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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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 131
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of oscarthebrody
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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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear yellow colored beer with a medium sized white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus, and a nice citrus/grassy hop finish to it.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus throughout, finishing up with a refreshing citrus/grassy hop flavor.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Pretty drinkable beer with a nice mix of flavors. I would have liked it to be a bit sweeter but it was a good session beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark golden with a small whitish head. Decent amount of lace left behind.

S: Fruity and hoppy - citrusy hops over fruity yeast and sweet malt.

T: Good balance between sweet and bitter, with a good amount of fruitiness thrown in as well. Starts out fruity, then becomes malty-sweet (think honey and butterscotch). Finishes with citrus (orange & lemon) bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Good creaminess.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with hints of burnt orange. Frothy white head that fades slowly.

S: Great hoppy aroma. hints of pine and citrus with some bready notes.

T: Tangy hop flavor with big blast of citrus. Lemon zest and ruby red grapefruit dominate, but balanced with some bisquity malt. Herbal with some hints of vanilla and spice

M: medium bodied, crisply carbonated.

D: This is a solid offering from city steam. Great flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of this brewery before, and it's right in my backyard over in Hartford, which is closer than Boston. Oh yeah, a date on the bottle! Bottled on 2/28/13.

The head rises up after the pour finishes and gets to a nice 1.5 finger fluffy and thick head, that fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, over a hazy sediment laden obviously bottle conditioned and unfiltered. So far so good...

nose is nice for an APA, grassy slightly herbal earthy hops, a bit of a leafy hop aroma, with some grainy toasty blond malts. Pretty simple but done fairly well.

Taste is lighter at first, but not bad... a light grainy toasty blond malt kicks off first with a slight juicy malt sweetness and faint amber malt flavor. Then hops kick into gear, lighter at first but increases with each second in my mouth and each sip. starting with a grassy leafy hop and mild bitterness, slightly herbal and earthy as well but not vegetal or that Euro style hop I can hate. A very light juicy citrus hop kicks in as well, but very light, with a faint orange pith. The hops get a little spicy the longer it goes and more bitter, to finish with a quite bitter spicy earthy grassy hop that dries quite a bit, long quite bitter grassy spicy hop finish that borders astringent.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall a nice APA, drinkable, tasty, decent hop to malt balance but the malts are a little light overall, nice carb, nice hop profile as that seems to be what they were going for the grassy leafy slightly herbal hop flavors, although I don't really get teh "West Coast American" aroma hops.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a two inch head that lasts a while. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: nice citrus and floral hop aroma.

Taste: caramel, oranges, pears, and a floral hop bitterness creates a straight forward pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a very quaffable and sessionable ale here. Nice and flavorful, this one is also refreshing.

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Photo of Thads324
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not retired anymore. pours a clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Small head of thick and quickly dissipating odd white bubbles. Smells of grassy hops and a bit of citrus. A sharp bitter hop on the tail end stings the nostrils. Undertones of sweet caramel malt and honey. Taste starts out sweet then has a really nice earthy, slighty citrus hop flavor. Just a hint of bitterness at the end. It's all carried through with a nice malt character that is sweet and a bit corn-like. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

The vibrant hops are nice and shine well. Malts is basic and a bit soapy, which is a bit odd. Overall a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive dome head from a gentle pour into the glass. Slow to recede. Leaves moderately chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is orange-dirty gold color. Hazy.

Fresh nutty fully malted barley aroma. Light floral hop provides balance.

Comes across like a moderately hopped home brew. Lots of yeast bite. Starts with a pale malt tongue but succumbs to a black pepper hop bite that lingers through the finish and aftertaste. Modest body with an elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some ice lacing on the glass. It is a pale yellow color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: A little citrus followed by light caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a bit smooth, light to medium bodied bodied, lingering bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: More of an IPA than an APA, but still a good beer.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a nice head and is a light amber or slight reddish color.
Odor is floral and very typical of a pale ale.
mouth feel is a little light. It is pretty carbonated.
Taste is crisp at first and then gives way to hops and ends with a hoppy bitterness. After taste is bitter hoppy. Overall a solid effort and a above average pale ale.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. to pint glass. Random X-mas gift.

Bright pale orange with some haze. Giant white head falls to about a finger eventually, gettin' all crater-y and leaving nice lace.

Smell is definitely on the fainter side, but not bad. Grapefruit juice, earthy/herbal hops, bread, pale malts.

Taste is an improvement, a little more hop bitterness here as well. Citrus/grapefruit juice forward with some herbal and grass, bready and grainy malts with light sweetness and a toasty finish.

Full mouthfeel with low-ish carbonation and medium bitterness. Easy-drinking and well-balanced.

Good mix of hoppy pale+blonde ale, definitely wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night.

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass and piney hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by light pine hops and big citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweetish start bitter middle with a less bitter end

Overall: I like the combination of hops on this one. A nice clean bitter beer. Nothing mind blowing but certainly something I could see myself picking up again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/10/13 at Doherty’s East Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. There’s a mild citrus sweetness that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 2011-09-27. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is tangy with some floral and tropical fruit notes. Taste is floral hops with some fruit flavor. Can't really put my finger on what fruits. Nice amount of hop flavor. A bit tangy. Floral again near the end. I've had this at the brewery before and its one of their better offerings. Glad to see it bottled. Now I just hope Acapulco Gold gets bottled. Overall, solid pale ale with a good amount of hops.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (tm) sometimes runs afoul of clinkers and this may be one such instance. I read where my local, in-person trader experienced "gushing" and I am hoping for the best with my own CAN.

From the CAN: "Something to ponder: What exactly is the young lady pondering? Is it the beer, the bitterness, the bubbles, the double gold award winning sessionable flavor, or perhaps just her own reflection in the mirror. I say: It
s worth looking into ..."

I Crack!ed it open & while I did not get any gushing, it was plenty loud! I decided to go with a gentle Glug to see what would happen & I got a good bit of foaming, but nothing else untoward. I wound up with three-plus fingers of dense, fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & I am willing to chalk it up to a chill haze as I keep my reefer rather cool. Nose was about as straight-up grapefruit as I have experienced in a while! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a good amount of carbonation. The taste was solid grapefruit an nothing more. The CAN marks it as an "India Pale Ale", but this site has it as an APA. It is passable as the former, but way too hoppy as the latter. Finish was dry & bitter, but unless you like grapefruit, it was a one-trick pony.

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Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had this at the Marlboro, MA festival.

A - Pours a hazy light yellow hue with a quarter inch head that slowly fades to a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is a bit too bready for my liking, with some light grassy hops.

T - Taste is fairly solid. Nicely grassy hops with some faint bread/yeast notes.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly typical, medium bodied.

O - Overall, not a bad APA, just too malty/bready for my tastes.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a straw golden color with a touch of haze and a fizzy white head. The smell was very bright with a load of hops. The taste was very hoppy too with both grapefruit and pine flavors coming through. A little abrasive for a blond ale but overall was quite tasty.

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