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: 250 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale is listed as a cream ale? Interesting... anywho, it's a little bland and boring. It's very drinkable and all but just lacks on the taste, mostly due to the style here. I wouldn't mind having it again at all but just seems a bit too forgettable.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malt plus earthy and floral yeast in the nose.
T: The beer is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very sessionable. It’s a good selection for a hot summer day.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a slight haze. It had a thin, bubbly, white head of foam. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, honey and floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, sweet fruits and some honey. It had a very subtle bitter spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a nice cream ale. Just enough sweet and bitter flavors.

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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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +17%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, light malts and grain.

T: The taste is light and bready with mild flavors of pale hops, caramelized malt and a touch of spice. It’s good in its simplicity. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, this is a perfect beer if you’re looking for something light. It definitely fits into the “lawnmower beer” category.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 smcolw
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two-finger starting head. It settles to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves no permanent lace. Cloudy with a light gold color (darker than most cream ales).

Smells earthy (a little odd for a blonde) with a hearty dose of raw grain.

Creamy mouthfeel with a decent spritz. I'd describe this as a floral (if a little grainy) malt flavor. There's light hop providing some balance, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste, however, is brief.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden amber, a beautiful shade. The eggshell white head was large to start and has now fallen to a softly rounded, sculpted, two finger disk of dense foam that has left very little of itself on the glass. Blonde Ale looks like a cream ale ought to look, more or less.

The nose is good, but isn't a standout. There's plenty of volume with elements of lightly toasted, lightly buttery, sweet grain and softly floral hops. While it could use a tad more personality, it must be tough to make a cream ale that's an olfactory wonder.

Taken for what it is, considered alongside its peers, this is a good effort. The aroma description holds on the palate as well. The flavor profile consists of lightly sweet, toasty grain with a 'just right' quantity of bittering hops to pull it all together. The body is solidly medium with an expansive mouthfeel that holds its own through the finish.

Hooker Blonde Ale is a solid, drinkable beer that doesn't impress with bells and whistles, but with sheer quality. Cream ales will never be among my favorite styles, but this is one of the best (along with Rogue Honey Cream Ale) that I've had and just might be in my regular rotation if I lived in The Constitution State. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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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 mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge for a while and felt like having something light last night with dinner, so I gave this one a try. The pour was rather none eventful, coming out a bright golden yellow with a good clarity to it. Very nice carbonation profile, with lots of bubbles rippling up toward the surface throughout the session. A nice sized head of white fizzy foam came over the top and settled rather quickly before finally leaving behind just a bit of lace across the top. No appreciable side glass lace.

The aroma was rather normal, with light cereal grains and hints of banana and pear that mingled in and out with a slight bitterness to it. The flavor followed suit as well, being the classic, overly carbonation blond ale. Nothing really stand out about it. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing, with a nice lingering taste of light banana flavor. There was no alcohol to speak of, and it was plenty light enough to easily throw down more then one of it.

Overall, this was not bad, nothing really extraordinary, but still not bad at all. I would take one in a pinch, but would not really go out of my way to find it. Still, a solid choice and one that you really cannot go wrong with.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jlindros for this bottle!

Hm, it's usually blonde hooker, not Hooker Blonde. (Honestly, that one made me laugh pretty decently when I thought of it...) It pours a bright gold with an intimation of haze (maybe more of a rumor) and topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises bright corn syrup, wheat, and a very light dash of coriander. The taste ramps up the coriander, adding some lemon zest and cardamom, while maintaining the slight wheatiness and keeping the corn syrup to a necessary minimum. The body is decidedly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing feel. Overall, a nice bit o' summery goodness.

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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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged gold. Nose is a very faint fruit tone with a faint odd metallic edge. Flavor is kind of sweet with a metallic tone that hits on the back of the mouth. Feels good on the mouth and it's a nice drinker too. I could just do without the whole metallic side of it.

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

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white fizzy head which leaves quickly, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slight hops, slight grassy wheat, some grapefruit, and slight malts. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight hoppy/malty, nice little grapefruit flavor. Light body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with a head that fizzles down to a thin patch that disappears.

The smell is of some graininess and light citrus.

The taste is of some graininess with a soft citric hop backing. Slight detection of yeast. Would be bland, but the touch of citrus adds a nice, though very mellow, touch.

It is light bodied, as expected, though with quite a bit of carbonation. Smooth and crisp overall.

Not bad, but leaning towards lackluster. An average-ish cream ale with a nice touch of soft citrus. Not bad for quenching a thirst in the heat of summer, but that's about it...

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