Chilliwack Blonde | Old Yale Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Old Yale Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-29-2003

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. The blonde jokes are a tad close to overwrought, but equitably so. That's a nice way of saying it don't much bother me much, 90's PC-conditioning style.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few sloping arched arena vistas of hopeful lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of mildly sweet, grainy cereal malt, some prominent white grape mush fruitiness, a bit of sugared lemon juice, and softly grassy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet white cracker, grainy malt, stale lemon rind, a plain white grape mustiness, a wee bit of neutered citrus fruitiness, and some tame earth, leafy hops.

The carbonation is hefty up front, but settles to a supportive hum for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of indecisive in its middling smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the lingering cereal malt fighting the good, if futile, fight against the regrouped citrus and grassy, leafy hops.

A more upbeat, and noticeable blonde ale than is the Canadian norm - sure, it's malt-heavy, but the underwhelmingly ingenious, and admittedly assumed use of west coast hops go a long way to mitigating that long-held bias. Anyways, toss in a bit of vinous left-hooks, and I'm more than mollified. Easy drinking, with an agreeable enough sassiness to keep me happy enough through to the end.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second opportunity to sample what Old Yale Brewing has to offer. Picked this up in Vancouver, a brown 650 ml bottle, from what I could make of it an old west type saloon woman on the label, leaning over the bar enjoying a mug. I like the fact that Old Yale mentions the ingredients used in each ale on the side of their labels.

Pours out a slightly hazy lemony gold colour, a small spongy white head on it. This settles to an oh so thin creamy cap that lasts halfway down the glass. Crisp grains and strong citrus on the nose, some sweet malt in the background. The flavour is very refreshing up front, light grainy malt combines with the citrus from the hops for a beautiful balance, a crisp but smooth finish to it. Flowery lemon on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light but not watery, suits the style, and helps make this a fantastic summer session beer. If I lived in B.C. and had easy access to this stuff it would easily become my default balcony barbequing beer of choice, especially on a scorcher of a day. Definitely pick some up if you come across it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw colour with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Grains, bready malts, light grassy hops, sweet malt aroma.

Taste - Bready malts and grains with very light grassy hops. More on the malt heavy side. Touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A simple and clean blonde ale that speaks true to the heavy malt characteristic of the style. Easily sessionable for warm summer days.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice offering because it is not a pale ale in disguise. There are hops but they are background to the fruity notes that make this a great example of this style. Slightly sweet to the finish, this is very drinkable and a great gateway ale for those commited Molson drinkers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great offering out of Chilliwack from Old Yale. This ale pours an extremely pale gold, almost like water, with a good foamy head that doesn't get too big. Colour is lighter than many lagers I've had.

Smells creamy and malty with a faint hint of hops, toffee and a slight lemon trace. Tastes smooth, malty with a citrus twinge and a faint bit of hop grassiness.

Effervescent, but not too bubbly. A true cream ale, goes down smoothly and easily.

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On tap at St. Augustines.

A: 1/2" white head over golden straw colored liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Floral and grassy hops and yeast.

T: Grassy, floral and earthy hops, yeast and a number of light malt flavors including biscuit and cereal.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation with a slight drying in the finish from the hop presence.

O: Very drinkable, refreshing while not sweet, this would go great with most food dishes

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Chilliwack Blonde from Old Yale Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 15 ratings