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Blonde Ale - American
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3.54 | pDev: 14.69%
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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

Bottle from the brewery store on Queen st.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of bready malt with hints of toffee and butter with a bit of floral spicy hop to counter. The flavor is malty sweet with bits of toffee and caramel. Light earthy hop flavor to counter. Medium body and level of carbonation. Decent enough blonde ale.

Jul 17, 2014
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL bottle

This was the first time trying Blonde Ale by a great local brewery!

A- Pours a honey-like colour topped by a thin, but persistent head. I was quite surprised by the cloudiness of this beer; the transparency is akin to that of a fine wheat beer. Loads of lacing on the glass with this brew!

S- Notes of citrus immediately come to mind. Other fruity notes such as banana also come into play. The scent of freshly baked bread come in lightly towards the end. Quite subtle and mild compared to what I was expecting

T- The taste is slightly hoppy and displays similar elements to the nose; notes of citrus and bread make their present. Overall, the taste is quite bright and would set well with a hot summer's day.

M- The mouthfeel was disappointingly light and left me shocked. A hearty blonde ale like this would be much better with a thicker mouth. Carbonation was also fairly light.

O- Picaroons stay true to the style and pumps out a pleasant and beautiful blonde ale. I was fairly impressed with this brew and I must recommend it to my beer bros.

Jan 02, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Even the dumbest blonde could figure out how this style got its name... but for those out there that are oblivious to the obvious, it's because of the beer's fair, pale complexion. Picaroons Blonde Ale actually has a deeper golden hue and, while brilliant, isn't exactly clear. Still, it's true enough to its name (and maintains a solid mass white suds atop).

You can instantly tell a good Blonde Ale from a bad one just by smelling it. The style shies away from hops and tends to keep its yeast in check; it is a delicate, uncomplicated aroma that will immediately betray anything unnatural or undesired, anything other than clean, bready malt.

Blonde Ales can be characterized as having a very plain, very unadorned, but very wholesome maltiness. It's straightforward and unembellished but still has lots of (one) flavour: white bread. This tastes like a French loaf that's just come out the breadmaker. Again, plain but wholesome.

While there's enough breadiness that drinking a pint practically qualifies one to be a baker, there's also a subtle hint of candied citrus somewhere in the backdrop. The brewery's use of West Coast hops may be restrained but it's not undetectable. This is a very refreshing ale.

It's hard to wax poetic about a style that's so modest and conventional. Make no mistake, however: there are both wonderful and awful examples of this 'ordinary' kind of ale. Picaroons' is the good kind; it's wholesome and flavourful, a confirmation that all you need to make great beer are simple brewing techniques and quality ingredients. Good job.

Nov 17, 2013
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ghisty from Canada (NB)

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a true "blonde" ale. feathery head. deep gold with medium carb. lacing is perfect.
keep in mind this isnt served in the proper glass, and its been in a growler in my car for about 45 min being shaken around by bad strut mounts and bad NB roads.
still this beer pours carbd. and has head retention. and amazing cascade.
buying local has advantages beyond the lack of preservatives.

smokey, hints of moss (which i know they use), bright hops. fresh nose.

being that it is a local brewery, of best review, I would have to say that this beer meets the style to a T , ive tried a few other traditional english ales by other microbreweries, and the picaroons stable is always up to the task of making a great beer. this is medium weight to most, but lightweight to the seasoned picaroons frequenter, has a similar taste to something that should have higher abv. but this changes by batch, as the brewers experiment with the mix . overall its hoppy and bright, and never gets old. finish with a bitterness that only blondes can provide. :)

varies from batch to batch as i explained in taste. but over all, slight bitterness gets a touch dry, but it makes drinking more of it easier that way, not super slick or over foamy, has both. but in a good balance.

overall:i frequent this option because locally i get a growler for 10 bucks. and they are open alot more often than the provincial stores..that are closed at 9pm?
and its often brewed by the week. so the hops are insane. (sometimes still wet)
i recall when this brewery was just starting out, and the beer was mainly available on taps at a few local watering holes, which have remained like a headquarters for the flocks of growler toating ale drinking beer lovers, that follow picaroons in my small city. this brewery makes the city a bit warmer and alot more dynamic of a place to be.the beer has been a staple of mine ever since i worked across the street from the brewery. id always know by the little plooms of steam from the building that theyd be making a batch of irish red, or winter warmer, or this blonde.. if you are lucky enough to have the picaroons line available to purchase bottled, id reccommend any of their offerings, they have an amazing product and the brewers get my utmost respect for keeping it local, and clean, and not watered down adjunct garbage. picaroons is going places. have one of the blonde's if you can. its something you can only understand if youve had it.
east coast to the core.

Jan 19, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Scent is mild with a hint of citrus hops, bananas, cloves and a bready malt on the finish.

T - Flavour is also mild, but offers up a solid dose of floral hops, bready malts, sweet crackers, hints of banana and clove.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, though surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty ale, but the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff. The flavors are mild, but still provide a nice balance offering up some sweet yeast notes and citrus hops. The bready malts complement the brew, so it worthwhile seeking out, just don't expect to be blown away.

Aug 26, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky, white head that leaves chunky spots of lace on the glass. Gold color with a mild chill haze.

Interesting smell of sage, lavender and white pepper. This is not a typical aroma for a Blonde--no notable malt.

Mild malt with a yeast bite in the swallow and aftertaste. Relatively rich body for the style. Tastes like an excellent homebrew. The spices in the smell are also present but in a milder form.

Aug 21, 2012
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fostachild from Canada (ON)

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

had many times before, this time poured from a friend's kegerator.

really clear yellow/gold colour with a decent amount of foamy white head - okay retention.

smell had hops, malt, and was a bit pilsner-esque.

taste was wheaty, sweet malt, bit of hops. good carbonation and decent drinkability. overall seemed to be a better batch than usual this time - not bad.

Sep 30, 2011
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crusian from Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend, once again...
pours a golden color with a couple fingers of head... more like a pils than a blond.
nose has a lot of hay and sweet malted and hop aroma. smells very similar to the "feels good" imperial pilsner.
taste is very similar to the nose. a lot of hay, and sweet pilsner style malt with some grassy tyoe hop mixed in. To be honest I really wouldnt put this as a blonde style once I have tasted. VERY dry finish, impressively dry. cant remember when I have had such a "common" style beer with such a dry finish. But yeah, this seems more like a pils than a blonde. so I am a bit torn on how to rate it...
nice light body also...

Jul 31, 2011
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spree92 from Canada (NB)

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Small white head went fast. Golden yellow in color. The smell was starchy and of honey. Surprisingly, the was alcohol on the nose as well. The taste is a duplicate. Sticky honey coats the mouth and tongue. Feels thick but has a creaminess to it. An easy drinking beer that is would make a good everyday drinker.

Mar 20, 2011
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PEIBeerGuy from Canada (PE)

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head on this was unreal... I wonder if it would be the same in a different glass... it started as a little beer in the bottom of the glass with about 80-85% head to the top. It clears away a bit, leaving lacing on the sides, but it doesn't shrink very fast!
It's a nice-looking clear blonde ale, not too pale... a little hint of orange to it.

Smells very much like a wheat ale. Not my fave, but I'm always looking to try beers I've never had.

Thankfully, it doesn't taste just like a lot of the wheat fruit+wheat beers I've drank. This one is a fairly nice blend between something like a wheat ale and an IPA.

In the mouth, the feel is just about right. It's not too carbonated, but there's something about the carbonation and that (sweet?) wheat ale taste that I don't like... it lingers & reminds me of when I tried Perrier as a child (not good).

It's pretty drinkable, but I won't go back to it. It's too much like a wheat ale - just not my thing.

Jul 10, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Premier Wine and Spirits recently started stocking some Picaroons, so I picked up a few bottles.

Pours a semi-cloudy pale blond straw color with plenty of fizzy white head. It took a while to actually achieve a full glass. Plenty of lacing left down the sides.

Scent consists of some light hoppiness, along with some sweetness.

Taste contains of a minor hop bite that is quickly washed out by a surprising bittersweet taste that I would never have expected based on the scent. Continued drinking reveals a decent balance between the hops and the malts. The finish is dry, and leaves little to no aftertaste in the mouth.

The taste was surprising at first, but after a few sips, it was a fairly decent brew. I could see someone drinking a few glasses of this without a problem.

Oct 11, 2009
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LBIsurf from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint mug.
Pours a hazy golden color with a beautiful, thick 2 finger head.
Tastes very yeasty and hoppy. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel is average. Not thin, but not thick by any means. Sticks to the tongue a little.
Smells like a big pile of yeast with some hops mixed in. Delicious!
I definitely should've picked up more than one bottle of this while in Canada. Highly recommended!

Aug 12, 2009
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured with an average-sized, frothy white head, that diminished to 1/8-inch or so for the duration of drinking. Body was clear and sparkling, with a medium-copper color. Fair lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy, and of light yeast. Medium body on the palate; slightly creamy/oily, with soft carbonation. Flavor is initially of yeast, but finishes as lightly bitter and dry, with an average-lasting duration. Overall a solid beer; a hoppy blond.

Jul 02, 2009
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MeisterBurger from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a straw colour with a huge head.

Some nice c-hops in the nose.

Initially I'm hit with piney hops and, once the taste settles, it's almost like an American pale ale that's had all the sweetness sucked out of it. The more I drink it the more the piney hops goes away and an oddly fruity-vinegar tartness overtakes every sip...and that's about all I get from it.

Not horrible, but not the most drinkable beer I have ever had.

May 28, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada (NS)

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with some amber hues. Head is a fluffy one finger, white, and settles to a thin ring. Nice lacing left behind with each sip.

Nice sweet and light citrus hops on the nose.

Taste is a nice blend of sweet malts with a fruity quality and mild bittersweet hops. A delicate, subtle, but very flavourful blend.

Mouthfeel is medium body (which I agree with below, is a touch heavy), light carbonation. Finish seems pretty clean.

This is a very nice brew for the summer, refreshing and still pretty light. If it was more readily available, I'd quaff this all summer long.

May 12, 2009
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RunawayJim from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pale amber/straw-yellow color with a small white head.

Smells of malty sweetness with just a hint of grassy hops. Aroma is nice and light

Taste is not overpowering. It's light in flavor, but still very flavorful. Lots of malty sweetness mixed in with just enough hops to offer it a nice balance. It's a very refreshing flavor.

It's a bit heavier in the mouth than I would have thought, which is why mouthfeel took a slight hit. However, it's a very refreshing, drinkable beer.

Jun 28, 2008
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