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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: 167 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of LittleDon
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a fluted glass. Not blonde, as beer goes, more of a red tinged amber. Cloudy with no head, lace, or carbonation. Aroma is mostly hops with a hint of caramel malt. Clean and flat up front. No carbonation bite whatsoever. Mild sweetness in the middle and finish with a lasting bitter end. Drinks like an IPA, not a blonde ale. Very good, but not what one expects from the style.

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Photo of ksimons
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-12oz beer poured into a Saranac pint glass, is a clear golden blond with a very thin layer of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-a light bitter hop smell mixed with some sweet malts

T-very bitter! much more so than I was expecting based on the smell. After you get through the hops there is a bit of sweet malts, but not enough to balance it out

M-medium carbonation and a light to medium body, leaves a bitter aftertaste

D-more like an IPA than anything else, not something I would pick up again

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I opened it a thick (bottle conditioned?) froth began to overflow from the bottle. The head has pretty loose lacing with big sticky fireman's foam bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass even as it dissipates. I can see very active carbonation through my super special Sam Adams tasting glass - I really do like this thing! Anyway, the beer also has a great light golden-straw color which I'm finding particularly inviting (probably because it alludes to lighter taste and better drinkability than say, one of the imperial stouts I've been drinking all winter).

The smell was floral with definite hints of sour apple and citrus as well. Taste was similar similar to a Belgian (go figure...) with sour pear notes that were presented well in front of a slight bitter after bite. Given the relatively high ABV I think this had tremendous drinkability, almost more similar to a lager than ale.

Decent brew overall.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i never really understood the premise of the american blond. i'm not even going to take it as a belgian attempt beer. this is very much so a mild IPA style beer. not bad. pour is orange with head. nose is a bit of plastic perfume and bell pepper. the palate tastes like a mild IPA with an interesting zing. centennial hop a little bit of a sugar quality but nothing to outstanding. if you like the style go for it. but a waste of time.

although it is a bit better with the particle at the bottom. belgian almost. nice head. a bit more floral. the perfume quality seems to fade to floral.

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Photo of KATE12
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Cisco in Nantucket. The head was rich and thick and the beer poured a golden straw color. It had a floral smell with almost a berry hint in it. The taste was exceptional-hoppy and a bit fruity with a smooth finish.

A very drinkable beer. I wonder if I would like it as much if I didn't have it from the nitro tap. It was full of flavor and had a great head but I imagine some of that would be lost if pouring from a bottle or even a regular tap.

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Photo of jnezda
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this beer after being rushed through the beer list at the Cisco in Logan. Described as a light Belgian, when it seems to be a Blonde after further research. Knowing that adds a tinge to this review but I will go from my notes and not the other reviews. Served in a 22oz Becker the beer was a light golden color with a thin white head that left good lacing. The smell was lightly if at all present, perhaps some floral tones. Taste was bready, and floral with little of the promises body of a Belgian. Little character in the taste profile and would seem much for fitting for a Blonde session that a Pale Belgian. Good carbonation but few other redeeming qualities.

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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cisco Brewers 8/5 at Logan Airport
This beer poured a deep straw color with a bubbly, sudsy head to it. Average head retention but left thick rings of lacing on the glass. Nose is of floral hops, a tough grassy and grainy and just a hint of sweetness - honey I believe. Taste is somewhat muted up front pale malts, then floral hops burst on the back of your tongue almost like an afterthought. Somewhat grainy in the middle but with a nice bite in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, dry at first but finishes a bit creamy. This is far more hoppy than I anticipated and is a great beer to sit with for a bit!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours a lovely dirty blonde yellow color with thick thick thick creamy white foam. After the pours, foam ice caps remain in the liquid brew. The lacing is like shaving cream on the side of the glass.

Smell is mild sweet, with some hop coming through. Not terribly notable.

Taste is honey sweet, but just a bit, taken over by a flavorful hop that rides out the sensation the rest of the way. There's some citrus in there as well. Modestly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

A drinkable brew, though not sure I'd reup after my first 22oz-er. But tasty nevertheless. More hoppy than a I'd expect from a Blonde ale, but definitely notches below an APA.

Love the labels!

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Photo of strengthdoc
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was abundant and very frothy. The color was a nice dirty blonde color. The aroma reminded me of orange blossoms. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite feel of the carbonation. The first taste is mildy sweet with a hint of honey, but from there the hops take over and you get a light citrus hop taste that becomes more earthy and bitter in the finish. This is one of the most unusual and best blonde ales I have ever tried.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but they just hit the market here so should be fresh. It was a clear dark honey color with lots of carb streams and great lacing. It had a massive white head that took forever to whittle down to a constant 1/4" foam.

Being a blonde ale, I was expecting a mostly malt aroma but this one had floral hops upfront and center. There was some bready malt but it was buried in the back. I love hoppy aromas but there was something a bit off in this one. Couldn't pin it down but just didn't have that great hop aroma like an IPA. The taste was good but I found it to be harshly bitter with too lingering of an after-taste. Needed more of a malt balance to cut the bitterness.

Overall, an interesting beer that surprised me style wise. This is more IPA than blonde to me. I much more prefer their Grey Lady but was glad to try this one. Mild recommend. For me, one and done.


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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pilsner glass.

On the orange side for a Blonde Ale, but the crisp pumpkin hue is appealing and inundated with streams of carbonation that percolate upward to supply a well-retained, creamy patch of yogurt-colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Citrusy aromas of orange juice and pungent hops lead me down the "Pale Ale" aisle, but I'm not complaining. Wheated malt and honey biscuits provide a satisfyingly sweet backbone.

Phenolic front, with lemongrass and hops leading the charge. Dry bread and cracker middle, with a hint of caramel and wheat. More phenols leave a light, medicinal band-aid note on the finish, thankfully it's not too pronounced. A citric, hoppy bitterness lingers as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium-light body. Bailey's is a pretty good Blonde Ale, but the phenols make me think this brew is on its way to infection...not a good look, Cisco.

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Photo of gfreed
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dense, iced-tea color topped by an easily achieved head that had the texture of pudding. Rather light in aroma, but with some effort I detected some citrus and a bit of pepper: smelled like it would be fairly hoppy. Not so, however, as there was a nice malt base to it that cut most of the bitterness, leaving a nice orangey taste behind that mixed well with the malt. Not a spectacular beer, but not bad and worth the effort to try.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Reagan1984
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, aggressive fizzy/foamy head (whipped Egg whites) Clear bright gold beer with some visible carbonation.. The head does have a lot of structure and nice retention...

The aroma is a little odd. Plastic.. slightly medicinal. Grass, slight citrus a touch of grapefruit & lemon.

Noticeable medicinal taste and quite yeasty.. Lemon and black pepper.
Taste a bit like a homebrew... Just has a plastic/medicinal tone... I keep waiting for something to grow on me and it's not....

Not much body.. Just a tingle of carbonation...

Not too drinkable to be honest..

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Photo of Overlord
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Corey, for the extra!

Pours a murky gold color. Huge white sudsy foam head.

Smell is surprisingly grapefruit zesty. That's basically all I'm getting.

And, not surprisingly, the taste is big with grapefruit/lemon rind-zest. There's maybe a slight bit of balancing malt and a twinge of piney hop content, but the zest doesn't complement here, it takes center stage. There is a yeasty component to it. One of the stronger tasting blondes I've had. Wow, that didn't sound quite right.

Good mouthfeel. Not all that drinkable, but nice to try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alright, so this one's lovingly named after Bailey the Dog. That's sweet. Bailey sure has become an increasingly popular dog name over the past several years. Doesn't anyone name their dog Doctor Bacon these days?

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dull golden body with a smallish, fizzy-looking, white head.

Smell: Soft pale malts aroma with rich supporting notes of fruity peaches, flowers, and pithy hops.

Taste: Pale maltiness sporting a slight graininess and a small bit of tangy malted wheat close behind. There's a delicate sweet and flavors of fruit wildflowers, but this is expeditiously plowed away by a strong, caustic hop bitterness. Coarse, pithy hop character. Finishes quite dry and crisp with a long, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: There's some good there, but with its copious amount of bitterness and, for me, over-abundant carbonation, it was a bit of chore to finish.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy bright gold. Ridiculous white head. Such a massive head that it was obnoxious to the point of my friends saying I can't pour beer right. Dude, this is some good head. Great retention and of course lots of lace.

Smells of light grains and floral hops.

Tastes of sugary grains with some floral hop support. Effervescent carbonation may be a bit much but not too far off. Puts me in the summer spirit despite there being 2 feet of snow on the ground.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml brown bottle - Pours a light yellow that is mostly clear with frothy white head. Smells mostly of hops and mild yeast with some toasted malts dominating the nose. First sip is sweet and with a strong hop presence complimenting the malt and yeast. The mouthfeel is right on the money for the style. The beer is very easy to drink and enjoy. Very nice.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour it slowly, as this creates one huge head that winds up like a glacier in its complex ridge patterns; beneath that rocky head sits a cloudy, honey-colored liquid

Smell: Bready malt with a lovely grapefruit rind aspect

Taste: Although the bready malt takes a quick bow, the grapefruity bitterness can't wait to kick it off the stage; after the swallow, this is all about the slightly sweet but thoroughly bitter grapefruit flavor; finishes dry, with just a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; just a tad to fizzy in the mouth

Drinkability: OK, so this isn't a blonde ale...but that's why I like it so much

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 into Cab glass...

This thing's happy to see me. Frothing at the neck and almost oozing up after popping the cap. HUGE 4-finger head. Soap suds? Nope, more like packed powder...ice cream soda...root beer float...lemon meringue on HGH...laces back nicely also. Honey opaque body with ample, quickly-rising carbonation.

Soapy hop presence with balance of floral and citrus (grapefruit...what else)? character in abundance. This dissipates and is replaced with tight, electric Belgian-esque yeast and blonde malt.

Nice, clean Belgian pale feel to this - slight Pilsener-ish tone to what come off as piney hops with additional citrus tones and electricity from this yeast strain. A little disjointed but complex for its weight class.

Hits the palate cleanly with a husky grain theme and the Belgian creaminess of the yeast profile. Citrus is mild but flows evenly to the finish.

First experience with a Cisco product and I'm not disappointed. Pleasant and clean to drink. Wish I had a few of these over the summer!

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear straw gold with a substantial white head and lots of lacing.

S-Bready malts with earthy hops in the background.

T-Follows the nose with grainy, bready malts and some grassy, earthy hops. Nice.

M-Crisp and a bit dry. Lots of carbonation.

D-Not usually my favorite style, I really enjoyed this.


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Photo of tayner
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, says bottle conditioned, received in a LIF - thanks!

poured a golden hay yellow with a huge pillowy white head, lots of sticky lacing, lots of carbonation, champagne like bubbles

citrus hop smell, some background hay and residual sweet smell

well balanced ale with upfront hop flavor that does not overpower the sweet malty base. they compliment each other with the hops winning the beginning and the finish going to the sweet malt. nothing over the top complex, but nice all the same.

mouthfeel is good, light, carbonated, refreshing

this one would make a good session beer if it werent 7.5% (which is superbly well hidden). would pair well with light foods, nothing too spicy though.

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Photo of Brad007
4.44/5  rDev +19%
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 bradmann
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 750 at a little place in Malden, MA.

A: Poured a golden color with a hint of orange and a bright white, foamy two-finger head that didn't last long; a little lacing. Pretty cloudy, definitely not filtered.
S: Apples and Cascade hops
T: Overwhelming hops and a hint of grapefruit.
M: Carbonation is a little much in the finish but the hops don't bite too hard.
D: Good summer beer. Would definitely take this over a Sierra Nevada any day as the 7.5% is completely unnoticeable.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Bailey's Blonde Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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