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Brush Creek Blonde | Bonfire Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bonfire Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by spoony on 06-21-2013

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by spoony:
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2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A-The brew pours with a fat finger of soapy, nearly white head. Retention is moderate and there is a bit of lace left behind. The beer is hazy and a strange, rusty-tinted golden color. Some fine, champagne-like carbonation is visible.

S-The smell is very funky...almost like soft cheese. There are some wheat and grain scents, as well as an odd, sour, milky smell. A touch of fruity pale malts is discernible underneath the funk.

T-The taste is not nearly as odd as the smell, but it is not inspiring either. There is a little bit of hoppy bitterness (which is grassy and off-putting when combined with the grainy wheat taste), as well as some cracker-like, doughy, pale malts. A little bit of cheese and sour milk, as well.

M-The feel is soft, with ultra-fine, non-intrusive carbonation and a wet finish.

O-This was far from my favorite beer and the whole thing felt like a high school science experiment with all types of different flavors running into each other. The smell was just odd...funky, and not pleasing or inviting. I'm not sure if the can I purchased got cooked or what, but he smell was really a turn off. Fortunately, the taste was palatable, but less than impressive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rclark69
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.08/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brush Creek – Blonde Ale (4.8%) - Bonfire Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a slightly hazy straw green with a one finger white head that goes flat almost immediately. Lacing is noted but not persistent.

Smell: Cereal wheatiness dominates nose with an assertive grainy aroma and sweetness. Some very mild hops aroma. Very mild esters come through. Overall, very grain-forward and sweet smelling.

Taste: Just about the wheatiest thing I've ever tasted. Sort of like a liquid version of the winter wheat I've sampled at breweries. Some slight grassy flavors from the hops on the true taste. Caramel malts come through as well with a pleasant, slightly toasted sweetness. Malt heavy to be sure, with a slight sweetness on the afterstaste.

Mouth: Very round body with soft carbonation that makes it a very easy drinking beer.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 3/31/14.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of famous_mortimur
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

CAN: 12 fl oz. Aluminum. Yellow and blue label. Standard pull-tab.

4.8% ABV. Purchased at Argonaut Liquor in Denver and served cold into a nonical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White colour. Below average thickness. Average fullness. Below average creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special looking for a blonde ale.

AROMA: Blonde malts, Munich malts, mild floral hop character, flaked wheat. Clean barley. Some starchiness. Light grassiness. Some buttery notes come through - indicative of diacetyl. No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Not a great aroma for a blonde ale overall, but passable.

TASTE: Blonde malts, buttery character/diacetyl off-notes, stale barley, Munich malts, and generic floral hop character.

No overt alcohol or yeast character comes through.

Okay balance. Okay build. It's very pedestrian and boring. Plain and overly overt, with no subtlety, intricacy, or nuance at all. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's painfully shallow. There just isn't much flavour here.

TEXTURE: Buttery, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, crisp, overcarbonated inaptly medium-bodied, and overly thick. Overall presence on the palate is subpar. Fails to elevate the beer. Midding execution across the board.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Downable pedestrian underwhelming swill. Typical Bonfire fare - which isn't saying a lot. I won't be trifling with this again in the future, and I'll be highly reticent to purchasing other Bonfire beers. Needs serious work, but it's not undrinkable, and it does an okay job at hiding its ABV. Meh.

High D+

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Photo of DraftDaddy
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Muddy honey color, thin head that doesn't last. Lots of sediment. Smell is passable with some notes of crisp green apples and faint caramel malts. Taste is hoppier than expected, with bold bitterness. Grainy malt finish. Mouthfeel is rough and distracting.

Meh, another blonde beer in a can. Nothing special, but sadly what I expected from Bonfire Brewing.

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Photo of BDeibs
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, kinda wheaty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, wheaty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a nice little brew.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

im surprised people dont like this better than they do, a well made, slightly floral, flavorful blonde beer, especially for normal yellow beer drinkers, i would have through people would find this refreshing little session beer a little more agreeable. pale blonde and very well carbonated, amassing over an inch of fading white head. appealing. the nose and taste are both focused on light but very fresh pilsener malt and pale two row (from what i gather). there is a bit of hopping, but not bitterness to speak of, its a summery floral style hopping, maybe something czech, bright and clean finishing, extremely easy drinking at under 5% abv, and downright refreshing either as an all day beer, a palate cleanser, or a yard work brew, i like what this does honestly, and expect it to get a little more attention as the warmer weather rolls in. not what i usually drink, but this is tasty.

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Photo of MSL94
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Brush Creek Blonde from Bonfire Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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