True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale
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:
436
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
24.63%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
54
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 436
Photo of thydarkprevails
1.79/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a can to a duvel tulip. Beer pours a clear golden yellow with a finger length white head. Aroma is light bread, corn, very faint floral. Not much here. Taste is bready malt, more corn, and lower quality grains. Mouthfeel is thin and forgettable. Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of lordbrad1
1.81/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm usually really good about trying to write a constructive review of a beer or brewery even I don't care for what it is I'm reviewing. I honestly just don't feel that this beer is worth that much effort.

The Ska brewing company should have spent more time on their brewing recipes and techniques than it did on the cool "punk rock" appealing bottle labels.

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Photo of hellbilly
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours clear yellow with a lasting white ring of foam. some spotty lacing forms on the glass.

faint aroma... pale grainy, straw, dried apricots and mild spiciness.

it tastes the way wet bales of straw smell... with some yeasty notes and cooked lemon with a slightly spicy finish. medium body feels a bit 'dead' on the tongue.

not a good one...5/3/4/2/8/2.2

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Photo of mothman
2.29/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops with pale, biscuity malts. Smells a bit like an american lager. Very basic.

Taste: Even more like a lager here than in the nose. It has a very faint hop profile with some bready/pale malt flavors. Maybe notes of grain. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very slight hint of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager. There really wasn't a lot of flavor. Should one expect a lot of flavor? No, but some would be nice.

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Photo of Jameyd33
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, golden in coloer. Very pretty to look at. Smells a little of faint lemons. Head was thin, gone quickly. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Subtle hints of citrus. Slight after taste, though this would be good on a summer day at the beach. Not really my style.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this brew is the groovy lable art. The pour os clear golden with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin veil.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of honey, sour green apple, corn, and floral hops.

Flavor is bready golden malts, almost corny adjunct grit, and some dry grassy and herbal hop notes in the finish.

Body is just above light, with an expansive, forced-carbonation feel and grainy texture. They say gentlemen prefer blondes. I sir, am not a gentleman.

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Photo of Jayli
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is highly visible. A 1/2 finger of white head stands on top but recedes quickly, leaving quite a bit of thin coating lacing.

S: Nose is of spicy hops and extreme floral hops. Some pale malts filter in and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a major piney hop burst. Biscuit notes and pale malts rounds out the middle. Strong floral, almost soapy flavoring malts finish this beer.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean start with an oily finish.

D: Not well blended, not a very good representation of the style, the soapy nature is overpowering - not of true soap but of the overpowering floral nature. I'd pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Notes: 6/29/09
Ska Brewing Co.
True Blonde Ale
blonde Ale
5.3% Abv.
12oz. Botlle in SN pint glass

Appearance= Regular pour into glass yields a thin 2 finger head. Nice white head. Lively carbonation. Semi-cloudy yellow body. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell= Decent smell.

Taste= Decent taste. Nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel= Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Kinda high if you liked this beer. I however did not. Not much to this beer. I would drink this over BMC anyday, but would pass on it for something with more flavor. Just not my style I guess.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear golden color, with a small head with big bubbles that mostly dissipated quickly. Has a honey aroma with floral hints. The initial taste was of honey with some citrous on the side. I normally expect a blonde ale to be pretty bland, but this had more flavor than most.

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Photo of Dusty6467
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clean, clear, light, blonde, 2 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S: faint smell of citrus hops and bread, not much here

T: metallic- almost like a cheap champagne, faint citrus taste;I expected more

M: clean, light and crisp

O: decent blonde ale, but subpar. Very sessionable with high ABV, but not my personal choice for a blonde ale- drinks more like an American light lager.

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow-amber, with a clingy off-white head. The head is small, but creamy in composition.

Smell: Light & bready malt, with sweet notes of honey and fruit. A bit of tannin grassiness in the background.

Taste: Very mellow malt character, slightly dry and toasty. Gets sweeter in the middle, tasting of honey and cherry. Very slight hop bitterness emerges in the finish, before being wiped away by musty notes. Off-flavors are all over the place in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little watery. Thin composition.

Verdict: Indistinct and burdened by off-flavors. I probably won't drink it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

C-

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Photo of Todd
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
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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Photo of Bizz88
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear pale yellow with a inch and a half white head with minimal lacing. Aromas of biscuits and barley malts, much reminisant of a Budweiser. Thou lighter in carbonation than the fore mentioned it had more of a lager taste and pretty much the same disappointment. Save your money and have a bud.

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Photo of brandoncox
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Translucent pale golden pour.

Crackers and buttery biscuits take over but a hint of honey comes in and mellows it out. Sour wheat is also present on the nose but only slightly.

Wheat and a touch of honey is just about all I get. No complexity to give this brew a worthy nod.

Very thin body and very under-carbonated. Just not a lot of action on the palate.

Overall this is just simply boring. But don't rule this out being a light beer to be enjoyed and paired with food. Sampled one while eating pizza and one before bed... it definitely made my pizza into a pretty damn good meal. However, look to something else if you're just looking to drink a beer.

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Photo of nicdub
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Slightly hazy yellow with a quickly vanishing white head, which manages to cling to the glass a bit on the way down. Pretty much what a blonde should be.

S - A nice blend of floral and citrus that masks the grainy bombardment to come.

T - Not robust or strong in any way upfront. Most of the flavor is derived from the aftertaste, which is a bit malty with some citrusy notes (lemon), but is mostly grain. It seems the more you drink this beer and as it warms up the grain becomes more dominating. It almost reminds me of malt liquor after a while.

M - I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. It is perfectly carbonated and that takes over when it first hits the tongue. It isn't watery or sludgy. It is a really well put together beer in this sense.

D - If only they could tone down the grain in the taste a bit, I would really like this beer. I really don't know if I would enjoy a 6 pack of this in a sitting. It's a shame because it is otherwise a nice brew.

I guess if you like grainy brews this one is for you. Also, nice art on the can, very cool.

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Photo of ADZA
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons for this and pours a see through golden blonde hue which leaves a frothy three finger head and clingy lacing,the smell is quite average and has aromas of honeyed malts,herbal hops and some grassiness,the mouthfeel is lightbodied too light for me and the tastes arnt much better very similar to smell with hints of honeyed malts,grassy herbal hops,cereal and bread and overall love the label but thats it for me and wouldnt buy or drink again cheers.

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Photo of Twincrasher
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Average look for blonde. Not impressive head for this style. Like much more in terms of head and lacing for blonde.

S: Metalic. Common for this brewery so far.

T: Eh. Phenol flavors that seem to overpower. Not very balanced.

O: Good, but not too impressive.

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Photo of Anthony88
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden in color with little head and no lacing. typical for a blonde ale.

S - little smell, more of a hoppy smell with citrus undertones. Not impressed.

T - decent hoppness with a lemony taste. .

M - Creamy, easily the best part of this beer.

D - Nice beer to sit down and drink. The mouthfeel really makes the beer one that i would drinkt more than one of.

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Photo of genek
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a Green Tea yellow with lively carbonation. No head at all.

A - Floral & Citrusy with a nice lemongrassy scent. Hop aromas pull through a bit, but not strongly.

T - Floral and Lavender with a mildly bitter finish from hops. Honey is present in a dry sort of way. A bit of tannins at the end. In all it reminded me of a dry Mead.

D - Easy to down fast, but no more thank two before switching to something with more body.

P - White fish, toss into a beer batter for some onion rings, or a cheese sauce for pretzels, Sesame or leeks seem good as well.

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Photo of u2carew
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can.
A) Pours withe a finger thick head and settles quickly to big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Slightly hazy to the golden body. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Some wheat notes with subtle hints of citrus. Some pungent earthy aromas work their way out on the tip up.
T) Very mellow malty flavors at first then moves to a light citrus sweetness - orange with some lemon. Astringent in the finish.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Quite dry in the finish leaving a heavy tannin feel on the tongue.
D) One is enough for me. Maybe in a pinch I'd drink another one.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: clear yellow/gold body with a white head.

s: Light aroma of pale malt and honey.

t: Pale malt, grainy with honey notes and a subtle hop bite in the finish.

m: crisp and clean.

d: easy drinking, refreshing and quite boring. I downed it like water, but I won't be seeking it out tin the future. Good beer for hot days or those who prefer tame beer.

Should be successful in a can.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A) Bright straw with standard white cap and lots of carbonation trails

S) Grainy, sweet, bit of corn

T) Yeah, some corn / DMS flavor, but not overwhelming, and just another flavor in a pretty straight forward beer.

M) High carbonation makes it fizzy.

D) A fine beer, just lost in the sea of Blonde/lighter ales and lagers. Probably best local and fresh.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of an off-white head that immediately dissappears into a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing. Body is a clear pale gold.

Smell - there are weak aromas of honey and sugar, along with a slight hint of cloves, and a weak aroma of apricots and a slight hint of figs.

Taste - much like the smell. There is weakly, some sugar and honey, as well as some malt biscuits. The finish, weakly has some apricots and figs, and some more, but weak, sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel - thin to medium bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - This is not bad, but I certainly would want something else after one or two of these, and I don't think I'd ever have it very often in the first place.

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Photo of cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%

A- Can poured to a stange with a pale golden blonde body. A cap forms on the beer to just over one finger with a creamy consistency. Head retention is decent as it dies to a small ring and puffy islands. Lacing starts with a thick sheet with spots below.

S- Light grainy base malts, slight hops but quite faint with the yeast bringing pale fruits like apple and hints of bread.

T- Again fairly straightforward with the addition of a hint of honey sweetness. Pale fruits with bread followed by spicy hops, light cereal grainy malts and a touch of citrus.

MF- Light end body with a crisp, lightly frothy texture. Carbonation at a fairly high level. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Not bad in any way but also doesn't do much for me. I appreciate that it is mostly clean but it just lacks any compelling flavors or use of them.

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