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 FranklinPCombs
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light opaque yellow orange, with a beautifully thick, sticky head that leaves a ton of lace. The smell is heavy on both pineapple and hops, with various other citrusy and piney flavors working into it, combining to make a full, sharp scent. Scent ends with a hint of burnt sesame. The taste loses most of the citrus except for a slight grapefruit tartness. The taste is very mysterious. It's definately a burnt flavor, but burnt what, Im not exactly sure. Its just a dry burnt undercut by a sharp tartness. Theres the slightest bit of sweetness behind it. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and of medium heaviness.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh yes, this is blonde all right. It pours a golden straw blonde with a thick, marshmellow froth for a head, and there appears to be a great gaggle of bubbles rising furtively to the top, suggesting lots of carbonation. The smell is all lemon tang--not much else; it's almost like Sprite. However, the taste is remarkably complex; there's the expected thin, bubbly mouthfeel to start, but my tastebuds immediate reaction is of nuanced tequila with a lemon chaser. Then the taste becomes more conventional, as the citrus evolves and the hops uncover themselves.

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Photo of travolta
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1Pt. 9.4oz bottle
Apperance: This one gave gnarly head. It was ROCKY, like a mountain of foam. The brew was a true golden color. The white head was white and sticky.

Nose: Citrus, Nice lemon and orange, spice, and herbs.

Taste: Bitter, orange and herb.

Notes: The head of this beer is the best part. It's amazing.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden colour with a nice chunky white head that would not go away. The head remained throughout the beer. Mild spice on the nose, almost wit like in smell. Taste was different from the nose, Almost biscuity bready taste that i usually find in champagne. Floral hops and a bit of spice kick in at the end to dry things out. Nice carbonation on the mouth. Good with food as the carbonation is a real palate cleanser. Drinkability is good and would not know that the alcohol was this high as it does not show.

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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 goz
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden in color, large white head, very bubbly body carbonation, very good lacing. Aroma is spicy, pungent hoppiness, lot's of lemon and grapefruit, some breadiness in there as well. Flavor is very citric, lightly malty, ends super dry. Medium in body, very lively carbonation (some may say "spritzy"), hop bitterness lingers pretty long. Went perfect with a spicy piece of grilled salmon.

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Photo of BierReise
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy and light honey colored with a massive and out of control head. This bottle seems like it was overprimed or something. Yeasty aroma and slightly citrusy with a hint of white grapes maybe? This is super carbonated and extremely effervescent which is really unpleasant to me. Flavor is on the bitter side (also a dissapointment) which hides most everything else except the yeast. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad bottle here considering the good reviews I've read. I tried like hell but could not enjoy this brew

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellowish color. Fortunately, my batch wasn't over carbonated, perhaps because I purchased it on the island. Slightly bitter taste, with a somewhat citris tinge. I found no traces of yeast in my glass. Dry, a perfect beer for a summer night.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of a 4-pack of 750s packaged with a cd of some very amateur-sounding music. Gives the package a real homespun vibe. Bottle reads: "good fresh beer." Ah that's the ticket! Beer is extremely pale gold, hazy, with tight fluffy head that sticks. Some light maltiness and breadiness in nose. Flavor is dominated by yeast which is a little unfortunate as their are some interesting things going on. Best to let it sit and warm. Hop bitterness is evident, reminiscent of a soft pilsner, but again overshadowed by sour yeast. Some lemon characteristics but overall not as hoppy as I was anticipating.
This would be a fine beer if there was less yeast. It just doesn't seem fit the style. On tap I'm sure it is great. Bottle-conditioned, though, there is just too much to keep this delicate beer from being overwhelmed. I prefer to drink any really yeasty beers (which are by and large Belgian) with a meal, so perhaps I am doing this beer an injustice by drinking it on its own. What would I drink with this beer? How about a big red fresh boiled lobster, with generous amounts of butter and lemon. Keep it simple. Sorry to make so much of the yeast element, I'm sure others will take a sip of this beer and wonder what I'm fussing about.

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Photo of Gusler
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer a transpicuous golden yellow with a monumental head, and lace a half inch thick. Well thick anyway. The nose primarily malt, slightly floral, lemon lime crispness also noticed, quite pleasurable. Front is malt and sweet, the top middling in its feel, finish tart, modestly carbonated, mellow on the hops and just a plain mellow beer, quite quaffable.

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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 Jason
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap @ Bukowski’s Tavern.

Appearance: One of the hazier blonde ales in the market, quite active carbonation holds the white lace together.

Smell: Smells of citric hop and bread malt, just the way a blonde ale should smell like.

Taste: A lush textured carbonation that is a bit on the high side, this helps with the hop bitterness bite. Sizeable citric flavour from the hops, maltiness is balance with the hops and throws down an even bready maltiness. Hints of alcoholic esters and yeast in the back of the mouth. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering pale grain and citric hop.

Notes: On this triple H day in Boston this was a needed quencher though I’d drink this year round if it was available on draft around town.

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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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