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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 210
Reviews by BEERchitect:
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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More User Reviews:
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 haddon
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of craigmorris74
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 tangoafterdark
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 AlexFields
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lilnicky068
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of catfan2000
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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 Ruger
4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at the white squirrel in BG, KY. It poured a hazy orangish with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of cracker. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with biscuit tones. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of pixarnick
4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Cougar Bait American Blonde Ale from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 210 ratings