True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,546
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
458
pDev:
14.93%
Bros Score:
2.67
 
 
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Photo of RustyCundiff8
5/5  rDev +49.3%

This beer might be light on color but not in taste I just had this beer about a week ago and it quickly has become one of my favorites

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Photo of Amzion
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of fishguyac
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of Jimmajamma
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of nayb_poppins
4.88/5  rDev +45.7%

Photo of roywilliams
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of dogfish7
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +31.3%
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 +29.9%
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 timlyon
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of swmay8627
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of 48oen33
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
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 tonyrocknroll
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Nickgiraud
4.24/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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 +21.8%
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 +21.5%
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 +21.5%
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 RobertRuiz
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Mystery box at central market in Fort Worth. Turned into my go to beer after mowing the lawn. Excellent taste, and great price point!

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +20%
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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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: mild aromas of bread crumb, fruit, citrus and a hint of honey

S: brilliant straw with moderately fast rising bubbles and a frothy white foam collar with fair retention

T: lightly sweet big fruit start featuring citrus, tropical fruit and a trace of honey sweetening light bread crumb malt flavors. It finishes juicy, mildly tart and dry with a moderately assertive bitterness

F: light to medium light and the carbonation is medium high with a moderate prickle

O: tasty, thirst quenching and refreshing summer beer

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Photo of pegordon
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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