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McNeills Big Nose Blonde Ale



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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   ABV: -
an American style golden ale made with choice midwestern 2 row barley malt. The addition of highly aromatic whole flower hops from the Pacific Northwest give this sparkling ale it's distinctive hop "nose". Fully aged and never filtered, this traditional bottle-conditioned ale may contain a small amount of sediment and must be kept refrigerated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light malts, floral hops and a hint of citrus. Flavor was grainy, yeasty and slightly bitter with a touch of grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Growler from the brewery. Deep golden blonde beer. Thin white head. Aroma is lightly malty with a nice balance of floral/noble hops. Lightly honeyish flavour with a fresh orange/grapefruit and noble hoppiness. Nice clean beer with a good balance of citrus and pale malt. I normally don’t like citrus and noble hops together, but this works quite well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
On draft at the brewery. A head and lace on peachy colour. Aroma that was both hoppy and malty. Medium mouthfeel of grapefruit taste, a good bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Perhaps the finest blonde ale I’ve yet quaffed, although it is more like a bier de garde or saison due to its amazing complexity and palate heft. Pours turbid dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of pale grainy malt, some hops, some fruit, some spicy floral funk. Tastes as it smells, with the grainy malt, floral spices, hops, and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
22oz bottle, hazy yellow gold hue, with a small off-white head, nice grassy, leafy, piney hops nose, with a resiny note, pale malt, hints of grapefruit and lemon fruitiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, floral hops character, with a juicy citrusy accent, with some piney, coniferous notes, nice mouthfelling hoppiness, hint of leafy mint, pale malt, leading towards a leafy flowery hops bittering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bomber bottle and served in a standard pint glass: Hazy golden hue topped but a fizzy but lasting head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of biscuity and grainy malts, floral and grassy hops, and a hint of pear. The taste is a straight forward sharp acidic fruity snap balanced by mild and constant undertone of pale malt. Herbal and flowery throughout with a light bitterness and note of pepper on the finish. The mouth feel is crisp and refreshing with a short metallic finish. Not to shabby, a quaffable brew and good for a hot summer day (which sadly it was not).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
22oz bottle via trade with Firemoose15 - Thanks Mel! Pours golden slightly cloudy with a creamy white head that stays pretty well. Aroma is hoppy many floral notes. Also some apple, pear, and a touch of bread. Flavor is very similar but leans a little more toward those bready notes.. Plenty of hops can be found too though. Palate is very light and airy kind of a dry feel throughout. Fair enough for a style I’m not usually too wild about...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Clear yellow color with no head, save for a tracing around the edge of the glass. Huge hoppy aroma. A little on the under-carbonated side, but refreshing with a mildly watery taste that gives way to a big lingering hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2005
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this. A very decent blonde ale with enough of that "famous" McNeills’ hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
Couleur dorée, semi opaque, mousse blanche. Arômes plutôt houblonnés, agrumes allant vers le pamplemousse. Un brin de malt caramel accueille une touche de miel et de gingembre (?) Suffisant pour satisfaire une quête d’amertume modérée tout en restant plutôt ordinaire. Corps de densité semi mince, carbonatation pétillante semblant adéquate. En fût chez McNeill’s, 22 Mai 2005.

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