True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
78
okay
450 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with no visible BB date (smudged off). However I believe that this bottle is out of date - I hope it hasn't deteriorated too much. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The ingredient list mentions that this contains wildflower honey.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright pale-gold colour with faint haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of fruity ale yeast, subtle grass and faint stewed hops. Grainy and very slightly sweet, with a twinge of cardboard. Not much going on.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, grain, subtle grass/hay, faint earthiness and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp, mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body that matches the style. Slightly astringent, with an weak aftertaste of light malt and fruity yeast esters.

So-so; not unpleasant but not terribly impressive either. Looks quite nice, but the aroma and flavour are bland and understated. A decent body can't rescue it. The honey might be there - an evanescent floweriness lurks in the background, however it's hard to be sure. Drinkable but forgettable. No need to seek it out.

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