostly white head. Smells of Belgium yeast with not much of a hop presence in the nose. First sip is bitter with a weird twist. Not sure what it is and I do not like it. Mouthfeel is also strange.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a very cloudy golden/orange color. the off-white head is about an inch when poured, settling to a nice 1/4 inch about 5-10 minutes after being poured. Nice retention. Decent lacing. Aromas of citrus and yeast dominate. Has a sweet citrus malt and yeasty flavor as well. Also a a grainy flavor and a very distinct sweet flavor. As one reviewer of this beer already noted, Belgian candy sugar does come to mind. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink in a good way. I really enjoyed this and feel the need to seek out this young brewery's other offerings indeed.


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Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The brewery calls this an American Blonde Ale, but I would call it a Belgian Pale Ale/Wild Ale. It appears to use Belgian yeast and it is fermented openly (that doesn't sound like an American Blonde Ale). There is a lot going on here. The body was a hazy deep butterscotch color. A gentle pour created a hugh creamy white head, over three fingers.

Smell was sweet and a little tangy. Mild spiciness - banana and coriander.

Taste had a peppery bite with understated Belgian yeast characteristics. Spicy. Creamy sweet finish followed an opening tartness. Raw grains, fruit and bubblegum. The alcohol became more noticeable as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body. There was a good deal of zestiness, yet some slickness too. Like I have already said there is a lot going on here. It may not all work together but it is entertaining. I will let this one age further and revisit it later, an interesting beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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 xzqrut
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
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 tpd975
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MrBunn for the extra in a trade.

A: Pours a cloudy piss yellow orange with a ridiculous head. Had to wait several times as I poured this one as the head built to towering heights. No lace.

S: Lots of mild citrus, yeast, and some wet hay.

T: Bready, yeasty, with very zesty citrus. Hints of floral hops and green grass as well.

M: Light in body, with zippy carbonation.

D: Not bad, but would not want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of rlshep
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Sesmu
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought from his trip to Ohio. Too bad I didn't know there are so few reviews about this beer, otherwise I would've written one right away. So I write by memory, after a couple of days - just to add info about the beer that is definitely better than average.

A: Murky yellow, with the white head that's retained for a while.

S: Citrusy, a distant yeastiness.

T/M: One can immediately taste that the beer is unfiltered. Some citrus, a little touch of hops - not really bitter. Taste is quite filling and clean. And there is something else, can't really grasp. Perhaps it's the outcome of wild fermentation. Finishes somewhat on a dry side. Alcohol isn't stated, but I would guess somewhere around 4-5%.

Unfortunately I can't remember too many details, but I found the beer very easily drinkable. Should be great as a session beer: not too heavy and flavorful enough to keep the palate entertained.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 hustlesworth
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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 nrbw23
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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 adamette
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my clean, clear Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. There was only about 10 ounces in my bottle as it was short poured. Oh well. $1.50 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single.

A An active looking "blonde" body of yelow/orange/brown with carbonation actively rising up. Short lived but interesting light yellow head that was also very "active" with lots of movement, quickly dissipates to a single ring around the edges. Body has some sediment floating in it which is not a surprise since the label announces it as "bottle conditioned real ale."

S Nice, yeasty malt sweetness with light citrus notes. If any fruit I would have to pick lemon with a hint of peach possibly. Interesting and inviting smell.

T Light malt, yeasty taste with that light citrusy taste as well. This is pleasant enough but a bit unadventurous. Also it is not very complex, offering the tastes described without much more. The very beginning of the taste is the same as the distant aftertaste and every point in between.

M Moderate with carbonation that dances on the tongue but a light, citrusy feel with that. ABV seems to be on the low side, maybe around 5.0.

D Really good (as I believe is intended).

Notes: A more sophisticated beer than I expected but it lacks complexity, depth for me. I would think that this is one heck of a good choice for a hot summer day's BBQ. Lastly, the promise that the look and smell provided was really not carried over (for me) into the taste and feel.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl.oz. bottle poured into snifter.

My bottle says Blonde Bombshell, unlike the title.

A: Pours with a HUGE fluffy white sparkling head. Takes awhile to dissipate. Golden/yellow hue that is turbid.

S: Smells of sweet and crisp orange citrus. Strong aroma of spices and yeast, grassy hops.

T: Lemons and sugary sweetness, almost like a sugar coated lemon. Finishes with a bit of spice and yeast.

M/D: Medium-light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Not sure of the ABV on this one, but it doesn't seem too high.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of jampics2 - thanks for the extra! Poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly turbid orange amber, not quite the blonde brew I expected to see. The one finger of fizzy nearly snow white head fades relatively quickly, leaving a thin collar of delicate spongy foam and only the faintest dusting of lace atop the surface. Carbonation is evident if one holds the glass up to the light, mercurial, well-dispersed, but not particularly dense.

Aroma: Incredibly faint. The nuttiness of the yeast comes through more here - peanuts? Weird. Mostly citrus, with a few heavier, sticker phenols, faint spices, and a lot of sweetness.

Taste: A slew of stylistically-appropriate if not terribly pleasing notes. A light wheaty sweetness interacts with a few spicy phenols - cloves, faint coriander - to lend an air of honey. Your standard citrus notes are reasonably dominant, too - less lemon than I'd expect from the style and more orange - but almost in a syrupy, artificial way. That may be partially mouthfeel and partially due to the sheer amount of residual sweetness in this one. A faint smack of bitterness in the finish and a lingering sticky, mildly tart but not quite sour overtone. There is a faintly "high" nutty note - that is, more almond and less walnut, which is how I typically interpret yeastiness - in the close, too.

Mouthfeel: The visible carbonation more than compensates for the residual sugars in the body of this one, providing a crisp and effervescent, relatively even body. Perhaps this beer's best aspect.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer and one I'm glad to have tried. An interesting medley of flavors that works in some places and fails in others - perhaps allowing this one to attenuate a little more would give it a crisper, dryer, more satisfying finish that would blend a little better with the pleasingly "dense" citrus notes. All in all, an interesting beer - many thanks for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Blonde Bombshell from Indigo Imp Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 84 ratings