True Blonde Ale
Ska Brewing Co.

True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #694
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,852
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
470
From:
Ska Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale
Notes: A Smooth and Sexy Brew.

Like golden waves of yeast crashing on a golden beach of golden sand with golden taps spewing golden beer that’s smooth as gold.

A Crisp Blonde Ale. Golden in color, medium in body—she’s brewed with the help and the honey of Durango’s Honeyville™ bees.

SOUL MATES

Light enough not to overwhelm tasty greens regardless of dressing. Works well with delicate fish. Pleasant accompaniment to lobster, clams, shrimp and crab – great w/ lobster bisque. Thirst quencher, works well with spicy/hot foods.

The taste is mildly sweet from the use of local honey, followed by bready malts, a touch of tangy wheat, a pleasantly mild bitterness, and citrus hop flavors in the end.
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Photo of Todd
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Comic book style label depicting a SKA/MOD blonde babe on a scooter. Vroom! -- but no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy/hazy (yeast in the bottle) pale yellow beer with a white whispy, mostly ringed, lace.

Smell: Quite malty, floral and pleasantly aromatic with notes of sweet honey and a grain backbone.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. A husky grain tannin feel on the palate follows, along with a thin sweetness of the sugar water kind. Some fruity apple and honey flavours come up for air, backed by an earthy flowery flavour that, unfortunately, gets quickly choked by a grainy flavour. Slight crispness. Finishes with a musty grain residual flavour/feel that levels to a dry palate.

Notes: For a few sips, an interesting beer. Then the flavours get lost in a very tannin and thin character. Worth a try? Maybe, but you're not missing much if you skip this one.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of erawan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Bammer21
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - light golden/straw color, clear, with good carbonation, and about two or three fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - fairly malt heavy, maybe a bit of a cereal grain tinge to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - again fairly heavy on the malts, but not as much of a cereal tinge in the taste. There's a little bit of a muskiness and a bittersweetness to it. The texture is pretty well on the watery side, but not too bad.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not very interesting either.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mtnbeerman
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jodio
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of D1noB
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A medium bodied, husky, blonde, not as easy drinking as I thought it would be.

Taste Rating in Words: It's someone wearing a mask, You really don't know what is under the mask.

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Photo of blakereik
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank these from a can, so can't say much about the appearance, although it is a good looking can :)

S: Malty and sweet

T: Medium body a little bitter. Crisp, but this was out of an ice cold cooler on the side of a golf cart, so anything would seem crisp in that condition. Sweeter taste first, maybe some honey and fruit tones quickly drowned out by grain. A little bit of metallic in the flavor from the can.

Better than the typical can of beer i can have on the golf course, will keep looking for a beer that I can really enjoy out on the course without violating the rules.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hasse67
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jhrozek
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent, golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of thick, pure white head that has decent retention

S - faint cereal grains, a hint of lemon, faint grassy hops

T - bready, cereal grains, lemon, faint grass

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a rather malty brew. The bready flavors are intense. There are some fruity notes that come trhough as well. The lemon is most evident. There are some subtle, grassy hops, but overall, this is a bit unbalanced and ultimately a bit forgettable.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into glass. Best By Date of 'SEP 08 17'.
Pale straw colored body, clear. Pillowy, brilliant white head. Sheets and bands of lacing.
Sweet malt and honey aromas.
Light tastes of bready malt and sweet honey. Tangy wheat, with mild bitterness, and citrus hops. (All included in the website description, but it is really to point).
Medium, smooth mouth feel.
Pleasant, light drinking ale with touches of sweet honey. Made to drink more than one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can into New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger thin beige colour head of no real cream and below average retention. Body colour is a pale clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh.

Sm: Clean pale malts, barley, light floral hops, and straw. An average strength aroma. Meh.

T: Clean pale malts. Crisp clean barley. Middling floral hops. Imbalanced, with an empty bland third act and unsatisfying climax. Very boring.

Mf: Smooth, thin, and wet. Okay carbonation. Underwhelming. A bit crisp.

Dr: Bland and boring. A drinkable but underwhelming blonde from Ska. Why brew this? I wouldn't bother with it again. A dull beer.

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Photo of riceshoes
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattyG85
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of 48oen33
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this light ale is much better than most craft lights. It is well balanced and the honey is mild enough to not screw it up.
so many light ales now are lousy and generic. I wish I could get this up north.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 470 ratings