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Blatant Session AleBlatant Session Ale

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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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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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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3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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