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Blatant Session AleBlatant Session Ale

Brewed by:
Blatant Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blatant Session Ale offers a wide array of barley and hops that result in a smooth, balanced session-able ale that finishes dry, hoppy and clean. The subtle hop finish and juicy hop aroma from the Palisades hop additions, combined with the toasted malt, sweet caramel, and grainy cereal flavors makes Session Ale a legend in its own time. This is our “Legendary Session” – Tell us about yours.

20 IBU

100% German Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat, and Cara-Munich 60
100% Palisades hops

Added by bernie879 on 11-04-2011

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with some breadiness from a light malt character which is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering and quite complementary hops presence for the style. Then there’s a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness that comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to pound down for a whole evening.

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Photo of tigg924
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, brown-orange in color, clear

Smell: light citrus--very faint

Taste: earth, lemon, rind, light hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with big earthiness, medium carbonation

Overall: For the style, it is the best I have had and one of the best beers I have had in a while. I love the earthiness to this. It has layers to it that I do not typically get with this style. This is a different take on a blonde ale. Sessionable, but I could sip on this all day long. Wish the smell was more pronounced, but this beer deserves hype.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy light amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is malty with earthy undertones.

Taste is hoppy from beginning to end. Bitterness and malt sweetness work together at the start, a dose of citrus in the middle, and then hops take over, with pine closing out the experience. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is amazingly easy. Flavor to alcohol ration is very high with one. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-yellow in color with a bubbly, fizzy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Pale malt and fruity hops. Very pleasant.

T: Fantastic fruity flavors from the hops. Right amount of malt to balance it out. Nice dryness in the finish.

M: Surprisingly great body and delicious hop oils dance on your palate well after the last sip. Drinkability is obviously off the charts.

O: An incredible beer in general but an absurdly awesome session ale. Like the guy below me says, do not hesitate to pick this up because it's a "session" ale. It's divine.

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Photo of bernie879
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap last night at Moan and Dove. Was looking for a beer I could have a few of without getting too banged up and saw this on the board.

Appearance was nothing special. Its a bit dark in the M&D, but the beer had a medium golden color and faint head.

Aroma gives off a solid malty note with a touch of corn flake. Hops add a touch of a spicy refreshing note but are pretty subtle.

Medium bodied feel. Starts off somewhat grainy and ends dry. Carbonation is about right on for the style, low side of average for an american ale.

Taste was close to the aroma characters with the addition of a toasted flavor. The corn flakey taste is still there and fits right in with the beer. The hop flavors do a nice job of keeping the palate clean hanging around with the aftertaste

I enjoyed a couple of these beers while there, just what I was looking for last night. Nothing really special about this one but a nice, easy drinking beer, about what one would expect of a session ale. Glad to see more and more session ales at the bars and this is one I'd go for again.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed ontap at Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a pint glass a clear golden hue with a one finger white head that faded to leave a nice blanket.

S - Theres light yeasts/grains, subtle hops, and a light corn aroma.

T - More of the light yeast/grains, with slightly fruity/floral hops with more of the corn flavours.

M - Rather light carbonation here. Super sessionable though, which was to be expected.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad beer and delivered what it promised, a very sessionable blonde.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let the "session" label fool you. This beer is quite flavorful for a <4% ABV brew, certainly not a "light" beer.

When poured into a pint shaker glass, it presents cloudy light copper with a solid head retention and mostly a light fresh citrus aroma. It has a somewhat velvety mouthfeel and good carbonation, dedicedly not watery. The appropriate use of bittering hops ensures a nice lingering finish.

Highly enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Dedham, MA. Poured into a Sams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a clean but slightly cloudy amber with a modest head that clings to the last drop. I get a lot of dry-hopped aroma: earthy, grassy, a little bit of pine forest.

The taste is much hoppier than the 22 IBUs would suggest (perhaps the low ABV?) Very piney hops give a very earthy flavor. A dry and crisp finish, but not a strong malt presence to back this up.

It is certainly drinkable and there is a lot of flavor for such a low ABV (aside from how easily it goes down, nothing in the taste suggests a low ABV beer.) My biggest complaint might actually be the lack of balance and the choice of hops. I would have liked a little more rounded flavor: the hops sort of sock you right up front, without any roundness. That said, I'm probably buying this again. At $5 a bottle, it's worth having on hand.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, purchased in Sturbridge, Ma's Yankee Spirits. No freshness info to be had.

Pours lightly hazed, olive oil tinged lighter amber. Off white head, moderate in size and leaving respectable high and fine lacing.

Basic bready malt nose with hints of hops in the rear.

Respectable, tasty and simple little brew. A nice break fron the whopper DIPAs that seem to dominate the landscape at times. Moderate hops with tasty malt on the underbelly.

Nice, simple, clean and well done

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy mostly white head that reaches almost 1 finger before fading back at a med pace, with little memories of lacing around the sides. The beer itself is a very clear interesting looking honey orange color, looks almost exactly like honey.

Nose is on the lighter side, a light golden ale aroma, hints of a juicy malt, some light fruity hops, a hint of a fruity aroma from the yeast I think too.

Taste delivers exactly what it says it will, sessionable ale. Juicy slightly toasty malts slide through, with a hint of toasty malty taste, giving way to very light hops, a bit floral and hint fruity hops. The yeast seems to give it a slight fruity taste as well but mostly a clean ale flavor. The finish gives a nice bitter clean but slightly spicy and floral hop flavor, fairly dry, a long bitter bite on the finish as well.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied but it seems to be over carbonated and the carbonation stings the tongue a bit, it's a weird sensation.

overall pretty much what I expected, a light blond ale, nice malty flavors and clean ale taste, hops are mostly bittering on the back end, but add a light taste. I would have liked a bit more floral aroma and some hop flavors, or a bit more on the overall aroma and flavor. The over carbonation really adds a weird sensation as the bubbles seem to inundate the tongue, it reminds me a bit of seltzer.

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Photo of tzieser
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed on-tap at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

a: pours a very macro-looking straw yellow color with a nice thin lacing that sticks for a while.

s: light hop aroma with some sweet malt aroma. not much else.

t: stronger hop flavor than expected. grassy and somewhat piney, the hops add a nice crisp bite to the beer. subtle sweet malt is there but enjoyable. well balanced, flavorful and very refreshing.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a very enjoyable session beer. a good lunch-time brew.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint. Color was a pale straw with a gradient to a slightly darker haze near the head. Head was a thin dirty white creamy foam. Small streams of carbonation rose in several places. Aroma was an earthy malt. Small hint of a citrus orange hidden in the bottom. Flavor was a white bread mixed with a mild hops, that switched over to a spicy pepper finish that left a kick in the mouth. Felt a bit watery in the back, but not overly. Nice tingle in the mouth. Overall a good summer session beer. A bit pricy for lawnmower, but well suited to suit and chill on the porch for a bit.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gn0sis for the bottle!

Pours a pale orange with a little pillowy white head that fades into a thin layer.

Smells of toasted bread. Lots of grainy malt along with a good noble hop crispness.

Taste is similar. Lots of grains and toasted malts. Unfortunately the noble hop profile isn't as crisp as the smell. The hop profile is more earthy than noble. I could use more crisp bitterness.

As expected, light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Enjoyable in so much that it has a lot of flavor for a session beer, but not anything spectacular.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Frothy, very white head. Creates some slippery blanket lace, ultimately leaving some spots. The liquid is dirty gold with a mild chill haze.

Malty aroma of pale grains. Mild hop nose.

Very dry flavor. Lightly earthy with a far more notable hop presence than the smell indicates. There's an element of dried apricot to the flavor. Full bodied for the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer probably doesn't fall into any specific category, but it would be a stretch to call this an Amber Ale. A Pale Ale or Blonde Ale makes more sense here. Anyways, this beer is somewhere straddling gold and orange. Head is minimal but is frothy and seems to lace well enough.

S-Not much in the nose. I am not surprised because this beer isn't even 4% ABV. Light and mellow, but still I can smell some Noble hops. Grainy aroma is equally as potent as the hops. Aside from that, its very soft in the nose.

T-The flavor is a notch above the nose. Grains and Euro hops are reinforced with a pretty tasty flavor of crisp toast. The finish is mostly sweet and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Absolutely nothing bothersome about the flavor. Neat, smooth, and easy.

M-The feel has a bit of body to it. It is still quite light ultimately. Sessionable, as the name proclaims. Expressive carbonation. The most impressive part pf the feel is its lack of the 'watery' feel that comes with beers so light in body and alcohol.

O/D-A nice little session beer. A nice, light bomber that I would make my Macro-drinking friends try. However, I don't love paying nearly $5 for a bomber of sub 4% ABV beer. Blatant's IPA is a deal at $5; this isn't. Nevertheless, it's a nice little local beer that is light but still flavorful.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hoppyness. The taste is malty, slight hop note, but kinda watery. Medium/Light body. Not a bad brew, but compared to a Squatters, Wasatch, or Zion Canyon brew at the same ABV, to me there is no comparison, the Utah brew's blows this away, more body, more flavor. It does go to show that Utah brewer's know what their doing with a low ABV.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(copied from blog - written January 12, 2013)

Appearance – Transparent light gold, not much of a head but a lot of carbonation action going on with bubbles rising to the top and sticking to the walls of the glass.
Smell – Grains and earthiness, slight hop aroma.
Taste – Hops are more prevelant in the taste, still earthy and grainy. Aftertaste has a light citrus flavor, almost lemony.

This is a light, smooth, carbonated beer that drinks more like a soda than a beer. I actually wish I was eating a burger right now so I could wash it down with this pleasant beverage.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Pours a bright, orange-gold hue with a slightly hazy clarity. There's quite a bit of activity present in the glass - clusters of tiny bubbles adhere to the walls of the glass and effervesce to the underside of a rocky, 2.5 inch bright, white head. Tiny flecks of lacing riddle the circumference of the glass as the head gradually recedes into a solid, quarter inch cap. Nose is very subdued - light grains, citrus, a faint earthiness and a trace of wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose; however, quite watery and a little bit of biscuity malt is also present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light and lively with just a slight residual prickle across the tongue. Overall, a decent, albeit watery, American Blonde; definitely sessionable but its blandness lacks appeal.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" off-white head of medium life. The body is a clear golden straw yellow. It smells of grass and malt, and the taste is pretty much the same with maybe some corn. Medium bitter finish. to be honest with you this looks and drinks a little like a mainstream BMC just slightly more concentrated than the others. And there's not much really blonde ale about it to me.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace.

Some decent malt and grain in the nose, a little earth.

A little thin and watered down. Earthy, some pale malt, a little hop presence. Bitter throughout, with some watery malt in the end.

Medium light, and a bit thin.

Disagreeable. No reason to drink this. Not a great brew, and not with the time. Average at best.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new MA brewery, this one is everywhere lately.

Pours a slightly hazy orange, tons of carbonation bubbles. 2-finger or so white head retains decently, turns to a cap eventually but leaves lots of nice lacing. Good appearance.

Hard to get much out of the scent until it warms a bit, even then not much other than malt, earthy hops and very faint fruit.

Taste is a bit better, but truthfully still quite bland, pretty much what I expect of a blonde ale I suppose. Mostly earthy hops with some lemon zest and some decent bread and biscuit malts, some graininess. I know this is less than 4% but I expected some more flavor.

Very light, and very carbonated, almost has a soda-like feel.

At 3.9% ABV, this is indeed a blatant session ale, it would be easy to have a few of these, but not much in the way of flavor, the carbonation stings.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my duvel glass

A- pours a slightly brownish golden amber, with a finger and a half of head that recedes nicely and leavs a bit of lacing

S- toasty grains, earthy, almost yeasty, bready, hints of caramel and caramel.... Not overly pleasant to me, deffinatly a bit on the earthy and yeasty side to me

T- grains and bread, light toast, earthy hops, slight sweetness, touch of bitter on the end

M- medium/heavy body for such a low abv brew, with sharp medium/high carbonation, that is especially noticeable on the finish.

O- perhaps its just my personal tastes, but I wish it was a little less toast and yeast, and a little more citrus and hop, and maybe a touch lighter on the carbonation.

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