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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade form depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a golden blond color with a small fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grains bread honey and grass with a hint of herbal hops. Smells sweet and grainy for the most part. Taste is sweet with lots of honey in the taste mixed with a bit of grainy malt and almost enough hops to keep this from being a bit sweet. Medium body, crisp carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad little drinker. Smooth sweet and tasty. Its a decent brew, nothing really wrong with it, but nothing exceptional either.

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

Merry Christmas!!!!The first beer on this blessed Holiday is a True Blonde from SKA. The beer pours a golden clear with thin white head that is not lacing....due to the fruitiness. The smell has subtle lemon flare with delicate malt balance. The taste is a great balanced beer with good lemon zeal. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is quite tasty....and highly recommended.

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Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 12/20/10.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a perfectly clear yellow color with a finger of white head. A constant stream of large bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head. Despite the rising bubbles, it doesn't take long before the head receeds to a thin film across the top of the brew with a spotty amount of lace clinging to the glass.

This brew smells of light bready grains that come across as sweet at times. Little to no indication of hops, infact there isnt much going on in this brews aroma outside of a slightly sulfur twang and a very subdued fruitiness that is faint in the back as it warms.

The taste of this brew is crisp, clean and light tasting of bready malt. A very minor note of herbal hops keeps the malt in check as to not allow it to get sweet. In the back is a slight indication of the alcohol's presence. Lingering flavor left inside the mouth is mostly a clean maltiness and slight light fruit almost like pear skin.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable but not a bold amount of flavor or things to pick out in the nose. However, I can't fault this brew considering I am not that familiar with the American Style Blonde Ale. My impression of this brew is that with it's easy drinkability and lack of big flavor, it would be a likely substitute for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent, golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of thick, pure white head that has decent retention

S - faint cereal grains, a hint of lemon, faint grassy hops

T - bready, cereal grains, lemon, faint grass

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a rather malty brew. The bready flavors are intense. There are some fruity notes that come trhough as well. The lemon is most evident. There are some subtle, grassy hops, but overall, this is a bit unbalanced and ultimately a bit forgettable.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz can on April 21, 2016.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger white head, with some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly yeasty, with a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is of malts and hops, well balanced, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger head. No lacing develops. Several carbonation bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass tones are quite bold for the style.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grass, bits of lemon zest, and a very soft balancing bitterness. This came across a bit meatier than some other blond ales I have had, but not as refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Not as refreshing as expected.

Drinkability: pure lawn mower beer here. Light and easy to consume, many of these could be thrown back. Decent but not overwhelming flavor brings the higher score here.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden yellow with a thin head and good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bready grains up front with hints of caramel and citrus fruits. This beer has very little malt and hop character.

T: wheat grain bready flavor like the nose with little malts and a mild hop presence. After a few sips I also gor a slight citrusy notes as well.

M: light bodied with good carbonation and ends thin on the palate.

D: decent blonde and would be a great summer brew to enjoy in the hot socal heat.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Chill hazy gold colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is crackers and malt with a good strong whiff of Nobel hops. A bit sweet smelling the herbalness from the hops is quite good smells like a Pilsner.

Taste is neutral and SHARP Nobel hop bite at the very beginning. Taste is spot on for a well-hopped Pilsner; this gives you the impression that they are quite tired of the assumption that blonde ales are sweet and under-hopped beers. Damn this some tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is good.

What you have here is a Pilsner Wolf in a lamb’s skin. If you like strong Pilsner beers then you will love this stuff. This is very strongly hopped with Nobel hops and your liking of them will pretty much determine how well you will like this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blond with a minor white head, no lace, pallid.

S: Notes of honey, some fermented Meyer lemon, sweet citrus, orange maramalade.

T: Lemon and orange blossom honey upfront, slightly sweet finish again with sweet oranges, tangerines. Notes of white grape, very Kolsch like mid-palate, tasty beer.

M: Crisp, tad flabby carbonation but not too bad, light-bodied, refreshing.

D: A pretty good beer in a style that doesn't all too often interest the beer geek. Kind of kolsch with a kiss of mead, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -11%

True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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