Upside Down Blonde | Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This American Blonde Ale is brewed with pilsner and wheat malt for a light and refreshing year-round brew. Its soft malt character is complimented by the addition of American Noble hops to provide a smooth balanced flavor without aggressive bitterness.

23 IBU

Added by AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold, with a nice white head. Thin but pleasant lace.

Nose is sweet, with hints of honey and spice. Unusual, and not expected from a "blonde ale".

Flavor is light, with a fruity twang to it. I get some apricot notes, as well as some kind of funk in the fruitiness (which I'm not sure is supposed to be there, but isn't bad). There is a touch of hops toward the finish.

Overall, an enjoyable session ale that I would try again, definitely.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It looks the part. Not as hazy as a hefe, but it's clearly got a cloud-like look. Moderate golden yellow color, though slightly darker because of the clouds. The head is as huge as you want it to be and retains forever. Only after minutes does it fall leaving a chunky lace.

The flavors die quickly, but if you take a sniff early, you can pick up the tang of the wheat and some citrus notes.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired because it doesn't taste at all like a hefe, or even a wheat beer for that matter. The pilsner malts confused me and gave it a convoluted taste. The addition of Noble hops didn't help the equation. It's supposed to be complex, but I just found it confusing.

They really missed it here. A wheat or hefe is supposed to be tangy and spicy, and this is just savory and grainy. Ultimately, it doesn't feel 'bad' per se, it just misses the boat for the style.

Confusion in a bottle. Doesn't taste like a blonde, doesn't taste like a hefe, doesn't taste like a wheat beer. So what the hell is it?

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Helles glass

A - Hard pour produces a head that is 3/4 of a finger in height and is a light froth in appearance. The head dissipates very quickly and is a bright white in color. The beer itself is slightly hazy with moderate to high carbonation with readily visible bubbles, large in size, rising quickly toward the surface. 3.5/5

S - Light sweet cereal grains, wheat, and a light caramel sweetness make up the majority of the aroma with the focus really being on the malt and wheat with this beer. There is a bit of a green apple aroma as well as a bit of pear and peach with grassy hops notes. 4/5

T - Light caramel and Cheerios hit my tongue right off the bat providing a nice grainy sweetness prior to any bitterness to follow. There is a bit of lightly toasted wheat bread. Not overly wheat. The middle is comprised primarily of a slightly fruitiness, much like the aroma, with hints of peach and pear. A bit of citrus peel and grassy bitterness finish off the flavor profile with the bitterness being a bit more heightened than expected and it lingers for quite some time. 3.5/5

M - Significant carbonation burn until the swallow. Moderately drying with a dryness that lingers. Light bodied in stature. 3.5/5

O - Light drinking beer, as a blonde should be. However there is significantly more bitterness than I expect from a blonde or a wheat ale. Flavors, with the exception of the bitterness, come across more as undertones than jump out and grab you flavors. 3.5/5

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

disappointing, if I closed my eyes this could've been a labatt's blue... nothing special

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First taste of Flat 12, and it’s their Upside Down Blonde. Poured into a pint glass at Coal Pizza Company in downtown Indianapolis.

A: Definitely a blonde: pale gold with a definite shine. The head is white and foamy, not thick but not BMC thin. No lacing and just a touch of retention.

S: Quite light, but you can definitely make out notes of bitter grains, blueberry, mild pine, and Pilsner malt. Slightly above-average, but nothing more.

T: Good hop presence – more bitter and satisfying than I anticipated. Comes off with a clean berry taste and some light red grape sweets, on top of a foundation of simple (but not unsatisfying) white bread and grain. Finishes with a surprisingly chewy Pilsner feel, tastes of bread crust and grain husk resounding.

M: Smooth and drinkable, with the carb hardly prickling at all on the way down. Feels standard and slightly watery in that way, but drinkable enough to make me wonder where that full glass of beer went so fast.

O: A good beer, but nothing to go crazy about. It has opened my interest to Flat 12, though…seems like they have their head on straight.

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3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very golden crystal color. White head mostly bubbly soap, no lacing....

S- Smells like sweet malts and adjuncts. Some honey smell.

T- Tastes very similar to the smell .Not really any hops there, an overpowering honey and corn flavor to me.

M-It's smooth I'll give it that.

O-Bleh, won't drink this again

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Upside Down Blonde from Flat 12 Bierwerks
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 64 ratings