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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Photo of Erikp666
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at a local American Legion. Wasn't impressed at all.

It looks good enough at first glance. A nice golden yet thin looking pour with little head. It is an easy drinker that goes down easy. My biggest complaint is the lack of overall taste. I imagine I would have enjoyed quaffing this down after mowing the lawn on a hot summer's day. It is crisp and light.

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Photo of mnrider
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours a dirty blond with a very small head. Carbonation bubbles seem larger than normal. No Lacing really.

S: Creamy. Pretty clean aroma. Light hops and other grains.

T/M: Chewy and a little citric. An overall small taste. Not much of a hop presence. With more grains and some wheat. Crispness leads to somewhat of a weird aftertaste, but still pretty good.

D: Very easy to drink. An average brew. More of a summer drink for me.


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Photo of Blanco
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden with a small white head. lagerish smells with the slightest hint of vinegar. tastes a little on the sweet side, again with a hint of vinegar. a little bit of citrus and acid. very thin on the mouth. this beer is very different. while it tastes like a lager it has a tingle on the mouth and some different flavors going on. It's a decent beer. nothing to get too excited about and I probably won't voluntarily purchase another.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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 smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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 rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a spritzy pale golden yellow color with nice cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent brings a suprising amount of grassy hops with notes of pale straw, white bread. Taste again suprises, with a definite grassy and earthy hop presence over the pale strawlike backbone, hints of white bread. Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation level. A nice suprise, great warm weather drinker.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before at the brewery in CT. Reviewing htis in bottle.

A - Decent pour. Looks like a generic pale ale.

S - A smell of fruit, and a slight earthy smell as well. Not particularly strong.

T - Its a nice beer. Again a taste of fruit, with maybe some spice.

M - Very smooth, not heavy, and leaves a generally sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this on a hot day. This certianly qualifies as a "session beer".

I like the Thomas Hooker brand and these guys do a nice job. This blonde ale is fairly generic, but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Clear golden-colored body with a fizzy white head that fades into patches after time.

S - Sweet and malty.

T - Sweet and malty. Hints of fruit.

M - Low carbonation. Mellow, smooth.

D - Semi-light, it does have a noticeable body and density.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured an orangish golden color, with 1" white head that quickly disapates. It almost smells more like a wheat beer, but not exactly. the taste is a little bready, with slight undertone of hops. kinda bland. higher carbonation, thin mouthfeel. is a decent summer brew, light flavor and easy to drink

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Photo of travduke
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow pale body, thin white head that quickly dissipates, mediocre lacing.

Aroma: Malt and grain predominately. Mild earthy hops.

Taste: Just as the nose predicted with a slight citrus taste.

Feel/Drink: Thin mouthfeel, great sunmer drinkability.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Dedham. Served in a standard pint glass. Cloudy yellow body. Thin white head. Slight smell of citrus, though faint to the point of nonexistence. Taste was decent for a blonde ale. Lightly hopped with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel was thin and but not really watery - it had just enough body for a blonde. A nice beer for the summer or while eating an appetizer, like I was. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at flatbread

A - Yellow with a think white head tht dissipates quickly.

S - Grain and citrus.

T - Citrus, Yeast, Grain, Minor hop presence.

M - Light bodied heavily carbonated ale. Cream? Not really

D - A nice light summer beer. A lot of bars in my area that have crap on tap will have this one because it is very local so it's a safe goto.

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Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nycspotrusherz for this extra.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one-finger beige headthat quickly goes away. No lacing.

Smell is mainly earthy hops with a little bit of roasted barley malts. Taste is earthy, with some light roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry, clean.

This is a great beer for a hot day. Not sweet, and no aftertaste; just refreshingly clean.

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Photo of BetterDarker
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- Pale gold in color with a creamy, bone white dense head. Looks like a continental lager.

S- Fruity and floral, very restrained.

T- Fairly well balanced between the malt and hops, sweet honey finish.

M- Decent carbonation, light bodied brew.

D- Not bad, though I guess I don't get the differences between a cream ale and a blonde ale, though I do not detect any hops in the finish, so perhaps that's why this is a cream ale? A very approachable beer, best served cold on a hot day.

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Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/07/10

A) Pours with a thin, wispy head that quickly settles. Lacing is thin semi-sticky. The body is fairly clear with upward carbonation.
Bronze in color.
S) Earthy, and almost a wet dog smell. A musky sweet (if that makes sense). Light floral notes.
T) Mellow malt up front - light caramel. Then moves to a nutty and creamy middle. Finishes with a subtle hop bite.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Just a touch of dryness.
D) Meh, not my favorite but on a hot summer day this might be even better.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, decently carbonated gold into an American pint glass, with very thin white head, and spotty lacing. The smell was decidedly sweet...honey and brown sugar. The taste confirmed the smell, with little hop balance and a finish that was hard to characterize. The mouthfeel was thin but carbonated. Could be a decent session beer if it had a little more complexity in the flavor, and a texture to match.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Light and gold, okay head. Lacing was decent.

S: Sweet, honey, fruity.

T: I was pretty impressed with the taste, my expectations were not that high. Sweet, almost reminded me of a "blondie" brownie while drinking it. Maybe the name was influencing me too much.

M: Light, kind of creamy.

D: Very high, especially since it was so light and creamy.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color that appeared to have an appearance of sediment floating around. I must confess to having had a few beers before that, so maybe my mind was screwing with me. An average-sized white head that faded to nothing quickly.

The overwhelming note in the nose was honey. Didn't pick up on much else. Taste was the same - honey. No bitterness to speak of. Perhaps subtle notes of light fruit.

The mouthfeel is where I got really disappointed. I found it to be overly thin and, to be honest, watery. Massive letdown. Carbonation was mild.

Drinkability was good. There's nothing here to stop you from sessioning. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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 JMD
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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 philipquarles
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BDL. Pours clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Smells of light, slightly sweet malt followed by faint floral hops without much else to speak of. The taste is again light grain; here the hops barely make an appearance. Characterless and almost flavorless save for the lingering sweet finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Even if it's not harsh and incredibly offensive, the pervasive blandness gives me no desire to drink it . This beer sucks.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden yellow from my 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Quick active foam, short lasting.

Smelled modestly hoppy but otherwise unremarkable.

Taste is moderate halt with a consistently minimal hop prescence throughout. Just a note creamier than a basic blonde ale. Some hints of orange buried beneath. A good pint.

Definitely drinkable. This beer had good taste, good finish, and was a nice clean ale.

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Photo of albern
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream ale? I'm not so sure of that descriptor for the style. This seems like a pretty standard, run of the mill, blonde ale to me with some slight deviations. It pours a nice reasonably clear blondish golden color with not much head and zero lacing. The nose is big time citrus with a malty under belly. The smell is nice, and has none of the metallic, or tinny qualities that are common with the style. The taste has a very slight lemony zing at the front end, but this segues quite nicely into a more malty and bready, almost doughy flavor. There is a grassiness to the beer, a slight lemony and spiced bite, but this is very subtle and it is mollified somewhat by the honeyed qualities that emerge as the beer settles. This is quite a smooth blonde ale that goes down easy. This isn't a complex beer, it is light bodied, refreshing, reasonably carbonated, nothing overly challenging on the palate, and a good summer type ale when the weather gets steamy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, gold, small head, big carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and florals

Taste: sweet malt, earth, and barley

Mouthfeel: bitter start with a sweet/smooth finish

Drinkability: I think this would be an excellent, sessionable, lawn mower beer...A refined Budweiser that is more tasty--I also think I am drinking a lager...I like more complex beers, but this is good for the style

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Photo of thespaceman
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beauitful gold in color, the pour shows a decent size head with good lacing and retention all around.

Smell: A nice boquet of fruit florals, a small hop oil residual hangs around, along with some citrus fruit pairing.

Taste: A nice dose of fruit texture, the backround shows a creamy malt presence, hops and malt are balanced fairly well together. A bit of raw honey and some biscuit like element from the malt make this one a sure treat.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a nice light to medium bodied brew that shines through it's malt addition. This one has good balance on the tongue as well.

Drinkability: Overall, on a almost 60 degree day in New England this beer felt like it was painted with the picture, a good brew to enjoy on a warmer day. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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