Bailey's Blonde Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

166 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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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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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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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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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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