GFB Blonde Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #362
Ranked #44,168
3.59 | pDev: 11.42%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
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ZipDipper from California

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, golden appearance. Very subtle, yeasty aroma. Malt heavy flavor with a very carbonated mouthfeel. More reminiscent of a Pilsner than an ale, but since I mostly drink IPAs that may have flavored my opinion. (Get it?)

May 19, 2019
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aatazebeats from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm really on the fence about this beer. I don't particularly like the Hatch and Poblano pepper notes in this beer, other than that it's not terrible either. Just a very average blonde ale. Nothing special. Wouldn't buy again.

2.5 - C

Mar 25, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper with lots of carbonation, plenty of white floaters, and a half finger of carbonation.

Smells of malts, caramel, wet dog, and some pine.

Tastes of malty apple sauce, hints of caramel, and red tea.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation.

Got at a gas station, drinking in Redding, Nov 18th, 2018.

Nov 19, 2018
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elNopalero from California

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 19.2 oz can. Stovepipe?

Pours a warm amber tinged gold. Light aroma. Some candied orange and a sweetish finish. A little hoppier than most blonde ales. Session ales for the win!

Oct 25, 2018
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Exec_Crawfish from California

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2 oz can into Kolsch glass.

Pours a deep amber, 7-8 SRM - darker than I would have expected for a blonde. Impressively frothy, eggshell-white head with good retention.

Smell is fairly subtle with fruity and hop notes, and a moderate malt background.

Taste is well-balanced - pale to medium malt, a pronounced citrus note, and a smooth transition into the hops. Repeated sips greatly emphasize the citrus.

Feel is light and clean, with a slight carbonated tingle. Lingers pleasantly.

Overall, refreshing and inoffensive.

Oct 08, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz (so 20 Imperial oz, then) can - a new packaging format for this brewery's wares, at least the stuff we get distributed up here.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly evaporates.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, some apple and white grape fruitiness, a bit of clover honey, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, honeyed biscuits, red apple skin, faint generic citrus peel, and more understated leafy, spicy, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really existing here that might be a cause for concern. It finishes off-dry, the malt and frooty essences bidding us farewell out the front door.

Overall - I believe that this accomplishes what it set out to do, that is to provide a simple, malty (but not too sweet) session ale (for most people). Yup, flavourful, and easy to throw back, and then go off and do something else for a while.

Sep 14, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color, perhaps darker than your typical Blond. Cloudy and with visible carbonation, a modest head displays average retention.
Clean with a generic pale grainy malt aroma. A light hint of herbal hops. Although nothing special in the aroma, some pleasant bready tones begin to develop midway.
Similarly, the taste begins clean and rather bland with a grainy white bread flavor. However, some character and flavor does begin to develop. For example, a touch of zesty lemony hops add brightness. Overall, the hops add low bitterness and a gentle spice. Also, as it warms, the malt shows a bit more character.
Light bodied with a clean finish that exhibits some dryness. Moderately gentle and tingly carbonation. Semi crisp but with some frothiness. It actually drinks pretty well.
Not a remarkable brew, however, I feel it’s not as bad as others suggest.

Aug 19, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale amber, good clarity. Modest white head with mediocre retention.

Subtle bready aroma, and some slight fruity esters. Sweetness as it warms - like a vanilla candy

Slight malt sweetness up front, very subtle hop flavor, slight lemon. Generally just balanced and drinkable. Not much in way of strong flavors. Finishes very slightly bitter.

Light to medium body, fairly high carbonation. The mouthfeel of a refreshing beer

Very much what I expect in a blonde ale. Light tasting and easy drinking. Not the sexiest green flash beer, but is well crafted.

Aug 07, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bit dark for a blonde. I had it on tap at a restaurant where it was a rotating brew, and I didn't catch the name of it other than the fact that Green Flash made it. From the looks and taste, I would have guessed a dark pale ale or maybe even an amber, but I did some research and confirmed that it was indeed this beer. Anyway, it's drinkable, definitely a West Coast-style beer in its flavor profile, but not super hoppy like IPAs. I'd really call this a dark blonde.

Jul 23, 2018
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of GFB Blonde Ale for $2.55 USD in Eagle Rock, CA/USA.
Look: GFB Blonde Ale did not have much foam.
Smell: GFB Blonde Ale had a grainy smell.
Taste: GFB Blonde Ale was very mellow with light flavors of wheat.
Feel: GFB Blonde Ale had good carbonation.
Overall: GFB Blonde Ale is recommended for people who like mellow beers.

Jul 01, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuit malts, honey. Taste is malts, somewhat grassy, hops are present, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Jun 24, 2018
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~19 oz can poured into pint glass.

L - Pours a clear golden yellow with a tinge of copper color, must have gotten a shook-up can as there was half a glass of white, sudsy head upon pouring that gradually subsided to a thin lacing.

S - A little weak on the nose at first. Some floral hops, grass, grain, and biscuity malt up front. Slight citrus, honey, orange blossom, and caramel to follow.

T - Honey, biscuity malt, lemon, citrus rind, piney hops, cereal grain. Very light, subtle, starts off on the sweeter side but a good hoppy finish.

F - Light, watery, thin, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and good for a summer session. Finishes slightly dry and sticky.

O - A nice summer blonde ale. I've not had any of this brewery's other beers, but this is a decent, light, very drinkable offering. GFB makes me think "Gluten-Free Beer", not that that's good or bad, just interesting use of an acronym.

Jun 18, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2/19/18...mostly clear gold with an ever so slight hazy light. Light white foam layer. Fresh straw and hay nose, meadows. Slight sweet open, grains, corns, and simple malts. Hints of fruits and beyond. Little sweetness sticks around. Fast finish. Tasty blonde ale.

Apr 08, 2018
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Kemblain from New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

19.2 oz can, can't discern the date.

L: Well, the cans look awful. Clear, yellow pour. Tiny white head.
S: Very sweet, honey and sour apple.
T: Honey, Citrus, Caramel, Apple, Malted grains. Not complex, very easy to drink. Finishes dry, with a slight grain aftertaste.
F: Light, moderately carbonated. Smooth.
O: Lawnmower beer, but a solid one. Easy drinking or an easy entry point to craft beer.

Mar 13, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus and sweet caramel. Caramel flavor. Mild bitterness. Not a lot going on.

Feb 26, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disheartened to read that Green Flash is pulling back on their distro, but I feel CANfident that we will be okay here in PA, where our CANsumption seems to be on the increase. I guess that someone at Green Flash was listening as they put this in a CAN to further The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Green Flash Blonde Ale".

My my, what a big CAN you are, Grandma! 1 pint, 3.2-fl. oz, or 19.2-fl. oz, or 1 UK Imperial Pint, to be precise. It's like a super tall, slightly wider version of a slimline CAN. I Crack!ed this bad boy open & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass since the hour grows late & I do not feel like dealing with a mess of any stripe. My efforts resulted in a beautifully clear glass of Yellow-Gold Beer (SRM = 4 - 5), enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, clamoring for a taste. The subsequent in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left behind nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a pronounced doughy, bready maltiness with a light grassy, hay-like hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very pleasant, almost like a German Pilsner, but slightly sweeter. In looking at this site's style description, this was pretty much spot-on. I got lots of bready maltiness acCANponied by what I am sure were Noble hops. It was light, refreshing & very quaffable. Finish was semi-dry & very refreshing. The fact that they are CANning this beer makes it a good CANdidate for the summer cooler. My scores are going to be high due to rating to style, not to taste.

Feb 07, 2018
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austin_h from Georgia

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out off bottle into a pint glass.

Looks - clear, moderate head
Smell - Fresh, crisp, grass on top of grain
Taste - Definitely some citrus notes, maybe orange and lemon, with some grain underpinnings overall impressions of freshness, crisp, grass.
Feel - Light body with some carbonation

Jan 30, 2018
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a light golden orange with a medium foam head. Crystal clear.

Smell- Cooked off barley, veggies, grainy.

Taste- Crisp, clean, and grainy. Cuts off sharply to sweet, light caramel notes. Finishes with a light bitter twist, still grainy with a somewhat toasted finish.

Mouthfeel- Light in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A light, crisp, clean, yet still flavorful blonde ale. This lends to the ease of this beer being "poundable". Reminiscent of the Kolsch style for sure. Lots of grains that don't last long due to the short n sweet flavor profile. I enjoyed this one. Also loved the vintage style, old ass looking short necked bottle that takes you back to 1970 (or something)

Jan 15, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE: December 29, 2017... OCCASION: celebrating the first Catan victory in the Kisatsky house... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a busy, fizzing orange amber body that sends large bubbles upward, forming a swiftly descending off-white head that dissipates to a bog... lemon and orange are released, along with biscuit malts and cleaning agent--not quite a refreshing blend... sips at a fizzy, vibrant level, though it begins with a syrupy sweetness and finishes with thicker-than-expected, signaling its malt base... the mouthfeel is generally agreeable, but the aftertaste lingers longer than an acquaintance should... I do like the honeyed nuance to this, with the cracker malts somewhat obtrusively sweetening the experience beyond my desire... lemon, pepper, and some funky yeasts make this much less agreeable than the label proclaims... not feeling this one--and there are plenty of refreshing examples of this style to be had...

Dec 29, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate peppery, citrus peel, herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very good American blonde ale. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Clean bready malts, nice earthy hop balance, and restrained fruity yeast character. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Dec 23, 2017
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a nice golden color with a finger of white bubbly head. this is an easy drinking beer that leaves nice lacing on the glass. This is a recommended beer.

Oct 31, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with an abundance of foam in the He'Brew glass. Pleasant musty aroma with some warm grain. Faint malty sweetness. Very light bodied with plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Kind of resiny and gummy. Bready malty, what there is of it. Not very interesting after some sipping, but crisp and clean. Overall this is a little better than average Blonde ale. From the 500 ml can purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

Oct 20, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Clear golden pour. 1.5 fingers of white head leaves a ring of lacing.

S: Light grains and yeast. Mild nose.

T/F: Light grains... spice, a bit of alcohol, biscuits, and mild citrus. Light in body... well carbonated. Finish is grainy and slightly sweet.

O: Light and pretty unassuming. Mild flavors which aren't unpleasant. Super light... easily sessionable... nothing memorable here. I wouldn't seek it out but I would drink it again.

Oct 13, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a best by date on it

Gold-orange with a ring of head. Almost no scent, just a faint sweetness. Very light and inoffensive, sweet bread and honey with some floral flourishes.

Not much going on here. Clean, but boring

Sep 03, 2017
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Golden/Amber with a mild haze. Great head formation and retention, sticky lacing.

S: Grainy/Biscuity malt base, but it's the hops that pop. Lots of grapefruit, lemon peel, and maybe even a bit of tangerine. Freshly cut grass.

T: Hops are focal. Rosemary, lemon, grapefruit. Biscuity malt underneath. Hint of toast. Trailing tropical hops and grain on the dry finish.

M: Medium-light body. Full a d even a bit chewy. Ample carbonation brings sharpness.

O: A very West Coast approach to a blonde ale. Hops lead and bring that token citrus/pine character. Stays light and dry to keep things drinkable.

Aug 24, 2017
GFB Blonde Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 114 ratings