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

Added by far333 on 05-11-2003

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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 139
Reviews by cheesepuffs:
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap.

Thick and creamy white lace, tarnished pale yellowish golden hue ... god clarity.

Pale malt aroma and flavor; biscuity ... almost doughy with a herbal and lemon hop twang. Mild palate with a light crispness, very easy to drink. Not a bad blonde at all ... fitting for this hot weather we are having in Boston.

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Photo of Tiernan
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SN tulip glass a bright golden yellow with a healty inch of foam on top...lots of carbonation rises up the glass. Sweet crisp lemon glazed grainy maltiness in the nose along with a herbal, floral hoppiness and a creamy spiciness. Nicely nuanced.

First sip brings a sweet, creamy maltiness to the forefront with hints of lemon and light citrus. A mellow flowery hop lays in the background with some mellow spiciness. A nice, easy drinking ale.

The mouthfeel has a good creamy medium body that flows over the palate oh-so smoothly. An easily drinkable brew that would be great in the summer months. Nothing earth shattering here but definetly worth your time. Thanks to goodbyeohio for bestowing this one upon me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head that nevertheless left a little bit of lacing. Very fresh, outdoorsy aroma, floral and grain. It tasted sweet, a little bit of hops influence. I always think of summer beers as nice session beers, meant to be enjoyed on hot summer days, and this one fills the bill.

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Photo of Todd
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a hazy straw / dirty blonde colored brew with massive carbonation bubbles that forms a thick white foam of snapping foam bubbles. Snaps its way down to nothing.

Metallicy nose, steely grain husks and a light veggie/floral aroma.

Light-bodied. Crisp carbonation fizz lifts the palate with an underlying citric hop snap that wakes things up. Sweet malts with a lightly toasted bread crust edge with an odd raw-ish veggie/creamed corn flavor beneath. Light herbal/sweet-tea-like finish with tannins in the linger. Exits with an overall "aged" character with hints of oxidation.

Okay, but I can’t get past the veggie notes and blanket of blandness that seems to coat my palate. Perhaps this bottle is not as fresh as I thought? Tough to tell with no freshness indicators on the bottle.

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Photo of Adam7m
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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 tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, gold, small head, big carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and florals

Taste: sweet malt, earth, and barley

Mouthfeel: bitter start with a sweet/smooth finish

Drinkability: I think this would be an excellent, sessionable, lawn mower beer...A refined Budweiser that is more tasty--I also think I am drinking a lager...I like more complex beers, but this is good for the style

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow color with a bright white head that rises to a half inch and slooowly settles down. Aroma is biscuity malt, some pear and butterscotch, and a faint grassy hop line. Flavor is chewy, with light sweet malts, some buttery corn, and a light cinammon backbone. A light hoppy tingle finishes it off, and a roasted corn thing lingers. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and thin legs of lace run down the length of the glass.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker cream ale is a pleasant brew. It pours from the bottle an ever so slightly hazy golden color. The head does not last long, but this is no major loss. The smell is malty and perhaps also a bit yeasty. The taste is malty sweetness. While there are images of hops on the bottle lable, noticable hops bittering is absent (and thankfully so). Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. A nice beer to enjoy, with a very high drinkability. Goes very well with a spicy pepperoni pizza!

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Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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 KrissyKat6
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a very slight hazy golden yellow body with a snow-white head that sticks to the glass after each sip and last for most of the beer. The carbonation is tiny bubbles that look like they are in slow motion moving through the beer.

S- The slightly sweet honeycomb smell blends with pale malt and a faint green note at the finish. The smell is very fresh and has some nice depth.

T- The soft mellow slightly sweet pale malt flavor has notes of honeycomb and fresh grain. There is a nice soft pine hop finish that balances the malt perfectly.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that cleans the finish but enhances the hops just a bit.

D- This beer has really nice fresh flavors and a good balance and depth to them. It went down really smooth and fast and is one of the best cream ales I have had.

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Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BetterDarker
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- Pale gold in color with a creamy, bone white dense head. Looks like a continental lager.

S- Fruity and floral, very restrained.

T- Fairly well balanced between the malt and hops, sweet honey finish.

M- Decent carbonation, light bodied brew.

D- Not bad, though I guess I don't get the differences between a cream ale and a blonde ale, though I do not detect any hops in the finish, so perhaps that's why this is a cream ale? A very approachable beer, best served cold on a hot day.

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Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, a little cloudy, some head but it goes away pretty quickly, little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet, but not much character besides that.

the flavor is the standout of this beer, sweet, good carbonation, smooth and light to medium bodied. I could drink a six of this and not think twice. It would make a great summertime beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mouth watering golden/amber/orange/topaz color, clear with a nice white head. The foamy head turns into a creamy ring around the surface and the lacing fades pretty fast. In the smell there is a doughy buttery biscuit cream situation that comes together in a very smooth way with light overtones of lemon and herb. The taste has lemon, herb, and floral notes over a creamy biscuity malty base. Refreshing. In your mouth it feels like a velvety buttery wave. Smoothness at the finish. Nice and very drinkable.

An interestingly simple beer that I surprisingly like a lot. Its a quality summer brew and ultra drinkable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a very small head.The smell is a very strong biscuit scent.This is like walking into a bakery.The taste is a creamy crisp hoppy beer.There are some floral and malt flavors that make a light and very well balanced m/f.This is a good summer brew.I could go for another.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the most impressive thing about the Thomas Hooker Blonde is its cleanliness. You know that it's an ale - you can pick that up in the nose - but there is the chance that it could be a lager. Very nice. And it's balanced. So often blonde ales just miss the mark and end up too sweet and/or malty. Not this one. It pours a hazy golden body beneath a creamy bright white head that holds well and leaves some better than average lace about the glass. The nose displays a basic, grainy and straw-like malt with some grassy and lightly floral hops in the back. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. The flavor offers a few more hops (still grassy and floral), but they're very well woven into the overall composition. Not too sweet, not too dry. And the maltiness doesn't stick around in the finish... it's very firm bitterness balances it and ushers in a quick, dry finish with just a swirl of short-lived, residual floral and spicy hops.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before at the brewery in CT. Reviewing htis in bottle.

A - Decent pour. Looks like a generic pale ale.

S - A smell of fruit, and a slight earthy smell as well. Not particularly strong.

T - Its a nice beer. Again a taste of fruit, with maybe some spice.

M - Very smooth, not heavy, and leaves a generally sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this on a hot day. This certianly qualifies as a "session beer".

I like the Thomas Hooker brand and these guys do a nice job. This blonde ale is fairly generic, but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of Damian74
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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