True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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78
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452 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:
452
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 452 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A) Bright straw with standard white cap and lots of carbonation trails

S) Grainy, sweet, bit of corn

T) Yeah, some corn / DMS flavor, but not overwhelming, and just another flavor in a pretty straight forward beer.

M) High carbonation makes it fizzy.

D) A fine beer, just lost in the sea of Blonde/lighter ales and lagers. Probably best local and fresh.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ONUMello
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Cereal and malts.
T: Somewhat sweet, with wheat, cereal and a twist of lemon.
M: Light but crisp and refreshing.
O: Overall it's pretty average, but is quite pleasant to drink and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Dogleg
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mtbdonn
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Jayli
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is highly visible. A 1/2 finger of white head stands on top but recedes quickly, leaving quite a bit of thin coating lacing.

S: Nose is of spicy hops and extreme floral hops. Some pale malts filter in and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a major piney hop burst. Biscuit notes and pale malts rounds out the middle. Strong floral, almost soapy flavoring malts finish this beer.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean start with an oily finish.

D: Not well blended, not a very good representation of the style, the soapy nature is overpowering - not of true soap but of the overpowering floral nature. I'd pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Rayek
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant brass with mellow carbonation. Rocky white cap doesn't retain well, but does leave nice lace.

S: Grass and a little malt syrup sweetness.

T: Starts with a raw maltiness that's replaced by sharp earthy and peppery hops, and then a little metal (perhaps from the can). Finishes with a lingering lemon-pepper flavor.

M: Light body has a quite a bit of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a nice and unassuming blond. This isn't my favorite style, but this beer does its job as a summer refresher.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear golden/straw color. A fizzy white head dissipates soon, leaving a film. Some sticky lacing at first, then nothing. The beer smells slightly metallic, with malt and grassy notes. Tastes grassy, light, and somewhat of a lemon peel note. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, standard fare from Ska. Not great, not awful. Pretty enjoyable when the temp is 103 and you're sitting on the deck, but I've had better. Not regrettable.

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

Poured a lightly hazy straw yellow with a small white head.

Smell is sweet with a light orange scent.

Taste has a sweet maltiness with a touch of honey, finishes with a bit of a light musty hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Not a bad beer, just another average attempt at a pretty average style.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of thufflife
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light Golden in color with a big fluffy off white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is light grainy with grassy like hop aromas smells like a pilsner. Taste is light slightly grainy malt with a grassy hop flavor and very light bitterness. Might be an ale but reminds me of a decent pilsner. Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing would make a great lawn mower beer to bad its winter. Drinkability is ok but light ales aren't my cup of tea so to speak if there yours give it a shot, if your like me don't bother.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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 bump8628
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light straw golden yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Sweet toasted malt aroma and slight lemongrass citrusiness.

Lemony citrus notes with sweet toasty malts.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a crisp and easy drinking blonde.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.38 out of 5 based on 452 ratings.
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