City Steam Blonde On Blonde | City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Blonde On BlondeCity Steam Blonde On Blonde

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City Steam Brewery Café
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
What can we say about the Blonde on Blonde? Is it the upright way she holds that tray that makes us love her? Or is it the humongous hops sitting on top that gets our bubbles bursting? This PALE ALE was our 2nd beer made available for statewide distribution, and has been a growing hit among Connecticut consumers since 2010. In November of 2012, Blonde on Blonde won 1st place in the Pale Ale catrgory at the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, R.I. It is brewed with German hops for bitterness, Zythos and Cascade hops for aroma. Come try out this award-winning beer fresh on tap, or find it where you can locate it in the region by clicking here. Served short or tall. Oh Mama!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of matthewmo
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Chegui
4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of pbrian
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright tin gold. Clumpy, sticking white foam. Spotty shards of large bubbled carbonation. Minted evergreen and lime peel aroma with soft red licorice candy accents. Initially crisp, powdered lime hoppy and evergreen bitter with a lasting spearmint aftertaste. Clean pale malt sugared backbone with a strong bitterness to squelch it, although it’s more chalk than abrasive piney resin. Hints of lime dust and red licorice careen off brisk evergreen flavors all the way to the end. Finishes briskly hopped and just sugared pale malty enough with a telltale fusion of non-citrus based hop elements. An awesome classic.


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Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of LPJones
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of WhaleHopper
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blonde in name and color only, not really a "Blonde Ale" - but description says a very hoppy pale ale, so that's spot on. Certainly more pronounced aroma and bite than typical pale, verging more on mild American IPA in taste and mouthfeel. Strong cascade presence in aroma and taste. Great on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of tmoreau713
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TeasdAle
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of cheesepuffs
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BigRob329
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of echamberlin
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass with a nice one and a half fingers worth of a creamy and bubbly white head. Clear pale straw colored body. Good lacing and fair retention.

Smells like a juicy grapefruit, some pine resin and bready yeast.

Tastes like a bubbly, juicy grapefruit mixed with some pine and bready malt flavors. A firm lingering resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat coating and oily on the finish.

Overall this is a great beer. Nice job Ron. This is fairly well balanced with great hop character.
$5.50 a pint.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden brown with a clean white head. The foam drops off pretty quickly but leaves some pretty white lacing.

Smells surprisingly hoppy with grassy herbal notes predominating. Slight sweetness in the nose but mostly hops.

Very well balanced taste. Sweet golden biscuit notes up front, an almost honey like smoky note, then a strong hop attack worthy of an IPA. Very "East Coast" in flavor with woody, grassy, herbal hop flavors. It almost tastes like they've thrown in some lawn clippings for extra oomph (not that that's a bad thing...)

Mouthfeel is good - especially for a growler. Rather light bodied but just enough sugar in there to give it some heft. Carbonation is fine and smooth, only a slight residual coating on the tongue. Good bitter finish.

A very tasty brew - it would make a great session beer but the ABV is just a tad bit high. Calling it a Strong Ale invites comparisons to the Bastard and other Strongs but I don't think that's at all fair. This is just a rich, flavorful ale with a bit of a kick...

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear ginger color with two solid, sausage fingers of silky foam which leaves equally untarnished walls of lacing. dissolves over much time into a thick, swampy haze of beer porn.

minty fresh hop aroma wafts up, impressively, with a snappy crispness. sharp pungent yeasty note defines this as a beer soda, want to dive in headfirst.

musty hop bang evens out to a bitter bite with nutty hints. finishes very refreshing for something that brings so much botanical hop bitterness to the party.. this is one of the first city steam beers i've had that really showcases the raw spice of the hop. half the glass of this beer is gone in seconds.

this beer is an amazing sessionable option when you're digging one of those big, hazy, unfiltered ipa's from up willimantic way. equally flavorful and a surefire winner from RP downtown.

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Photo of TripelMark
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of youngs11
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance, similar to honey. Two finger head after normal pour with nice lacing on the sides of glass

Citrus and flowers in the nose. Smells hoppy and vibrant.

The taste is a great balance of sweet and bitter. The hops are present throughout, starting mildly and building after initial contact with the tongue. The finish is not overly bitter, though. There is sweetness and complexity in the finish as opposed to just bitterness that is common with some pale ales. Excellent

medium bodied and mildly carbonated. standard pale ale feel.

Overall this is an excellent pale ale. I could drink a bunch!

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden colored with coppery highlights and a firm and frothy head of off-white foam that lingers long and leaves fat rings around the glass as it's drained. Inviting aroma of citrusy hops, some grassy and woody notes.

Sharp hoppy flavors full of tangerine and grapefruit, morphing to pine, sappy with hints of mint and herbal notes. An understated honey malt flavor rides beneath and keeps this one well balanced. Grapefruit pith lingers. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, full and round. Great beer, very hoppy and very drinkable.

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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quasi-local beer here in southern Connecticut; had one from a bottle tonight after a nice one on draft several weeks ago. I do wonder if the style is most properly listed as American Pale, when it seems to be making a conscious effort to be a lighter-flavored beer.

In any case it is a crisply dry brew with a healthy quantity of hop bitterness. A fine and refreshing mouthfeel, while by no means bursting with carbonation.

This would be a truly outstanding beer at 4.5%. At 6% it's too alcoholic for a session beer, which is what its flavor is best suited to. Still, really enjoyable and a beer I'll return to this summer.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the external appearance, I could have assume that this beer would be as simple as many of the mass produced brews.
It pured just slightly more amber than your 'light' beers.

But thats where the similarity ended!. The nose was full of hops and citrus. There was a definite bouquet fresh pink grapefruits.

The first taste was like the bouquet. A good dose of hops, just the right bitterness along with nice citrus lemon,orange grapefruit.

This one tasted very crisp and alive. The mouthful was big along with a good lingering after taste

Surprisingly nice

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