Blonde Ale | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth flavor with a subtle malt sweetness accented with the delicate aroma of Czech hops. This brilliant gold ale is a mellow but flavorful microbrew.

11 IBU

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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 253
Photo of hopsputin
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: clear straw yellow color with a light fizzy head

S: lager spice, grains, grass

T; harsh grains with sweet grass. Some rice and grassy bitterness

M: light mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: not a great blonde ale. Could use more sweetness from the grains

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was obviously, yes, blond in color with a small white cap of a little white foamy head. This quickly dissipated to leave barely any lace.
The aroma had some grassiness, wax green beans, soft lemon puree and a touch of dry wood.
The flavor seemed to mesh with the wax beans and grassiness initially and sweetly. Lemon puree offered a decent balance but somewhat came in like detergent. The aftertaste is where it's at, just kidding, but honestly with a fairly soapy to dried grassy and wax bean-like character.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a questionable sessionability. Carbonation felt fine. ABV seemed close to what was projected.
Overall, aromas and flavors are off. I really don't want my blond ales smelling and tasting like was beans, grass and detergent.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemon gummy bear yellow color with a 1 finger head leaving nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of water and more water. Slight lemon, slight wax paper.

Sharp bite of Saaz hops, followed by some stale marshmallow, heavy grains, lemon drop, and more cereal. It's got this sugar sweet-sharp hop thing going on.

Nice carbonation going on, a lot like a soda but then has a starchy resin on the finish.

Overall an underwhelming blonde ale but it reminds me of Ruthie yet less craft-y. Reaching for compliments yet coming up short. Kinda boring.

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Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, "Born on 9/6/16" etched onto the lable.

Pour lightly hazed quite light yellowy/golden. with a minimal eggshell head, leaving decent looking strands of lacing

Faint sniff of bread.

Light and easy drinking little brew, bready, moderate level of on the crisper side hops.....decent sumery kinda brew or would be a nice compliment to some peppery salad greens and goat cheese/crackers...I used a bottle of this to boil u some brats, before putting them on the grill to crisp this is a pretty versatile kinda brew...worth havoing some around for various purposes

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Photo of JAck199
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, what's better than a blonde hooker....good marketing, the beer is well made and very drinkable. Pours a good head, light malt color and taste, more of a summer beer to me.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light malts, hints of citrus. Taste is very mild, malts, grassy hops, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and overall, nothing offensive, just not much of, well, anything.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up recently at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and I am up late this evening, watching the Penguins on the road in Vancouver, so it seemed an appropriate time to open the bottle.

From the bottle: "Smooth flavor with a subtle malt sweetness accented with the delicate aroma of Czech hops. This brilliant gold ale is a mellow but flavorful microbrew."

After Pop!ping the cap, I employed an aggro pour that produced a finger of fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell away to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2). Nose had a lightly biscuity maltiness accompanied by a nice grassiness from the hops. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very mild and easy to drink, but it just seemed like a summertime lawnmower beer. The malt and the hops meshed well, but it lacked Ooomph! as a whole. Finish was semi-sweet, again, refreshing, but seemingly more suited to the summer.

Today is the occasion of Happy Damn You for Being with the Best Multiple New Hookers with Tea on Sunday When There's Beer, Bro. Woody! (Week 687) on Su, 22 April 2018. I will not be changing my scores, but I am revisiting this beer, this time in/from a CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Character: Smooth & Refreshing"; "Smooth flavor with a subtle malt sweetness accented with the delicate aroma of Czech hops. This brilliant gold ale is a mellow but flavorful microbrew."

How interesting that on the occasion of my bottle review, I was watching the Penguins on the telly. They will be on later today, in PHL, for Game 6 of Round 1 of the 2018 Playovs. Onward!

I Crack!ed open the vent & employed a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This, in turn, raised three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving behind sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a very lightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a grassy, biscuity dry quality with a little lemony tartness thrown in. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was very biscuity with a light grassiness, a bit of honey & finally some lemony tartness. Mmm. I would rate this higher on Nose & Taste, at least, which would also elevate the Overall score. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing & certainly one to fill the summer cooler when mowing the lawn or heading to the beach.

In the Battle of Bottle vs. CAN, CAN wins this one!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had in the bottle at Temple Grill in New Haven. Poured a bubbly clear yellow with minimal head. Really boring aroma, like water with a bit of malt. Not a huge fan of the flavor, also boring with a weird after taste. Not my cup of tea but not terrible. Will probably not have again.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bootle into a tulip.

a: Clear pale yellow. An inch of white head with large bubbles. Nice retention. No real lacing.

s: Malt and caramel aromas followed by light citrus.

t: Enjoyable maltiness with hints of citrus. Light carbonation and a rather watery finish.

mf: a creamy malty mouth feel. Watery grain finish.

o: Enjoyable but not a beer to rejoice over. Having said that...I had several of them.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head with decent retention. The smell is full of malt sweetness with light citrus, orange peel, on the nose. The taste was very pleasant with hints of sweet cream from the malt and then a nice bite from the citrus hops. Well balanced and easily enjoyable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale clear yellow with a huge white head that does not last. Lots of lacing and a single ring as you drink down the glass. I literally popped the cap of an undisturbed bottle and walked away, only to find a cone of foam had risen out of the neck of the bottle.

Grassy hop notes and light malt in the nose, with some woody vanilla in the background. I dig it.

Mild mild mild beer. Initial sip is light bready malt. Some grassy bitterness follows and intensifies, and essentially washes out the malt. Malt flavor is weak, and has a very very slight tart twang. Bitter is superior flavor, and that is subdued.

Lighter bodied, feels a little watery.

Overall, this is hot weather bear and lawnmower beer. It has just enough tiny peaks of distinctive flavor where you are ok with it as you go thru the pint. Terrific structure, but I don't buy beer to just look at it. Had half the pint alone, then had the rest with a simple grilled burger, which completely dominated the beer to the point where I could have been drinking water. Lacks the richness of a true cream ale and intensity of flavor, but nothing you will hate either. Accept it if offered one, but don't seek this out.

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Photo of Samp01
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange / yellow with a medium lasting white head. Aroma and Taste has some citrus, lemon fruity notes, biscuit malt, yeast with some citrus floral hops notes. Palate is nice medium body, crisp with lively carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, fruity with some citrus and lemon flavor, some light tartness and a bit of spicy citrus floral hops for balance. Overall a good crisp and refreshing summer style ale

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Photo of nibbish
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - lightly hazy. Light head with very little lacing.

S - little to speak of. maybe a light sweetness

T - bright and pleasant

M - a little cloying, with a slight lingering aftertaste.

O - not bad, a decent representation of the style. There are better out there, but it's worthy of a glass.

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Photo of searsclone
1.27/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

poured into a pint glass from a bottle

slightly hazy golden color with not much head and zero lace

I get literally no aroma from this at all

taste is almost non existent, maybe a bit of malt and a touch of hops

mouthfeel is crispy and dry

overall, it looks like a beer and if feels like a beer, but it doesn't smell or taste like a beer.

I have another one of these that I will try later, and if it's different, I will edit my review

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Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9-21-11 and today is 4-30-12.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a thin frothy head.. Has nice lacing. This beer looks unfiltered.

Smell - Pale malts and somewhat of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Has pale malts, grains, corn, a little sweet, and has somewhat of a creamy flavor. The bottle says it's a blonde ale but the site says it's a cream ale.. Has a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation. The carbonation gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. I don't know how it's considered a cream ale though. It has the texture but not the flavor..

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured by the bartender into a plastic cup (can't take bottles with you into the theater, bub).

A: Deep gold. Slight haze and no head save for a slight white film.

S: Musty. Sort of a damp lawn or garden shed scent.

T: I'm getting a lot of musty, earthy root cellar flavor without much subtlety or really any variety. Not a whole lot of distinguishable flavor to this one. A little sacchariney sweet as it warms up.

M: Thicker and stickier than you might expect, and a little cloying.

O: Forgettable. Like um... can't think of his name. Brown hair? Glasses? Had a beard. He definitely had a beard. You know who I mean. Anyway, Hooker is capable of making better beer than this and I wouldn't recommend it over anything else in their lineup.

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Photo of garuda
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold in color, slightly hazy, white head that retains rather well, with some lacing.

S/T - Sweet, fruity, a white wine-link vinous quality. A little grainy mid palate, finishing with a touch of astringency, but mostly dry with minimal bitterness.

M - Light/medium body, high carbonation, a little tingly going down.

O - The green grape, white vinous character is a bit one-sided, but drinks easy.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma coming off the beer has a distinct lemon note to it. I also get a little corn on top of a grain/barley smell. It's not bad, but defiantly could be better.

The color is pale straw with a bright white head. Visible carbonation in the glass and nice lacing make this beer look better. I'm just conditioned to not like fizzy looking yellow things.

Sadly, this beer doesn't stop disappointing there. The taste is almost nonexistent. I get a touch of grain, and no hops.

Mouthfeel is even worse, it's like drinking water. Incredibly thin, lightly carbonated.

Overall, this beer isn't good. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I really don't care for this.

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Photo of RockinRob925
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with three finger head. Has slight skunky aroma and taste. Started the pour down the side and the color looked very promising until the head started to form. Takes a long time for it to settle leaving a slight orange /tan tint to the head. I liked the unfiltered appearance for this blonde ale. 100 beer club was eager to try and left disappointed.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malt plus earthy and floral yeast in the nose.
T: The beer is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very sessionable. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day.

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Photo of philbe311
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Half a fingers worth of crisp fizzy slightly off-white colored head... Light or no retention... A milky way of slight lacing can be seen with carbonation bubble bursting through the surface... The color is a golden yellow with a slight haziness... A modest bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Light euro hoppiness... Fresh cut grass... Slight floral bouquet... Canned corn... Perhaps some lemon zest... Some doughy bread malts as well...

T - Some faint lemon notes... A mix of cereal, grains, and corn... A very slight hop component that takes on a earthy character...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizziness... Slightly crisp...

D - This one doesn't do much for me... It's a very "average" beer in all categories... I can see how this could be a gateway beer for the BMC crowd, but their isn't much more to offer... It's a shame because I would love to order a "blonde hooker" every now and again...

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-murky dark yellow color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is tangy with some breadiness. Slight bit of hops. Taste is more of that tangy bread flavor. Small amount of hop flavor. Hard to pick up on too much else since the tangy flavor dominates. Hints of citrus. Lightly carbonated with a watery mouthfeel. Overall, nothing special. No need to revisit this one.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow, mustard color. Small head, fairly good lacing. Has a sharp start taste but very smooth finish. A full bodied beer. Average drinkability. Would probably try again but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a Blonde ale after a day of meetings. Or maybe it was the only choice that I hadn’t had at a bar with no craft choices.. Either way, I wound up with a pint of Hooker Blonde in front of me and made the best of it.

Bottom line. Not bad but also not very exciting.

Pine came with very little head yet left quite a bit of lace. The beer was a slightly hazy dull gold color… Light mustard yellow almost.

Aroma was very light. A bit doughy with some light grain scents.

Bready nice flavor again with notes of doughy bread. Very light hop character late in the flavor.

Very light body, with just a faint carbonation.

For what this is, it’s not bad.. but also not great character either.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to HikerCT for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very, very clear light straw color with a thin white head. The head immediately recedes and doesn't leave much of anything behind. The nose carries a very light amount of grain and straw; nothing too much else. The flavor is light grain and straw. There's a touch of very light hopping, but really not all that much. Light body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish. Okay.

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Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 253 ratings