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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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of drinksandeats
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light brown/dark yellow/golden color, with little head. Aroma matches the taste: nice and malty with good hopping. Good sweetness helps make this beer go down very easily. I only had one, but this could be a good session beer on a warm sunny day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a slight foamy white head.

The smell featured a moderate cereal grain and a secondary noble hop.

The flavor consisted of a balanced light grainy malt and spicy noble hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style but suffered on cask for lack of carbonation. .

Overall an easy drinking blonde ale.

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Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this to go along with pizza consumed at the Fat Cat Pie Company in Nowalk, Connecticut.

Appearance is a light golden color, with a white head, not too thick.

Smell is of vanilla, honey, light and easy on the nose.

Taste is smooth, kinda sweet, not too much hops or barley present on the palate.

MF is good, an enjoyable, slightly sweet taste, but not too sweet.

Drinkability is good, a good match for the delicious pizza. As a lighter beer, it is a good beer to start off the night with and then work your way towards stronger beers later in the evening.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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 RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 RedChrome
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed bright yellow colored beer. A quarter inch white headed faded almost instantly. Quickly rising streams of carbonation. Lacing is a rare watery speck.

Light floral and sweet fruit notes. A strange blend of sweet grains. Nothing special in the way of actual aromas, but what is there is a nice blend for the style.

Flavor is a bit on the weak side. Malt presence is the only thing to find. Sweet and bread like. Hops are extremely downplayed at the end. A spice of light pepper grabs a bit, but disappears to rapidly.

Carbonation is in full effect on the mouth. A little bit watery, but nothing to disappointing based on the style.

Very easy to have more then one. This is great to wash down picnic fare. A decent offering in the style. Decent as a beer to bring to a party in the summer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color like a hefeweizen. Big highly carbonated white head..on a hard pour it hangs in there for a while. Some lacing. Smell: not much. Tastes like a slightly more crisp and hoppy lager. Not a bad thirst quencher/lawnmower beer, but there is not much more to recommend either. Mouthfeel and drinkability are about average. Not a beer I would seek out. Pleasant tasting enough but pretty ordinary.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into standard pint glass.
Poured a straw colored yellow with a thick white head that left a little lace but faded pretty quickly.
Citrus was the strongest aroma.
The taste was citrusy or lemony as well.
The mouthfeel was sort of a bubbly and carbonated but it went down pretty easy.
I do not generally grab a blond ale but I enjoyed this one as it was very refreshing on a hot summer night.

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Photo of flexabull
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color, with little to no head.

Faint aromas... not unpleasant though. Some dough, spice, and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is crisp, tart, and dry. There is some creamy maltiness. And the finish has a floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing special.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a somewhat of a boring beer. But it's pleasant, and easy to drink.

Bottle courtesy of eclectic, thanks again.

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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 jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of ksbrainard
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright gold, ever so slightly couldy. Above average head which quickly dissipates.

Smell: Grainy and tart, with a hint of hops.

Taste: Light, wheaty taste with a tart finish that is slightly bitter. It's hard to discren lemon from hops from yeast in the taste. Overall it is a nice taste that I feel is appropriate for the style. It is refreshing and full-flavored at the same time.

Mouthfeel: It is fizzy and a bit sweet feeling in the mouth. But at the same time, it dry from the tart and hops flavors.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable. It is mild and well balanced enough to appeal to a large audience, but also deep enough for the selective.

I have had this and the IPA from Hooker, and living in CT, I'm glad to have found something local that I can really get behind. I'm going to go get one of each of the others that these guys make, because I expect them to be very high quality.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a full finger wispy white head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing generated.

The smell is timid and lacks much character, like lukewarm tomato soup.

Light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated but otherwise not startling. Much less of a creamy texture than a can serving of Genesee Creme Ale. Losing the tingle from the carbonation quickly. Finishes dry.

The flavor is reasonable for a cream ale. Hard to compare it to anything else. The little bit of bitterness has a hint of lemon, but it tastes more like a vegetable to me; corm maybe.

Reasonable drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it. Would feel comfortable serving it to those who have a preference for macros, but want to let their hair down.

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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 WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" fizzy white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a semi sweet finish. It's dry with a "cream ale" aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean. This is a very dry tasting beer. The mouthfeel is average. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average blonde ale. It has little character and is very much middle of the road. I hope the other Hooker brews are better than this one.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit cloudy and yellow with a fair white head. You can smell a citrus quality pretty quickly, a slight peppery hint too that seems to carry over into the first mouthful. Pretty crisp feel with a doughy-orange taste. Blondes are not my favorite variety (when it comes to beer) and this one had that tart finish that seems common to most of them. But I enjoyed this one. Fairly light and refreshing while maintaining some character.

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Photo of Tesno
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light golden color with a thin white head that persists. Slight haze with lots of carbonation.

Smell - sweet corn, hay-like with slight cabbage. Faint hop gives a slightly flowery/perfumy scent?

Taste - Faint malt with a corn-like quality. Slight papery note.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation gives crispness; dry, bitter hop finish.

Drinkability - Could definitely quaff a few of these while sitting on the beach in the heat of the summer. Refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured true & straight with no surge. Nose is a bit hoppy, some citrus (orange), hot summer pavement right when it first starts to rain, straw, flat malts. As it warms some sweetness rises, traces of stale honey. A pinky's worth of loose, lively, cracklin' white foam faded very quickly to a thin sheen with glass ring that laced in isolated dots. Slightly hazy, the body is a pale golden straw hue with a few lone bubbles rising quickly thru it.

Light, crisp, semi-dry, but a semi-sweet apple cider quality adds to the dryness. Hops are very distant, faint, but there. Malts are flat & even, a little leathery at best. Its actually quite pleasing in a very simplistic way. Its going down very nice, easy & quick, and within the first sips I could tell this would make an excellent summer beer, a great "lawnmower beer" if such a comment is not taken in a negative light.

Its very even & balanced. It does get "creamier" on the palate as the dry yeasts & hops rise up to lightly scrub the palate with a bitter crunch. Its still a little fruit sweet as well, but the hops are finally standing up. The finish is very clean, crisp, wetter than the palatefeel, leaving an sweet (I swear I detect faint butterscotch that is asking to be chewed) aftertaste that coats the mouth. For as delicate as this beer was, it did not finish thin & watery...which I cannot stand.

This was a bit of a surprise. I definitely enjoyed it, and think this would make an excellent summer working outside beer. Cold, crisp, clean, refreshing, but won't fry your tongue or have you laying facefirst in the kid's sandbox. Could also pair well with light fare such as salad, whitefish, chicken, etc. A nice find, and a beer I recommend trying and enjoying in the summer heat.

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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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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 fank2788
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to a pint glass
This beer pours a pale gold to straw color with a pure white head which laces a bit. The smell is light malts with a hint of wheat and light floral hoppiness from the saaz hops. The taste is light hops with a touch light malty base. The beer is nearly as smooth as a lager but retains just enough malty character to make it taste like a true ale. Carbonation is high but right for the style. Drinkability is good this beer is nothing special but provides a good alternative to macro lagers.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with light carbonation and a sudsy white head that endured for a bit, then dropped to a thin white layer. Smell was underwhelming, malty and sweet. Taste was sweet malt and light hops, very smooth with no aftertaste. A nice non-offensive brew, although the sweetness might get cloying in a session.

Tastes like most American macros CLAIM to taste, i.e.: smooth and refreshing and non-threatening. Does not taste like most American macros ACTUALLY taste, i.e.: watery and bitter-in-a-bad-way with a nasty aftertaste.

Good beer. Not great, but good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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