City Steam Blonde On Blonde | City Steam Brewery Café

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Brewed by:
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.2%
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 -4.1%
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 tone77
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 CharlesK
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 -1.1%
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 mltobin
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of grahuba
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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City Steam Blonde On Blonde from City Steam Brewery Café
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 131 ratings
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