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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Photo of dlindsay79
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -11.4%
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 -11.1%
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 -10.8%
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 -10.2%
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 -9.9%
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 nasty15108
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMD
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -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 nick76
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -8.8%
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 ommegangpbr
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinks like a slightly tastier, more full bodied Molson Golden. This beer strikes me as the broad appealing dumb blonde of Thomas Hooker's beers.
Not a whole lot here to differentiate it from a macro lager.
Not much to chew on here for someone looking for a craft brew. I'm thinking you're better off saving your money by buying some Molson instead.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Max Amore in Glastonbury, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, bubbly golden straw with little to no head on it. There's a fair amount of carbonation with a light, airy look to it.

S: Smell is a bit of toasted, buttery bread with some sweet, dry citrus.

T: There's not much else here besides some grainy malt and a very faint lemon hop tinge. Taste is a little bland, but it's refreshing at least.

M: Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. Easy to drink.

D: A session brew for summer, certainly. However, there are many better brews out there that could claim this, and many more exciting styles.

I probably wouldn't get this again unless there weren't any other micro taps. I've had a couple of other Hooker brews, but I think this, the Red and Pale Ales are ones to pass up.

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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 buzzarooski
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

NOTHING about this Ale jumps out at you....It doesn't taste BAD but it ends VERY watery.....almost flat. One and Done for me...

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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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Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 252 ratings