tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a pale straw yellow, nose is herbal and grainy, taste is grainy with a hint of floral hops.
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) yellow color with half finger size head. For little head there is it retents well, better than decent lacing. Aroma is faint and possibly of wheat and barley malt. Tastes of medium bitterness and light sweetness. Flat carbonation and thin texture.
ExpendableHero (766) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Hazy golden beer with a small white head. Nice lacing effects, no real aroma here, mainly whiffs of caramel. The taste is bland, some caramel, hints of citrus/wheat. It was refreshing, high carbonation. Goes down smooth, but this was pretty boring.
poisoneddwarf (1795) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into English pint. Two blonde ales back to back--how exciting! That is sarcasm you hear in my words. Nose is pretty bland, but there’s some pineapple and Granny Smith apple aromas present. Hazy gold appearance with a small head full of big bubbles that dissipates very quick. Compared to the Beach Bum I had before this, this one is definitely not as pretty to look at. Not as tasty, either. Beach Bum stood out from the blonde ale crowd; this one fits right in. There is absolutely nothing interesting to distinguish this from the scores of blonde ales out there. Extremely boring. Very drinkable if you’re in a sessionable non-thinking mood, however. Taste is bittersweet (bitterness is slight; sweetness is more apparent). Finish is a bit salty. But it seems almost all Redhook beers are salty. What’s up with that anyway? Carbonation is high; body is light. Kind of watery. So Beach Bum wins in this blonde ale comparison.
22415brewery (379) - redmond, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear and super light in color, effervescent in appearance. Aroma is fairly light with no distinguishable characterstics... and hints at crackers. Body is light, flavor is of slight grain, no distinct hop aroma or flavor, mildly bitter. Nothing super however goes down well on a hot day.
Goodgrief (1819) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, sample, Portsmouth location. Fluorescent gold, minimal lacing. The aroma was that of pear juice. It’s sweet, malty and syrupy. The flavor was grainy and syrupy pear, an odd cardboard-like finish. Not watery, as many RH brews tend to be, but not excellent.
freekyp (1544) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Something just struck me right about this ale. On their own, none of the elements really stood out, but they came together very nicely. Aroma is strong with cracker and fruity notes. Lemony. Pouors a clear blonde with easy carbonation and light lacing. Mouthfeel is where this Blonde stood out. Slick full mouthfeel leaves the mouth watering for more. Excellent lawnmower beer. Bring me more!
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Yellow color with little head. Aroma is lots of carmel and floral hop aroma. Flavor is similar with hops adding just a little bit of bitterness to the end. Not for me.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A- pours a yellow blonde with a nice white head. The head leaves behind a collar and lacing.
S- almost undectable. very light smell of malt and yeast.
T- very light taste of yeast then an after taste of hop bitterness. after a few sips sweet citrus flavor is present too.
P- light body with medium carbonation. The carbonation overrides the lightness of the body
O-nice summer beer. not one to drink to fast or too slow.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-05-2007 22:03:25
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 3, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ve been a big fan of craft beers for the last few years and am always trying to get people to try something more unique than their generic “Big Three” lagers. But if a person were to drink Red Hook Blonde Ale they would very likely why it’s any different or any better than those beers, and to be honest I couldn’t prove them wrong. This is quite possibly the plainest craft beer I have ever encountered.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
I’ve noticed that bad beers often have a rough pour to them and that is true of Blonde Ale. It has a very clear, medium gold body with plenty of carbonation visible. It forms a one-finger, white, soapy head which evaporates quickly and leaves only minor lacing on the glass. The aroma is virtually non-existent. A very faint generic “beer smell” but is otherwise unremarkable (and in a way I think this is a good thing).
I’ve slammed the macro brewers for their bland taste, but rarely does a craft beer invoke the same sense of indifference in me. Even when I dislike a niche-style beer by a smaller brewery I at least have a strong reaction to it. However, with Blonde Ale every sip was an anticipation for the next sip. Sometimes it takes a few swigs before I begin to detect the flavor in a beer, but even after three bottles I failed to notice a taste of anything whatsoever here.
The only way to describe this beer would be to imagine a “light” by one of the big breweries but without the taste (whatever that taste may be). It doesn’t even taste like corn, rice, potatoes or whatever adjuncts are often used. Basically this is beer-flavored beer that has been watered down. And I might almost compliment it for not tasting bad, but it definitely does not taste even remotely good.
Since this is one of the most watery-tasting beers I’ve ever encountered, it doesn’t surprise me that Blonde Ale goes down smooth and has a very soft mouthfeel. I would say the same thing about tap water.
For a beer that tastes and drinks like a “light,” I’m actually quite surprised its measurements say otherwise. At 5.4% ABV and 162 calories per bottle, Blonde Ale should at least pack something of a punch. However, I was able to go through three bottles as if they were water (then again, they tasted like water). Therefore, this would make a fine party beer, but why deal with the extra calories if you don’t have to?
A beer with no taste at all is just as bad as one with an offensive taste, mostly because it seems like a total failure rather than a true piece of craftsmanship I happen to disagree with. This is why Red Hook Blonde Ale is more annoying than it is bad.
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