Cougar Bait American Blonde Ale | Country Boy Brewing

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Cougar Bait American Blonde AleCougar Bait American Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Any fisherman worth his salt will tell you - it's all about the bait. Lucky for you, you're holding the good stuff.

An American Blonde Ale, clean and crisp, Cougar Bait is sure to help you with your catch, whatever you may be fishing for.

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Photo of SwervyEarvy
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As I sat in the wicker chair, cold beer in my hand, all I knew was that God is good, and with cougar bait at my side, all was right with the world. When drinking a blond ale like this, one cannot expect perfection, but the high drinkability and pleasant aromatic notes elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. As I put one after another away, my problems seemed to melt. Certainly not the best tasting, but best feeling? Maybe. Everyone's life has troubles. That goes without a doubt. Cougar bait, however, managed to maul my worries, striking them down violently and mercilessly. Damn, that was quite a smooth ale.

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Photo of Soneji75
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I picked up this awesomely-named brew on a road trip back from Illinois. I must admit, Blonde Ales (along with Golden and Cream Ales) are not a style I typically go for. But we didn’t really have time to explore Lexington, and this is the only local craft beer the gas station had. So, alas, Blonde Ale it is.

Cougar Bait pours a very hazy yellow, with plenty of carbonation bubbles quickly escaping to the top. The head is only approximately half a finger and it dissipates very quickly, leaving nearly no trace behind. There is barely-noticeable lacing after every sip, but nothing else to speak of. With all that said, this is truly one “purdy” beer to look at!

From the first whiff I get predominantly (and, for the style, out of place) “limey” citrus notes. This is followed with a huge wallop of grain and doughy sweetness. The nose is very reminiscent of a salty Gose for some odd reason. A lot of bread and biscuit towards the end round up the scents.

This baby goes down very, very easy! A little too easy. I would certainly want to chug a few of these after mowing the lawn, or playing a grueling game of soccer (or some other grueling activity that makes you sweat profusely and gasp for air after you’ve finished). For such a boring style, Cougar Bait does present some unique flavors I typically wouldn’t associate with a Blonde Ale. Of course, you are going to find the grain, the bread, the biscuit, and the doughy notes. This beer does possess a strong malt backbone. But there is also a strong presence of the lemon-citrus hops I detected on the nose. Well, I am assuming it’s the hops. This also gives way to a very nice, and welcoming, spiciness I typically don’t associate with Blonde Ales. The bready and grainy notes make their presence very noticeable on the back. These same flavors, except for a faint sensation of orange rind, are almost the only thing that lingers for a very short time after every sip.

I am still uncertain if the lemon/citrusy notes were intentional here or not, but if they weren’t, Country Boy Brewing should definitely make a note to keep them. It’s about the only unique thing this beer has going for itself. All in all, not a bad beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet, bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of green grapes.
T: The taste follows the smell, but isn't as sweet as I expected it to be judging from the taste as the green grape flavors are more prominent.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: When I first sipped this beer I thought it tasted like an adjunct lager but it grew on me and eventually reminded me of a souped-up version of a kölsch.

Serving type: can

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My local, in-person trader, tone77, has become a snowbird in recent years, flying south for the winter, taking a load of beers from me with him as he departs. Our is a good relationship as he brings back all sorts of CANs for me in support of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Any fisherman worth his bait will tell you - it's all about the bait. Lucky for you, you're holding the good stuff. An Ameri[CAN] Blonde Ale, clean and crisp, Cougar Bait is sure to help you with your catch, whatever you may be fishing for."; "Enjoy responsibly"; "Love Your Country. Please Recycle."

I Crack!ed open that CAN of bait and got a little bit of a spritz for my effort since it was a squirter due to being brimful. My Glug did not raise much head and a vigorous, in-glass swirl only raised a brief finger of bone-white head before fizzing back into wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an oddly sharp graininess to it, like wheat malt may have been in the mix. It smelled more like a GER Pils, frankly. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was light, slightly grassy with a light malt sweetness. I really thought that I was drinking some manner of a lager. Finish was grassy, lightly malty, semi-dry & nicely refreshing, but it left me wanting. I looked at the site's style descriptions and this certainly fits the criteria for the style, but I think that there are other beers of this ilk that are available that I would enjoy more.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Country Boy Brewing - Cougar Bait. 4.7% ABV. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 12-15-15.

Look: Body is a translucent pale gold, with a finger sized white head from aggressive pour.

Smell: Mostly grains, grass, and a hint of lime

Feel: Light bodied with some fair carbonation. Easy to drink.

Taste: Grass and wheat comprise the backbone of this, along with some light malt sweetness along with some lemon lime.

Overall: First Blonde Ale here, but I've had Nacho Bait already, so I was kind of expecting how this would be. Pretty easy drinking beer, very sessionable; great alternative to big macro beers.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler at Brier Patch in Lewisburg, WV. Pours a hazy pale gold with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is sweet and bready. Kind of thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Not an outstanding beer. I wouldn't revisit it.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, bready malts. Taste is of malts, but not bready like the aroma, light floral hops, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall a good session beer, but just a touch bland.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm a Lexingtonian and I wanted to like this beer made in my hometown. I didn't much like it though.

Smell: Hint of buck lure or some other animal urine smell. Not pleasant.

Taste: Honestly this tasted more or less the same as any one of the mass-produced AALs such as Bud, Bud Lite, etc. I'm not sure I would ever buy this again as I can get BMC type beers cheaper and I can buy more interesting and flavorful craft beers if I am in the mood to spend the money.

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured from a twelve ounce can. It is mostly yellow with slight orange color. A one finger head disappears quickly leaving no lacing on my generic water glass.
Smell: smells mostly the malty goodness a lot of bready goodness.
Taste: Very well balance ale, tastes more like a lager actually. For session-able drinking I think the beers that are more nondescript are much easier to continue drinking. Enjoyable on a hot day.
Feel: pretty smooth, not overally carbonated. A well crafted brew. I don't think it will be a staple in my fridge but I would not turn one down.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, canned on 04/21/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a half inch white head that fizzled away after a short time. There's a small amount of lacing. Not much to the aroma, the brew smells like sweet and bready malt, along with some light citrusy hops. The taste is stronger in comparison to the aroma, but similar as it's all sweet/bread malt and light citrusy hoppiness. I think this would be a great choice to drink on a hot day. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a good blonde ale, for the style of beer it is I liked it. Bought this as a single, I forget how much I paid for it.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd prefer some macros over this, but not bad at all. Nice biscuit flavors on the finish and the aftertaste is fantastic. Not so crazy about the initial taste though. Very light, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-03-17 in Columbia, PA from a can

A - Fairly-hazy golden-yellow with a 3/4-finger head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Sourdough bread, lemon, old hops.

T - Biscuit, grass, light pine, light citrus. Mild bitterness with a bit of residual sweetness. Pretty decent flavor.

M - Thin body and medium carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O - A decent session brew that isn't hop/bitter tea at all. The initial aroma wasn't wonderful but once I had my first taste, the aroma and flavor blended in a good way.

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Photo of zdk9
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A little cloudy yellow orange. A surprising amount of lacing from a blonde beer. And a surprising amount of cloudyness as well.

S- A little lemon juice. Some mineraness/limestone or maybe tin.

T- Very lemony. Light malt like basic pancakes.

M- Very quaffable and light. You could put away a couple of these.

O- Enjoyable and not complicated. It tastes more like a wheat beer than a blonde, but good.

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Photo of do_ob
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker. Pours a light golden/orange color with lots of carbonation. About 1 finger width of head. Smells of grass, grain, wheat, slight hint of wood or dirt. Upon tasting, a slight presence of both hops and malt. Taste is grassy, but quite rich and sweet. Light on the palate. Easy drinking, for sure. Has somewhat of a dry finish and a sweet aftertaste.

Overall, this is a good effort by the Boys. I honestly think this one tastes better straight from the can, but maybe that's just because I've been drinking it that way for some time now. This was the first time I've put it in a glass, and I don't think I'll be doing it again. This beer is nothing fancy, but doesn't claim to be. A good beer for working around your garage or fishing the Ohio. Drink fresh - this one starts to fall off a bit after about a month.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BWW, Beckley WV

A- pours a pale and clear yellow-straw color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top, some lace left behind

S- toasted grain and crackers, trace of floral hop

T- light toasted grain with just a trace of floral and citrus hop, dry finish with a hint of malty sweetness

M- light-medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a dry and crisp finish

O- easy drinking and approachable, good if you're in a light beer mood

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy opaque golden, with substantial lace from the can. Big, loopy lace.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops up front, which is not what I expected. A little hint of caramel malts underneath. Enticing.

Taste: Rich and malty, with light toasty grains and bright citrusy hops duking it out. This is a superb and balanced blonde ale with nuance and complexity. Very well done.

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Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%

Since they started canning this stuff, it's time for a review. Pours a hazy golden, with a lingering frothy ivory head. Aroma is grainy and doughy. Hops are pretty much non-existent. There's a touch of metallic character, which is also noted in the taste. Flavor is bready and grainy, with a note of acetaldehyde, and a minerally finish. Think the boys may have rushed this one.

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Photo of denver10
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish blond with a white head. Aroma is toasted grains, alas bread and rice, with a touch of some citric hoppiness. A kiss of some pine thrown in as well. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, blonds generally bore me but Country Boy does a nice job with this one. I wouldn't mind a little more hops, even with it being a little hoppier for the style than typical. A very nice sessionable beer here.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In typical Blonde fashion this American Blonde is Blonde in color.( New drinking game everytime I say Blonde...drink up!) The head was thick and cohesive with a decent retention.

The scent had a cracker, biscuit, cardboard and grain temperament but was slightly less satisfying than expectation.

The taste was strong in the grains and dry malts. A grassy hop character finished the cracker and biscuit like mid palate.

The feel was dry, smooth with a limited carbonated feel and a moderate thickness.

Overall it's a pretty good beer, just won't light the world ablaze.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, clear gold with a tight, creamy white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, crackers, heavy cream, honey, and delicate, floral hops are present on the nose. This smells like a stereotypical American blonde ale with a little more character and depth.

T: Malty notes of honey, vanilla, heavy cream, grain, crackers, and biscuits appear first in the mouth, balanced by a subtle minerality. They are quickly chased by notes of lemon, lime, herbs, grass, green apple, pear, and a vegetal, earthy, stemmy woodiness from the hops. The finish is clipped and quenching with a good balance of biscuity, cracker-like malt and stemmy, herbal, grassy hop notes.

M: Predictably light in body, relatively dry, and somewhat firm. Carbonation is more discreet than many other blonde ales that I've tried. It's definitely very drinkable, but as a previous reviewer noted, needs to display somewhat heavier carbonation.

O: American blonde ales are almost always designed to be simple, straight-forward quaffing beers, and while this one fulfills that purpose nicely, it is tremendously more flavorful than most other examples of this style. Since the brewery introduced this beer, it has continued to evolve, and each batch has only gotten better. As is, it's about perfect for the style, but is not quite a home run yet. I'll give it a little more time and see if it continues to develop.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When ordering Blonde Ales, what's expected is a semi-wheaty golden beer with a light crisp body and balanced hop character. That's not this beer at all! This a beer of Pale Ale proportions and strength and only borrows the light and crisp body from that of common Blonde Ales.

Even as the beer is delivered to the bar, the ruddish color is mostly of rusty copper that's only golden in highlights around the edge. A scant, slightly off white head decorates the crown with intermitten pockets of foam. Lacing somehow delivers with rings of lace that far exceeds the expectations from any head character.

Hoppy aromas of citrus and freshly mulled herbs fill the nose with a zesty and floral scent. Background notes of carmel and apples help to round out the hop dominant nose, yet in moderate intensity.

The simple flavor spread closely mimicks the note except for the greater separation between the crisp and clean malt profile and the slightly resiny hop character that starts off with orange zest and grapefruit but intensifies into piney and grassy bitterness in finish. Periphreal flavors of apples and grain add intrigue, but are largely unnoticed.

Light to moderate in body, the pronounced crisp and clean body is void of unresolved sweetness or dextrine and allows for an easy session. But the low-lying carbonation allows the beer to sit heavily on the tonuge for a greater impression of weight and for a fuller depth of taste. Slight warmth in finish is amplified by the bold dryness of grain and hops.

Perhaps more of an extra pale, Pale Ale in the beer's coloring, balance, and recipe formulation but the light body is much appreciated. Where I normally like beers that are lightly carbonated, I feel that higher carbonation here could give better foam character and help pull the beer from the tongue for greater refreshment.

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Cougar Bait American Blonde Ale from Country Boy Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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