Safe Harbor American Blonde Ale | Safe Harbor Brewing Co

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Safe Harbor American Blonde AleSafe Harbor American Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Safe Harbor Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by smcolw on 11-12-2011

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 55
Photo of johnnnniee
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity! Light golden color with a small bubbly white head. Light pilsner maltiness bits of fruit and earthy . Not horribly clean for a lager, decent but not great and questionable bottle age.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Great New London Brewing Co. "Safe Harbor American Blonde Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden body beneath an average sized head of bright white that drops readily and leaves only standard lacing behind.

Aroma: Grainy malt with a waft of leafy/grassy hops.

Flavor: Solid grainy malt is balanced by spicy, herbal and grassy hops and a solid bitterness. Dry, lingering finish with some residual hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a gently crisp, very fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall: A solid straightforward blonde that doesn't shy away from hop bitterness or flavor - or malt for that matter either.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Safe Harbor Blonde. The pin-up girl on the label looks delicious. Let's hope the beer follows suit.

Pale straw color with a bleach white head of bubbly suds. Looks nice.

Light honey malts, nice sweet aroma, faint citrus hop, and mellow grain. Smells benign. I like it.

Malts are lightly sweet and a little flabby. Some nice honeysuckle tones, but mild hops make this good. Citrusy tangerine and melon notes from the hops with a kiss of tropicalia. Easy-going and approachable, like I wish the pin-up girl on the label would be. Drinks soft and wet with a supple feel. Carbonation is light, but sustaining.

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Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation. There is a tall, thick head of egg white foam. The aroma is grassy, hoppy, floral, fruity, bitter over golden grain. The taste follows the aromas directly, ending with a grassy and bitter finish, dry and with a yeasty tang. There is a nice crisp mouthfeel. The bottle might scream gimmick, but the beer screams a tasty and refreshing American take on a kolsch-style ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear straw yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of biscuity malts along with slight hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has light flavors of biscuit and grainy malts along with a subtle amount of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M:It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some crispness.
O: I enjoyed this blonde ale because it had some nice malty flavors but was still light-bodied and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain and a thin malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild and complementary but there isn’t as much balance as there are in most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of better options in the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat floral, some grains. Taste is malts, grains, there is a hop presence, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is an easy drinking beer, great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of GeorgeP
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blonde, golden yello color, clean oats and lemongrass nose with lemon, citrus and hebal mid palate. Long finish with substantial hops notes. A more complex blonde ale than most out there and a great pair with fried Calamari, white pizza or roasted chicken.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Beautiful light, orange color. Lots of small carbonation. A thin, white head that lingers.

S: Sub-par. Smells like any pissy domestic.

T: Zesty, citrusy. Sugary. It's not special, but it's good.

M: Soft, bubbly. Creamy.

OVERALL: It's very similar to any other light lager or domestic pils, but it's refreshing, new, and doesn't have that crappy sharp finish. I loved the citrus tingle. I loved the smoothness. I'd rather this than Bud, but what's that really saying?

NOTE: Live review @ Sam's Pizza Island in West Chester, Penna.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops and flavor is same - grapefruit with a dry finish. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decent head leaving acceptable lacing that crept in thin veil down inside of glass. chill haze present after pour.

Nose was subdued with faint sweet maltyness and some light floral hop notes.

Taste was straight forward grainy malt that was lightly up front. Hop finish was floral and citrus rind that has a very nice dryness adding a quenching element that will come in very handy when I drink this on hot summer day instead of cold rainy december evening.

overall a very well put together and tasty blond. A nice first offering from TGNLB.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate head but it lasts and leaves abundant spotty lace. The color straw with a mild chill haze.

Impressive blend of lighter pale malts and some floral hop. There's also some sour aroma of spent grains.

With all of the cutesy comments on the label ("Never give up the ship" and "All hands on deck"), I wasn't expecting much beyond a law mower beer. But this has some real flavor! Starting with the pale malt, there is no graininess that I normally get from this style. There's a strong, peppery hop kicker. The body is thin, but still more than typical for blondes. In short, this is one of the best blondes I've ever had.

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Safe Harbor American Blonde Ale from Safe Harbor Brewing Co
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