True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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78
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450 Ratings
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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Photo of semibaked
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy bright yellow, a thin layer of white head, tons of carbonation and some decent lacing.

S - Light malty sweetness, some sour candy, wheat or another grain, and a little lemon.

T - Wow kinda of surprising lemon sourness, was expecting sweeter. Has some candy qualities and almost tastes like a berleiner weisse but a tad sweeter.

M - Very light, watery, and loads of carbonation.

D - Interesting to try and decent tasting, but I think 1 will last me for the rest of my life, kinda of an odd beer but not awful.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale straw with a gold tint to it, little white head with little retent, leaves little lace, with some little bubbles.

S- crisp, clean and malty nose with some kind of fruit sweetness to it.

T- malty sweetness, sweet fruit like taste but i cant exactly define it. Hop flavors in there as well, light, floraly. Hops remind me of a english pale ale. Lager like.

M- light bodied, smooth, with a partly sticky finish.

D- very easy to drink, but wouldnt bother me if i didnt have another. Fits the style, that earns this brew some points.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow with a fluffy white head. The bottles artwork is pretty neat as well. Says it's brewed with honey but I can't really smell or taste anything to indicate that. Not surprising seeing as how you have to really dump in honey to change the final beer. Tastes light and clean. Mainly of pale malt. Slight hop bittering and some noble hop-like flavors. Not bad but not really exciting. There are tastier (and cheaper) blonde ales out there.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of elniko
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. There was a freshness date but it had a week marked instead of month. It was a little confusing.

A: Light nearly lager coloring, nice head and lacing. Ridiculous amount of carbonation. I am curious how this will carry through into the mouthfeel.

S: Slight grassy tones with quite heavy malty tones.

T & M: So far in the beer journey blond ales have not been my bag and unfortunately I felt no different about this beer. Taste is heavy malt up front with a crisp finish but not really bitter. Mouthfeel is nearly creamy in its quality, I don't pick up the carbonation apparent in the appearance.

D: Drinkable, but I will not be seeking out this beer again.

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Photo of vdread
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

True Blonde Ale is yellow and slightly hazy. the head is minimal, and there is a tiny bit of lacing. some aromas of grainy malt and honey.

taste is neutral/bland and yeasty. a sweet bready malt and honey follow, and some slight citrus notes come out at the end.

the spicy noble hops are very slightly bitter and linger on the palate. ends nice, clean, dry. pleasant mouthfeel, only slightly watery.

drinkable if there is nothing else around. not a bad beer by any means. i like what ska brewing has to offer, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

= taste is mildly interesting, and i would drink one if offered

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Photo of omnigrits
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blonde ales aren't generally my tipple but I got this one as a sample from a beer rep so it's my duty to try it out.

Pours a clear golden colour. What little head there is soon disappears to leave a few bubbles around the circumference. Very little lacing. A little too much grain in the aroma for my liking, but some pleasant floral notes are present. It has more flavour than many blondes that I've tried - a little on the sweet side with some bitterness in the background, but again with the grain. A halfway decent body for this style of beer.

If you're looking for a beer that goes down easily and doesn't give you a fight, this one would be worth trying.

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Photo of ackbar556
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of FFATS
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you tell that I am into CANned beers? From the CAN: "Bee-Float-Recycle-Ska-B-Q-Play-Recycle-Picnic-Rally-Recycle-Adopt-Noodlin'-Recycle". Yep, all of the above. CAN you dig it?

Two fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary sweetness to it that reminded me of a lager. Mouthfeel was medium with a candy-like sweetness. Finish was likewise sweet. Much too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a sparkling, golden straw color with a two-finger, rocky white head. Moderate carbonation and hardly and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet and lightly fruity. Very light aroma in general.

Taste was sweet, with notes of bread, honey and light malt. Some floral hop notes are also present.

Easy drinking, well balanced, my only complaint on this one was that it seemed a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin white head which is lost quickly. No haze light golden body.

S: Lemon zest. light on the aroma, a refreshing smell.

T: A light orange taste, with lemon. a bit sweet on the finish.

M: Short and crisp, not much lingering taste.

D: In a can bonus, but a very lighter blonde in regards to taste and aroma. A good drinkable and light bodied beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with lacey white head. Nose has a light herbal hop quality, with cereal/grain and bready aromas. Palate is rather uninteresting with a light malt, more cereal flavors, and light hops to balance. Easy drinking, but only because it lacks much to savor.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blackcompg
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from their 12oz can...

Appearance - Poured a finger of brite white head, color of the beer is a transparent lite yellowy gold. I get some faint webbed lacing.

Smell - Lite citrus and lemon, pear, and white bread.

Taste - Very light grains with a little apple, also a touch of faint lemon citrus. Long into the finish I get some very lite spice, like white pepper or coriander, and even a touch of floral hops. There is malty and lightly sweet backbone present throughout.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is light, carb is medium which provides a clean crispness.

Overall - It's a fairly good beer, very sessionable at 5.3%, but not quite substantial enough for my personal tastes. Looks, drinks and nearly tastes like a lite beer, but with some nice flavoe, complexity and balance.

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Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose has grassy hops and some pale malts. Taste is has subtle fruity hops and grainy malts. Light body is a bit thin and over carbonated. Could use a bit more hops, but a decent blonde ale from Ska. Comes in cans too!

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Photo of mwa423
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from Woodychandler, perfect for watching the Bengals 7-0 over the Jets.

A - Poured out of the can into a glass, small white head that quickly died to nothing. Color is a clear golden color, nothing particularly special.

S - Very little smell only a hint of malt.

T - The taste is a light sweet maltiness and some hints of cereal that is about average for style. No real hop smell but a great lawnmower beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin but does leave a pleasant aftertaste. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, which could easily be sessioned.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a short but dense head. The smell is quite average, maybe a bit of wheat or is it malt. I don;t know because the beer practically has no aroma other than a beery smell. The taste is an average blonde ale, nothing hoppy about it, the malts are unremarkable, boring. The only thing this beer has going for it is that it is relatively light and easy to drink.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Blonde" and slightly cloudy with a decent head and ample lacing.

Sweet lemony honey malts dominate the nose. Slightly malty with some wheat as well.

Tastes of honey-wheat with lemon-lime overtures. Not as malty on the tongue as in the nose. Just a touch of hops on the finish.

Leaves a slightly slick, sweet aftertaste. Thin to medium in body with medium carbonation.

Average in drink. Not much about it makes me want to go rushing out for a sixer. It's ok tho.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with a fluffy and moussy white head that was long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny with DMS and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was corny with a grassy bitterness that was very low and not well balanced. No malt flavors.

The finish was dry with a slight, I mean slight lingering bitterness. The body was medium light to medium.

12 ounce bottle. Kinda boring.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear light yellow with a nice 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded leaving pretty decent lacing.

Smells grainy, with husk, light citrus hops, lemon, and wheat or bread; the nose is very basic and average, it smells like a macro lager.

Tastes like it smells, with grains, husk, light citrus hops, lemon, wheat, biscuit, grass and light yeast like cardboard. It’s light, crisp and refreshing, but rather dull tasting overall with too much, malt, corn and husk to keep you focused on the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with very mild carbonation, a very light and almost watery body, and a session-able ease that lets it flow down like water. Micro impersonating macro, this was OK; a great lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and crystal clear straw gold color. Head died off pretty quickly on this one.

A hint of fruity sweetness and grass on the nose... but it's pretty faint.

Flavors are about as faint as the aromas are. This beer doesn't taste bad by any stretch... but it just doesn't taste like much of anything. There is a slight hint of dryness, a crisp and tiny fruity and hoppy hint, and then a bit of creaminess on the finish.

Mouthfeel is average. A bit full up front, but fades pretty quickly.

Drinkability? This is SESSION beer. Not something you are going to sit around and savor at all while drinking. But if you needed something to take to a party, especially one with non craft beer drinkers, this would fit the bill pretty well.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, consumed out of the can

This beer has a rather enticing aroma. Crisp, almost lager like and somewhat wheaty. There is also a light fresh hop character to it.
The taste however, is not as impressive. There is no hop flavor and it is best compared to an adjunt lager with wheat. The beer is drinkable but the flavor wont keep you interested. The feel is light which isnt bad but the aftertaste is poor and rather bland. This is a step up from the big name beers but a small step indeed.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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