Bonito Blonde Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Chicago exclusive.

Inspired by a California sunny day. Golden color and soft malt character with a light mouthfeel, subtle hop bite, and dry finish.

Added by TonyTwins on 02-09-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
1
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31
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkGX
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a crisp and refreshing blonde ale here, almost lager-like in its lightness and capacity to quench, easy all day kind of stuff, but somewhat less flavorful than the best of the ballast point beers, but its rad that its in cans now, and i think the craft world needs more beer like this. golf course beer, boat beer, that sort of context makes this just right, but a warning too, this is far better when its pulled from a chest of ice and freezing, and really doesnt taste half as good when it warms up even a little bit, so drink quickly and grab another one! nice pale malt flavor to this, and a hop complexion thats mild and citrusy but without bitterness, and excellent carbonation. dry cereal, lemongrass, drying ale yeast, this is a slammer. despite all the changes that have gone on with these guys and the huge range of strange releases since then, i still like and admire a lot of their beers, they have a continuity through them that i think is endearing, and this blonde ale is well ahead of the field for what it is.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ronjohn
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tedho21
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Head with low retention. Light straw color.

Nose: Mostly malt, hints of honey.

Taste: Ah, crisp citrus and a hop interplay. Bit of honey sweetness underneath, too.

Mouth: Smooth, light medium.

A blonde not unlike a pils (albeit an ale). Great beer for the summertime, light but not lacking in flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of dryness and a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: There's nothing overly special about the taste of this beer, but there's at least a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of paulwain
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - 4.5 - Light golden color, slightly cloudy perhaps, with a 1-2 finger white head when poured from the bottle.
Smell - 4.5 - Not a lot to the smell overall, perhaps, as somewhat expected from a blond ale, but there are hints of citrus (lime?) hiding in the aroma that draw you in.
Taste - Not super mild, but not over powering, and the citrusy taste lingers. Perhaps a slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so, aftertaste.
Feel - 4 - Foams up a little in the mouth, not unpleasantly but perhaps unexpectedly, but goes down smoothly. Leaves a little on the tongue perhaps but not on the back of the mouth (I docked it a little in this area as a result)

Overall - 4.5 - Aside from the Sculpins, and Wahoo, this is probably one of favourite pours from the Ballast Point arsenal. The slight malty citrus taste is a good juxtaposition to their Sculpins, and when Wahoo cannot be found this is the one to go for in my book. Unfortunately it disappears a bit too quickly from the glass so I docked a mark for that ;) Overall very pleasant drink and one of my current faves.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bonito Blonde Ale pours a jazzy straw and beige like color. Carbonation is visible through the haze. A moderately large foamy white head retains well and leaves Saturn like rings of sticky soapy lace.
In the nose I first detect a hint of banana although it is brief and fades quickly and never to appear again. More fruit follow and leave more of an impression, mainly pear and grapefruit. The floral hops profile really begins to come through and leaves a light perfumy fragrance, along with mild dank.
In the mouth it is crisp, somewhat clean and with a medium to light body. The carbonation has a moderate sting that is just about right. There is a pear and grapefruit like light fruitiness. A clean and thin crackers malt profile is in the background. The hops are floral and add a moderate prickle. Clean, floral and with a nice lemon twang in the finish.
This beer is easy to drink and relatively simple. This would make a good session beer. I found it delightful for its modest simplicity. A good job by one of my favorite breweries. Not sure why it doesn't have higher reviews.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwd
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sayb
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden yellow with a medium head and good lingering lacing.
Smell is light and fruity with a hint of citrus.
Taste is slightly sweet grainy malt.
A bit of mild grassy floral finish

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Photo of Pacioli1445
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MGibbons
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Bonito Blonde Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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