Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Blonde AleThomas Hooker Blonde Ale

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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
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 waughbrew
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold, creamy white head stays for a bit and then settles, leaving a tight lace on the glass. Aroma makes me think of a vienna lager because of the strong honey-grain combo with some mustiness I get from some lagers. Flavor starts sweet with the honey accompanied by citrus and vanilla in just the right balance. Floral and spicy hops make a beautiful show. Bitterness appears and creeps in, but still leaves it on the sweet side. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant drinking, this beer is damn good and will be a regular of mine once they get into Massachusetts.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a semi-gloss brassy/amber color with a fluffy white head on top.
The smell is mostly of damp crushed malt, with a whiff of cut hay in the distance. A light citrusy aroma is noticed.
The creamy malt body bathes the mouth and throat in a nectar-like sweetness. The malt is upfront and sweetens further as it warms.
A hint of pears and some lime-like citrusy tastes adds a bit of balance to this malt-leaning brew. Smooth and freshing!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rob Schulman for lugging this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Extremely hazy yellow with a hint of orange body and the thinnest of thin white head.
S - Pale malt and lemon aroma.
T - Very mild. Light pale malt, almost no bitterness, pleasant orange blossom notes. Nothing stands out, quite refreshing.
M - Nice and soft, very clean.
D - Tasty and mild. Great for the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy straw gold color with a white head. Weak retention a poor lacing .The aroma was dry, an even balance of pale malt and floral hops. The flavors were similar and interesting in their development. First I got a dry grain flavor, soon followed by the floral hops bitterness and a caramel malt sweetness almost right upon each other. The balance was superb. The body was medium/light and the carbonation lively without being prickly. This would be a great beer if only they could make it look better, but flavor wise it is an excellent example of the style and very sessionable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pete for this beer. It pours a slightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to ring the top. The nose is slightly grassey/grainey witha honey sweetness. Very mellow, no harshness as in other grainey aromas I have experienced. The flavor is spot on to the nose. The grainey hits first, followed by the sweetness that moves back to a slgiht grainey finish. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde. Refreshing and enjoyable all around.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beauitful gold in color, the pour shows a decent size head with good lacing and retention all around.

Smell: A nice boquet of fruit florals, a small hop oil residual hangs around, along with some citrus fruit pairing.

Taste: A nice dose of fruit texture, the backround shows a creamy malt presence, hops and malt are balanced fairly well together. A bit of raw honey and some biscuit like element from the malt make this one a sure treat.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a nice light to medium bodied brew that shines through it's malt addition. This one has good balance on the tongue as well.

Drinkability: Overall, on a almost 60 degree day in New England this beer felt like it was painted with the picture, a good brew to enjoy on a warmer day. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surpised to see this listed as a cream ale, but I checked the company website and, sure enough, thats what it is. A well-crafted ale. So often it seems that blonde or golden ales are just pale ale wannabes. Aroma was very fresh, and a little grassy. Poured a bright gold. Flavor profile was nice and lively, bigger malt than I expected with a full but not heavy mouthfeel. Hops were well balanced - a little sharp and lemony. Would be a great session ale. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a spritzy pale golden yellow color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent brings a suprising amount of grassy hops with notes of pale straw, white bread. Taste again suprises, with a definite grassy and earthy hop presence over the pale strawlike backbone, hints of white bread. Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation level. A nice suprise, great warm weather drinker.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First impression is a real "Rice Krispy" head: lots of snap, krackle, and pop.

White head drops to a tabletop quite quickly. Body is a clear yellow gold, with enough gold that it looks inviting, not weak. Nice lace.

Aroma features some fresh hay, and a bit of bakery. Not real strong, but take a good whiff and you'll find it.

Soft malty start, a difinite sweet start, before a subtle hop wash for balance at the end, which lingers well into the aftertaste. The hops rise gently, smoothly, not with a snap.

Light to medium mouthfeel, substantial enough to establish itself. Real good drinkability - where has this beer gone so fast ?

A good entry-level/crossover beer. A good everyday/ hot day beer. A good intro beer to an impressive brewery. Hey, it's not all about Liberator or Old Marley. It's ok to like the little beers.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured nicely with a fair head and little carbonation. Eventhough there was a fine golden color, the body was bit heavier, more like a canadian micro cream ale. The taste was full, dry with just a bite of zest. although some get an aftertaste, I did not. This is an easy drinking brew that is suprising in the taste category, perfect of a spring day.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this was sold to me as a "good lawn mower beer." i think that is a good description since some hot summer days you just need a light, thirst quenching beer.

aroma is very fresh, of sweet hay and hops. flavor has mild bitterness, but is above all else, drinkable. recommended.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark gold with minimal head. Aroma is a light sweet malt with a trace of fruit.

Taste is a light toasty malt, very lightly hopped. Nutty sweet, some light fruit. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than other ale styles but heavier than a lager. Drinkability is very high, very sessionable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
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 TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap with dinner in New Haven. The beer was clear golden yellow with almost no head, maybe a couple millimeters worth. In terms of smell and taste this beer had everything I expected and wanted out of it, but there isn't much to express in a cream ale. This was on the sweet side and maltier than it was hoppy, just an easy-drinking craft beer that's perfect with a BBQ or drinking in your backyard (or at a restaurant in New Haven).

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a six pack bought at Randazzo's Package Store, Stafford Springs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the polished gold brew. Head is gone in a flash, with lacing minimal to average. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, with a dash of hops. Taste is follows along, with sweet pale malt character, coupled with a crisp hops bite. Have to appreciate lack of off flavors in such a clean brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. A good introduction for people to better, local brews.

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade.

A- T Hooker's Blonde pours a pale yellow color with slight haze and a small white head that quickly dissipates and leaves small patches of foam in the glass.

S- Floral esters, semi-sweet malts, a wheat/yeast character and a subtle hop aroma.

T- Soft malts, dried hops that give off a really earthy citrus vibe, some apple, hints of hay and a pleasant funk.

M- Light/Medium body, mellowed carbonation.

D- Good beer, very bright and refreshing, definitely a good summer pick!

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Photo of MattBrooks
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one after I tried the Pale Ale, and wish I had reversed my sampling order. This awesome brew has a beautiful color and appearance, with a classic medium-to-full body and great dried-fruit flavors throughout. Fresh buds on the nose round out all of the excellent characteristics of this great "local" brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The cap pops off to reveal a slow gusher overflowing out of the bottle. The beer pours into the glass with a towering four fingers of white foam on top of slightly hazy, golden body that is full of rising bubbles. The head is supported by the carbonation and slowly settles, leaving loose lace in its wake.

S - Slightly tart, bready malt and herbal hops with a bit of lemon. A bit of peppery phenol in the background, it almost smells like a saison....

T - Tart, bready malt up front with some spicy hops. More herbal hop character in the middle with some pepper and clove. The beer finishes with crisp, dry malt and peppery hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this one is hard to judge; it has almost certainly gone bad, but in a way that seems to have made it better than it probably was when it was fresh. It has become just slightly sour and the herbal, spicy hops work nicely with everything else. I know that this isn't what a "blonde" ale is supposed to taste like, but it actually makes a pretty nice farmhouse ale. I guess my conclusion has to be: if you buy Thomas Hooker Blonde, age it for a while and it will turn into a pretty decent saison!

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Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Hooker and friends.

Poured out a golden color with a nice head that stays with you until the very end.

Smell was a little light, but could still detect some fruit tones, some hops and slight malt aromas.

Taste was good. It's more on the hoppy than malty. To be honest, don't expect too much malts in this brew. A nice hop flavor along with some fruit tones.

Mouthfeel was light-medium body, quite crisp and fresh. Carbonation wasn't a problem and it did have a smooth, creamy body to it.

I could drink this all night to be honest. A perfect example of a session brew. But cream ale? More like a golden ale to me. Seek and drink.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear peachy gold-- more towards the gold/yellow end of the spectrum. Nice head which very quickly goes away. Little to no lacing.

Taste has a very muted pineapple notes--I think? Muted so it is hard to tell. A general "malt" taste, bug again, not intense.

Excells in the mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Nipitato
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. No head. Slightly hazy. Visibly effervescent.

S: Sweet and clean malt aroma. Cream corn like. Mild aroma overall: clean. Slightly fruity.

T: A well balanced taste here. Balance is towards sweet but it is tempered by some hop bitterness throughout. Some corn like flavors as found in the nose.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and full - almost kind of soapy. Moderately high carbonation. Not dry.

D, notes: I like this beer. Very sessionable thought it is kind of filling. Quite well balanced. Despite the fact that it is an ale has a clean lager character.

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Photo of chilidog
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long warm day, a nice Blonde can always get ya back to good. That this Hooker dose. It pours a nice golden straw with a cream like white head that settles to a nice worthy film. Lace is spotted but trails well.
The aroma, greets you with a nice citric lemon hop while the malts balance the background.
The taste is malted biscuit with a crisp, lemon citric hop that dosn't overpower but rather smooths things for a truely drinkable, quenching brew.
I enjoy this style and sometimes forget the smooth, creamy aspects of it that I like, for I just don't get that many of them.
A good little Hooker, this Blonde. And a good trade was had to get one.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a light white head leaving no lace. Aromas are a mix of corn and toasted malts which follows with light hops. Flavors are sweet and creamy with a decent dosage of sweet corn with a super light body. The finish is crisp and somewhat bitter with a clean hop bite. Though this brew is fairly light it keeps a decent body with its creamy flavors. Overall a great session beer that to me would make a great opener to introducing people to better beer. A nice offering.

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