Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Light pale yellow with a hint of haze. Tiny head. Lots of hay and yeast. Bit of bitterness. Light finish.
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pale yellow with almost no head. The aroma is grassy hops with a hint of fruity sweetness and grains. The flavor is nicely hoppy with a clean, crisp palate. Pretty dry. A very nice blonde.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Russian River in Santa Rosa. Pours a transparent light yellow. Stale, grassy hops dominate. Very light on the palate. Not at all bad, especially for a blonde.
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Surprisingly good flavour for a blond, and for the lower a.b.v. A little funky aroma. A good bitterness. Good white lace on yellow.
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught sample at the brewpub. Good beer overall but this style is never one of my favorites honestly. Both the aroma and flavour were gentle and maybe a little on the sweet side. Just a hint of hops. Certainly refreshing if nothing else.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA): Pours a light, clear pee color topped with a white fluffy head. Aroma of light pilsner malts, clean dough, and fresh wheat. Chewy, earthy and delicately spiced hops lead the palate into another dimension, along with light grapefruit and light bready malts. Light mouthfeel. Crisp, smooth, balanced. Drinkability: Not a fan of blonde ales, but one of the better ones out there. Pairing: Thai chicken. Rebuy: Probably not. #348 on 30032010, DG.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Russian River. Very light golden yellow. Has an almost completely transparent appearance i.e. there is the slightest haze. Head fades away rather quickly. Looks like a decent pale lager instead of a golden ale. Sweet and sugary beer I must say. Some light fruits and yeast are coming through. Rather weak aroma and not very nuanced. Slight grass with a decent sugar and yeast flavor. This compared to the Happy Hops, another Golden Ale that Russian River makes, is a let-down. Very mediocre. and I think the ratings are a bit inflated due to the fact that this is Russian River (I.M.H.O).
JohnnyJ (4260) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at O’Briens. Gold pour, white head. Grain, light malt, citrus, and some floral hops. Very easy drinking, and pretty tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery: Pale hued but not pale on flavor. Great lace. Crisp texture. Flavors of crackers and grains blended nicely with citrus and herbs. Finished with a healthy amount of bitterness and some dryness.
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Russian River. Very light blonde ale. Low ABV. Taste is nice and somewhat citrus. Not as intense as I expected. I guess that’s the problem with reputation’s bending. Very sessionable.