True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
24.63%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 437
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ska True Blonde Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of white chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of light, sweet, biscuity malt, sugar, and a ghost of honey. Taste is of all that, with underlying honey, faint grain husk, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and lager like. Ska True Blonde Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very nice, and I score it as being excellent. Get some!

RJT

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Photo of dostom
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers. has a very good taste. poors nice from bottle to tall glass. very nice taste but needs to be your style of beer. not strong but flavorful. light fruit aroma, looses bite quick so drink when first opened. i can easily drink a 6 pack.

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Photo of 48oen33
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is nicely sour with soft malt. Some earthy/grassy/smoky-kind of aromas. Smells good.

Pours a medium yellow, good clarity, moderate creamy head. Looks good.

Moderately malted and hopped for a Blonde. Creamy malt is full-flavored and decently sweet. Hops add their twang over the sweetness and display a good deal of tartness and leafy/grassy freshness with the mildest of bitterness. Some hop trails into the finish, but it's otherwise clean. Tastes quite good. Feels nice. Impeccable drinkability.

Damn fine Blonde I must say. True Blonde has lots of flavor and a solid balance. It's easy and fun to drink. This would be a great gateway beer.

Kudos to Ska Brewing!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden-blonde color with a small head with many streams of bubbles throughout the glass

S- Clean with a light smell of cracker and some floral notes

T- The flavor is somewhat sweet, slightly bitter and very clean. Grainy feeling build up. Slight fruit flavor of pears and apples

M- Moderate body with light, prickly carbonation

D- One of the cleanest ales I've had to date.

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Photo of jsh420
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with 1 finger white head that left no lacing

smells of light grainy malts lemon apple grassy hops

tastes like the nose sweet grainy malts apples and lemon with a good amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel is too heavy for this style with low carbonation

drinkability is good even with the so so mouthfeel

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with honey. Part of a 12 pack sampler from the brewery. Brewed September 2004. Cheesy nostalgic label is irritating.

Pours out to a clear light golden, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a flimsy soapy white head. Poor retention (always leaving a scum ring of soapy bubbles) and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of floral Saaz hops, slightly grassy with some mild pale malt husk. Distant corn note connotes macro lager yeast, but this is clearly an ale. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy and watery with a light body. Taste begins with some spicy floral hops in the front, followed by a nice malt backbone which is well-balanced. A touch of honey is clearly, yet briefly evident, at times tasting like residual sugars one would find in a Rogue offering. There is a spicy floral Saaz bitterness in the finish and a semi-dry astringency from the hops with a clean finish. The aftertaste is a tad ruddy and oxidized in it's mouthfeel. No off-flavors or perceptable alcohol.

This is a pretty nice Blonde Ale. Between the good balance, the residual sugars and the Saaz hop flavor and bitterness, it makes it enjoyable to drink. My favorite offering from the brewery so far. I bet it tastes quite nice fresh on tap.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Chill hazy gold colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is crackers and malt with a good strong whiff of Nobel hops. A bit sweet smelling the herbalness from the hops is quite good smells like a Pilsner.

Taste is neutral and SHARP Nobel hop bite at the very beginning. Taste is spot on for a well-hopped Pilsner; this gives you the impression that they are quite tired of the assumption that blonde ales are sweet and under-hopped beers. Damn this some tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is good.

What you have here is a Pilsner Wolf in a lamb’s skin. If you like strong Pilsner beers then you will love this stuff. This is very strongly hopped with Nobel hops and your liking of them will pretty much determine how well you will like this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas!!!!The first beer on this blessed Holiday is a True Blonde from SKA. The beer pours a golden clear with thin white head that is not lacing....due to the fruitiness. The smell has subtle lemon flare with delicate malt balance. The taste is a great balanced beer with good lemon zeal. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is quite tasty....and highly recommended.

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Photo of JamisonM
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a nice golden color its a rich gold not some kind of macro gold color

S: wonderful malted barley sweet smell

T: sweet malty and clean not very much to this but it is not supposed to have some crazy complex taste/smell

M: light body nice zippy carbonation

D: yea drinkable and sessionable good brew to grab on a hot day

overall: I enjoyed this beer a simple beer with no rice or corn and you can taste the difference. well crafted brew with good malted barley touch of hops and a nice sweet taste.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in pint glass at Breckridge Brewery on Blake St Denver

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Aroma of floral, malt and corn. Flavors include lemon, hay, a bit of honey, and sweet malts. Really enjoyed this one, paired well with dinner at the pub.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the strangely small 650 ml capped and wax sealed bottle and into a glass.

Pours golden in color with very little head, however, what little head is present remains for quite a while. The taste is typical of a golden ale but is slightly darker and quite a bit less effervescent then most golden ales.

Smell is a slight hint of malt coupled with the golden ale "bright" and sweet smell. Not a strong smell, but an overall a good solid aroma.

Taste is coupled closely to the smell. A golden ale with a tiny bit of malt at the base. Not strong tasting in any way. Not bad, but not outstanding either. Golden ales are my favorite style and I was slightly disappointed that this beer is not true to the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is fine, the lack of effervescence is the major drawback to the beer.

Overall quite drinkable. No complaints. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw colored, the pour resulted in a frothy, peaky head, about 1 ½ ", decent retention and lacing is interesting, in that its frothy ribbons keep clinging minutes after the beer is finished. Smells a grassy/floral, a hint of honey maybe some ginger, nothing stands out strongly. Malty back note in the flavor, not sure of the of hops, I believe Cascade or Chinook balanced nicely against the malt and honey. Good mouthfeel and superb drinkabiltiy.

A solid beer in every regard, very refreshing.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little ale that is available in cans. A winner right there. Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settled to a half-inch and hung in there to the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Clean aroma of bready malt and cereal grains. Not much else to expand on in the aroma. Pleasant taste of light malt and some hops giving notes of melon and grass. Just slightly sweet. Finishes clean. Light body with good carbonation that keeps things lively without being prickly. Really nice for a lighter tasting beer. A refreshing beer that hit the spot on a hot evening. No problem finishing off several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a cup to see how it looks. Pale, straw golden nice big white foamy head.

Aroma is light. Some very subtle hints of corn. Honey. Spice and citrus. All are light at the most. Kind of a lemon-snap cookie aroma

Flavors are also light. More malt than snap, but not clinging. Some clove and spice. Real easy on the palate, no corn or other defects. Light green grass.

This beer goes down quite well. Could use a bit more spice, just a bit. Body was light and carbonation seemed a bit down. Still, good summer beer

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden yellow with a thin head and good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bready grains up front with hints of caramel and citrus fruits. This beer has very little malt and hop character.

T: wheat grain bready flavor like the nose with little malts and a mild hop presence. After a few sips I also gor a slight citrusy notes as well.

M: light bodied with good carbonation and ends thin on the palate.

D: decent blonde and would be a great summer brew to enjoy in the hot socal heat.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steardy and solid looking gold color with a smeared body glow. Small, lush capping of tight white foam that sits about a pinky high. Leaves large sheeting of lace acorss the glass while maintaining a always present skim on top of the golden body.

Aroma is light, clean, and starchy of pale bready malts and sweet, dulled melon and apples. Nice touches of cereal grains add some nice noting in the nose as well.

Taste is pleasingly simple and firming with a clean sweetness of pale breadyness and soaked cereal. Rounded out touches of dullish lemon, melon, and apple make the middle to finish a glide of fairly lasting tone. There's a tiny grassy hint of hops, but mostly stays grainy and sweet throughout each sip.

Feel is firming, yet light, quick, and bready with a simple frothy tone and semi creamyness that ends softly at the finish where it teeters out leaving a sweet bready effect thats easy on the palate.

A nice little drinker of a Blonde. Wholesome, bready, tender, sweet, and fulfilling for what it is.

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Photo of Star80
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, beer best before 2/13/2011 on the bottom of the can. Pours out a bright golden color with a frothy head, wonder if there are some wheat malts in there. Nice frothiness and lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is very clean, more like a lager than an ale. The taste is quite crisp, dry and bitter, with a clean herbal bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Another good beer from Ska, last I had was their winter Euphoria, this I guess is their summer style beer, for all year round it appears. I actually really like the can format, it goes into a glass anyway and it takes up less space in the trashcan. Anyway, I found this to be a tasty, highly drinkable ale with a nice clean aftertaste almost like a lager. Would pair well with a lot of great summer food on a hot day.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very little, white head. Doesn't last at all. Yellow slightly foggy body.

Smell - Grass clippings, pinecones, a hint of grapefruit. Almost like potpourri. Slightly offensive, but definitely interesting.

Taste - Slightly bitter, with a pointed finish. Reminds me of wheat, golden sunrays, and Spring allergies.

Mouthfeel - Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Different enough to keep me interested, but not too weird where it's more like a one-time experiment. I'd have a couple of these in a night and might pick up another one. But I am not infatuated.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - smooth malt with just a touch of wheat (?) coming through. No hops that I can detect.
A - one finger of head that quickly dissipates to minimal film. Hazy straw color.
M - medium to high carbonation, some slickness, medium body.
T - Same malt from the aroma followed by some phenols of banana and unidentified citrus. No ester spices. Dry crisp finish.
D - This is a great session beer that I could have a few of.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an awesome looking medium golden colour with an absolutely huge, long lasting white puffy head that takes forever to subside and leaves patches of residue on the glass. Very nice.

The aroma is sweet, grainy, and a bit grassy. Honey notes definitely come through here. Basic, but well done.

The flavour hits on the characteristics of the aroma and then some, as it has a bit more boldness to it. Honey is a bit more pronounced and grassy notes give way to more of a bread-like, floral flavour that just hits the mark when blended with the honey. Again, this one is fairly simple (as to be expected for the most part within the style) but it works well Mouthfeel is light bodied with some crispness but a bit of creaminess to it as well.

I'm really surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I was expecting another run of the mill Blonde Ale, but this one takes the basics of the style, amps them up a touch and just makes everything work. Give it a shot...you might be surprised.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale, yellow color with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of foam.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and floral notes. There was a slightly nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and a bready taste. There was some nice caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. It's great to find a sessionable ale in a can.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger head. No lacing develops. Several carbonation bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass tones are quite bold for the style.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grass, bits of lemon zest, and a very soft balancing bitterness. This came across a bit meatier than some other blond ales I have had, but not as refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Not as refreshing as expected.

Drinkability: pure lawn mower beer here. Light and easy to consume, many of these could be thrown back. Decent but not overwhelming flavor brings the higher score here.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN
Snow white loose pitted head over straw gold. 3.75
Sweet malts with lemon and sandalwood. 3.75
Candy sweet malts then vague citrus and grass. 3.75
Corn husk end and light lemony sorbet linger.
Round, halfway to medium, creamy. 4

Pretty much on target. It could use more dimensions to the malts, the head retention is a disaster, and for this amount of flavor it could be 4% (hello, English Blondes) not 5%. But I certainly don’t need to pay attention to it while I’m drinking it. 4

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Photo of dionisio
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks so much like a beer. I drank this in a wine glass, and holding it up and looking into it while listening to flamenco was cool.

I'd never heard of this brewery before, and they had an interesting name, and the packaging on this beer was cool, so I got it.

It's good.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.
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