True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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78
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455 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:
455
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Ska brewing mixed 12 pack of cans, enjoyed on a nice hot week at the beach. Blonde ales are typically boring styles, but this one does seem to have a bit more body and taste than the usual one. Nice lemony touch, crisp hops, and clean finish, an above average blonde ale but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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 LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mothman
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from kiltedtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character. Then a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer seems to fit the "Lawnmower Beer" role well even if there are some beers out there that fit the role better.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden poured in the pint shaker. Pleasant carbonation in the mouth and a decent foam in the glass. Modest floral and malty aroma. A touch of resiny flavors in the back of the mouth but not much in the way of hops. Some bread and yeasty flavors, though very light. The body is also light but not watery. Quite clean and faintly bitter at the end.

I didn't think this was so damn bad. It's just another very light beer but it has a little more style and substance than the average for this category. An enjoyable brewski for the twilight on the patio. From the 12 oz can at the Radisson on the Yavapai reservation.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could've swore I reviewed this in the bottle, oh well..

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl white head. Above average head retention

S: Grassyness, yeasty notes along with grainyness & lemons

T: Follows the nose, light crackery & bready notes, along with grassy hops up front. Grassyness & slight grainyness dominates as this warms, along with a slight herbal hoppyness, yeastyness peters out. Finishes dry, grassy & with hint of herbal hops, honey & crackery notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly sparkling carbonation, fair balance

Drinks easy, but not interesting enough for me to want to session on...

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold color and is clear. Modest head that dies off to rim bubbles. No lace.

Mild raw grain smell. It's as if the barley was barely malted. Low hop.

Reminds me of a Kolsch, which is a distinct improvement from the smell. Lots of pale malt up front with just enough hop to provide balance. The body of this beer seems off to me; it's way too thin and the carbonation is way to high. This is distracting. Otherwise, I find this to be a flavorful blonde.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Goddamn dye-jobs... Huh, wha? Oh, yeah, the review. Ahem. This chick pours a clear sorta-pale golden straw topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, orange rind, and light honey. The taste is nearly identical, though the orange rind and flowers dominate the proceedings, all filibustery and whatnot (wouldn't that have been a better political-charged thriller? Winnie the Pooh and the Filibustery Day? Yeah, I went there...). The one-sidedness really hurts things. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing worth raving or ranting about. I'm not sure I'd aim for another one any time soon.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.38 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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