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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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 247
Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this was sold to me as a "good lawn mower beer." i think that is a good description since some hot summer days you just need a light, thirst quenching beer.

aroma is very fresh, of sweet hay and hops. flavor has mild bitterness, but is above all else, drinkable. recommended.

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Photo of nick76
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has corn, plastic, yeast, dried hay, and fresh cut grass. The appearance is golden with a really thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it has qualities that I don't like but somehow it manages to be drinkable.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy straw gold color with a white head. Weak retention a poor lacing .The aroma was dry, an even balance of pale malt and floral hops. The flavors were similar and interesting in their development. First I got a dry grain flavor, soon followed by the floral hops bitterness and a caramel malt sweetness almost right upon each other. The balance was superb. The body was medium/light and the carbonation lively without being prickly. This would be a great beer if only they could make it look better, but flavor wise it is an excellent example of the style and very sessionable.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright gold pour with a frothy but short lived white foam. Nice malty nose with some fruity notes and some hops....a little bit of hay. Tastes of sweet malts, honey, some weak hops, sweet grains. Creamy, easy to drink a few of these. Thanks for the bottle John.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap with dinner in New Haven. The beer was clear golden yellow with almost no head, maybe a couple millimeters worth. In terms of smell and taste this beer had everything I expected and wanted out of it, but there isn't much to express in a cream ale. This was on the sweet side and maltier than it was hoppy, just an easy-drinking craft beer that's perfect with a BBQ or drinking in your backyard (or at a restaurant in New Haven).

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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 corey0212
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, loosely-formed head rises quickly and fades within a minute, a few spots of lacing left behind. Slight herbal hop aroma, grainy/beery smell. Taste is decent, clean malty taste, slightly grassy-tasting hops, and a summer-beer-like lemony character. It's very crisp, not a lot of lingering bitterness, but there is some. You could definitely put back a couple of these in the fact, right or wrong, I think I'd buy this more ("buy", as in, "believe", not actually "purchase") as a summer release. Is that wrong? Either way, relatively tasty, very easy to drink, and could certainly be used as a "gateway beer".

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Photo of Nipitato
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. No head. Slightly hazy. Visibly effervescent.

S: Sweet and clean malt aroma. Cream corn like. Mild aroma overall: clean. Slightly fruity.

T: A well balanced taste here. Balance is towards sweet but it is tempered by some hop bitterness throughout. Some corn like flavors as found in the nose.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and full - almost kind of soapy. Moderately high carbonation. Not dry.

D, notes: I like this beer. Very sessionable thought it is kind of filling. Quite well balanced. Despite the fact that it is an ale has a clean lager character.

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade.

A- T Hooker's Blonde pours a pale yellow color with slight haze and a small white head that quickly dissipates and leaves small patches of foam in the glass.

S- Floral esters, semi-sweet malts, a wheat/yeast character and a subtle hop aroma.

T- Soft malts, dried hops that give off a really earthy citrus vibe, some apple, hints of hay and a pleasant funk.

M- Light/Medium body, mellowed carbonation.

D- Good beer, very bright and refreshing, definitely a good summer pick!

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

Drank from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, deep golden yellow. The small, bubbly, bright white head quickly faded to a thin film.

The aroma was very subtle initially. Only a faint maltiness was detectable. As the beer warmed the malts (German-style malts) made their presence known.

The taste was crisp, clean and rather citric. Tart and lemony up front. Somewhat malty in the center. The clean, dry-ish finish was slightly sour and a touch hoppy (grassy hops). As the beer warmed, the hoppiness really came out in the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy, lush and full on the palate with a fine, lively carbonation. Quite impressive for a beer of this style.

Light, refreshing and flavorful, this is a perfect summertime session brew.

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Photo of Atron67
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another extra from wolfsblood

A- poured a golden color as you would expect, with an almost white head that built up a decent amount and fell into a thin film with some decent lacing as well.

S- light pils malt scents with a clean crisp character to it

T- solidly malty, clean pils character. hops keep it from being sweet but not really a flavor component in and of themselves

M- medium body, pretty high carbonation,

d- probably have many of these, not bad in and of itself, but ide prolly go for soemthign different

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

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a small white head that dissipated into almost nothingness. The aroma is extraordinarily faint, I don't really pick up anything. At least I don't pick up any negative traits. The taste is of a doughy malt and some grassy hops. Somewhat similar to a Munich lager. No real offputing flavors, though there may be a touch of cooked veggie flavor but it is very light. Th feel is light almost moderate with nice and fizzy carbonation, finishes very neutral. This is a very easy drinking brew

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

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head that nevertheless left a little bit of lacing. Very fresh, outdoorsy aroma, floral and grain. It tasted sweet, a little bit of hops influence. I always think of summer beers as nice session beers, meant to be enjoyed on hot summer days, and this one fills the bill.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a very slight hazy golden yellow body with a snow-white head that sticks to the glass after each sip and last for most of the beer. The carbonation is tiny bubbles that look like they are in slow motion moving through the beer.

S- The slightly sweet honeycomb smell blends with pale malt and a faint green note at the finish. The smell is very fresh and has some nice depth.

T- The soft mellow slightly sweet pale malt flavor has notes of honeycomb and fresh grain. There is a nice soft pine hop finish that balances the malt perfectly.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that cleans the finish but enhances the hops just a bit.

D- This beer has really nice fresh flavors and a good balance and depth to them. It went down really smooth and fast and is one of the best cream ales I have had.

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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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Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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