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Cape Cod Beach Blonde | Cape Cod Beer

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Cape Cod Beer
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 112
Photo of jpakstis
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a four pack from the brewery in Hyannis, Cape Cod. The tasting there was pretty good but the can was very average.

Drank directly from the 16 ounce can, but the sample at the brewery poured a 1 finger head, with a golden color and very clear. Virtually no hop character, either aroma or flavor. Decent malty taste and not much body. Balanced bitterness.

Overall, more like an upscale version of a Budweiser or Miller beer.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a quality blonde ale. It tasted like a cleaner version of a High Life to me, and I really like High Life. I've rated it faithfully to my enjoyment of it, but this comes with the practical caveat of, if I can get a comparable beer for a lot cheaper, I'm not sure why I would go the craft beer route for this sort of thing.

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Photo of rjd722
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint glass from the growler I picked up at the brewery. Starts with a thin head and quickly dissipates, nice clear and golden color. Slightly citrus smell, while overall it's not my preference it is what I'd expect from this style beer. Light, crisp taste and easy to drink. A solid blonde.

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Photo of Morrison
4/5  rDev +10.2%

This is my favorite kick back and relax light Summer beer. It is simple, light, but still manages enough taste to remind me that I'm not drinking junk. Incredibly refreshing. Nice thick head, no lace. I don't care for citrusy summer beers and this one hits the spot when I am looking for something lighter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold color and clear. No head nor any lace.

Light malt aroma with a touch of cream. No hop.

This a refreshing, full bodied law mower beer. Highly carbonated. Short aftertaste of pale malt and lactose (slightly soured). Again, no notable hop but the beer seems balanced (ie not too sweet).

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Photo of LeRose
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery served in a taster.

Honest opinion - if this one is striving to be average, it hits the mark dead on.

Aroma - just OK. Nothing jumps off the page, but a little floral, a little malty. Nothing remarkable.

Taste - the same. A hint of malty character, a touch of floral character, but not much else going on. A decidedly average taste experience in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - OK, light, crisp, clean. Carbonation level was appropriate.

Overall - this is an OK beer, easy to drink, but there just doesn't seem to be much there in the flavor department.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a plastic pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, yellow-gold coloring with a foamy, clingy, white head. Nose of floral hops highlighting toasted grains and honey sweetness. Flavors are toasty, with a tangy, honey and buttered toast blend. Mild hops bitterness at the end. Smooth bodied. Floral hops in the aftertaste, with a clean, crisp finish. Easy drinker.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at the Brewery. Quite frankly, its not my style. Far to bland for me but my wife and especially my daughter-in-law loved it and BOTH are not beer drinkers per se. I've sampled far worse Blondes.

A very drinkable golden ale with a hint of toasted malt character and a clean finish. This light bodied golden colored American Blonde Ale is smooth and easy drinking.

OG: 11.5 °P (1.046SG) ABV: 4.9% IBUs: 10
Malts: German & English – 4 varieties Hops: Domestic – 2 varieties

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/24/13

Note: 500mL swing-top bottle

Appearance: Clear gold, with some pale straw - pours with a big, fluffy head, probably the result of massive carbonation - keeps a cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Bready, grainy, with a nice level of hoppiness - reminiscent of a recently sliced loaf of light bread, surrounded by undercooked biscuits - floral and grassy hops, mild, which balances the mild malts - some herbal and citrus, too

Taste: Pleasantly mild and quaffable - bready, as in biting into a slice of bread, with some pale grains - interesting hop profile, with some herbal, earthy, citrus, and light fruit - mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation on the tongue (lower than the initial pour), light, clean, finishes very dry

Overall: The sand from the beach really makes this special

Blonde ales don't exactly generate much buzz. Probably because so many of them are actually crap... This is definitely above-average for the style. Very light, extremely drinkable, with some nice flavors. I would drink this again.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes (on tap on April 14th, from Sandwich Taverna; Sandwich, MA):

Into a pint glass:

A: crystal clear gold colored body, there was not any head, but for all I know the bartender may have waited until it died to make sure I had a full beer. The carbonation was slowly rising but very light. It left little lacing and no rings.

S: some mild graininess with some malts. There wasn't much else.

T: malty and sweet. The hops were barely there.

M: light, sessionable with its low ABV.

O: I was mostly impressed and liked it with the fish and chips I had. I am looking forward to trying more from Cape Cod Beers.

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Photo of KenC
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear gold/yellow color. Didn’t see the bartender do the pour, but when served, it had a finger of foamy white that dissipated to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S- Mild grainy malt with some non-descript sweet fruit.

T- The grainy malt with the sweet fruit are a nice mix. Not the least bit bitter.

M- Very light body with moderate carbonation.

0- Tried this on tap my first night in Cape Cod. Very drinkable. Nice with a tuna steak, and its low ABV made me order a second one.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at BBC--Cedarville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, grass, and hops

Taste: grass is dominant, with some citrus hops, and bready maltiness

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, sweet with underlying bitterness

Overall: A very solid beer that reminds me of a cape summer. I could put away a couple. Nothing mind-blowing but very clean and solid.

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Photo of Jayli
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/24 at the Hyannis British Beer Company
Served in a pint

A: This beer pours a crystal clear golden color, no head and no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grainy, biscuity with a mild fruitiness.

T: Taste starts very somewhat grainy and a more hearty breadiness moves in. A slight fruitiness comes in through the middle though I can't quite identify what type of fruit. Finish has a bit of citrus and a bit of herbal tea taste to it.

M: Lighter bodied, medium to high carbonation, slick feel to the body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I've not had many blonds. It just doesn't seem to be a beer people make in the Northeast, but this was a nice offering that I could sit with for an entire evening!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow color with a very light haze. Poured a small foamy white head that dissipated to a skim around the edge. Lightly decanted. Laced in broken rings.

A: Biscuity malt. Citrus rind and light fruit.

T: Biscuity malt; lightly sweet, but not cloying. Light and smooth through a low, even bitter.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and refreshing finish without too much of a aresidual sweetness.

D: Very drinkable. Nice effort in what can be an unspectacular style.

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Photo of jimj21
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at brewery. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow. Pour produces about one finger of bright, white head. Not much retention and little lacing. Some rising bubbles.

Some bready malt aromas. Slightly fruity as well. Nothing too strong.

Follows pretty close to the nose. Bready and malty. A touch of bittering hops. I'm picking up a bit of herbal tea-like hops near the finish.

Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation, but relatively creamy.

This is very easy to drink, but no overpowering flavors or aromas. Very smooth. This is my least favorite beer from CCB that I have had so far, but that just speaks to the quality of their other offerings. I do understand that this is very popular among many of their customers.

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Photo of wikk3d
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a white foamy head that settles rather quickly into a thin lacing along the glass.

Aroma - Malty biscuity smell, very very strong toasted wheat flavor. Very weak hint of citrus. Smells like an unfiltered wheat beer.

Taste - Very full flavored, bready, a lot of malt. Not very overpowering, and it's very very smooth.

Mouth - Again, it's very smooth. It's not watered down at all though. Very full flavor. Comparable to a hefeweizen.

Drinkability - This is an easy beer to go through an entire growler of. It's very smooth, and goes down very very easy. Easily one of my favorite Ales at the moment.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a deep gold pint with a foamy white head. Some lacing.

Light malt aromas, with some raw green vegetable scents. Perhaps some raw grain.

A clean refreshing lighter brew, with the appropriate amount of bready and light grain flavors, with some light herbal bitterness lightly bitter finish. Nothing exceptional, but highly refreshing.

Lighter bodied, but something there too. Nice carbonation. Little creamy.

Overall, great for a hot day. Mild to the point where you'd want much more from this, I can see 2 pints in a row at the pub, but no way I'd get a growler. Decent for the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery.

Poured into 08 Pioneer glass stein #42, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head falls slowly, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is fresh peppers with a lightly sweet undercurrent. Taste is malty to start, pepper comes on in the middle, and carries through to the cleanly hoppy close. Pepper character is more about the flavor, and less about the burn, which is fine with me. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, smooth, and drinkability is great. Interesting spin on their Blonde.

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Cape Cod Beach Blonde from Cape Cod Beer
3.63 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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