True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Photo of racer2k
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale light yellow golden color with one finger of head which quickly dissolves. Good carbonation and thin lacing on my glass

S-malt nose with a hint of honey and fruit in the nose.

T- A dry malty sweetness with a hint of floral hops and honey. Light crisp and refreshing taste with a corn grainy finish. A thin ale.

M- dry, light body and smooth with a bit of a sticky finish likely from the fresh honey that is added.

D- Overall a good session beer. This was served at a pre-wedding party and provided a nice introduction to a broad cross section of beer drinkers.

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Photo of bump8628
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I honestly read some reviews before trying this beer, just out of curiosity. I didn't think it was as bad as the reviews generally painted this beer out to be.

A - Pours straight golden with a white, frothy head. Little carbonation in the can, but the foam blooms when you pour. Retains decent lacing, if that's any indication of a good beer.

S - Scents of hops, fresh milk, a sort of cleaning product scent but in a pleasant way. Decent.

T - Bright, citrusy, like lemons, followed by resolution of malts on the back side of the flavor. A bit salty, but not bad. Nothing about this flavor screams "craft" or "unique", but who cares, it still tastes good. Hops don't overwhelm, although they're present throughout. Strikes me more like a lager rather than an ale.

M - Good, clean and refreshing; maybe it's the can.

D - Good for sessions, or multiples. Goes down easy, nothing to complain about.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another canned offering from Ska! I'm liking the canned beer thing a lot. Six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: Pale yellow, blonde in color, stark white head, not much retention, no lacing to speak of. Slightly cloudy. Okay looking beer but not that exciting.

S: Honey and a slight graininess, I can smell absolutely nothing else.

T: A lot like the nose, but a little more robust, a nice hint of spicy bitterness towards the end, slightly piney. A bit of alcohol as well. Fairly sweet, but a hint of bitter in there. Doesn't really fall in any one category taste wise for me. Really not a lot going on. But nothing offensive.

M: Light, dry, and refreshing.

D: Easy drinking beer. This is a pretty mellow beer and an easy drinking one to boot. I probably won't be seeking this out again, but it is something I would recommend to cross over drinkers.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger white head, with some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly yeasty, with a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purshased from Skee Vue Liquors for $1.49.

A: Peachy lemon yellow with 1-finger, foamy ivory head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Nothing special with cereal grains, a light tangy fruitiness, and noble and floral type hops

T: A solid, all-malt product due to the smooth lagerish grain flavors that are dominant but not harsh or weak. A good balance with a spicy hops finish.

M: I love the lush feel of this beer -- it's what's missing from most blonde ales which are usually too thin. Carbonation is midrange and on target. Aftertaste is pleasantly fruity but short.

D: A very nice surprise as most blondes don't offer a whole of anything interesting. While Ska Blonde is not the most original brew, it's done well and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a straw yellow clear pour into a pint glass with nice amounts of head and lacing throughout the glass. smells of pils and grassy hops - a hint of citrus. tastes a bit bitter and wheaty. not much else there taste-wise. a nice refreshing mouthfeel though, light bodied and makes your cheeks cringe a tiny bit with the bitterness but is overall a crisp and refreshing summer blonde ale.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with an enjoy by date of 6/28/14; into a tumbler.
Appearance - bright yellow, bubbly carbonation; a thin white sheet of head that sticks around and leaves lots of lacing.
Smell - lemon, some banana and orange peel.
Taste - lemon and orange zest, some banana bread.
Feel - light, of course, flavorful early on, but an odd aftertaste and tounge coating to finish it off.
Overall - not my preference, but in a pinch I'd take a can or two to the pool.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wanted something easy to drink while watching the Pistons game tonight so I picked this,pours a clear light golden color with a soapy looking light head.Aromas of toasted grain and some honey thrown in not to bad,taste is toasted up front with a lightly sweet/honey finish.This beer served its need good with some chilly dogs.Not a award winner by any means but a quaffer and better alternative to a macro lager for sure.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The after its escape from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the Nonick glass a cloudless amber color with the head upon the pour moderate in size, semi creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the resultant lace a fine coating surrounding the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, a touch of fresh plowed dirt, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start has a mild sweetness, the malt decent and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasantly carbonated the hops adequate for the style and the aftertaste droughty, a nice drinking beer that lies easy on the palate.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nearly clear yellow with a fading 1.5 inch white head, but i prefer this one ice cold right from the can. smells like a medium bodied wheat beer, some malty textures, but nothing overbearing. hops here serve merely to make it crisp, nothing ornamental with the hops flavor wise. feel is pretty good, bubbly and foamy and drinkable. this is a very light beer in terms of it filling you up, very sessionable on a summery afternoon. definitely nothing special by ska's standards, but it serves it purpose rather effectively.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mac10thmtn
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, just not amazing. A run of the mill blonde ale with some hops layered in. I much prefer Send Help by 4 Hands, or something similar.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of MJSJr
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light golden yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded quickly leaving behind a decent, but shortlived lace ring. Smell was lively, lots of yeast was present even in the aroma, and it was very light. Bread and earthy grains were the predominant aromas. Taste was crisp, light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Very smooth and full of bready and earthy grain tones, with a slight hop presence as it warmed. Overall this was excellent for exactly what it was

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Photo of sniklac
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StevieW
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Label depicts a cartoonish well endowed blonde women on a motor scooter. The kinda women that's constantly giving me and the BelgianBum the "big eye" on US1 in sunny south Florida. The label had a freshness dated indicated on the bottom. Also mentioned something about being made with local honey.
Light pale yellow color. Fizzy beer color, only a bit more shiny. Thin small white head. Grainy sour beer smell. Taste is very grainy, wet grass, and pasta. Only a subtle wiff of honey, and that seemed more sour, than sweet. Old beer taste, like stale beer from your dad's stash in 10th grade taste. Still tastes like beer though, and that's good. Honey taste is nearly lost on me. Comes and goes. Light bodied, highly charged. Easy enough going down, not much lingers. A decent beer, nowhere near the level of their ten pin porter. Worth a try, but don't lose any sleep if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.38 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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