Great Reno Ballon Race Balloon Brew Crystal Blonde Ale | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 09-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yellow fizzy beer but with a heartier all barley appearance to it, just under one inch of white head on the top. Good look. Aroma had a mildly fruity lager/steam kind of ale vibe to it.

Taste actually imparted some, and it was enjoyable. This is legitimately a better kind of all access beer than what is bandied about by macros, and not just for the sake of saying drink local or whatnot.

Real enjoyable start of summer kind of brew, not overly hopped or malty, just easy drinking with some steam like yeast impact. I can dig it sucka.

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Photo of rolandblais
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dertyd
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip glass

A: poures a dirty blond nice foggyness to it kinda looks like an ipa but deff not one

S:smell of grains with a little hop presence

T:hoppy bitter at first taste with a nice grainy finish almoast a pale lager not a blonde ale

M:verry crisp and dry good summer time beer

O:overall this is my favorit beer from great basin so far out of the 3 I tried I was in reno and made a point to try this breweris beer this one is realy good I could realy tip theese back all day verry tasty beer foor a blonde

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw color yellow with a bit more substance, .75" head, white on the top, nice lace clinged to the Nevada Wolfpack glass. Aroma was nice, I liked whatever yeast strain they used, imparted a mild, yet fresh fruit kind of ester.

Taste, wow, this actually has taste and is nice and smooth, while being easy drinking. Really, the yeast is what stands out, its delicate and tasty, like a mild undercurrent of watermelon and green grape flowing through it (not in a white wine way though). Malt and hops are extremely low here, and it suits the beer. I think hardcore artisan beer nerds and run of the mill people could enjoy this one. Its tough to make a blonde beer that your average "I drink to get drunk" fool would appreciate. Not for that guy.

Seeing as it was summer time, and this was a really limited brew, I figured why not pick up something light for tailgates and whatnot. Glad I did.

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Great Reno Ballon Race Balloon Brew Crystal Blonde Ale from Great Basin Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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