Feisty Blonde
HopFusion Ale Works

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From:
HopFusion Ale Works
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #29
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,899
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Ratings:
41
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 23, 2022
Added:
Jan 02, 2017
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  20
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: None
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Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pours a crystal clear reddish-orange gold body with a cream-colored foam head that fizzles up quickly to a finger-and-a-half height and holds with low retention, fizzling right back down to a thin murky cap with a thick and defined halo, and leaves no lacing behind

aroma is sweet, thick, and floral; mildly funky ala marmalade

taste follows the nose, and blossoms (heh) into a more defined citrus bouquet with orange'n'rind marmalade holding up, along with honey and light vanilla. it bitters up in the finish with a dash more orange peel and earthy hop. also, there's a fairly boozy kick

mouthfeel is mid-level carbonation and medium-light bodied that runs fairly grainy and crisp (although a little watered down later) with a semi-dry, crisp finish that highlights the boozy nature. the aftertaste is funked up marmalade, orange peel, and earthy bitter hop

overall:
decent. I enjoyed it but am glad I didn't grab the full pack and opted for the single can instead. as the can states, this is certainly not your mamas blonde - but if you like the style a lot and wish there was one with more kick and would be thrilled to hear that it tastes like marmalade and drinks like a cognac, then look no further. this has an almost Belgian appeal to it in a way, which may or may not be what I'm telling myself in order to enjoy it more...

Mar 23, 2022
Photo of Sabtos
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Foggy amber with a short and uneven off-white head settling to a thin chain.

Straight out of the can, this is kind of medicinal and not so great. The blonde characteristics have trouble punching through notes of cough syrup that confuse this muddled brew.

Jul 29, 2021
 
3.95 by cgrunin from Texas on May 01, 2021
Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Dark golden in color with a white head. Smells of vanilla, cinnamon, orange and honey. Flavors of honey vanilla and cinnamon and maybe some dark fruit hints. Lots going on with this beer. It's a little busy to be called a blonde ale. Decent beer but calling it a blonde is strange.

Nov 14, 2020
 
3 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Oct 18, 2020
Photo of Beech105
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beech105 from Missouri

Almost copper in color, darker than I thought it would be. Not much of a head. Smells of apricot, honey, and I think cinnamon. The mouthfeel is full. Great taste. Honey, cinnamon, vanilla. Very good!

Jun 25, 2020
 
3.9 by kds2437 from Texas on Apr 04, 2020
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades super fast and leaves almost no lace on the sides of the side.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a slightly bready and cracker like smell mixed with aromas of honey and candied sugar and a bit of light fruits of peach and apricot. Along with these smells comes some aromas of a bit of spice of coriander and clove as well as a little bit of grass and some boozy smells.
Taste – The taste begins with a fruity taste of apricot and peach mixed with lots of honey and candied sugar. The malt is of a lightly toasted biscuit malt mixed with a little bit of cracker. There is also a clove and coriander spice taste that is strong from the start and that grows stronger as the taste advances. Toward the end the apricot amps up and some light boozy tastes and just a touch of vanilla come to the tongue and leave one with a nice Belgium Strong like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is slightly on the higher side. For the crisp nature and the mix of sweet, booze, and spice creates a very nice medium for the brew.
Overall – A nice blond/strong ale. Lots of flavor and a nice easy drinking feel.

Jan 30, 2020
 
Photo of mrklnvl
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mrklnvl from Ohio

This blonde is FEISTY indeed!!! A delicious and smooth vanilla bomb with a hidden 8.2% ABV that will kick you in the nuts for motivation.

Jun 25, 2019
 
3.73 by hanabiwolf from Texas on May 24, 2019
 
4.08 by Eychung from New York on Apr 11, 2019
 
3.75 by Berknerj from Illinois on Apr 05, 2019
 
3.92 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas on Apr 01, 2019
Photo of JTthebrewman
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JTthebrewman from Texas

I think this beer is phenomenal so strong but so smooth and I'd argue the best after taste I've ever had on a beer. Have a couple and then have a blast. Made an account just to review it.

Mar 14, 2019
 
3.41 by aatazebeats from Texas on Feb 03, 2019
Photo of Jaangel
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Jaangel from Texas

One of the best beers around I've ever had. There is so much flavor.

Oct 25, 2018
Photo of littleshelley1
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by littleshelley1 from Texas

I had this brew at reds porch in Austin TX. Beautiful pour, small head and easy to drink! Would reccomend and will order another

Sep 27, 2018
 
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Sep 27, 2018
 
3.75 by bundy462 from Texas on Sep 03, 2018
 
3.86 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 02, 2018
Photo of Agriverbear
2.59/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Agriverbear from Texas

I applaud the effort to try something different but this tastes like on old woman’s perfume.

Aug 20, 2018
 
4.01 by BierRichter from Texas on Jul 15, 2018
 
3.85 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jul 04, 2018
 
4 by dbrown456 from Texas on Jun 19, 2018
 
3.91 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Jun 14, 2018
Photo of Tom_Hoover
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tom_Hoover from Texas

Nice fresh raste

May 27, 2018
Photo of cdubya
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by cdubya from Texas

Different than any blonde but that is not a bad thing. Alcohol is well hidden this is a very tasty brew would definitely buy again.

Apr 18, 2018
 
4.03 by DougT from Ohio on Apr 11, 2018
 
3.9 by Kips from Texas on Mar 29, 2018
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours like apple juice in color. Nose also hints at apple with a cinnamon spice. Tastes good but reminds me more of a cider than beer. Very good cider.

Mar 13, 2018
 
3.75 by archero from Texas on Feb 10, 2018
 
4.31 by jmills3 from Texas on Jan 20, 2018
Photo of TBoneJones
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by TBoneJones from Texas

Interesting beer. Not much on the nose except some honey vanilla.
Taste is that, with ample “minty” hop bitterness and some tasty grains. It’s kind of herbal too, but just enough sweetness from the vanilla & honey seeps through to keep it nice to sip.
Feels fairly creamy and well-carbonated,
It’s a flavorful blonde. I’d say it lives up to its name.

Jan 14, 2018
 
4.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Dec 22, 2017
 
4 by nsiergiej from Indiana on Dec 21, 2017
 
4 by greenspointexas from Texas on Nov 04, 2017
 
4.35 by ruzzal from Texas on Jul 07, 2017
 
3.92 by charrel from Texas on May 28, 2017
 
3.16 by Techichi from Texas on Apr 08, 2017
Feisty Blonde from HopFusion Ale Works
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 41 ratings