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Phat Chance Blonde Ale | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
onionpub.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 03-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,861
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
60
pDev:
12.92%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very hazy blonde in color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is fruity, with a little juicy citrus scent and a little grass in the background. The taste is mostly balanced, but just a little sweet. There are notable hop flavors, and the continued fruit notes. The body is very light...actually, a little watery, and the finish is thin. All in all, it started well, but went downhill.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CreedeSon
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to CANfess a real affinity for the Wild Onion & their beers. I was first there in July 2006, following an excursion out to the now-defunct Dick Tracy Museum in Woodstock, IL and AutumnalDave picked me up and ferried me around upon arrival at the Barrington METRA station. The fact that The Onion has begun CANning their wares just makes them that much more attractive. It's a CANQuest (tm) thing, so you might not understand.

From the CAN: "Est. 1996"; "Blonde Ale"; "Lake Barrington, IL".

You might think that I would know what to expect on the Crack! from these guys and yet, once more, I was startled when I got some light foaming through the vent. I may have finally rendered myself stupid. I gave it some calming time before CANmencing a gentle Glug. A swirl in the glass raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a very-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold, but it was so light that the Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon jumped off of my couch and came into the kitchen for a taste. I have satellite TV here at Chez Woody & so they will come over on weekends to watch sports. I don't mind, since they watch what I want to watch without CANplaint. Hockey is huge at this time of year, followed by college hoops. They, like me, really dig the Black & Gold of Pittsburgh. Nose was soft, lightly malty-sweet with a biscuity quality. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was lemony & biscuity, putting me in mind once again of lemon biscotti. Its relatively low ABV rendered it crushable and I had drank off over half of it without thinking. Finish was semi-sweet, but eminently drinkable. Put this Blonde in your summer cooler & thank me at your leisure!

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2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Single can acquired in a trade and I'm fortunate not to have purchased a 6-pack. The can pours out a very light hazy yellow liquid with minimal soapy-looking foam. Very little smell. Taste is unusually bland even for a Blonde Ale. Seems to suffer from a lack of carbonation. Minimal aftertaste.

I've tried other Wild Onion products with generally much better results. I'm afraid this one is not representative of the brewery's abilities.

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Photo of Purified
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information present. Another new one to me from Wild Onion Brewing Co., acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange-yellow colored body. Three fingers of airy bubbly white head that settles to a layer of foam. Some okay fat scattered lacing. Somewhat of a weak / watery looking appearance though.

S - The aroma comes off as a bit yeasty and grainy, and that's about it. Some faint muddled notes of caramel & green apple do appear, but it is clearly imparted from the yeast / grain bill.

T - Blahhh. I don't even know how to describe this one. It tastes like plain ol' simple generic "beer", only lacking in any sweetness or hoppiness. Tastes like lots of boring grainy pilsner-ish malt and some dry appley yeast presence. Not "bad", but definitely extremely bland and boring. I struggle for descriptors beyond that.

M - Medium bodied, with a bit of bloating hefty carbonation. Not quenching or easy-drinking. Extremely crisp and dry on the finish. Almost tastes like champagne yeast at times, which I think is weird.

Overall, definitely the worst beer I've had from Wild Onion Brewing so far. Would not recommend this one to anyone at all. Bland. Boring. I would probably take a Corona with a lime over this again. Avoid.

Wild Onion Brewing Phat Chance -----3/5.

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Photo of ralerwen
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nurt20
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Phat Chance Blonde Ale from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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