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

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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 eclaycamp
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Perhaps not surprisingly, pours a bright blonde color with minimal head. Aroma is all cereal malt with some faint grassy hops off in the background. Clear light malted flavor comes through with some light hopping adding to a bittersweet finish. Light mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Most assuredly a beer that comes in on the light end of the spectrum. This isn't a beer that will come out and wow you by any stretch of the imagination. It's a simple, straight forward beer meant to be enjoyed on hot summer days. Pretty not bad.

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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 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 racer2k
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale light yellow golden color with one finger of head which quickly dissolves. Good carbonation and thin lacing on my glass

S-malt nose with a hint of honey and fruit in the nose.

T- A dry malty sweetness with a hint of floral hops and honey. Light crisp and refreshing taste with a corn grainy finish. A thin ale.

M- dry, light body and smooth with a bit of a sticky finish likely from the fresh honey that is added.

D- Overall a good session beer. This was served at a pre-wedding party and provided a nice introduction to a broad cross section of beer drinkers.

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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 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 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 wmtxbb
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: thin lacing sitting on top of a blond/yellow brew.

Smell: thick wheat scent, crunchy, citrus, and grainy.

Taste: Non-existant hop flavor, strong wheat profile with no discernable alcohol flavor.

Needs more spice, possibly from hops. All other flavors in accordance with the style.

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Photo of alli4051
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a white head. Head is foamy and hangs around for a while eventually leaving some thick lacing. Not much going on in the nose, mostly grains and a hint of citrus. Taste is again very grainy but with more lemon than was present in the nose, not much else going on. Lighter bodied with a crisp finish. Not the best beer I've ever had but I do have to say I could easily throw a few of these back. To summarize: a decent beer but nothing to really write home about.

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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 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 jhoban19
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden/straw color with a foamy, eggshell-white head. A few floaties are suspended in the glass. Head settles quickly into a thin ring with minimal lacing.

S: Mostly biscuit malt, caramel, and subtle hints of floral hops. Aromas of raw grains also enter the nose. As it warms, a musty aroma presents itself.

T: Biscuit and caramel malts with subtle hints of hops and sweet apples. As with the aroma, a bit of raw grain flavor skips in and out with each sip.

M: prickly carbonation initially greets the tongue and roof of the mouth. Medium bodied with a crisp, smooth and fizzy finish. Hops leave a bit of a sticky feeling on the lips.

D: drinkable, though not very complex. Hops are only detected with a subtle hint on the nose and a sticky film on the lips, though I believe that is to style. It's a cold night in Chicago- this beer is more suited for a hot summer afternoon when you want something refreshing with some taste but not too heavy.

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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 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 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 babydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with label notched two-months before tasting. Clear pale golden, head is frothy white, one finger, dissipating rather quickly. It does end up leaving a persistant, sticky lace. Nose was malty, grassy,sweet, made me want to jump right in and taste it. Taste was malt balaned with hops in the beginning, but a bit bitter on the finish. Light to moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish, easy to drink.

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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 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 InlandTaipan
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw colored gold with a nice frothy white head

S: Smells like sweet bread

T: Sweet and not too dry. nice malt character, subtle bitterness. Not much hop character.

M: very full feeling with great carbonation.

O: this is a great blonde, not sure why it is getting reviewed poorly.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the strangely small 650 ml capped and wax sealed bottle and into a glass.

Pours golden in color with very little head, however, what little head is present remains for quite a while. The taste is typical of a golden ale but is slightly darker and quite a bit less effervescent then most golden ales.

Smell is a slight hint of malt coupled with the golden ale "bright" and sweet smell. Not a strong smell, but an overall a good solid aroma.

Taste is coupled closely to the smell. A golden ale with a tiny bit of malt at the base. Not strong tasting in any way. Not bad, but not outstanding either. Golden ales are my favorite style and I was slightly disappointed that this beer is not true to the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is fine, the lack of effervescence is the major drawback to the beer.

Overall quite drinkable. No complaints. Definitely worth trying.

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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 BrewsCrewSA
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I honestly read some reviews before trying this beer, just out of curiosity. I didn't think it was as bad as the reviews generally painted this beer out to be.

A - Pours straight golden with a white, frothy head. Little carbonation in the can, but the foam blooms when you pour. Retains decent lacing, if that's any indication of a good beer.

S - Scents of hops, fresh milk, a sort of cleaning product scent but in a pleasant way. Decent.

T - Bright, citrusy, like lemons, followed by resolution of malts on the back side of the flavor. A bit salty, but not bad. Nothing about this flavor screams "craft" or "unique", but who cares, it still tastes good. Hops don't overwhelm, although they're present throughout. Strikes me more like a lager rather than an ale.

M - Good, clean and refreshing; maybe it's the can.

D - Good for sessions, or multiples. Goes down easy, nothing to complain about.

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Photo of dostom
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers. has a very good taste. poors nice from bottle to tall glass. very nice taste but needs to be your style of beer. not strong but flavorful. light fruit aroma, looses bite quick so drink when first opened. i can easily drink a 6 pack.

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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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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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