Blonde Ale | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,189
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
250
pDev:
14.04%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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7
Gots:
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BallsDeep
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipMurray
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 up...so 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 +7.9%
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 Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 crossfit_lunatic
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -1.2%
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 Duffman79
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaa1222
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, light, fresh beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 nasty15108
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Prop28WasBetter
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PatrickCT
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 Rideguy64
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 250 ratings