Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
We’re bringing the Blonde back in a big way. A pale golden color with ample white head, the aroma is floral honey and spicy citrus. The flavor is a light and earthy with a touch of malt sweetness up front accented by a mild citrus tang and noble hop bitterness on the back. The finish is clean and bright. Altogether very drinkable, but be careful — At 8.25% ABV, this blonde is strong enough to make your head swim.

JohnC's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
I had this on tap at the brewery.As a blonde ale, this is right on target, tasty, straiight forward, with a nice touch of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: June 4, 2016 Consumed: June 4, 2016 Misc.: Reviewed as an American Strong Ale Had this twice before, but first time actually reviewing it. Excited to review it, but I think it’s going to be hard to get Firestone Helldorado out of my head for some reason. I know it’s not the same style, but I don’t know if I can separate it. Poured a yellow, deep gold to light, amber, clear color (est. 6-to-9 lovibonds) with two fingers of frothy, white head, which dissipated quickly. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad watery lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled honey, vanilla, floral hops, lemon zest, muted green apple and a hint of Citra hops (I think). (Smell - 4.25) Taste followed the nose nicely, getting honey, floral hops, vanilla, pear, green apple, grassy hops and some citrus zest. Not really tasting the 8.3 percent. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25) Really liked this once again. Definitely Helldorado adjace, but I could drink this all day. Give me a keg of this now. (Overall - 4.00) 4.04 90 A-

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6123) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
16 oz pour in the Biergarden, Encinitas on 8th May 2016. Light golden body, full white head which hung around. Fruity, spicy feel to the aroma and taste, honey traces too. Leaning towards sweet on the palate, but that restrained ’honey sweetness’ rather than sugar sweet. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (628) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle in trade. Nice golden color. Aroma is sweet honey with some citrus. Taste pretty much follows. Lacking a little finish but the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9417) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bomber shared by Tom - thanks! Slightly hazy orange pour with minor head. Mild citrus and honey sweetness. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
22 oz. bottle from All Seasons Campground in Valley Center. Pours deep gold with a thick white head that retains. Light aroma of grain, honey, and slight citrus. Reminds me of a German Helles or Maibock. Malt forward, sweet flavor, light bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, average fizz, sweet finish. Pretty good, clean and sweet with a nice alcohol punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Draft at Eastbound. dark golden pour with minimal head. Lots of honey and malt on the aromas. flavor fell off a bit but still lots of sweet honey. not a lot of hops which was nice, but still couldn’t drink too much of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marheb (4610) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2015
(En fût au Pacific Beach Fish Shop): Des malts encombrants infusés d’esters fromagés, fruités et une finale miellée qui veut en faire trop.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Totally strange wet malt aroma and flavor. Cloudy old grass flavor, carbonated but zero head. Not to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (966) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Pint on draft at Coaster bar at Mission Beach in San Diego. A clear brown colour. No head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
osiderworld (12) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Had at Fretellis in San Marcos bartender recommended it. Crystal clear, pretty good, grainy didn’t seem the alcohol listed here. A little bitter, crisp but decent

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