Bailey's Blonde Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Bailey's Blonde AleBailey's Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies 6.5 - 7.5%

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of jilly425
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of AJ01923
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clean looking beer with a soapy white head, transparent and lacing everywhere. Nose is all spicy grassy floral hops with a present but shy malt sweet backbone. Sweet light caramel starts it off & immediately followed by a mouth exploding floral orange hop burst - I'm guessing some use of Amarillo hops, amazingly balanced and drinkable. That hop goodness lingers for a few minutes after the sip, drinkability: high.

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Photo of joeroma5
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bjohnson
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a frequent blonde ale sampler, but I gave this one a try, like all the ciscos. starts off with a cloudy golden color, good size head that holds throughout leaving good lace. Has a fruity fresh smell, fruity taste with lots of hops and a smooth dry after taste. Drinkability is very good, especially on those humid dog days of summer. Probably their best offering and the one with the most consistency.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ray of sunshine on a gray day. So explosive it might take me all day to contain it with my mere 22 oz. wine glass. Smell is a beautiful, bright white pepper. Just enough lemonsugar to balance the sweettartness and metallerific bite. A bit chalky and leaves a long dusty funk. This is beauty.

Notes to self: you had this on draft in the past and was not impressed. the bottle conditioning makes this much more special.

also, avoid the yeast pour. it kills this beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy, golden color with a HUGE white head (Corey warned me!) that remained as pillows of frothy bubbles and left globs of sticky lacing.

S - Citrus hop aroma with a bit of sweetness in the background.

T - Strong bite of citrus hops is tamed with malty sweetness before finishing bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - abv is the only thing stopping me from rating the drinkability a 5.

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Photo of Brad007
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a golden copper color with a thick, frothy head. Not quite "blonde" here.

Aroma: Light and malty with a hint of citrus and light hop bitterness.

Taste: Light and bready. Sweet with light hop bitterness. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light and bready with hop bitterness. Goes down easily.

Drinkability: Easily one of the best blonde ales I've had. Very light and drinkable. Doesn't feel cheap or watered down. Alcohol is pretty high for a blonde ale but doesn't detract from the overall taste.

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Photo of 6470zzy
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours a pale gold reminiscent of liquid sunshine with a meringue type head that is a wonder unto itself. After calling upon my self control I was able to await the leisurely ebbing of the head which left in its wake a beautiful thick lacing that cascaded down the sides of my crystal pilsner glass.

Smell:The aroma of this blonde is an intense burst of grapefruit and pine woods scent, the perfect aroma therapy for the "Winter Blues."

Taste: A cascade of citrus and pleasingly bitter hop oils on the finish

Mouth Feel: Smooth, full and creamy in texture, a delight to the tongue and taste buds.

Drinkability:This is a very fine ale indeed. I have added this to my list of regular pours and I look forward in eager anticipation to my next encounter with this beautiful blonde.

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Photo of LBBeer
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cisco Brew Pub of Nantucket in Boston Logan Airport. This brew is a good reason to get to the airport early!

A--Hazy golden orange, with just a little head. Head is very light, not thick and frothy.

S--Big bitter nose, just how I like it. Called a blonde, but smells like an IPA.

T--Even better it drinks like an IPA. Lots of bittering and aroma hops. Lack of dryhopping keeps the bitterness from being overpowering against a light sweet malt profile.

M--Not a lot of carbonation, which is probably good as it would probably throw of the nice malt/hops balance.

O--Very quaffable, but kind of a palate wrecker. My kind of brew.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle capped.

Poured a hazy light straw color with a huge marshmellow white head with tons that stuck to the side of the glass. Slight grassy notes in the nose with a good lemon spiciness. Taste was some of the most refreshing beer I have had in a while. Especially because it was 80+ degrees out. Fresh, cool, lemon flavor, spicy hop flavor and a strange creamy, buttery flavor. Tart, but not overly so. Zesty and perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of utah44
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is heavenly brew, but not quite what I expected in a blonde ale.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass gave a large head that persisted and exhibited nice lacing. Smell was remarkably pungent with a great hop aroma. Color was deep yellow reminiscent of high-specific gravity micurition.

Flavor was excellent, but more like a pale ale. Hops and malts seemed to be well-balanced but the bitterness presisted. So mouthfeel was also excellent and drinkability was outstanding. I think I will get a 6-pack next time.

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best golden ales of the area. Nice color and medium body which is a plus for a style that is often too thin. Good hop spicyness also not remniscent of the other local goldens. Goes dwon easy from the tap.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into a Cisco pint.

A - Pours a very hazy pale golden orange color. A two finger white head with mounds is retained very well and leaves a beautiful tiered lacing down the glass. Some tiny specks of suspended sediment compliment the look pleasingly.

S - Very floral with some lemon zest and serious hops.

T - The flavors follow the nose with an added grassy flavor. There is a mellow malt sweetness and finishes with a crisp, bitter finish. Very hoppy for the style, but the hops round out the flavors to make an extremely balanced and refreshing brew.

M - Very high carbonation, in a good way, with a light to medium feel. The carbonation gives a crisp finish and none of the flavors really linger on the tongue long after each sip.

O - Wow! I have tried every one of Cisco's beers and this has to be my favorite. Great summertime beach beer with serious hops and flavor for a typically underwhelming style. If you can get it fresh, I highly recommend.

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Photo of sponberg
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle, poured into a 20 oz pint glass - very slowly, as the yeast they used to bottle condition this puppy is a rowdy one. Pale hazy gold with a huge white head.

Aroma of coarse citric hop, yeast, bready malt - says "drink me!" So I did. Starts with a nice, sharp citric hop bite that lingers throughout and really sets the tone. Then yeastiness, a (slightly) grainy-in-a-good-way malt, a touch of honeylike sweetness join in, followed by a coriander flavor I'd expect from a Wit - maybe not to style, but damn does it balance everything else out nicely (see below). Very spritzy, tingly mouthfeel. Finishes with a great, dryish grapefruit rind, with bready malt and coriander-honey notes, aftertaste. Bailey's a good dog, yes he is!

2004 update: No coriander to speak of; just a beautiful, rustic, hoppy pale ale. Highly carbonated, but the bitter/citrus/malty/yeastiness of it makes for such an enjoyable brew. Should have bought a case instead of a bottle - and the wagon instead of the sedan so that it could fit along with all of the kid detritus from a Cape trip.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of corey0212
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this a 3 for appearance, because it was an absolute nightmare to pour. I've poured a few beers in my time, so I've a pretty good handle on how it's done. I poured this into my hefeweizen glass, and maybe that was the wrong choice....either way, the second the beer hit the glass, the whole glass filled with foam. After finessing the bottle for a whille, I was able to get down to business. And, wow, I'm floored. Nice yellowy/orange color, very hazy. The pillowy/mountainous head hangs around for the duration. I wasn't expecting this to be quite as hoppy as it is....and I love it. Very drinkable, the piney hop taste wouldn't scare away any newbies, but there should be enough flavor/hop kick for the most seasoned BA vets.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750ml of this at State Line in MD just because I hadn’t seen it or heard of it before. This appeared a slightly hazy yellow with a tall rocky white head. The head breaks down into a hilly surface with clumps of lacing being left around the glass. Very floral and earthy in the nose, there are slight notes of doughy malt as well. The flavor starts of with a mild citric bitterness accompanied by earthy hop notes. A bit of doughy malt was present as well, with a slight sweetness abound. The aftertaste had a citric bitter bite to it that was quite pleasant. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a good clean crisp taste. Drinkability was excellent I could drink this beauty all night it I could get it locally. Surprisingly hoppy and good beer that I am more than pleased with.

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Photo of robhunta
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bit hazy golden blonde with three fingers of light fluffy head that dissipates to a crispy lacing

Live the aromas of hops and sweet malt with some nice doughy yeast

A very hoppy blond ale, a bit less malt and yeast flavor than the aroma

Nice light bodied and crisp mouthfeel

Overall this is a very nice beer I would certainly but it again and great for the spring season

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This hefty-sized ale is hazed pale golden with a thick crown of lace from its very active carbonation. It has a pretty wild nose; citric, earthy and a little peppery, with bread, biscuit dough and pears. Its smooth and creamy medium body is a bit in the raw, with full-on yeast flavors, fruitiness and all. This does not, however, interrupt the complex overtones of biscuity malt, citric herbal and woody hop flavors; there's also a perfect level of bitterness. This beer's rawness does not take away from its drinkability; it actually pulls us in, sip after sip. Amazing.

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Photo of putnam
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rushed past any glance at the consensus because I wanted to capture the image of this glorious pour. I even tested it: the three-inch surf on top. I poured again and again, enough to cause masses of airy beer solids to succumb to gravity in another beer -- and either fail to mount or roll fatly over the edge of the glass. This formed a stiff mushroom of yellowed white gas. It held. The liquid was a shocking caramel yellow powdered with dusty cell-matter. After five minutes there remained a one-inch outcropping of (what appeared to be) stiffly beaten, unpasteurized egg white.
The aromas were succulently citric -- like over-ripe lemons. A biscuity, dry flour aroma rose to fill the shape.
On the palate it was bracingly bittered. Broad, lemon and honey flavors were delivered in this intensely pressurized, steeply alcoholic, firm-textured potable.

My god! I have only begun this 750 ml. What a foolish move.

I like this beer. It tastes like sun and rocks. It is a type -A- style. Interestingly, there is an undeniable seriousness here too. It is a pure American beer from the birthplace of modern democracy!; or therabouts.

--- little bitter on the finish ---

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very, very pale gold with a big frothy lacy white head. Huge head, by the way. Even a gentle pour brings an enormous frothy head. Smell is spicy and citrusy.

Taste is bitter, very generously hopped. Citrus flavors are prominent with spices (coriander among others) in the finish. Much hoppier than I would've expected from the smell and the style. Very bight bitter aftertaste from hops and spices. Creamy. This is not an everyday beer for me but it is damn tasty. I can honestly say I've never tasted anything quite like it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I get to sit back with this brew. I don't know how I let it just sit there, but maybe I was thinking that it would reproduce.

Pours to a hazy yellow orange color with a thick white bubbly head on top. This is the first Cisco bottle that did not have an out of control head on it. It sits for quite some time and leaves behind a mass of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy nose with lemons and grapefruits. Sweet grains in the backround.

Very nice and refreshing. Crisp on the tongue with mild carbonation and blasts of citrus and a somewhat grassy flavor. Malts are there too to add a nice sweet balance toward the finish. Hops come in again to leave you with spice that stays with there straight through the aftertaste. 7.5% is something I did not expect out of this one. It really has no noticable alcohol flavor. The body is pretty light, but it is not anywhere near thin. It is just wonderful. I can't even bear to wait for my next sip. This is a great brew for any time.

VENOM is da man! This one is 4 of 5 from my VENOM Cisco sampler, and I have saved the best for last. Thanks!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a somewhat hazy amber-gold beer with a small head and modest lacing. Nice aroma of aggressively citrus hops. Much more hop-oriented than their Pale Ale, perversely: fresh floral, citrusy hops are up front and dominant, with high bitterness. There's a light toasty malt, but you have to look up. The finish is bracingly bitter and dry. Lots of carbonation make for a very spritzy, tingly mouthfeel.

The best Cisco beer I've had so far.

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Photo of chaz01
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the beer of the month club, poured into a long thin pilsner type glass.

A: Cloudy yellow straw color with a thick foamy head that recedes quickly.

S: Some light fruity aromas, citrusy and even a little tropical.

T: Very different malty type flavor with a spicy hop profile that's mostly grassy with a bit citrusy piney mix along with a very dry lingering finish.

M: Pretty lite bodied and well carbonated.

D: Somewhat easy to drink, not anything what I expected. Very big flavor profile that I found leaving myself wanting more.

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Bailey's Blonde Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.75 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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