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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Hops in Your Corner
Watch out! This bitter blonde packs a hoppy punch with a flavorful blend of North American malts and copious amounts of Cascade and Centennial hops.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"A blonde with some life! Follows in the footsteps of Hoptober as a supremely drinkable, aromatic and tasty bitter blonde. Abounding hops and a light and refreshing palate. Simple, and the perfect food beer on this hot summer night. Bright and vibrant hops bitter with a little citrus."

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (309) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft. Aroma of grassy hay with brown appearance. Heavily carbonated with thick frothy head. It starts as a wheat beer with a hop bite finish that is fairly one dimensional. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8595) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Victor. Weekly share. Pours blonde. White head. Nose/taste of citrus, lemon, toast, orange zest and grapefruit. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Yellow pour with white head. Subtle but not non existent herbal, and grassy hop aromas. Flavors are light, but smooth, a bit of hop on the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2531) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Drank on tap (14 oz) at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington (VT) on August 19, 2014. Pale misty blonde, thin head. Hoppy mandarin aroma, a little dry. Dry citrusy taste, mostly grapefruit with some herbs, citrus bitterness. Really not my grandpa’s blonde ale!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScipioA (314) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pour came out a hazy yellow with a white head on top, looks like an ale that is blond, though I’m not too experienced with the style. Tropical citrus on the nose presumably from the Centennial but perhaps from the yeast as well. Flavor is similar, a little less intense. Very easy drinking body, super smooth and right on the balance between light and airy and thick and chewy. Good stuff in a style that I (and presumably others, right guys?) tend to ignore.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1203) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $8.04 ($0.37 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, lemon yellow hue over a hazy body. Large sediment particles can be seen floating in suspension. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Clean lemony scent plus some spicy/herbal character as well.

Taste: The golden ale/blonde ale style is probably my least favorite in all of Beerdom. It’s a deliberately bland style, so it’s difficult to find one that’s interesting and flavorful. And while Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale isn’t exactly a masterpiece, I will say it’s probably the best blonde ale I’ve ever had.

This doesn’t truly seem to conform to the “blonde ale” style, anyway. There’s a strong hop presence here (“copious amounts” of Columbus and Centennial hops, according to the label). Much like the appearance and aroma, there’s a lemony citrus zestiness to be found. Not juicy or tart like lemon fruit, but drier and spicier like lemon peel. There’s an underlying herbal flavor as well (green tea), not quite as intense as Mosaic hops, but strong enough to notice. The malt component is, not surprisingly, mild and nondescript. Reminds me of a pale wheat ale (another boring style I dislike). Still, there’s nothing off-putting about this palette whatsoever. The hops definitely make it an interesting brew.

Drinkability: At 5% ABV, Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale is caught in the middle of two worlds. It’s got plenty of body and flavor for a relatively “strong” beer, but at the same time it’s just a bit too heavy for what it’s going for. A tad too bitter to be truly refreshing, even though it finishes clean. I could see this recipe being reworked well as a session IPA or a true pale ale. But as an easy-drinking blonde it’s perfect for the summer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2014
A nicely hopped golden ale. Aroma is slight and has hints of grass but not much else. The nose is more ’belgian’ and the taste ’american.’ Wonderful long taste from such a ’light’ beer. Hops more present on tongue than nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2149) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Great Lacing S: Citrus, Wheat, Mildly Malty T: Orange, Wheat, Mildly Malty M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying Overall, pretty nice but I wish I had this fresh on tap and not 7 weeks later in a bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
On draft at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Served in a Lawson’s Finest Liquids snifter. Classy. The beer appears crystal clear and light orange hued with an inch of foamy white head. The aroma is mild, offering a touch of hops, bready malts. The flavor brings notes of citrus, followed by sourdough bread and a bitter hop finish. Light bodied and flavorful. A solid example of the style.


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