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 alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +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 Phatz
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Blonde Hooker is a cream ale. Surely someone must see the irony in this ;-) It is a very tasty beer, and certainly a simple easy drinker.

Appearance: Pours an attractive light golden peach color. It has a resemblance of the syrup around canned pears with splash more apricot to the hue. Small white head fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Fruity doughy malt aroma of wet bread yeast and a hint of citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet pale malts dough and yeast follow the nose. It is a cross between Pete's Wicked Rally Cap and Anderson Valley Summer Solstice. It is a straight forward cream ale with hints of melon spritzed with lemon flavor. A hint of dull hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The feature a cream ale seems to be the exceptionally smooth silky texture. This is no exception.

Drinkability: This beer is approachable and highly drinkable. In PA it is not easy to find but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to get it. I I lived in Connecticut though ... it might serve as a decent transition beer for guests in my home.

Hope this is helpful.

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

A: Slight hazy golden color with a wee clear colored cubbly head. No retention or lace.
S: Bready malt notes with a slight fruit hop background, possibly lemon, peach, and pear. Slight sweet caramel malt aroma also.
T/M: Floral and grassy hop aromas with not much maltyness ont he palate. Buttery and greasy through the mouth. Coats the tongue and kind of shelters the potential of the flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. Light, but has some body to it.
D: Easy drinking and a good example of cream ale. Worth a try from Thomas Hooker.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy blonde color, big bubbles to a big head that fades big time to a very thin lace on the glass. Nose of grain and a touch of sweetness. Fizzy in the mouth and sweet malt to the tongue. Little to no hops noticed but a pleasant flavor. Dry finish. Overall a nice brew.

I can’t really nail this one down, don’t know why. I do know it is enjoyable and is a smooth brew on a hot muggy day.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, no fresh date. Pours a hazy yellow with golden highlights. Thick white head thins to a layer of fizz. Nice lacing, heavily carbonated. Honey sweet aroma, light malts, lemon, granny smith, touch of pepper and a floral hint. Light crisp on the palate, very bubbly. Sweetness of honey, light flavors of lemon zest and faint peppery finish. This brew is very refreshing and quite tasty despite it being so light. Excellent for a hot summer day.


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Photo of BadBadger
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker cream ale is a pleasant brew. It pours from the bottle an ever so slightly hazy golden color. The head does not last long, but this is no major loss. The smell is malty and perhaps also a bit yeasty. The taste is malty sweetness. While there are images of hops on the bottle lable, noticable hops bittering is absent (and thankfully so). Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. A nice beer to enjoy, with a very high drinkability. Goes very well with a spicy pepperoni pizza!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark gold with minimal head. Aroma is a light sweet malt with a trace of fruit.

Taste is a light toasty malt, very lightly hopped. Nutty sweet, some light fruit. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than other ale styles but heavier than a lager. Drinkability is very high, very sessionable.

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

I try to pick up a six pack of some type of Thomas Hooker every time I go up to CT. Purchased the blonde ale this time.

Golden, but almost a tad bit cloudy in color. Not an overly enticing smell, but a good crisp bite in the flavor. No real head to the beer once poured into a glass.

Somewhat hoppy, but not too much. It went down smooth. Overall, a good beer. Nothing overly unique, but tasty and pleasant.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 18 12oz singles I snared while in CT this past weekend. I wanted to get as many T. Hooker brews as I could, seeing how I loved their Liberator D-bock and Old Marley b-wine. For glassware, I used a standard pint glass.
This cream ale had a clear golden color, some lively carbonation and a 1-inch bright white head that rather quickly settled down to a miniscule cap and left no lace.
The nose had a mild sweet white corn aroma interspersed with some crisp hops notes. The taste lacked the corn flavor I was expecting, given the smell. Instead, I got a subtle pale malt flavor and reasonable hops tang in the finish. No one taste was real robust which I would expect. The feel was light, crisp and refreshing.
All in all, this is a highly drinkable, inoffensive cream ale that's a pretty good fit for a warm day and a group of beer lovers who might be new to craft beer. Nothing remarkable here, just a solid example of the style.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew is a true honey color. It wells up a thin white colored head that quickly laces around the glass.

S - beneath the hoppy ale aroma lies the faint hint of apples, very refreshing and inviting

T - the taste is tarter than i had predicted. has a citrus backdrop to its hops and corn? flavors

M - a medium bodies brew that dries quickly with some acidity

D - smoothly drinkable, a good party beer

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14K honeyed gold topped with a medium sized white head of small bubbles. Settles fairly quickly to smattering of dust, no lacing, but plenty of carbonation streams. The smell is fairly clean with some grassy hops, relatively light, little in the way of malt. The taste is a touch grainy and sweet, with some spicy hops interspersed. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied and nice mouthfeel, this is a solidly drinkable beer that works. Nothing spectacular, but a great beer for the crossover crowd.

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Photo of cameraman
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rich golden color with very little head. A light hoppy aroma with hints of malt coming through at the end. A nice creamy taste, very mellow flavor, folowed by nice clean, dry, hoppy finish. Light in the mouth, maybe a little watery, but not to thin. This is incredibly drinkable, the light creamy taste helps one mellow out quickly. You can sit back and drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow (slight tinge of orange) topped by a small white head. Little head retention, no lacing.

Smell: Light fruity notes of peach mixed with a hint of something a bit like butter.

Taste: Lightly sweet malts with hints of apples, berries, and butter. The latter is not heavy or in any way nasty. Grainy malt and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with little aftertastes. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: Sessiony, uncomplicated. A decent example of a lighter style of beer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a very small head.The smell is a very strong biscuit scent.This is like walking into a bakery.The taste is a creamy crisp hoppy beer.There are some floral and malt flavors that make a light and very well balanced m/f.This is a good summer brew.I could go for another.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rob Schulman for lugging this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Extremely hazy yellow with a hint of orange body and the thinnest of thin white head.
S - Pale malt and lemon aroma.
T - Very mild. Light pale malt, almost no bitterness, pleasant orange blossom notes. Nothing stands out, quite refreshing.
M - Nice and soft, very clean.
D - Tasty and mild. Great for the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that goes quickly leaving no lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. No nose. Starts smooth and sweet, finish is mellow, there are traces of hops. This would be a good summer time beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First impression is a real "Rice Krispy" head: lots of snap, krackle, and pop.

White head drops to a tabletop quite quickly. Body is a clear yellow gold, with enough gold that it looks inviting, not weak. Nice lace.

Aroma features some fresh hay, and a bit of bakery. Not real strong, but take a good whiff and you'll find it.

Soft malty start, a difinite sweet start, before a subtle hop wash for balance at the end, which lingers well into the aftertaste. The hops rise gently, smoothly, not with a snap.

Light to medium mouthfeel, substantial enough to establish itself. Real good drinkability - where has this beer gone so fast ?

A good entry-level/crossover beer. A good everyday/ hot day beer. A good intro beer to an impressive brewery. Hey, it's not all about Liberator or Old Marley. It's ok to like the little beers.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one after I tried the Pale Ale, and wish I had reversed my sampling order. This awesome brew has a beautiful color and appearance, with a classic medium-to-full body and great dried-fruit flavors throughout. Fresh buds on the nose round out all of the excellent characteristics of this great "local" brew.

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Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, a little cloudy, some head but it goes away pretty quickly, little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet, but not much character besides that.

the flavor is the standout of this beer, sweet, good carbonation, smooth and light to medium bodied. I could drink a six of this and not think twice. It would make a great summertime beer.

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