30A Beach Blonde Ale
Grayton Beer Company

30A Beach Blonde Ale30A Beach Blonde Ale
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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #725
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,602
Avg:
3.34 | pDev: 14.67%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
139
From:
Grayton Beer Company
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
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30A Beach Blonde Ale30A Beach Blonde Ale
Notes: LIFE SHINES on Scenic Highway 30A. But 30A is much more than a strand of idyllic beach villages along Florida's Gulf Coast. This light-bodied blonde ale greets your palate with a subtle citrus nuance and mild malt sweetness. 30A Beach Blonde Ale is a refreshing and sessionable ale that conjures up that relaxed coastal attitude anytime, anywhere. So kick off your flip-flops, grab a cold 30A Beach Blonde Ale, and relax. Slow down, you're here.
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Mojo from Alabama

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I probably shouldn't have followed a big hop bomb with this offering. It is an easy drinking beer with a lemony sweetness to it, very little hop profile and a nose that is mild to almost imperceptible. But I did pick up some hints of floral and grasses. It is a pretty good looking beer in the glass. A generous pour yields a fluffy two finger head and there is a ton of lacing. Honestly this beer is probably better drank on a warm summer afternoon than in early January.

Jan 03, 2021
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David_Frisco from Alabama

2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very ordinary microbrew. It is refreshing and definitely is directed at novices. A decent beach beer, but you might as well buy Natural Light....much cheaper, similar tastes. Popular with novices who buy into the 30A cult following. These people should get out more and try some of Grayton Beer's more complex offerings.

Mar 02, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a clear golden color with a nice head, which slowly diminishes and leaves lacing. Lots of streams of bubbles stream up from the bottom. Light and refreshing, a touch of malt in the mouth and nose. Perfect served cold on a Florida Beach! If it is legal, of course.

Jul 22, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Fairpark Grill on March 26, 2018. Light and crisp and refreshing, 30A Beach Blonde is crafted at the beach, for the beach. It's ideal for long relaxing days and for those with an active Emerald Coast lifestyle.

Apr 07, 2018
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, soapy white head. Soft, biscuity-yeast aroma. Hazy, straw yellow color. Starts with a very nice, pleasant maltiness with a touch of sweetness and spice. A touch thin in body. Finish is more smooth malt and spice on top.

This is pretty nice. Malt-centric goodness.

Nov 03, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with minimal head.
Smell is grassy with lemon. A bit of a dank, sour odor.
Taste is citrus/lemon with some sweet malt. Mild hops. Tastes better than it smells.
Crisp and refreshing but kind of average.

Aug 07, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a frosted pint glass at acme oysters

Thick two finger white foam cap

Clear golden with some carbonation streams

Lemon citrusy taste, almost like a light radler

Clean and crisp ,

Good compliment to fresh oysters

Good beer

Jul 03, 2017
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rjsweet from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy drinking beer with enough hops to not overpower. This is a light color, thin head but tastes good. Works for me. Paired well with oysters on the half shell.

Jun 12, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a fingernail of dishwater white covering a quarter of the top. The aroma is of light malt and light bready notes. I'm tasting some light, sweet malt. The mouth is light, refreshing, and fairly quaffable.

Jun 10, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with disappearing white cap.

Aroma is subtle giving off a clean scent of light malt and slightly spicy hops.

Flavor is smack in the pack for beach brews generally. Very similar to the popular AAL lagers without the heavy adjunct grain middle. Just has a cleaner overall flavor than, say, Coors or any of the Lights.

Mild texture and spritely carbonation.

Light in color, flavor and texture just as it was intended to be. The low ABU (12) removes it from competing with the more highly hopped European lagers yet it does have their general sense of completeness which I find lacking in most AALs which tend to have some rough edges. No worse than the others I mentioned and I can get it fresh.

May 26, 2017
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jkrich from Florida

3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a 12 oz. bottle with a friend at a local beach club. Poured a very nice bright and clear golden hue. Very little aroma or at least nothing memorable. The flavor is refreshing if a little bland. Some cracker like flavor and slight sourness in the finish.
Overall, a good light-bodied ale with low ABV for the beach. This blonde is good but I prefer the one on the label.

May 24, 2017
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singletary from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a slight yellow color with very little head but plenty of carbonation to it. Smell is light lemon and the taste also has a lemon to it. There is a mild hoppy taste but very weak. Mouthful is light but not watery. Overall a good summer drink.

Apr 22, 2017
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HefeSchwissen from Alabama

4.31/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

30A Bleach Blonde Ale reminds me of the beach and the summer. It's a light color ale, slightly cloudy, not heavy at all and has a clean finish. Can't wait for summer.

Feb 24, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great summer beer. Taste and loos very similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale. Goes down really really smooth and on a hot day a six pack of this beer would be so ideal

Jan 15, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Golden with a small light head
Smell- light citrus and hoppy smell. Not overwhelming. Mainly lemon
Taste- Citrus and mild hops. Mainly lemon.
Feel- Light bodied
Overall- Good beer. Mild hints of citrus and hops. Light and crisp, very drinkable. Worth a try.

Dec 29, 2016
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Radome from Florida

3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium gold color and clear. Moderate, fluffy white head and strings of tiny bubble constantly rising through the beer.

S - Only aroma is a delicate citrus, similar to lemongrass. No malt or yeast shows through, although the citrus is not strong.

T - Light bready malt and lemongrass-like hops, bt not much flavor from either.

F - Thin body. Light but spritzy carbonation. No alcohol presence. Low hops bitterness that comes across as almost acidic, like lemon juice.

O - This is a light, crisp, clean beer that is not exciting or outstanding in any way, yet fuflills its goal of beein refreshing and drinkable.

Dec 08, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

30A Beach Blonde Ale has a very thick, spongy, off-white head, a hazy, almost orange-gold appearance, with some ascending bubbles, and heavy lacing, left on the glass. The beer becomes even hazier, when the caked, tan sediment is swished & poured in. Aroma is of slightly lemony, biscuity malt, white bread crust, sweetness, and sourdough. Taste is of all that, with a just noticeable hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium, and 30A Beach Blonde Ale finishes semi-dry and highly gulp-able.

RJT

Dec 01, 2016
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L-Bubbly straw blonde with slight reddish hint. Small soapy head.
S-Strong wheat. Slight malt.
T-Very slight malt. Sourness comes from the wheat which is pretty pleasant and refreshing. Also an off put flavor that I can't put my finger on... huh...
F-Thicker than expected. It's okay, but not very fresh.
O-Is it a good beer for outdoor shenanigans such as barbecues and beach outings? Yes.
Is it a good beer for casually sipping and experiencing sophisticated flavors? Not by a long shot.
To put this simply, this beer is better than corona. With lime it would be awesome, outside at that beach or somewhere hot. So, this beer is pretty good for what it is. It's calling for lime, and hot weather which pretty much sums up everything this brew is about. No, it isn't exceptional at all. But once again, its good for what it's worth.If you're going somewhere hot and want a refreshing beer, give 'er a try.

Sep 27, 2016
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-clear golden color with a white head
S-slight hop aroma with a banana smell in there
T-taste the same as smell
f-light body and medium carbonation
O-good beach beer

Jul 25, 2016
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gerite from Alabama

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very light bodied beer that goes well with a hot summer day on the beach. Mostly malty with a slight fruit taste. Pairs very well with seafood. A very drinkable beer.

Jun 18, 2016
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AraBama from Alabama

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold slight white head with decent lacing.A little floral smell.Refreshing tastes good for a hot sunny day.Light easy feel. Not a bad beer for the beach or some yard work.

Jun 05, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of adjunct, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness associated. Tastes of pale malt, slight adjunct, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, weak aroma, body, and it is too dry.

May 25, 2016
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jadpsu from Georgia

2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a mostly clear vey light amber in color, with a white head that quickly dissipates and leaves some, but not much lace.
Smell has a faint lemon peel. Same in the taste.
Not too good on this one.

Dec 22, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy gold with particulates, producing just over 1.5 fingers of frothy, off-white, shortlived head that leaves only a little lace. Aroma is bready & fruity: pale malt & biscuit with notes of apple, lemon, grass & yeast. Taste is bready, grain, pale malt & biscuit, apple sauce & lemon notes with grass & yeast hints in a dry finish that yields a pale malt, spicy, hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation & a pepper prickle, astringent & dry.

Nov 16, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The aroma is weak and slightly hop scented. The appearance is slightly murky amber with a small white head. The flavor is uneventful. I have had a lot better.

Nov 08, 2015
30A Beach Blonde Ale from Grayton Beer Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 139 ratings