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%

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Photo of rjd722
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from the source at Cisco, this was the Nitro tap version so very smooth with a great feel overall. Golden look with a slightly hoppy finish. Haven't had the non-nitro version.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08/28/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Unusual is the first thing that comes to mind. Few reference points available. Assertive flavor. Balanced bitter/sweet tastes. Medium body. I don't find the creator's 'citrusy' finish but being bottle aged & seeing no date I assume I'm in uncharted waters here. All in all an interesting brew. Not one I would seek out, but I realize the caveats involved in this venture...all part of the quest.

PART II It turns out all of the 'character" was hanging out at the bottom of the bottle. At a slightly warmer temperature this took on the character of a strong Belgian ale. Yeasty & balanced. Like really good friends, it sometimes takes some getting used to.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real bottle date and had some sediment at the base so I can only assume it's over 7 months old.

A - A very hazy amber yellow so not quite blonde at all. Head exploded forth filling my whole glass with foam even with a tilt. So far not good.

S - No real hops just a raw grain smell and maybe some musk.

T - OK this bottle is older than I thought I am for sure getting a wet cardboard flavor next to some bittering hops and a very raw grainy taste. A shell of it's former self.

M - Medium bodied.

Overall I may revisit since I liked the summertime lager but I even had that one with age and it was at least drinkable. This one resulted in a 1/4 of the bottle drain pour.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 4/11/12. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Hazy, gold body with a white head, low retention. Clear lacing. Aroma includes zesty citrus, maybe percimon and lemon. Taste has a crisp hop bitterness with a dry aftertaste. Some grapefruit flavor of hops, light in malt character. Not a bad beer, I'm sure it's just a touch past its prime.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/9/2012, so it's nearly 7 months old, bummer.
It pours a brassy orange with fair clarity, long lasting foam and sudsy lacing, a spotty band adheres to the rim of the glass. A delicate thin veil of skim maintains itself for the entire glass.

Grassy faded hop tea aromas, mild with a vague grainy malt note.

Flavors follow suit, some vague dried citrus peel of Centennial and bready pale malt sweetness, light residual hop bitterness. Light bodied, dry with a decent hop presence still detectable. The tea notes are telltale signs of age, but its not entirely faded. A fresher sample is needed to give it a fair shake, hopefully the shop will still carry it in singles.

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Photo of Kendo
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner-type glass. Body is golden yellow with a 1-finger, dense white head.

S: Bright citrusy hops jump out of the glass. Of all the Cisco beers I had while on Nantucket, the nose on this one was clearly the best.

T: Cereal grains and grassy, citrusy (lemony) hops. Finishes with a lingering dry bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft, carbonation is good for the style - doesn't get in the way of an easy drinker.

O: Good stuff. Went down easy, but also had some flavor to it. Surprised to see the ABV is over 7%, as I was drinking quite a few of these and they were going down easy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-yellow coloring with a dense, foamy, white head. Peppery and hoppy nose dances from the brew. The beer has a spiced and hoppy backbone, with cedar and green grass characteristics from the hops. Great lacing as you drink. The beer has a floral and spiced aftertaste, with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Tasty brew, and a little bit heavier on the ABV than most in this style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A light aroma of spicy, American hops with a little bit of toffee.

T - Bready malt and some spicy hops up front. Some more hop character in the middle with a bit of pine. Finishes with lightly sweet malt, notes of grapefruit, and moderately strong, but somewhat harsh, bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A nice beer overall, but it has some harshness to the bitterness that lingers on the palate and that kind of hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze to this clear golden blonde beer with a fluffy shock white head on top that sticks around for a while and leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly dissapates. The smell is a bit musty with some lemony citrus notes coming through. The hops are more floral with a clean pilsner malt coming through. A bit yeasty, maybe I should have left that last bit in the bottle?

Hops come through more in the taste with a bitter bite in the back that is more evident on the first sip than the other flavors. The malt is light and easy-going, but the grains are definitely evident on the frontside. The bitterness is sharp and acidic, a bit resiny but in a citrusy way rather than earthy. The floral notes come out just before this bitterness, but the bitterness is what the lasting impression is. All the way into the aftertaste as a matter of fact. Where the lightly toasted grains are in the front, a bit more toastiness or caramel would have balanced this beer out a bit more. Its almost got a cloying factor to it that I think comes from this combination of extremes, and while its not a bad beer by any means, the near cloyingness of it makes me second guess myself. The hops seem to be more bitter than flavorful, which would be okay if the malts backed it up. Granted, this is not an IPA and it is a blonde ale, but there is something a touch out of whack here by my tastes. Maybe that mustiness coming through just a tad?

Truly not a bad beer, definitely would recommend a try. Just something not quite balanced enough for me even though I definitely always say go with more hops! Maybe just a touch more malt sweetness to cut the overwhelming hoppiness would have made it more enjoyable for me.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soapy is a good term. It is, in fact, soapy. Good taste but clearly a summer feel to it. If you're headed to the beach at sunset and have some shellfish to cook, this is an excellent choice that will take you well through the evening. If you are drinking under other conditions, it's a good choice but there are greater.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass.

A- Yellowish translucent golden. Circular laser etching at bottom of Sam Adams glass creates perfect circle of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Above average carbonation, about a half finger of white frothy head.

S- Fruity and sweet. Slightly citrusy, pineapple, lemons, oranges, caramel.

T- Citrusy and sweet but not too sweet. Pineapple, lemon, orange, caramel, hops.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit on the light side. Smooth, a tiny bit creamy. Well balanced. Alcohol very well hidden.

O- This was a good beer for a blonde ale. I liked the nice balance between citrus and sweet flavors without overdoing it too much. The aftertaste wasn't the best, but was a typical blonde ale aftertaste. The ABV of 7.5% was definitely a surprise to me. Very drinkable. Not my favorite beer, but if you are a fan of blonde ales I would definitely recommend this one.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cisco Brewers
Bailey's Blonde Ale

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large soapy head and lace. Aroma of herbal, tea like hops, belgian yeast, and citrus. In the taste, nice little belgian yeast funk and lemony citrus. Herbal, grassy hops. Semi-dry bitter finish with a sting of carbonation. Overall, not a whole lot American going on with the flavor, Bailey's Blonde tastes like a quality Belgian import. Solid.

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Photo of brendaniel
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific summer beer that reminded me more of a wheat beer - with its subtle hoppy characteristics and cloudy pour. Simple hoppy aromas, some malts but overall - very mild. Flavors were very refreshing, lots of citrus and some mild sweetness. Not bad!

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Photo of AARomanov
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was first introduced to Cisco Brewers at the Boston Craft Beer festival (June 2011).

A - Very clear deep gold body with lively bubbles. Head is quick to form and white with virtually no tint of other hues. Head breaks apart slowly leaving large lacing.

Ar - Aroma is my weak sense but I can tell it’s much stronger on this beer than most others. Closest thing I pick up is grains (?)

T - Strong but not overly grassy hops. Almost in IPA territory but with a lighter body. Was hoping for more like a Belgian strong blonde.

D - I’m afraid I had the beer a little too warm and didn’t experience it properly. Will re-review at a future date.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep golden brown, hazy with a finger wide head that dissipates over about a minute. Nice lacing remains.

S - Malt and Hops trying to overpower a light orange aroma.

T - Orange at first while it sits on the tongue. But then it goes straight to bitter hops when you swallow. This dog certainly has some bite.

M - Decent body with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

O - To me, this is an IPA all the way. Good flavor, but bitter. A decent drink when in the mood.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged one out of my friends refrigerator this weekend. Bright hazy yellow color with a lot of carbonation that leaves a fat amount of head which lingers for a while. Pleasant lemon grass and flowery hops. Almost like wild flowers and pale malt growing together. Wow, this is hoppy. The malt is present up from leading you in with a semi-sweet lemonade feel but then floral hops comes right in. The mix is great especially if you're a hop head on a hot summer day. Floral and lemon fruity hops mix well over a crisp pale malt body. Surprising hop character impressed me with this one. For how bold the hops are it is still extremely drinkable, especially on a warm day.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz glass poured into a mug.

Appearance- very golden, but hazy. decent amount of head with good retention.

Smell- all malts and yeasts (the probable cause of the haze in the color)

Taste- As expected quite grainy and bready, but surprise aggressiveness of hops where maybe I was expecting to taste fruitiness from the yeasty smell, but the hops carry through the finish nicely. Very pleasant.

Overall- I like this beer very much. I Will have another one, me thinks.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a muddy golden color with out much head. The lacing is very minimal. The head that is there is just a thin white film over the top. The smell of the is grainy with some earthy hops. The taste is a little earthy and had a dirty hop flavor the overpowers the taste. The mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation. Overall, not a fan, didn't think this was much of a blonde ale personally. I'll leave this one alone in the future.

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Photo of DrJay
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Cisco brewpub at Logan airport.
This one poured a hazy, dark gold with a dense, white cap. Good head retention with some spotty lacing. Bitterness was moderate overall, but seemed a little harsh. It had a light citrus flavour with slight spiciness, cereal grains, a bit of sweetness and lingering bitterness. The aroma was all cereal, citrus, and a bit of spice. Light to medium bodied with creamy carbonation, off-dry. This just didn't come together for me. I didn't enjoy the combination of flavours and there was a bit of perceived harshness from the hops/spicy character.

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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 micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw with hints of orange peel.
Cloudy and well carbonated with a smallish white fluffy head.
Aroma has some hop bite to it with pale malts.
A tart tasting beer with some lemon zest throen in. Hops are low key and in the back with sutle hints of citrus.
Tart and crisp .

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a 2-inch, fluffy white head that leaves tons of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet, lightly toasted malt with a bit of lemon and orange peel hops. Per the style, it's not too aggressive but nice nonetheless.
T - More crisp malt with a surprisingly hoppy and bitter finish. Lots of orange and grapefruit is present, again with a slightly sweet and toasted malt backbone. Perhaps closer in taste to an IPA, and that's ok with me.
M - Thin-bodied with a smooth mouth-feel and crisp, spritzy carbonation. Good for the style, nice and drinkable.
O - Not too bad, this was a nice, hoppy take on a style that's usually pretty "vanilla" to me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of what I was able to try. I am typical not a fan of the style, well I take that back, its not a bad style per se, just find it to lack what I am really looking for as far as depth and complexity, that said I am far from opposed to trying it by any means. The pour was about what I would have expected given the style. Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue as it worked itself through.

Overall this was not bad at all. Very light, but that is the M.O. on the style, crisp, clean and refreshing with a decent amount of depth to keep the palate from getting bored, I could see this one on a hot summer day.

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Bailey's Blonde Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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