Summer Blonde Ale
River Horse Brewing Co.

Summer Blonde AleSummer Blonde Ale
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From:
River Horse Brewing Co.
 
New Jersey, United States
Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #378
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #29,597
Avg:
3.3 | pDev: 15.45%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
183
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2021
Added:
Jun 01, 2003
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  56
SCORE
76
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Summer Blonde AleSummer Blonde Ale
Notes: A light, refreshing Ale that is easy to drink yet complex. Perfect for the warmer months.
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Rated: 3.54 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: golden hazy yellow, light head and lace
S: a bit strong wet straw smell
T: follows smell
F: smoother than I anticipated a delightful surprise
O: a good beer for this who enjoy a refreshing drink of wet straw
Jun 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.08 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Having JUST finished their Wuddermelon Kölsch, I feel CANpelled to CANtinue with CANother of their beers in the furtherCANce of The CANQuest (tm). Need I say more?

From the CAN: "You know you want it".

Well, if it looks anything like the surly hippo with lipstick on the CAN, hard pass! Inna meantime, I Crack!ed open the vent to begin a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. My, didn't it want to foam up! I got two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, bone-white head with excellent retention for my trouble. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, resulting in a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all ClANmoring for a taste. Nose had a pronounced bready maltiness & now, I was ready to drink! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was of honey-drizzled bread dough! 8=O I liked it well enough to simply plow through it. Finish was semi-sweet. This would make for a great Summertime beach-bound cooler-filler! YMMV.
Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Smooth_Hoperator_13 from New Jersey

2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Perfect example of why I like blancs and white ale so much better than blondes. If you go light, then go white all the way. This beer is lost in wheat, cereal, biscuit malt land with grassy earthy and german hops and then mixed with belgian yeast strains and spice. Confusion en masse between belgian tripel, heffe, golden pilsner. Not a fan.
Sep 14, 2019
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Rated by T66tah from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Beer of the month club August.
Aug 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 2.28 by kimlhurst from Ohio

Jul 08, 2019
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Reviewed by LarrythePirate from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a half keg that was brewed about two months ago and dispensed from direct draft system at 38 Degrees.

Look is a cloudy golden color with white head
Smell is pleasant
Taste is subtle and appropriate for this style with notes of citrus
Feel is medium

Overall I am favorably impressed with this beer, I was looking for summer beer that was a step above typical lagers and would appeal to a wide range of guests. This is a great beer for the style.
Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet wheat and grass. The taste is just like the nose.
Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by spartacat300 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.44 by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
The lightly hazed yellow colored beer pours out into a shaker pint with a 1 1/2” white head the visibly recedes to a thin layer on the surface and some lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include some grainy malts, a bit of lemon, a hint of fruitiness and some grassy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grainy malts, some sweetness, some fruitiness backed up by a very light grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with some very fine moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the grainy sweetness recedes into the background to be followed by the lemon tinged fruitiness with both leaving the ending to a very light grassy bitterness.

While not particularly outstanding or really memorable in any way this is a reasonably enjoyable and drinkable beer that would work well as a summer beer to have on hand in the ice chest when entertaining. The relatively low ABV would allow folks to have a few without fear of losing control.
Jun 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.31 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Jun 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.32 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.18 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by AmitC from New York

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Jul 08, 2017
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Rated by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a cloudy amber with a huge head. Not much smell. Taste is a watery biscuit with only a little fizz. Very smooth and easy. Give it a try
Jul 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.44 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a small plastic wine glass (traveling): color is hazy straw, head is off white with fine bubbles, some head laces the glass sides.

Smell is malt, biscuit, pleasant, enticing, and probably the best quality of the ale.

Taste is also biscuit malt, toast, a bit of sharper bitterness, feint earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit bitter, moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer, great enticing aroma with good biscuit flavor.
Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by KLHBB from Arkansas

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a six-pack. Appearance is cloudy gold, not a lot of smell, but a bit of citrus. Taste is flowery and grassy. Feel is light, refreshing, thirst quenching, an excellent session beer. I bought this beer to keep in the hotel room after running a half-marathon. Excellent choice.
May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had on tap at brewery,a nice brew that is a light easy beer to have in warm weather. I found it a bit bitter and too dry on the finish but might try it again. Everyone's described the taste accurately, it's just whether this does it for you or not
Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 2.54 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 06, 2017
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Rated by wac9 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
very good beer nice straw color taste like summer very enjoyable
Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: grass with grain behind it; a hint of sourness;

T: evenly balanced between grass and grain; grain is a little corn-like; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very easy drinking;
Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by cts309 from Virginia

Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.44 by PaleAleSean from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Icemann383 from New York

May 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
No date on the bottle, purchased from the brewery.

Hazy, pale gold in color, with a small white head. Light bready malts with citrus hops. Wheat malt and lemon flavor. Soft finish with a hint of spice. Medium-light bodied, good carbonation, and unoffensive. An easy drinking American Blonde Ale, nothing more, nothing less. A nice option for a hot day in the sun.
May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by beerman999999 from New York

May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by antman27 from New York

May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by BidYouABrew from Washington

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 2.27 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by Spindelphia from New Jersey

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by tvghost from Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Nov 14, 2015
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Rated by Nick_Lucas from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice smooth with a good flavor. A bit lighter feel but not watered down. Would certainly try again.
Oct 31, 2015
Summer Blonde Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 264 ratings