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!

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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 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 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 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 johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source.
Comes to the table a crystal clear pale straw color with a solid white head that leaves lots of lace. The aroma is light sugar with a bready hint and spicy floral hops to balance. The flavor is light sugar with a solid spicy hop bite and low hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent enough brew but not my favorite of the night.

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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 tone77
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Despite zero agitation, this beer came gushing out of the can, resulting in a dark golden color with a 2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some floral notes. Taste is tangerine, herbal, light spices, moderate bitterness for a pale ale. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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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 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 cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a small snifter, not perfect but I feel like snifters handle all styles very well. A fairly clear body with a blonde color. A foamy head forms with fine bubbles and about one finger high, nice retention. This cap leaves a lot of long, fuzzy lace rings.

S- European hops with some sweet light caramel malts come out the most in the aroma. Floral, some citrus, peach and herbal hops in the nose. Fades out pretty quickly after drinking some, have to really try to pick things up.

T- Hop flavor is immediately more noticeable here, specifically the elements of Euro hops. The classic spicy and herbal flavor comes through as well as some floral, pine and grassy elements. Light malt sweetness, fresh cracked grain and some caramel provide a backdrop for the hops. A lot more bitter than I would expect, just seems like an abrasive bitterness not like the good hoppy kind.

MF- Light body overall with big, foamy carbonation that feels silky on the palate. A good creamy texture with the aforementioned harsh bitterness.

Pretty decent hoppy pale which I respect because of the heavy use of European hop strains. However, there is a semi-abrasive bitterness that isn't the good kind that comes with most hoppy brews, could be a few things but it takes away a bit from the enjoyment.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a yellow gold color with a residual 1/4 inch of fluffy white foam. Looks like a blonde, semlls like a pale. Light pine smell. Taste is a light malt that builds quickly into a hop wall. Leaves a small bitter taste on the tongue. Some citrus in the finish.

Just different enough to be unique. Interesting and pretty good.

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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 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 david18
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a couple of drafts of this at a local neighborhood bar. Not a bad pale ale but not the best.

Color was a pale golden, typical of the style with a good amount of carbonation.

Aroma was of hops but not as strong as I would have liked. A little more citrusy than I would have expected for an East Coast beer.

Flavor was similar to the aroma but a little underwhelming.

Decent beer. Not great.

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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 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 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 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 HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: a little restrained; dank pine; marijuana;

T: all dank pine; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish, but it's a little harsh;

M: seems a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: seems quite different than I remember; still good, but not at the level I had in my head; other reviewers have described the grapefruit and tropical fruit hoppiness that I recall;

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at City Steam brewery, overall a decent beer, but my last review indicated the DIPA had too few hops, so imagine how this tasted! It has a pretty inviting aroma which indicated herbal and citrus hops, but the taste didn't have the same characteristics. Maybe this was too old? Nice malt note, gentle sweetness, but the hops hide too much in the background. Could have been a lot better.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

unretired, bottled, and now distributed at least locally

A - pale yellow, blonde indeed, a thin white head fades to a lacy ring fed by moderate carbonation

S - delectable hop profile, but not overpowering. Easily distinguishing this from an IPA. Malty sweetness in the form of oaky vanilla-ness backs up that aroma creating a bipartisan bouquet.

T - The two main parts of the aroma have appeared to battle it out in the flavor, and the hop profile won. The piney, grapefruity hoppiness hits big and hits first. The sweetness remains cloying, its there, but never really lands and finished with a wallop of pine

M&D - lively on the palate, a bit hoppier than I expected, perhaps not for a beginning hophead, not because it is a hop bomb, but because its a bit unassuming in the hops department

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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 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 RuckusDu
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice 3 finger head of off-white/cream foam. Body is golden blonde. Head sticks around for a while and becomes rocky. A little lacing.

S - It has that artificial sweet scent like pez. I get some floral smells as well.

T - Again with what I taste as artificial sugar. There are some good hops though that help out. Very mellow. Some lime and orange flavors

M - Carbonation is a little much. Body is just about right.

O - This is very easy to drink, but not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden brown, not unlike a witbier. one-inch white head that lasts for about 2 minutes before giving way to light, bubbly lacing. Speaking of bubbles, any carbonation is invisible, except for a few bubbles about half and inch from the bottom of the head that shoot right up into the head. Once they've gone, there's no visible carb to speak of.

S: Citrusy, floral hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness with slight citrus notes coming through on the finish.

M: Thick and heavy, with more carbonation than the appearance lets on. It's a slightly below average amount, but it's there although the appearance suggests otherwise.

O: It's not bad, but in my opinion, it would be so much better if the citrus hops were more prominent in the taste. That may be just me, though. The bottle says that the citrus hops are there for aroma and the bitter hops are there for taste, so I can't fault the brewer or the beer itself for not being exactly to my liking.

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