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True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
440
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
24.93%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 440
Photo of flexabull
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and crystal clear straw gold color. Head died off pretty quickly on this one.

A hint of fruity sweetness and grass on the nose... but it's pretty faint.

Flavors are about as faint as the aromas are. This beer doesn't taste bad by any stretch... but it just doesn't taste like much of anything. There is a slight hint of dryness, a crisp and tiny fruity and hoppy hint, and then a bit of creaminess on the finish.

Mouthfeel is average. A bit full up front, but fades pretty quickly.

Drinkability? This is SESSION beer. Not something you are going to sit around and savor at all while drinking. But if you needed something to take to a party, especially one with non craft beer drinkers, this would fit the bill pretty well.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw. its cloudy and has a very thin head. Appears to have some sediment maybe yeast. Carbonation is average.
Smells lighty of yeast and pale malts and grains.
Flavor is pretty average.Some old tart lemon, alittle hops, alittle malt...
Thin mouthfeel dry and bland. Watery as it warms.
had this at a restaraunt its pretty basic beer nothing fancy.
One and done.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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 However I believe that this bottle is out of date - I hope it hasn't deteriorated too much.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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Photo of matjack85
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. Typical comic book style Ska Brewery label with a long pony-tailed blond girl sitting on a blue motor scooter. Bottled on date is notched into the right side of the label.

Be careful with the pour here. The head rushes to the top with amazing speed. Once the head settles down, you are left with a cloudy pear-yellow colored beer with a gigantic soapy white head that leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing.

The beer has a really pleasant earthy wheat and fruity smell to it.

The taste is also good, I just wish there was more of it. A mild wheat and malt flavor is balanced by some mild citrus hops, and then a touch of honey is added for additional sweetness. It all comes together well, I just wish they would have doubled the recipe.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a biting dose of carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with average abv that is barely noticed.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in a mixed sixer. Bottle on the first week of July, notched on the label. Says this is brewed with the finest of Wildflower Honey on the bottle. Nice. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy light gold. A thin off-white head sits on top. Retains poorly. Leaves some light lace on the glass. Upon taking a whiff, I get scents of flowers and some faint hops right away. Further scents of light fruits such as apples and green grapes. Smells light and refreshing.

The body is fairly full for this style. Slightly chewy and has a bit of depth on the back end. Carbonation level is low-to-moderate. Nice clean flavors make this up. The honey comes through a bit in the flavor as there is a mild sweetness present. Bitterness is low on this, but that is expected. Slight grassy notes on the aftertaste. This was pretty good. Every once in awhile, I could go for this style. This is a good representation. Check it out.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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 thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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 denver10
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head that quickly drops down. Some honey, some lemon zest, some malt in both flavor and aroma. Very simple. A nice medium body to it. Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer. Not the most memorable but every once in a while it can hit the spot.

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Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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 -25.5%
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 +1.8%
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 bashiba
3/5  rDev -11%
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 ONUMello
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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 bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a tumbler.

A: Hay color. Medium heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Thick, beer ring lacing.

S: French bread.... not much else.

T: Sourdough bread, with a really doughy, pungent flavor.

M: Light body, pungent aftertaste.

D: Pound and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good enough. Fair body, and nondescript nose. Flavor is a light and crisp doughy thing. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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 larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a straw yellow clear pour into a pint glass with nice amounts of head and lacing throughout the glass. smells of pils and grassy hops - a hint of citrus. tastes a bit bitter and wheaty. not much else there taste-wise. a nice refreshing mouthfeel though, light bodied and makes your cheeks cringe a tiny bit with the bitterness but is overall a crisp and refreshing summer blonde ale.

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Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought two of these 12oz cans from Lukas Liquor in Ellsiville, MO for $1.99 each. Poured into a giant Hefeweizen Glass and has BEST BY 10/04/11 on the bottom ridge of the can.

Aroma- Light and crisp aroma with a wheaty background. Sweet malts are present but no signs of hop or any other character.

Appearance- Pours a 4.5 finger head that keeps very well. A straw, gold color body shines in the glass and leaves fairly good lace.

Flavor- Very grainy and malty from the beginning. Sweet, light, and has a lemon twist at the end. No bitterness but does have a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and Refined. Almost has a rice characteristic in the mouthfeel that I do not appreciate.

Overall Impression- Refreshing but wouldn't go out of my way to have again... The main reason I went for this was it was in a can and the other 8 cans I grabbed were all to match up craft beers with other friend's A.B. cans and see what they thought. So far the O'Fallon Wheach is winning! (w/ Ska's Modus Hoperandi in a close 2nd).

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

I had this at Kuma's Corner in Chicago, and I thought it to be pretty good, especially for a style I usually associate with disappointment. This beer poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a towering pile of head. Aroma is very light, with some small amount of fruitiness. What I didn't get was a lot of cereal-ness, which I usually associate with beers of this style (that's a bad thing). Flavor was extremely light and pleasant. A bit of fruitiness and a touch of maltiness; pretty good. Mouthfeel was very light and clean.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 16 Feb 2008. Gift from J&K, thanks!

Medium bright white head. Bright clear yellow color. Aroma is light, sweet and floral. Light malt, slight apple and pear flavor. Finishes with a faint bitterness. Light body.

Decent thirst quencher, easy to drink.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a rocky, frothy white head that falls very little. Lacing is moderate. Pale straw-gold color. Aroma is sweet grains, floral hops and a slight butter-creme note. Flavor is mostly pale lager malt and noble hops to balance, with a dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is appropriate. This is a very good Blonde Ale.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden-blonde color with a small head with many streams of bubbles throughout the glass

S- Clean with a light smell of cracker and some floral notes

T- The flavor is somewhat sweet, slightly bitter and very clean. Grainy feeling build up. Slight fruit flavor of pears and apples

M- Moderate body with light, prickly carbonation

D- One of the cleanest ales I've had to date.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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