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Bonito Blonde Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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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:
An approchable beer, with some substance. Our Bonito blonde ale is inspired by our perma-sunny days. This brew draws you in with its golden color and soft malt character, while the light mouthfeel and dry finish keeps you coming back. And what would set a San Diego blonde apart? A subtle hint of hops, naturally.


Added by TonyTwins on 02-09-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,387
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
133
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
42
Trade:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of blase1229
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is soft and mellow. Very easy to drink, and has no bite. It's our beer of the month, and is second to the BP: Fathom IPA. Worth the purchase, even during these cold days ahead.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wac9
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice beer with a great finish glad I pick it up

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Photo of mjurney
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Straw color, slight haze. Highly carbonated. Thick bright-white head.

Aroma:
Sweet pale malts, slight fruit, crisp, hint of honey.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet pale malts, white bread, slight biscuit. Hint of fruity yeast. Hop bitterness is mild, mostly citrus-spicy. Dry finish. Light-medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, dry, moderate carbonation.

Overall:
I think is a great example of American Blonde Ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and an earthy quality.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of light malt notes, some good citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a bit of the aforementioned earthy quality, and some hops (mostly in the finish). A lightweight, well done flavor. It won't win any prizes for complexity (what blonde ale will?), but it is sweet and refreshing.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid, easy to like beer. A good session brew. Drinkable.

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Photo of Joshuacarper18
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trailboss76
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light to mid golden / blonde color. Average head, lots of carbonation. Aroma - hints of bitter, sweets, and spicy. A fairly light, smooth first couple of tastes but not seeming weak. A nice drinker with a steady, spicy flair. Though resembling a lager, it's down a different trail in terms of taste. (* Entered my rating from notes long after actually drinking the beer).

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Schlitz74
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head. It left some lacing on the glass. It is an average beer over all.

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Photo of braskey
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE: October 5, 2017... OCCASION: warm October night--time to drain the last of the summer stock... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a clear, lively golden body and a white, bubbly head that resembles a sponge... a waft of lemon zest mingles with pine, light cracker malts, and grapefruit... attractive and a bit forward for a beer with 4.5% ABV... fizzy, lively as its look, with the texture of a sessions IPA... mellow at the end, with an endearing aftertaste... lemon, grapefruit, hay, and light pine make for a refreshing beer with "some substance," as the can suggests... smooth, solid beer here--definitely more than a rinser, though it drains rapidly without apology... a great throw-in to a mix-pack--especially a blind one, care of a break pack...

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bnes09
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, dated 17124
Golden body with a slight haze and a creamy off-white head. Aroma has some pale malt, faint citrus, and earthy grassy hop. More hop forward than expected: earthy & grassy hops set the tone; pale and possibly Munich malts add a nutty grain character. Lighter body, smooth with higher carbonation, finishing dry and somewhat bitter yet quite clean. I could drink this in the backyard anyday. Drinks easily with enough hop character to keep it interesting.

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Photo of stanale
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Bonito Blonde Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "BO 7 17067 14:07"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Obviously named for a beautiful fish, it's also a beautiful beer. Clear yellow-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white that steadily settles to a thin surface covering. The lacing that's present could be much better but we'll see what happens later. The aroma is clean and malty sweet, lightly citrus-fruity, and mildly floral and grassy. The flavor follows with more depth. It's gently sweet, a bit spicy, and a touch fruity with some lime-like citrus upfront, balanced by a median bitterness across the middle, and then followed by a dry finish with some light grassiness. Nicely done. Perfectly balanced. Medium-light in body and crisp. Overall refreshing and easy to drink but with enough character to keep it interesting for more than one.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkGX
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bonito Blonde Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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