Cougar Bait American Blonde Ale
Country Boy Brewing

Cougar Bait American Blonde AleCougar Bait American Blonde Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #467
Ranked #45,417
3.53 | pDev: 15.01%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Cougar Bait American Blonde AleCougar Bait American Blonde Ale
Notes: 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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Krisp09 from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 27, 2015
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Soneji75 from North Carolina

2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Oct 04, 2016
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haddon from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

May 26, 2012
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craigmorris74 from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 24, 2016
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jimbrinkruff from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

Jul 19, 2015
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tangoafterdark from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Oct 26, 2014
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Jun 06, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Sep 14, 2014
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AlexFields from Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jul 10, 2016
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lilnicky068 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Aug 26, 2013
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catfan2000 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Jul 04, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Nov 14, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Jun 26, 2012
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -2%
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

Jan 21, 2015
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Ruger from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +13.3%

Aug 23, 2014
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crbnfbr from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15%

Aug 09, 2013
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Nov 10, 2014
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15%

Nov 05, 2014
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Aug 16, 2014
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heysuz from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 17, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Oct 18, 2017
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pixarnick from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +13.3%

Jun 08, 2014
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rxthree from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Feb 27, 2014
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Jan 01, 2014
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 18, 2013
Cougar Bait American Blonde Ale from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 213 ratings