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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:
#42,546
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
60
pDev:
12.92%
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Phat Chance is a good blonde ale. The hoppy floral scent gives one hope for a nice hoppy blonde....but the taste is more malty than expected....in addition there is a metallic twang in the back drop. The beer poured a clear slightly darker golden color with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The mouthfeel is medium to light with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and perfect for summer evenings.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Onion shaker pint glass.

Based on last year's ReplicAle, but with a different malt bill. Right on. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of staunch white froth. The nose definitely shows the effects of the single-hopping with Centennial: greens, light lemon zest, and some very light cilantro populate the scent. The taste brings these elements back for a reunion, along with some very light mandarin orange and an extremely light kiss of caramel and honey. After a while, though, the hops start to become a bit much, especially considering the weak malt backbone. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but too one-sided for my complete liking.

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3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, short-lived head of white foam. It smelled floral with notes of caramel and citrus. It tasted of sweet caramel with a slight hop bitterness. It was crisp and sharp with a dry mouthfeel.

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3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy straw. Served with a half inch white head. Strong citrus smell. Lemon. Flavor is Likewise strong, but not necessary in a good way: lemon and lemon pith. Grass, herbal. Strong bitterness seems out of place. Dry crisp mouth. Decent. Drinkable

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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An uneventful blonde ale that has a pretty decent flavor that strikes me as unfiltered. (No idea if it is or not.) Flavor seems muddled above all else. Can't draw much specifically from it all. Smooth feel. Nice enough to drink. Glad I had a chance to try it. Not a typical blonde ale.

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3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: blonde, clear, thin head, decent lacing

S: herbal and floral centennial hops are noteable, some background malts are evident a well

T: taste starts off bland with watered down malts with a slight bready character, bitter hops with bready finish

Mf: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: light and easy drinking, hops are present but not as great of a showcase of centennial as say founders centennial ipa

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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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