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: 252 |  Reviews: 139
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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Photo of FirstMan
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not exactly sure how this got into my fridge. I don't remember buying it, so it must have snuck in with another hooker six pack that I bought. I generally am not much of a "golden ale" kind of guy. Maybe I thought I was getting a bottle of golden lager...?? At any rate, it's a good chance to try it.

Pours a light orangish gold. At first I thought it was going to be very clear, but there's a cold haze in there - probably from the low temp ale fermentation. Very little head to speak of except for a white ring around the edge of the glass.

Ale yeast is predominant in the nose, with a slight buttery essense. Malt with very little hop presence. Not the greatest nose.

Actually a very good malty start that evens out nicely in the mouth with a floral, yeasty back. There's a little bit of a vegetable thing going on here, too- almost like a lager yeast was involved. It lacks just a bit of fullness in the middle when it comes to flavor - this is a "start!...wait, wait... finish!" beer. All the same, very refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is fairly standard for a lighter american ale. A little creamy.

Overall I like this quite a bit. A good session / lawnmower beer for sure. Too bad it's starting to get cold here in MA. I could have used this one in August.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mouth watering golden/amber/orange/topaz color, clear with a nice white head. The foamy head turns into a creamy ring around the surface and the lacing fades pretty fast. In the smell there is a doughy buttery biscuit cream situation that comes together in a very smooth way with light overtones of lemon and herb. The taste has lemon, herb, and floral notes over a creamy biscuity malty base. Refreshing. In your mouth it feels like a velvety buttery wave. Smoothness at the finish. Nice and very drinkable.

An interestingly simple beer that I surprisingly like a lot. Its a quality summer brew and ultra drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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 wedge
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden honey color with a light foamy head that doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is also light and practically vanishes all together before all is done. Smell is light - of creamy, sweet malts, toasty/biscuity aromas. Taste is lightly sweet and creamy, almost bready, with a light hop finish. Crisp and smooth with light carbonation - goes well with the warm weather, although its probably a decent choice any time of year.

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Photo of chilidog
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long warm day, a nice Blonde can always get ya back to good. That this Hooker dose. It pours a nice golden straw with a cream like white head that settles to a nice worthy film. Lace is spotted but trails well.
The aroma, greets you with a nice citric lemon hop while the malts balance the background.
The taste is malted biscuit with a crisp, lemon citric hop that dosn't overpower but rather smooths things for a truely drinkable, quenching brew.
I enjoy this style and sometimes forget the smooth, creamy aspects of it that I like, for I just don't get that many of them.
A good little Hooker, this Blonde. And a good trade was had to get one.

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

Another hoppy cream ale. Not sure how close to style lines this one might be. But not bad. Pours a not-quite-clear gold with a slight head. Flavor is sweet from malts, but has a nice hop kick to it as well. Also picking up tones of honey and vanilla. Mouthfeel is not as heavy and creamy as the few other cream ales I have tried, but comes across as more-or-less crisp.

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Photo of battlekow
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, dark amber color, very similar to Pioneer's Whitetail Cream Ale, but with a fluffier head. Smells fruity and sweet, kind of like apple juice. Taste is creamy, appley, and buttery. Just a little bit of a pleasant, bitter finish to remind you that you're not having a cream soda. Exactly what it advertises itself as, "smooth & refreshing." The only odd thing is the the Hooker logo, which features six hop buds; kind of incongruous, given this particular beer. This is better than Spotted Cow.

Thanks to MuddyFeet for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear peachy gold-- more towards the gold/yellow end of the spectrum. Nice head which very quickly goes away. Little to no lacing.

Taste has a very muted pineapple notes--I think? Muted so it is hard to tell. A general "malt" taste, bug again, not intense.

Excells in the mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of packetknife
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grant's in West Hartford, CT. It had evaded me on-tap for quite some time so I was happy to find it. I felt it might has been served a bit too cold though. Yellow-golden crystalline body with a thick dense bleached white head that laced well. A bit of sourdough bread on the nose but not much, pleasant but not impressive. The taste was a bit weak and bland for my liking, with very light malting and a bit of sharp tang. However the mouthfeel was very good and creamy, crisp and acid enough too. Very drinkable on the warm summer eve too.

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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 ybnorml
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly haze on the dark yellow beer. Has a small (now you see it now you don't) white head. The is a light sweet grassy aroma with a nice hint of lemon. There is a light sting of bitterness and some citrus at the start of the flavor. That moves to a smooth malty character. Then to a gentle hop on the finish.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a semi-gloss brassy/amber color with a fluffy white head on top.
The smell is mostly of damp crushed malt, with a whiff of cut hay in the distance. A light citrusy aroma is noticed.
The creamy malt body bathes the mouth and throat in a nectar-like sweetness. The malt is upfront and sweetens further as it warms.
A hint of pears and some lime-like citrusy tastes adds a bit of balance to this malt-leaning brew. Smooth and freshing!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SN tulip glass a bright golden yellow with a healty inch of foam on top...lots of carbonation rises up the glass. Sweet crisp lemon glazed grainy maltiness in the nose along with a herbal, floral hoppiness and a creamy spiciness. Nicely nuanced.

First sip brings a sweet, creamy maltiness to the forefront with hints of lemon and light citrus. A mellow flowery hop lays in the background with some mellow spiciness. A nice, easy drinking ale.

The mouthfeel has a good creamy medium body that flows over the palate oh-so smoothly. An easily drinkable brew that would be great in the summer months. Nothing earth shattering here but definetly worth your time. Thanks to goodbyeohio for bestowing this one upon me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pete for this beer. It pours a slightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to ring the top. The nose is slightly grassey/grainey witha honey sweetness. Very mellow, no harshness as in other grainey aromas I have experienced. The flavor is spot on to the nose. The grainey hits first, followed by the sweetness that moves back to a slgiht grainey finish. The feel is moderate to thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde. Refreshing and enjoyable all around.

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

I was surpised to see this listed as a cream ale, but I checked the company website and, sure enough, thats what it is. A well-crafted ale. So often it seems that blonde or golden ales are just pale ale wannabes. Aroma was very fresh, and a little grassy. Poured a bright gold. Flavor profile was nice and lively, bigger malt than I expected with a full but not heavy mouthfeel. Hops were well balanced - a little sharp and lemony. Would be a great session ale. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a light white head leaving no lace. Aromas are a mix of corn and toasted malts which follows with light hops. Flavors are sweet and creamy with a decent dosage of sweet corn with a super light body. The finish is crisp and somewhat bitter with a clean hop bite. Though this brew is fairly light it keeps a decent body with its creamy flavors. Overall a great session beer that to me would make a great opener to introducing people to better beer. A nice offering.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a six pack bought at Randazzo's Package Store, Stafford Springs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head above the polished gold brew. Head is gone in a flash, with lacing minimal to average. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, with a dash of hops. Taste is follows along, with sweet pale malt character, coupled with a crisp hops bite. Have to appreciate lack of off flavors in such a clean brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. A good introduction for people to better, local brews.

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

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy and fizzy white head with average retention. Faint spotted lacing with not much strength. Watery, light straw in color.

A big biscuit-like aroma with a tough of light honied sweetness; some buttery diacetyl as well.

A mild honey sweetness with a moderate biscuit and bread-like underlying malt base. A touch of floral hops as well; faint diacetyl. A hint of bitterness that leads to a pleasant, buttery sweet malt aftertaste.

Light bodied; this cream ale coats the palate rather well. Almost syrupy. Very surprising mouthfeel given how thin it appears.

A flavorful version of the style and very pleasant on the palate. Nothing flashy. The style itself doesn't really do much for me, but this version is actually pleasant and a bit tasty.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold, creamy white head stays for a bit and then settles, leaving a tight lace on the glass. Aroma makes me think of a vienna lager because of the strong honey-grain combo with some mustiness I get from some lagers. Flavor starts sweet with the honey accompanied by citrus and vanilla in just the right balance. Floral and spicy hops make a beautiful show. Bitterness appears and creeps in, but still leaves it on the sweet side. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant drinking, this beer is damn good and will be a regular of mine once they get into Massachusetts.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow color with a bright white head that rises to a half inch and slooowly settles down. Aroma is biscuity malt, some pear and butterscotch, and a faint grassy hop line. Flavor is chewy, with light sweet malts, some buttery corn, and a light cinammon backbone. A light hoppy tingle finishes it off, and a roasted corn thing lingers. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and thin legs of lace run down the length of the glass.

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Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Hooker and friends.

Poured out a golden color with a nice head that stays with you until the very end.

Smell was a little light, but could still detect some fruit tones, some hops and slight malt aromas.

Taste was good. It's more on the hoppy than malty. To be honest, don't expect too much malts in this brew. A nice hop flavor along with some fruit tones.

Mouthfeel was light-medium body, quite crisp and fresh. Carbonation wasn't a problem and it did have a smooth, creamy body to it.

I could drink this all night to be honest. A perfect example of a session brew. But cream ale? More like a golden ale to me. Seek and drink.

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Photo of counselor
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a gold straw color with a thin head. aromas were slight, but well balanced malt/hops. Tangy, crisp, refreshing taste. Well balanced, decent body and mouthfeel, mild hop finish. this is an unnasuming beer that was intended for the non-ba thanksgiving guests. All enjoyed it and I agree this would make a good session or quenching beer

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