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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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 247
Photo of searsclone
1.27/5  rDev -63.6%
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 RockinRob925
2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
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 philipquarles
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BDL. Pours clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Smells of light, slightly sweet malt followed by faint floral hops without much else to speak of. The taste is again light grain; here the hops barely make an appearance. Characterless and almost flavorless save for the lingering sweet finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Even if it's not harsh and incredibly offensive, the pervasive blandness gives me no desire to drink it . This beer sucks.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
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 nibbish
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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 DirtyPenny
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Blanco
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden with a small white head. lagerish smells with the slightest hint of vinegar. tastes a little on the sweet side, again with a hint of vinegar. a little bit of citrus and acid. very thin on the mouth. this beer is very different. while it tastes like a lager it has a tingle on the mouth and some different flavors going on. It's a decent beer. nothing to get too excited about and I probably won't voluntarily purchase another.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured an orangish golden color, with 1" white head that quickly disapates. It almost smells more like a wheat beer, but not exactly. the taste is a little bready, with slight undertone of hops. kinda bland. higher carbonation, thin mouthfeel. is a decent summer brew, light flavor and easy to drink

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Photo of Erikp666
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at a local American Legion. Wasn't impressed at all.

It looks good enough at first glance. A nice golden yet thin looking pour with little head. It is an easy drinker that goes down easy. My biggest complaint is the lack of overall taste. I imagine I would have enjoyed quaffing this down after mowing the lawn on a hot summer's day. It is crisp and light.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with minimal head. The nose is fresh malts and a slightly burnt sugar smell. The beer tastes very smooth, with a creamy, nutty sweetness that's really the only taste going on here aside from a brief wash of hops at the end of the mouthful. There's not much going on here, kind of boring. Mouthfeel is very full and round. This beer would be drinkable if it were more interesting, but without a hook, what's the point? Meh.

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Photo of jbsteiny
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold in the pint glass with consistent fine carbonation. Smelled metallic, which was a real turnoff. Also, dough, honey, and toast. I couldn't get over the metal, which was also present in the taste. It starts sweet, gets grainy, and the finish is metallic and dry. Actually, the dryness of the finish is probably the most remarkable thing about this beer -- it's a style that can be cloying, but Hooker's no nonsense where that goes. Even though I find it to be a bit crap for either a blonde or a cream ale, I could certainly put a couple of these back on a warm day due to the light body and the dry finish.

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Photo of Todd
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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 donniecuffs
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, decently carbonated gold into an American pint glass, with very thin white head, and spotty lacing. The smell was decidedly sweet...honey and brown sugar. The taste confirmed the smell, with little hop balance and a finish that was hard to characterize. The mouthfeel was thin but carbonated. Could be a decent session beer if it had a little more complexity in the flavor, and a texture to match.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright gold pour with a frothy but short lived white foam. Nice malty nose with some fruity notes and some hops....a little bit of hay. Tastes of sweet malts, honey, some weak hops, sweet grains. Creamy, easy to drink a few of these. Thanks for the bottle John.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of PorterLambic
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy medium yellow. Very little head, white, disappears completely in about 30 seconds. No lace here.
Smell is fairly light with notes of malt, citrus and caramelized sugar. Pretty well balanced.
Taste has some hops to balance the malt but citrus is lighter.
Medium + effervescence, medium body leaning fuller. Some vanilla shows up in the aftertaste with a good malt/hop balance. A decent beer, hopefully better on tap. Nothing makes it stand out.

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Photo of scooter231
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden, corny color with some head and no lacing. Smells malty and lightly hoppy, nothing deep. Some honey in there too. Taste is similar, with a bit more of a hops bite. Mouthfeel is creamy and sudsy, verging on soapy. This is a refreshing brew- ice cold, it's easy to down a few of them. However, there's not a whole lot going on here. It reminds me too much of macro eww.

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Photo of Samp01
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
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 radshoesbro
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

a - typical of this type of beer. alright head with dark golden body. alright head that receeds very very quickly to form no lacing. looks like cream soda.

s - smells like cream soda! it's not a very strong nose though. i can't really smell any hops or malts.

t - ummm...not much to this. it's good, but it's definately a light bodied brew. sweet malts and very little hops.

m - light bodied brew that one would almost say is watery, but it's quite nice with a light meal.

this is the second hooker that i've had (i've also had their APA), and it's not nearly as good as the first. it's still good though, don't get me wrong. not 100% sure if i'd want to get this again though. if you haven't had it it's really worth a try. it's interesting.

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Photo of Alexmc2
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a clear golden with minimal head. Smells of hops with mild malt, some creamy notes. Tastes very clean, after taste of hops with a spicey character, odd for a cream ale I thought, but tastey. Not my favorite style, but a good beer overall. I was pleasantly suprised, and I could drink a few of these in a night.

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Photo of ohoove
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pilsner glass while at poolside last evening during a cookout which was perfect for this selection. Not one of my first choices but this style has entices me every so often. color was cloudy yellow like that first morning piss. Head was thin and broke into a little ring that maintained throughout, spotty lacing not coating. Mouthfeel was not what i imagined for this style , alittle more carbonation and less smooth than I expected. taste was also a bit of a disappointment , not bad , but was expecting more. This to me is like the good looking girl with the so-so personality. Would pair well with a light fair. Not bad , not great. Forgettable but not regretable.

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Photo of JMD
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light straw color with orange and peach tones. Small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Grass and straw. Floral hops and some light apple. Aroma is very faint.

T: Grass and grains with a touch of citrus. Sweet carmel malt. There is a fruity element to this beer, tastes like fresh apples.

M: Moderate carbonation, light bodied.

D: This beer was a bit disappointing. Definitely a step up from your typical macro lager, but lacks any depth of flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
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 nick76
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has corn, plastic, yeast, dried hay, and fresh cut grass. The appearance is golden with a really thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it has qualities that I don't like but somehow it manages to be drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
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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