Alpha Blonde | Morgantown Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Morgantown Brewing Company
West Virginia, United States
morgantownbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A seductively soft, easy drinking blonde ale, with an emphasis on a fragile and complex malt character. Made with Belgian candi sugar, honey malt and select Belgian and American grain. Slightly sweet and creamy; perfect for the session connoisseur and the timid domestic drinker looking for an introductory craft beer.

This brew was made to please the novice craft beer drinker. Dubbed the "domestic with a kick" it provides a smooth, pleasant flavor throughout. More flavorful than your domestic beers, but light enough that anyone can enjoy.

17 IBU

Added by JamesS on 12-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
19.56%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased a lot of CANs from a fellow from Pittsburgh during a recent BCCA event in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). I am watching the Marshall (WV)/Pitt game right now, so this seemed like a good time to Crack! this one open.

From the CAN: "Proudly crafted and [CAN]ned in Morgantown, West Virginia"; "Cheat [CAN]yon Coopers Rock".

I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced a gentle Glug as the Blonde was having troubles & I did not want to further upset her. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. I got a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Nose had a biscuity-grassy scent, more akin to a lager, but I was not CANplaining. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, but very effervescent. The taste was rather sweet, more bready then biscuity, with a light grassiness. Finish was semi-sweet with a grassy, honey-like biscuitiness. It was tasty, but there was noting to distinguish it from a large field. This is one of their flagships & if I were forced to attend a WVU game & its attendant tailgating, I would not have a problem with filling my cooler with CANs of this one. Aside from that, I CANnot find anything to reCANmend it.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbf190
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
1.43/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I've had bad beers and I've had horrific beers. The Michelob ultra from last week? Bad. This one? Horrific.

A mildly hazy orange with a large, off white head with good retention and little lacing, this looks OK. The nose is just plain awful. When poured fresh, this has an incredibly unpleasant blend of metallicity and vegetal hops, and as the carbonation dies down, it gains a stale, dull malt character. Nothing could prepare me for the palate, though. My first reaction was to spit it out (haven't done that in a while!). Just awfully metallic and vegetal with notes of garbage juice. It improves greatly once allowed to breathe, but seriously, who decants a blonde ale? Honey, vegetal hops and a weird pungency are present. Watery on the palate, faintly bitter on the finish. Awful.

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Photo of fishguyac
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice and clear gold from a growler. Very little head. Just a light aroma of fruits. Moderate carbonation apparent. Starts with a fruity sweet kick and finishes off a little bitter. Well balanced and not overpowering or complex in any way, very light, an easy drinker. This grew on me, just good enough to be a good session beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of KingPurple
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRamie
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dogleg
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of skaboom420
1.89/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of jmdavisson
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brighteyes868
4.47/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and light, easy drink.

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Photo of Kidwvu
4.6/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Beer. Looking forward to buying at local stores.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zp6167a
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhayhay
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of lelumarie
4/5  rDev +26.2%

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Alpha Blonde from Morgantown Brewing Company
3.17 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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