True Blonde Ale | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale
52 Ratings
True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An exceptionally drinkable beer that is smooth and crisp with a slight citrus finish, this ale is named to honor the endangered Florida panther. With only 100 panthers left in the wild and as a state symbol, the panther is Florida's True Blonde. The Florida's True Blonde Ale is easy drinking and big in flavor with a hint of hops on the nose. Perfectly adapted to the Florida climate, this sessionable ale is satisfying all year.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2004

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Arsenal0328:
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of WangFire
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the TBBC in Ybor city. Ordered as part of the 10 beer sampler.

This one is a clear beer with white foam. See through and golden sparkles.

Taste and smell are both light and citrussy. There is a mild hop that keeps the balance in check.

Smooth, easy to drink. Good beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Poured from the can,into a Cigar City pint glass.No date on the can

L- Thin white head with low retention.Hazy gold / straw body with moderate clarity.Low amount of carbonation.

S- Light wheat and grassy notes,with a faint aroma of hops.Not much of a nose on this one.

T- On the palate I get wheat lemongrass and a faint hint of fruity hops.Wheat and lemongrass on the front end and in the middle,fruity hops on the back end.Pretty well balanced beer.

F- The mouth feel is light and slightly sticky.Good amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

O- This is a pretty decent blonde ale.Not my favorite style,and not my favorite example of the style,but still a solid beer.This isn't something I would go looking for,but I would drink it again if it was offered to me.

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Photo of MikalMick
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dasunder
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JKG
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mullenite
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stopped in for lunch and asked if they had any cask left, I was surprised when they said this was the beer on there. A Kolsch on cask? I was obviously intrigued enough to try it.

Very cloudy golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Very nice lacing left on the glass all the way down.

Smell is a bit grainy and earthy, very light all around. Not much to it, just nice and simple.

Taste is similar to the smell, slightly grainy and earthy but surprisingly clean. Just a bit of flavor comes through from the hops. Everything is very light all around.

The cask body is a bit fuller than the draft body, very creamy and smooth with very little carbonation, even for a cask ale.

This was extremely refreshing on such a hot and humid Florida day. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Looks like a perfect blonde ale. Shining, blonde golden color with awesome clarity and a two finger creamy white head, nice retention and ok lacing.

The aroma is an average blonde. Clean with hints of grainy, bready notes and subtle citrus hints. Very light.

Taste follows. Clean, crisp, easy drinking with faint hint of citrus, orange on a nice bed of fresh baked bread and a hint of caramel.

Clean, crisp, refreshing

Overall, an easy drinking, balanced, refreshing beer!

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Photo of twizzbeatz
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a bright yellow heading. Left lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is zesty,nice pilsner malt profile with a very subtle hoppiness.

Taste is very light and crisp. The hops match up perfectly with the lighter maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied great carbonation.Slight sting on the tongue. Very wet.

Drink is excellent very drinkable not heavy at all and a perfect beverage for the day my wife and I went there.

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Photo of MillRat
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simply put, this is Tampa Bay brewing's BMC-drinker pleaser. If you're gonna serve all your own brews and not have a macro-lager to placate the dedicated macro-drinker in the crowd, you have to brew a mild malt, low-hop yellow. Otherwise the stubborn non-craft drinker in the crowd will whine and take the group elsewhere along with their beer money.

So this is a nice crystal clear yellow with moderate carbonation and a quick-fading head. A little malt in the nose and in the flavor, with just enough hops bitterness to keep things in balance. Easy enough to drink if it weren't for the boredom. For what it is and the consumer at whom it's aimed, it's a nice beer. For the BA types, there's far better to be found at TBBC.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just your average every day yellow. Better than most but dull.
Pale clear gold with a one inch head crowning the glass.
Acceptable smell of wheat, maybe a skunky tone but nothing over the top.
Taste was a little above average. A summer "after the lawn is cut and I'm sitting on the patio drinking the afternoon away" beer. Slight malt, maybe some sweet corn with a lemon finish.
Smooth, crisp mouthfeel that wasn't bad but I'm not going to drink/pay for another.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Midlifejacoby
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I don't mind this beer, I wouldn't go out of my way to order it. But it looks good tastes alright smells alright. The lace disappears quickly. But it sells

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Photo of tfsimpkins
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at the brewpub in Tampa

This is not my style of beer, but for the style, this one was not TOO bad, especially considering most of TBBC's beer were not very good.

Clear golden pour with a small foamy white head; decent retention, minimal lacing. Light pale malt aroma, toasted grains, mild herbal hops. Taste was equally light and on the bland side, pale malts, light hops, cardboard. Light body, not very tasty, but drinkable for the style. Ask for a Miller Lite, and they'll give you this.

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Photo of jkd03c
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer was served in a pint glass, and pours a crystal clear and vibrant yellow-gold color with a thin film of head. The nose is light, and slightly grapefruit in character. The beer's flavor is an extremely light malt, with very subtle hops at the end, and tart citrus balancing throughout. Slight roasted and smoked aftertaste, with toasty malt flavors. Slightly sour finish, and a bit watery.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tjmiller718
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lovely85
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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True Blonde Ale from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
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