True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
24.63%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 437
Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light blonde with a small white head that dies. No real lacing is sticking.
Smell is of light malt and corn syrup with fresh dough and sweetness.
Taste is of light breadienss with sweet malt and unnoticeable hops.
Mouthfeel is light, zesty, and refreshing.
Drinkability is ok. It's enjoyable if nothing else.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled the 4th week of March) a clear light gold with almost no foam. There's just a few islands and a ring around the glass with a bit of lacing.

The smell is very sweet. Caramel malt, candy sugar, something else?

The taste on first sip has some graininess to it and notes of bread but there's what I'd describe as saltiness to it that I don't find very appealing at all. Further sips in and the saltiness from my initial sips seems to have subsided leaving me with a much more refreshing, tasty brew. The finish is a bit on the watery side but over all, this is a pretty good blonde ale.

Bottom line: A pretty tasty blonde ale but I doubt I'd put it on my regular rotation if it was available locally.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw gold color; slightly cloudy. Poured a one finger coarse white that dissipated fairly quick. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Crisp, clean malt. Cirtussy fruit zest.

T: Sweet malt and light sweet fruits. Light hoppy finish thats very clean.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sort of lager-like.

D: Very easy to drink - smooth, crips and clean.

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Photo of cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%

A- Can poured to a stange with a pale golden blonde body. A cap forms on the beer to just over one finger with a creamy consistency. Head retention is decent as it dies to a small ring and puffy islands. Lacing starts with a thick sheet with spots below.

S- Light grainy base malts, slight hops but quite faint with the yeast bringing pale fruits like apple and hints of bread.

T- Again fairly straightforward with the addition of a hint of honey sweetness. Pale fruits with bread followed by spicy hops, light cereal grainy malts and a touch of citrus.

MF- Light end body with a crisp, lightly frothy texture. Carbonation at a fairly high level. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Not bad in any way but also doesn't do much for me. I appreciate that it is mostly clean but it just lacks any compelling flavors or use of them.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The after its escape from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the Nonick glass a cloudless amber color with the head upon the pour moderate in size, semi creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the resultant lace a fine coating surrounding the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, a touch of fresh plowed dirt, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start has a mild sweetness, the malt decent and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasantly carbonated the hops adequate for the style and the aftertaste droughty, a nice drinking beer that lies easy on the palate.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, leftover from a mixer 12pack. the blonde ales are always the leftovers

appearance: bright yellow can - poured into a tyranena pint, dull yellow body but a nice thick white foam head

smell: light and clean, grassy hops, toasted grain, lemon peel

taste: not much going on her - no standout flavors...old lemon, a touch of sweetness from the hops, grain.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: good - tailgate/lawnmower beer

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a short but dense head. The smell is quite average, maybe a bit of wheat or is it malt. I don;t know because the beer practically has no aroma other than a beery smell. The taste is an average blonde ale, nothing hoppy about it, the malts are unremarkable, boring. The only thing this beer has going for it is that it is relatively light and easy to drink.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN
Snow white loose pitted head over straw gold. 3.75
Sweet malts with lemon and sandalwood. 3.75
Candy sweet malts then vague citrus and grass. 3.75
Corn husk end and light lemony sorbet linger.
Round, halfway to medium, creamy. 4

Pretty much on target. It could use more dimensions to the malts, the head retention is a disaster, and for this amount of flavor it could be 4% (hello, English Blondes) not 5%. But I certainly don’t need to pay attention to it while I’m drinking it. 4

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Photo of Suds
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This brew, from a 12 ounce can, is extremely pale, with a thin head and a light haze. The smell is soft and subtle...grain and pale malt, with some background fruit. The taste grows on you..some sweetness and malt flavors and a bitterness in the mid taste. Light in body, but very drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear light gold color with a frothy white head that has pretty decent retention and a smattering of lacing. Pretty average looking blonde.

Floral hops, honey and grainy malts come through on the nose with bits of barley husks and mowed grass as well. Fairly pleasant brew to sniff upon, if a bit light.

Hops are pretty noticeable in this beer, a mix of floral flavors and grassy bitterness. That could be because the malt bill seems pretty tame. Not a whole lot going on besides some grainy, husky sweetness. Taste is pretty average for the style...light, crisp and refreshing. A nice no-nonsense summertime quencher.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steardy and solid looking gold color with a smeared body glow. Small, lush capping of tight white foam that sits about a pinky high. Leaves large sheeting of lace acorss the glass while maintaining a always present skim on top of the golden body.

Aroma is light, clean, and starchy of pale bready malts and sweet, dulled melon and apples. Nice touches of cereal grains add some nice noting in the nose as well.

Taste is pleasingly simple and firming with a clean sweetness of pale breadyness and soaked cereal. Rounded out touches of dullish lemon, melon, and apple make the middle to finish a glide of fairly lasting tone. There's a tiny grassy hint of hops, but mostly stays grainy and sweet throughout each sip.

Feel is firming, yet light, quick, and bready with a simple frothy tone and semi creamyness that ends softly at the finish where it teeters out leaving a sweet bready effect thats easy on the palate.

A nice little drinker of a Blonde. Wholesome, bready, tender, sweet, and fulfilling for what it is.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little ale that is available in cans. A winner right there. Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settled to a half-inch and hung in there to the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Clean aroma of bready malt and cereal grains. Not much else to expand on in the aroma. Pleasant taste of light malt and some hops giving notes of melon and grass. Just slightly sweet. Finishes clean. Light body with good carbonation that keeps things lively without being prickly. Really nice for a lighter tasting beer. A refreshing beer that hit the spot on a hot evening. No problem finishing off several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purshased from Skee Vue Liquors for $1.49.

A: Peachy lemon yellow with 1-finger, foamy ivory head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Nothing special with cereal grains, a light tangy fruitiness, and noble and floral type hops

T: A solid, all-malt product due to the smooth lagerish grain flavors that are dominant but not harsh or weak. A good balance with a spicy hops finish.

M: I love the lush feel of this beer -- it's what's missing from most blonde ales which are usually too thin. Carbonation is midrange and on target. Aftertaste is pleasantly fruity but short.

D: A very nice surprise as most blondes don't offer a whole of anything interesting. While Ska Blonde is not the most original brew, it's done well and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of birchstick
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear light golden yellow with a decent head

S - faint nose - I got some grass and lemon with some spices

T - nice lemony crispness that is balanced by some light, grassy hops. Pretty delicate taste with not a ton going on, but it is good.

M - creamy and full - the best attribute of this beer

D - decent beer...nothing flashy or bold, but it got the job done of providing something to wash my dinner down with. Not bad, but there is a reason this sat in my fridge for a while. I've had better American blonde ales for sure. Worth a shot and would be a good choice while consuming lots of beer.

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

Hazy gold when poured into a shaker glass, small cloudy particulate blended well. Very little head to speak of, white and bad retention with no lacing.

Little smell to speak of, grains and a grassy coating maybe a little citric hop notes. Overall lightly sweet from bready malt and a touch of honey.

Really sweet brew overall characterized with thin grassiness and hints of lemon on the fore front before a large bready malt backbone and a large amount of honey. Rather overpowering on the honey aftertaste, no hop profile and starts to get a little musty after a while. Not unpleasant because the malts are well balanced but the honey note would probably make this too sweet for most.

Could've enjoyed this one colder, medium body for a blonde with average carbonation. Despite being so sweet it lacks any form of stickiness or residue.

Average blonde ale, really potent honey character but that's all that was really memorable about this beer.

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Photo of jsh420
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with 1 finger white head that left no lacing

smells of light grainy malts lemon apple grassy hops

tastes like the nose sweet grainy malts apples and lemon with a good amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel is too heavy for this style with low carbonation

drinkability is good even with the so so mouthfeel

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ska True Blonde Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of white chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of light, sweet, biscuity malt, sugar, and a ghost of honey. Taste is of all that, with underlying honey, faint grain husk, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and lager like. Ska True Blonde Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very nice, and I score it as being excellent. Get some!

RJT

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Photo of ADZA
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons for this and pours a see through golden blonde hue which leaves a frothy three finger head and clingy lacing,the smell is quite average and has aromas of honeyed malts,herbal hops and some grassiness,the mouthfeel is lightbodied too light for me and the tastes arnt much better very similar to smell with hints of honeyed malts,grassy herbal hops,cereal and bread and overall love the label but thats it for me and wouldnt buy or drink again cheers.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Slight haze bright yellow golden color with a short white head that did leave some thin lacing.
Mild aroma, somewhat earthy with a little fruitiness.
Taste is light fruity sweetnees and bitterness, light malt flavor.
Light, crisp and refreshing.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light clear golden color, with a small head with big bubbles that mostly dissipated quickly. Has a honey aroma with floral hints. The initial taste was of honey with some citrous on the side. I normally expect a blonde ale to be pretty bland, but this had more flavor than most.

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Photo of Todd
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Comic book style label depicting a SKA/MOD blonde babe on a scooter. Vroom! -- but no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy/hazy (yeast in the bottle) pale yellow beer with a white whispy, mostly ringed, lace.

Smell: Quite malty, floral and pleasantly aromatic with notes of sweet honey and a grain backbone.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. A husky grain tannin feel on the palate follows, along with a thin sweetness of the sugar water kind. Some fruity apple and honey flavours come up for air, backed by an earthy flowery flavour that, unfortunately, gets quickly choked by a grainy flavour. Slight crispness. Finishes with a musty grain residual flavour/feel that levels to a dry palate.

Notes: For a few sips, an interesting beer. Then the flavours get lost in a very tannin and thin character. Worth a try? Maybe, but you're not missing much if you skip this one.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

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Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear light yellow with a nice 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded leaving pretty decent lacing.

Smells grainy, with husk, light citrus hops, lemon, and wheat or bread; the nose is very basic and average, it smells like a macro lager.

Tastes like it smells, with grains, husk, light citrus hops, lemon, wheat, biscuit, grass and light yeast like cardboard. It’s light, crisp and refreshing, but rather dull tasting overall with too much, malt, corn and husk to keep you focused on the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with very mild carbonation, a very light and almost watery body, and a session-able ease that lets it flow down like water. Micro impersonating macro, this was OK; a great lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with lacey white head. Nose has a light herbal hop quality, with cereal/grain and bready aromas. Palate is rather uninteresting with a light malt, more cereal flavors, and light hops to balance. Easy drinking, but only because it lacks much to savor.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with honey. Part of a 12 pack sampler from the brewery. Brewed September 2004. Cheesy nostalgic label is irritating.

Pours out to a clear light golden, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a flimsy soapy white head. Poor retention (always leaving a scum ring of soapy bubbles) and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of floral Saaz hops, slightly grassy with some mild pale malt husk. Distant corn note connotes macro lager yeast, but this is clearly an ale. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy and watery with a light body. Taste begins with some spicy floral hops in the front, followed by a nice malt backbone which is well-balanced. A touch of honey is clearly, yet briefly evident, at times tasting like residual sugars one would find in a Rogue offering. There is a spicy floral Saaz bitterness in the finish and a semi-dry astringency from the hops with a clean finish. The aftertaste is a tad ruddy and oxidized in it's mouthfeel. No off-flavors or perceptable alcohol.

This is a pretty nice Blonde Ale. Between the good balance, the residual sugars and the Saaz hop flavor and bitterness, it makes it enjoyable to drink. My favorite offering from the brewery so far. I bet it tastes quite nice fresh on tap.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with a fluffy and moussy white head that was long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny with DMS and a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was corny with a grassy bitterness that was very low and not well balanced. No malt flavors.

The finish was dry with a slight, I mean slight lingering bitterness. The body was medium light to medium.

12 ounce bottle. Kinda boring.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.
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