Blacktop Blonde | Tailgate Beer

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Tailgate Beer
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CPeterson on 03-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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 t2grogan
2/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 LXIXME
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
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 biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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 javlin624
1.48/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -67.2%

Photo of californiakebab
4.03/5  rDev +32.1%
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 Gerasimos
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Basoos1
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of enelson
3.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was better thsn most of the reviews. It has a pleasant sweetness to it.

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Photo of CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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 BlottoOtto
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
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 JustinQ
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of woodychandler
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
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 samturner
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Blacktop Blonde from Tailgate Beer
Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 64 ratings