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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdbooth219 on 05-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,191
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
348
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
50
Trade:
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Outchillen
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a heavy seas variety pack

A: Clear gold with white head

S: Caramel malts and light citrus hops, balanced smell

T/M: Nice light bodied, floral and citrus hop, finished clean but a little plain, seemed almost like a pilsner

Overall is a a good blonde summer beer, easy to drink while at a BBQ or watching a game

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Photo of patreely12
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - crystal clear golden amber. slight white head, but stays for most of the drink leaving some decent lacing on the glass. mild carbonation.

S - grassy semi-bitter hops. sweet pale malts. slightly sour. fresh.

T/M - grassy, mildly spicy hops up front complemented nicely by some sweet caramel malts. very small pinch of something fruity or citrusy. very light in bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good blonde ale. nothing too special or noteworthy. good drinkability.

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Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with slight orange tint, two finger white head that dissipated slowly into a thin collar, little lacing.

Aroma of citrus, floral hops and bready malt.

Taste followed the nose with citrus and malt with a slight hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel was light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall it is a very light crisp beer, more or less what you would expect for a golden ale.

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Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful gold with a 1/2 inch head that simply does not go away. Drank the entire glass without the head dissipating. Leaves little bubbles but not true lacing. Amazingly clear with tons of bubbles rising throughout.

S- Light earthy and grassy hops and lightly sweet malts.

T- Just like the smell with the hops coming through enough to make this a very enjoyable, if not robust, beer and the caramel sweetness tasting just right. Theres also a light fruitiness here that plays really well with the soft grassy hops and sweet malts, yum.

M- Awesome, lots of carbonation and light body make it extremely drinkable.

D- Tastes good, not too strong and I could have a bunch more but there isn't too much excitement. Easily a sessionable beer if not bold enough to be an every day one.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- It is called gold ale for a reason...It pours a nice golden color..Little white head about a fingers width which dissapears rather quickly.

S-Faint cereal with only the slightest of piney hop presence, another smell slightly reminiscent of white grape juice.

T-Graininess with a slight floral hop kick but when i say slight i mean it..

M-thin and somewhat off putting it leaves a slight stickiness that leaves me wishing i had paired this with a glass of water to rinse with.

D-this is just an average beer..nothing exciting and not at all a "go to" session beer..glad i got it in a sampler instead of a full 6-12pack.

Prost!!!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Formely known as Clipper City Golden Ale which I love drinking at the Orioles games (Camden Yards in Baltimore). Pours a nice golden ale mostly clear, shiny topaz with a lasting small ring of cream and drippy lace. Nose is spicy grass and light fruit. Flavor is spiced, slightly tart fresh apple, a hint of toast, and dry grass. Near-medium body is well-balanced, mildly tingly with carbonation. Later on the finish shows some resiny wood and light citrus. Fine example of the style.

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Photo of thekanna
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold with medium white head.

S: Some caramel malts and citrus fruits. fairly clean.

T/M: Nice floral hop bite with a resonating fruity sweetness at the end. Clean finish, nice effervescent bite enhances the slightly watery texture at the end.

D: A nice beer to relax to. Definitely high on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than a finger head atop a slightly hazy beer which color matches a 6 on the SRM beer color chart. Blotchy lace with little cling. Smell is slightly citrus, with malt, and wheat. Taste is crisp grain, citrus, and malt, simple but well balanced. Good body in my mouth, lots of cream feel. Good beer to have with fish, and chips. A good game beer. I have another, and I will not give it away.

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Photo of JT2875
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 pack sampler and for $12.99 I couldn't pass up trying a local brew.

A-Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass which produced a nice clear golden color with a half finger head that dissipated quickly and no lacing.

S-Picked up a hint of carmel malts, floral hops, fruitiness, and mild citrus.

T-Floral hops, mild carmel malt, and some fruitiness (combination of peach, apple and ?). Finishes quite clean with little aftertaste.

M-Very light bodied with mild carbonation.

D-Very tasty and coupled with the above something you can drink all day by the pool due to the low ABV.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/21/2010. Bottle thanks to nimbleprop. Pours a clear light orange/gold with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light bready malt, floral hops. Flavor of toasted malt, floral hops, sweet malt. Not bad actually, very drinkable. This one surprised me, given the prior ratings.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle serving.... totally average in every way...nothing special... a bit watered down for my taste... could barely produce a 1/2" head with an aggressive pour.... hardly any smell....watered down taste.... nothing special about this ale. I cannot find any redeeming qualities to highlight.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my mug a clear golden golden color with a decent white heading.Again as the others the slowly drifting bubbles from the bottom flow upward.

Smell is a bit citrusy from the get go. Slight cracker and soggy bread aroma. Subtle spicey hop.

Taste is crisp and malty but a little too much on that soggy bread end. Decent hoppy kick but the earthiness has completely dominated this beer.

Mouth is light bodied with decent bubbliness on the palate.

Nothing spectacular there are other options out for this category but it was ok.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's nothing extraordinary but this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of jonB
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden straw and produces little foam and lazy bubbles. The smell isn't particularly inviting and the taste is somewhat bland. It does have a slight hint of grassyness, but nothing too discernible from something that is mass produced.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Poured pure gold, no surprise there. Would be a better than average pour, if not for the head that vanished within a minute.

Smell is malty and bready, but not much else.

Taste is fairly bland, but relatively pleasant. The bready flavor is dominant, but is nice and a little sweet. There is a crisp lager-like cleanliness to the flavor, which was nice and true to the style. Hops were totally non-existent, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel was fairly decent. The flavors that lingered were nice, if just OK.

Drinkability is high, considering the ABV and the mild flavor. You could go all night with these, but you could save a little dough and opt for BMC if you're sessioning.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light amber color. Requires a hard pour to get a nice white head with average retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is mild and malty.

Taste is malty with a little lemon and some mild hops bitterness at the end. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and rich enough for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a light abv beer and would be fine as a session beer.

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Photo of SShelly
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a chill hazy straw yellow with no head at all.

Light hoppy and slightly yeasty aroma, not a whole lot going on in the nose.

Flavor is light and almost crisp, some backend hops round out the malt, again not really a whole lit going on...ok at best.

An ok summer beer that I probably won't drink again.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, hops are present. Taste is good, more hops than I expected from this style, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality brew.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear, oversized wine glass. Best by Dec 10 notched on front label. Served at 50F. Purchased as part of Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack for $14.99.

A: Hazy peach with quickly dissipating 1-finger, off-white head with some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Very tea-like aroma with more caramel malt than most blonde ales with herbal, light citric hopping

T: Very amber ale-ish with some mild fruitiness, light caramel, and light citric and herbal hops in the finish. Not very bitter and pretty unassuming/middle of the road.

M: Body is light to medium, tending toward light, with light carbonation leaving a slightly tacky but overall smooth feel. Aftertaste is orange tea and light caramel.

D: Not a bad beer but pretty forgettable. Less interesting and unique but more sturdy than their Summer Ale and, while I rate them both the same, I liked this one slightly more for the bigger malt backbone and more varied hops.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant and mild, though not marvelous.

Pours clear golden with a lively head that is dismayingly short lived. The aroma is weak, but with a slight toastiness to it. The flavor is decently light malty, with a little shiver of hops. The finish is a little flat and sour, which isn't such a happy thing. The mouthfeel is quite thin.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one inch head that breaks apart to some surface bubbles quickly.

Smell: soft grass and a hint of lemon zest was noticeable.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green apples, grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Somewhat of a clean aftertaste here.

Drinkability: definite sessionable beer. Beer went down quickly on a hot day.

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Photo of mzrebiec
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Heavy Seas Gold Ale pours a crystal clear VERY LIGHT amber. There is little to no head and no lacing for me.
The scent is of pale malt and light grassy hops. The flavors are very similar with very mild hop character with a medium malt backbone. It finishes well and leaves you wanting some more. Not a dry finish, so a wet finish? haha. Heavy Seas Gold Ale is a good beer for summer nights BSing with friends.

CHEERS!

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice golden color with half a finger of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing

S: Smells of caramel malts, floral hops, peaches, and citrus

T: First taste is floral hops, followed by caramel malts. I also taste green apple, peaches, and pineapple. Finishes dry with light floral hoppiness

M: Light bodied and medium carbonated. Nothing impressive, but good for the style

D: Very tasty, and with quite a low abv, I could definitely drink a 6 pack of these very easily.

Overall, this is probably the best blonde ale I've had. I really enjoyed this for the style. Its nothing overly complex or impressive, but its quite nice on a hot day.

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