Big Island Blond | Excelsior Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
excelsiorbrew.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jimmah120 on 08-06-2013

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Reviews:
7
Ratings:
41
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by DaftPatrick:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear, plastic cup (I was on a boat on Lake Minnetonka).

Appearance: Rich gold with decent white head. A little darker than expected for the style but good looking overall.

Smell: Bread, hay, some spicy and citrus notes.

Taste: Bread and hay-like backbone with some fruitiness. Light spice and citrus notes on the finish.

Feel: Crisp and dry but the body is fuller than it should be and the carbonation is a little lower. So it isn't quite as refreshing at the style can be.

Overall: Decent Blonde but doesn't stand out for me.

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Photo of pat61
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Starts with a big grainy nose with some grainy malt - the kind of grain smell you get when a base malt is just starting to dry in a kiln. It pours gold with a very slight haze under a very thin film of as head. The palate starts with big grain flavors, a hint of caramel sweetness, white bread and a touch of tartness from both the grain and the carbonation. There are hints of fruit in the background. It’s lively, medium to a little less on the body and a dash of creaminess that doesn’t quite overcome the bite from the carbonation.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of andrew8626
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had an imperial pint with lunch (scrambled eggs w/ shrimp and kim chi) at Tilia. It's a clean, toasty blonde with a hint of citrus hops. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's a clean and tasty beer with enough flavor to compliment a meal but still go down easy on a hot day. I liked that the bready, toasted, barley stood out as opposed to being a bland, sweet note in a boring beer, like so many blondes. Give it a try.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkf629
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of TooGood
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kcwaltz
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JHMNBEER
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of richaa01
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sparx1100
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KarlHungus
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of zeledonia
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 14 July 2014.

Pours clear, medium orangey amber. One finger of off-white head, good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is quite nice. Clean, warm, and lightly fruity. Crisp apples, sitting on a platform of warm grains.

Taste is excellent as well. Again, it's clean, and it's crisp and flavorful in just the ways I want from a relatively light beer. Hard to pick out flavors, as the subtleties blend together so well. Tips just a shade bitter late, adding some vibrancy. Very tasty stuff.

The feel is just like the rest of the beer - a stellar balance of full and light. Carbonation is spot on - a touch below medium. Works really well with the rest of the beer.

This is a really, really good blond ale. It proves that a beer doesn't need to blast you with flavor to be really enjoyable. It's an excellent combination of refreshment and mild and subtle flavors. I'm impressed.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium straw, a bit darker than your average blonde ale. Two finger white head falls to a spider web. Fair amount of lacing.
S- Good aroma. Bready, a touch of grass. Faint hint of citrus.
T- A good profile here. Bread crust, grass, a bit doughy, and some earthy. Just a hint of herb and citrus.
M- About standard body for a blonde, maybe a bit fuller. Carbonation is on the high end, but acceptable.
O- I'm not normally a blonde ale fan, as they tend to revert toward a lack of complexity, but this one has a good flavor profile. Easy drinking and worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Big Island Blond from Excelsior Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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