Blacktop Blonde | Tailgate Beer

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Blacktop BlondeBlacktop Blonde

Brewed by:
Tailgate Beer
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CPeterson on 03-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not the most ambitious of blondes. Tastes more like a cream ale than a blonde--reminds me much more of a Spotted Cow than a Eureka. Other than semantics, though, it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. Come on, "Tailgate."

But I won't rag on it. I could easily pound a few of these before a football game and feel good that I wasn't drinking macro leviathan swill. Very malty. Reason I say cream ale is that I detect a heavy creamed corn presence. Hops are there if you're looking for them but are by no means front and center.

Overall, fine. Won't seek it out again...but fine.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Big yellow taxi, er beer, solid 1" of white head. Aroma was nothing. Like Neitzsche or whatever.

Lots of water, yeast malt and hops lurking somewhere undetectable by human senses. Some sweet corn mouthfeel. Not a whole lot going on, thankfully no off flavors.

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Photo of woemad
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

12oz can from a 6-pk purchased at a discount grocery store in Spokane for $4.99. The label is different than the one pictured on BA. I purchased this because it was cheap and because it said it was brewed in Nashville, and I’d never had a beer from Tennessee. Now I see it must have been contract brewed for “Tailgate Beer”, which is apparently some sort of concern in San Diego. My inner ticker is displeased. No obvious freshness date, though there’s some sort of code stamped on the bottom of the can – “30072015 12” Best by 7 July, 2015 – Batch 12? Your guess is as good as mine.

This looked hazy, with a color that was somewhere between gold and amber. Initially there was a big, white head describable as somewhere between creamy and sudsy. Said head left quite a lot of lace on the sides of the glass and receded to a white skiff over the course of three or four minutes.

Crude, earthy,“grainy” malts and meek, floral hops – in that order. There was a slight, apple-ish fruity tang.

The nasal description above fits the taste, but with a vague sourness in the aftertaste that reminds me a teeny bit of lemonade. This tastes like a bland mass consumption lager without the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is…yawn…unremarkable, so I won’t.

Worth what I paid for it, and very drinkable if served just above freezing. It’s inoffensive, and I could probably knock back several if I wanted to. That and the fact that I have, indeed, had much worse are the nicest things I can say about this beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am not a big fan of the Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate....sorry. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is tart and stringent. The taste is pretty bland blonde ale. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is ok....not my fav.

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Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Rather attractive in the great big Duvel tulip with plenty of foam. Dark golden color. Kind of a wet laundry smell with a touch of cardboard. Just a faint nibble of hops in this one

If you like a sweet beer, this is the one. It's so sugary and malty, it's must be unique even in the shabby hallways of the Blonde Ale Hall of Fame. This is well made in the industrial sense. It's just a continuing surprise. The opposite of refreshing with that ickiness and the stab of medicinal bitterness after the sugar subsides.

I don't know why I am drinking this, except I thought it was a San Diego brewery. Well, sort of. I forgot they are quite upfront about it being contract brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery, which is why it says Monroe, Wisconsin on the 24 oz can.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, broadly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few sparse instances of waterspout lace around the glass as quickly blows off.

It smells of crisp apple skins, pale grainy malt, a touch of yeasty doughiness, and mildly skunky, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet white malt, apple and pear sauce, and lightly touched by the devil earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are generally supportive and undemanding, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, in that adjunct way. It finishes off-dry, with little beyond the smarmy malt and lingering cheap-ass fruitiness.

Another semi-successful attempt at craft mainstream respectability, in that it falls far shorter than normal. Still beyond the horizon, but hey, progress is progress.

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Photo of JMD
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Being the bargain shopper that I am, I just couldn't pass up the 24oz can of Blacktop Blonde for $1.99. Huge can of beer emblazoned with a pick up truck, charcoal grill, and cooler presumably filled with ice cold Blacktop Blonde. 'Merica, Fuck Yeah!!

So this beer looks exactly the way you would expect. Light golden color. Maybe a hint of orange if you look long enough. Frothy head that fades quickly.

It honestly smells better than I thought it would. Pretty typical macro aroma with a touch of honey.

this beer is surprisingly sweet, and not necessarily in bad way. think of a bland lager, add a touch of honey and know exactly what Blacktop Blonde taste like. That's how you break it down in a beer review.

Mouthfeel really isn't even worth noting. If you've had any one of the hundreds of macro, blonde, light beers, you know what I'm talking about.

Ok, so Tailgate Beer did what many other brewers have done with a "blonde ale". Lets make a beer that tastes like a macro lager to appeal to marco drinkers. Sure, slapping on the label "blonde ale" sounds sexy. "Ale" is such an exotic term to macro drinkers, and we all love "Blondes", right? Slap the words "craft beer" across the top and this is guaranteed to appeal to the refined palates of beer drinkers at NASCAR races and monster truck shows. Yee-haw...

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Photo of slobstad
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

five dollars($4.99) @BGO(Bellingham Grocery Outlet) versus a smidge more for lousy Oly 16 oz; found me making the choice...ultimately

So, this reminds me of a friend winning a new, red, four-door '05 Chevy Aveo in the EGO(Eureka Grocery Outlet) drawing to celebrate their new building's grand opening. wow...or else she'd gotten her comrades to buy her one identical, to scam the town with?

Ever see a new car close up? Me neither, until like every other EGO shopper there was one in the aisles every day to drool over like the rest of the offerings i could never afford anyway...i even rode my forty year-old ten speed to the dealership to sit inside of one similar

fred had been my IHSS care-giver the fall prior 3 hours once weekly; while a full time AFSCME union worker organizing other IHSS the next summer after she'd won the car, I got involved collecting signatures to present to the county supervisors in notoriously anti-union Humboldt county...winning AFSCME's "President's Award" normally given only union members


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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is light and fruity with a little malt to it. No hops detected in the scent.

Starts out lite the smell light and fruity with no real bitterness. No real complexity here it is pretty lightly flavored. A little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Wouldn't go very far to get one but this is pretty OK.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.47/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Canned 12/20/12.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sweet grassy flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is way too sweet and sugary to be very drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Medium or slightly bigger white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear pale golden colored beer.

Lemony and slightly bananaish aroma with some very light black pepper like spices and a definite sour grain weighing in.

A light wet taste of very light sour lemon and even lighter sour grains with just a touch of a hops bittering coming through.

Light almost dryish aftertaste without much taste remaining with this light bodied beer.

Not a lot going on here, I guess that makes it the perfect beerpong beer, but I'd rather have more substance and taste in my beers if I'm going to go to all the trouble involved with tailgating.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looking through the fridge for this evening's beer, and came across this one from TailGate and figured today was the day to drink it with the Super Bowl.

Stark white head that bubbles up and leaves a surprising lace. Straw gold would be a bit too dark of a description; effervescent and clear in the glass. American lager cream corn in the nose, but there is also a light malt and spice that goes with it. Spice could be hops or maybe even the yeast. Checking out the website for TailGate Beer, it reads like it's an unmentioned aroma hop that can be credited. Lightly sweet malt with a minor earthy hop underneath of the continued cream corn. Mouthfeel is fuller than it looks. The beer warms up fairly well, which is a test that most beers of this style fail miserably.

Honestly, I bought this beer because it was extremely cheap and to tick off a new brewery on the database, but it's better than expected. It did make Maxim magazines top beer list (according to the website), so maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Not going to buy another one (in case you missed the sarcasm of the last sentence), but not upset about drinking this one for the big game.

In looking for the link for the Maxim beer list, I found a few other interesting beer related items. In the Booze section, Maxim beer awards come in ten categories. Blacktop Blonde is listed under Drink of Champions, which is beer to drink when men hit other men in an athletic way. An article that is a craft beer glossary is also interesting to for not only what they included but what was left out.

Cheers and enjoy the game!

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Photo of Finn
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a rich gold color with lively carbonation. It has a simple aroma of apple juice and grains. The flavor is nice, and very simple, with more of a subtle sweetness to it than any kind of bitterness, with a pretty full bodied mouthfeel. A very drinkable, albeit perhaps one-dimensional blonde ale.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour - very clean and clear. Color is that of light straw or light golden. The head is a good inch of stark-white fluff resting on top. Not a bad looking beer coming out of the can.

Aroma - reminds me a bit of corn syrup at first. Very sweet, malty and grainy. Not a whole lot else going on in this department.

Taste - slightly sweet up front with some citrus and tropical fruit notes that I wasn't quite expecting. The grainy sweetness follows and this is rounded smoothly and lightly on the tongue. A very subtle tasting beer, not a whole lot of "oomph" in any direction. This has a slight twang of spice in the background but nothing that will jump out at you. Really it's just a solid American blonde ale in a can. No frills but decent nonetheless.

Overall - very, very drinkable. If you want a 12-pack option to bring tailgating and that you're diverse group of beer-drinking friends will all enjoy this just may be it. Refreshing, easy to drink and super easy on the palate.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz can into pint glass

A-poured a light straw yellow aith about 2 fingers of head that left a little lacing as it faded away

S-light fruity smell with some pear and lemon

T-light on flavor, a little bit of malt is almost hidden but is there along with slight hop bitterness

M-well carbonated with a fairly dry finish

O-not bad, but not anything complex

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Marketed toward tailgating—a pretty narrow market and some tough competition to be up against. Regardless, it’s what’s in the can that matters, right? Clear but some particles are in suspension; lacing is decent enough ... beery ap- pearance. Lemony, almost vinous twang in the nose, with some graininess in there as well. Light slick body, not bone- dry but close. Clean graininess throughout. Lemon bars or cookies come to mind ... not sweet, but zesty. Hint of herbal hops in the drying finish. Easy drinking, even if it is a bit off-kilter.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a can, and poured into a pint glass.

At first glance, I was not impressed by the color or taste of this brew. Both seemed to be a little above average. While the head was a nice color and had good lacing, the beer as a whole was not memorable. If I was actually having a tailgate party and wanted to not drink the likes of a bud, coors, or miller, I would serve this. But by itself it was not memorable and not something that I would get again. It was an average brew that could be so much more.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear blonde color. The head is on inch of bright white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, and some faint spicy hops. It is quite aromatic for a blonde ale. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the spicy hops are a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better blonde ales I've tasted. I could easily see myself drinking this again on a hot, sunny day.

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Photo of californiakebab
4.03/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours bright yellow with a fluffy white head that has fair retention, and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Clarity is brilliant, looks like a german pils.

Smell: Light floral aroma, some soft malty sweetness. You can definitely detect some cascade here.

Taste: Mostly sweet malt, with some breadiness, and some subtle hop character. There's a faint bite from the hops that does a nice job of balancing it out, making this a very, very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light, carbonation level is perfect to achieve the thirst quenching effect of a blonde ale.

Overall: I think Blacktop Blonde really fits the style well - extremely drinkable, and has a pleasant aroma and flavor to boot. Perfect for slugging down a hot day and not getting too inebriated (5% abv).

Nice job Tailgate!

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color wioth a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some honey appears to be present. Taste is crisp, malts up front, slightly sweet, a touch of hops at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hopsgirl35
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The apperance is a pale straw color that leaves
a little lace around the glass.

The aroma is a light citrus hops with a low
malt smell.

The taste is a little malty with a
medium citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bitter but it dos'nt
last long.

Overall it is a good grilling beer.
Taste good from the can to.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How this made it all the way from San Diego to Blue Max's mix-a-six i can only imagine.

Clear straw-gold colored brew. Pretty nice sized foamy white head. Pretty good amount of lace. Light sweet malt with a touch of floral hop. Light caramel front, light hop finish, maybe a touch of lemon. Light bodied, pretty smooth overall.

Not sure why the previous reviewers panned this one so much, ill have to read those after im done. Just a nice light brew, probably intended to be consumed in quantity, but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer with a big frothy head. Not much in the aroma department to speak about.

A thirst quenching beer, not much malt or hops, yeast flavor is almost nonexistant, but there is water. Corn if you're into that. Good for tailgating when its hot I guess. But why the price so high? There's nothing to this beer? I mean, even BMC has advertising $$ that figures into why their stuff costs so much, but this?

A decent palate cleanser for a hot day. Had at SDIBF.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CANnot remember who sent this to me, but I have a feeling that it was my dear trading partner, indiapaleale, who did so. If I am inCANrect, please set me straight. I want to spread the blame, I mean, give credit where credit is due accordingly.

From the CAN: "Award Winning Craft Brew!"; "Blacktop Blonde"; "Blacktop Blonde Ale is our homage to you, the tailgater. It is our way to say, 'We see you out there on the blacktop and we know you're thirsty.' This is why you deserve a 100 % natural craft beer brewed with the same stuff cavemen used thousands of years ago. Named with the help of 'Jay the Tailgate Guy', this is an Ameri[CAN] blonde ale that stays true to form. Bold use of [M]agmum and [C]ascade hops create a soft, subtle spice that sets this easy drinker apart from the rest. Beautiful golden malts complete this light colored, easy drinking ale."; "Crack one of these beauties wherever you are and in the immortal words of Jay, the tailgate Guy, 'Grill on.'"; "'The Official Beer of Tailgating'".

The Crack & Glug produced two rocky, bone-white fingers of head that fell nearly as quickly as I poured. Color was as advertised - a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty-sweet with just a whiff of Noble hops. Say, isn't that what I just wrote about the previous beer? Well, yes, and that is why I decided to follow one with the other. Mouthfeel was medium and the sweetness was a bit more prevalent here in the mouth. Finish lingered with a sweetness that was not enough to be outright cloying, but too sweet for this self-avowed hophead. Sorry, Blondie, but unless the Stillers are playing at the Chargers and I'm going to be in the parking lot tailgating with the infamous Pittsburgh 7 (Mad Dog, Crazy Mike, Gooch, Frere Denis, Steve-O, Jimmy and myself), you're getting left out. We need fuel!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 12th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden, two finger bright white head and some lacing

S - Mild hops, sour yeast smell, light malt and some earth notes. Pretty simple smelling

T - You can taste the hops right away. The malt sets in and than the sour yeast note with some toasted grains mixed in there. Smell = taste

M - Light, fluffy, short finish and leaves you wanting more

D - Drinks like a dream. Budweiser that tastes good. Plus the hops notes are nice. wish I knew the price

Final thought - Fun can, good flavor. I like!

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