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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blond with a minor white head, no lace, pallid.

S: Notes of honey, some fermented Meyer lemon, sweet citrus, orange maramalade.

T: Lemon and orange blossom honey upfront, slightly sweet finish again with sweet oranges, tangerines. Notes of white grape, very Kolsch like mid-palate, tasty beer.

M: Crisp, tad flabby carbonation but not too bad, light-bodied, refreshing.

D: A pretty good beer in a style that doesn't all too often interest the beer geek. Kind of kolsch with a kiss of mead, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beeragent
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light straw, forming a 1/4 inch white head. Very small spots of lace dot the glass.

S - Almost a grainy aroma is present at first, before giving way to a light malt aroma.

T - Very nice malty smooth flavor. A slight buttery presence to the taste.

M - Light bodied and very smooth. I think it could use a little more carbonation as this has very little.

D - Overall, a very nice tasting blonde. I was a bit put off by the aroma and appearance, but the taste saved this beer. Very light and refreshing. My first beer from Ska brewing so I'm curious to see what else they do.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a nice .75 inch head that is sticky and dense with very good retention.

S - Great sweet malty smells with plenty of grain and bread like characteristics. Some mild grassy and citrus hops on the back end as well.

T - Nice initial malt grain sweetness. Followed by some bready and almost wheat like hints. Very nice grain hints are in full force in this beer. Overall it is a very grain heavy beer with nice crisp hints throughout there are also nice fruity hints that can be perceived.

M & D - Nice crisp and light bodied. Very refreshing and a good summer beer.

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Photo of chileman13
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-light golden poured to a 1-2" head
a-beer, smelled like beer. not overpowering in any area.
t- good light well balanced beer flavor
d- I think this is a good "I wanna have a beer" beer. well balanced not too heavy. One I don't have to think about, a constant crowd pleaser.
this is one to gret your friends started on micro breweries.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and slight honey aromas. The taste is mainly sweet malt with some fruity and honey notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good easy drinking blond ale that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of beerad666
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you pour it out into a glass you will be presented with a hazy, golden color and just a slight head. The aroma of yeast, lemons and grains drift from the glass and begin to brighten up your day. The full essence of summer fills your mouth when you take that first sip. Flavors of sweet malts, lemon and a slight hop presence brings a smile to the face. Drinking this beer you can easily knock back a few cans and just enjoy the afternoon.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in a mixed sixer. Bottle on the first week of July, notched on the label. Says this is brewed with the finest of Wildflower Honey on the bottle. Nice. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy light gold. A thin off-white head sits on top. Retains poorly. Leaves some light lace on the glass. Upon taking a whiff, I get scents of flowers and some faint hops right away. Further scents of light fruits such as apples and green grapes. Smells light and refreshing.

The body is fairly full for this style. Slightly chewy and has a bit of depth on the back end. Carbonation level is low-to-moderate. Nice clean flavors make this up. The honey comes through a bit in the flavor as there is a mild sweetness present. Bitterness is low on this, but that is expected. Slight grassy notes on the aftertaste. This was pretty good. Every once in awhile, I could go for this style. This is a good representation. Check it out.

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Photo of mjmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this beer in a can. The taste is really smooth and tasty. Golden color with just enough of a hop to give it a great flavor. It's just a good smooth drinking summer time beer. If you ate looking for a great beer for a night bye the grill with friends this is a good choice

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one at the Liquor Barn in southside Santa Fe. Out of the bottle this one poured a true gold color but the white head was very short lived and left on wispy lacing. Great clarity though. The aroma was light, slightly sweet and grainy. The flavors were at first a bit of honey sweetness with some grassy undertones and floral hops. As it finished biscuity malts appeared. Good mouthfeel and light to medium bodied. Not much to think about but a good session beer and easy drinking.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two-finger, soapy, white head. Brew has brilliant yellow clarity.

Saaz hops dominate. Honey and slight ABV burn are also prevalent. Very light.

Crisp, clean, smooth. A bit soapy, but not in a bad way. Very refreshing brew for a HOT day! Best served ice cold. Sessionable. Nice medium carbonation. No bitterness.

It's a refreshing Blonde, sure beats BMC for tailgating, parties, ect. Very sessionable. Highly recommended on hot days or for drinking outdoors.

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Photo of matjack85
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. Typical comic book style Ska Brewery label with a long pony-tailed blond girl sitting on a blue motor scooter. Bottled on date is notched into the right side of the label.

Be careful with the pour here. The head rushes to the top with amazing speed. Once the head settles down, you are left with a cloudy pear-yellow colored beer with a gigantic soapy white head that leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing.

The beer has a really pleasant earthy wheat and fruity smell to it.

The taste is also good, I just wish there was more of it. A mild wheat and malt flavor is balanced by some mild citrus hops, and then a touch of honey is added for additional sweetness. It all comes together well, I just wish they would have doubled the recipe.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a biting dose of carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with average abv that is barely noticed.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden colour with almost a finger of head and plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S - Sweet, slightly caramel malt with some light hops. Touch of fresh herbs as well.

T - Smooth and creamy at first with a soothing maltiness. As with the aroma there's a sensation of herbs (vaguely coriander) in there as well. Aftertaste is quite bitter and vaguely reminiscent of some darker malt flavours.

M - Plenty of creamy malt here which coats the mouth fairly quickly. Nice level of bitterness which creates a pleasant harmony.

O - Decent blonde ale with some nice creamy textures and a solid group of flavours. Unlike a lot of American beers there doesn't seem to be the usual identity crisis here - it's just a straight homage (or rip-off) of a classic Belgian pale ale. Not sure how this was classified as an American Blonde (I'm sure that's not a real category...) but it's an enjoyable beer with modest aspirations.

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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

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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