True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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78
okay
450 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor
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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:
450
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 165
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 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 cjgator3
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hohnbaum
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Photo of greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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 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 crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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 cdwil
3/5  rDev -11%

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 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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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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