Mississippi Blonde Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with a fair amount of head.
Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus.
Taste is grassy with some lemon/grapefruit citrus.

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Photo of scotorum
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


From the new beer club shipment. We don't get this Illinois brewery's products in my state.

a: Translucent gold with clear highlights at the bottom, a three inch thick white head receded quickly to thin surface foam and a few spots of lacing.

s: Slight light fruit.

t; Follows the nose with more pronounced fruit such as pear and grapefruit, medium hop bite on a slightly sour finish.

m Light to medium, ok body and good carbonation tingle.

o; An ok blonde, although the fruit notes are strong enough to suggest a Kolsch or even a citrus IPA and leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Pretty good summer refresher, unfortunately this is late fall.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, soapy white head. A soft malt nose. Straw gold color. A surprisingly bitter front; hop bitterness and spices (coriander/orange peel flavors). But then a really nice maltiness comes through. The finish is lots and lots of malt with a touch of spice.

This is pretty nice. The front is a little too bitter, but that malt finish is really nice.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon-orange with a thin white head. Smells of bready/malt with a lemongrass touch. Taste of bready cracker that finishes with the lemon custard pie. Has a slight hop bite in the end. A light mouthfeel and finish. A very nice blood as I am big on the bready ness that some put in. I am not big on Bent River, but this one is good for a local choice.

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Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My roommate brought these home and shared, so thanks Tom. My 1st beer ever from this brewery located along the shores of the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, so it takes its name from the river, not the state. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Not much information on the label and the website is useless, so no way to look up anything about this brew.

The beer poured a hazy pale golden color with just a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in about 15 seconds. There was a lot of small spotty lacing, but that too faded fast.

There was a bit of lemon smell along with herbal hops, and then something of a barnyard odor which is usually not found in blonde ales.

Decent sweet malty background and lots of herbal hop flavors as well as a touch of lemon. It's not very bitter at just 14.2 IBUs which is par for the course in blonde ales, but what was not par for the course was its total lack of fruitiness outside the touch of lemon. It's a very strange blonde ale.

Can't believe how light bodied this is. A very thin thirst quencher with moderate carbonation. Just 4.2% alcohol.

I prefer fruitier blonde ales, but that doesn't mean this one is all bad. It's not typical, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Mississippi Blonde doesn’t fall short, as some may think. The style is a tough one to crack, but Bent River prevailed here. Not the cleanest brew, but with a bit of complexity and even drinkability, it makes due and keeps our palates happy, if not content.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.3%

LOOK: Clear pale golden, lots of lace

SMELL: Nutty, doughy, dried grass, lemon pith, herbal, clean

TASTE: Very crisp, light bodied, wet, grassy, faint hoppiness, animal feed, mild bitterness, mineral, yeast, very dry, grainy finish

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold, producing just over 1.5 fingers of frothy, white, shortlived head that leaves only a hint of lace. Aroma is light cracker malt with notes of grass, apples & yeast. Taste is bready, grain & biscuit malt, apple sauce & lemon hints, prickly pepper, grass & yeast hints in a dry finish that yields a pale malt, spicy, hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, pepper prickle, astringent & dry.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw colored gold with copious effervescence and minimal head which recedes quickly.
Smells of light malts, a bit of yeasty mustiness, light non specific esters and a bit flowery a la honeysuckle. Tastes light, sweet malts with minimal hops at the mid and end note and fairly clean finish. Carbonation tempers the sweetness of the malt and provides fairly good mouthfeel, though overall a very light bodied beverage with clean finish.
Overall, pretty good beer, like a malty lager and highly quaffable (not particularly complex) while at a bbq or while working in the yard on a hot day. (It brought to mind Yuengling or Shiner Bock with similar flavor profile)

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Photo of jpro
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: hazy, straw gold; cream white head; about a thumb of head forms on the pour; no lacing.

S: wheat malt; cracker; light grain aroma.

T: light grain and wheat; aspirin / light chalk on the finish.

M: light; high carbonation.

O: not a bad lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampled last night on 10/3/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1-finger white head. Leaves some lacing when sipped. The aroma is very average with a slight 'skunky' smell. The taste is pretty much the same and wasn't that great.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no date

look is a cloudy straw yellow, minimal head. smell is dry malts and English hops. feel is crisp and carbonated, effervescent wheat, skunky malts, metallic-butter finish.

light, grainy, almost a solid beer but seems watered down. makes sense that this is considered their 'light' beer.

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Photo of Reneejane
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Mississippi blonde ale is the "light beer" for the Bent River Brewing Company. It poured a pale yellow with a white head. It had a slightly hoppy aroma. It was well enough carbonated to have a pallet cleansing feeling. But the only taste I could detect was just a subtle hop flavor. It didn't have much body or other character besides slight hop flavor. This is the kind of beer that would go well on a hot day as a thirst quencher.

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Mississippi Blonde Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
3.31 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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