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TailGate Jay’s Blacktop Blonde



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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Named after a close friend of TGB “Jay the Tailgate Guy,” Jay’s Blacktop Blonde is the ultimate homage. It is our way to say, we see you out there on the blacktop and we know you’re thirsty. This is why you deserve a 100% natural craft beer brewed with the same stuff cavemen used thousands of years ago. An American blonde ale that stays true to form. Bold use of magnum and cascade hops creates a soft subtle spice that set this easy drinker apart from the rest. Beautiful golden malts show you we’re not afraid to put something besides water down your gullet. So crack one of these beauties wherever you are, and in the immortal words of Jay the Tailgate Guy, “Grill on.”

First brewed at Skyscraper in California, moved in 2010 to Cold Spring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsvammel (4719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2015. Fruity, bready and malty smell. Similar taste. Light and refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (962) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Can at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) Pours a clear golden colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of cereal, grain, some honey and slight grassy hops. Taste is similar of cereal, grain, some honey, corn and subtle grassy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A surprisingly smooth, cereal finish. A very bland, malty beer. Definitely not an ale, more like a flat malty lager. Smooth but disappointing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
olio (8203) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2015
355 ml can.
Pours clear pale golden color with a small head. Sweet starch-y aroma leaves no doubt, this is going to be unpleasant, some very faint fruity notes with grass and corn, glue-ish alcohol notes. Flavor is also very sweet, hideously so, starch, toffee notes, hay and sugar. Barely drinkable, can’t really find anything to justify the style, more like a light malt liquor. Awful. At least I got a state tick out of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (1106) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Very unique cereal grain smell, appearance clear and light, taste is malty cereal...pretty good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jado (703) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2015
From 355 ml can. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a tight lasting white head. Aromas are light but there’s some baked apple, biscuits and slightly rotten oranges. Taste is similarly light with sweet cooked apple, oranges and a bit of a floral note. No bitterness to speak of. Clean finish but leaves a lingering fruity aftertaste. A bit muddled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
KeefOz (1223) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
BB 03/10/2016. Poured a crystal clear golden amber with a two-finger white foamy head that retained well and laced OK. Carbonation high with medium bubbles. Aroma of grainy malts plus a defined sweetness, possibly honey; also subtle spices that become more defines as the beer warms. Taste of sweet grain with spice/cloves coming and slight honey as it warms. Light body, a bit thin. Clean, crisp, refreshing with spice/cloves on the finish. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (4534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2015
Can from Wine Emporium Newstead 080615. Solid golden amber colour with a clean white head. Aroma and flavour are both a bit off, not sure what it is. Great looking can though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBlueSky93 (504) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Can from Beers of Europe. Pours Orange-Gold with single finger, and rather solid head. Aroma of baked beans....god knows...orange, grain. Initial honey taste, loads of honey, then malts, lots of orange, and some light grainyness. Not too sure I enjoyed it towards the end as it warmed but was good when cool..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwik-lime (1558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Can at Bodean’s in Fulham. Head disappears quickly leaving it look a flat, dull straw colour, Almost no hop, it’s malty but lifeless, with the main positive being a bit of a citrus streak. Certainly not the craft quality I’d hope for though, nor something worth paying £5 a can for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
June 25th, 2013 - Blondes don’t tend to get my thirsty, except maybe in the deep of summer. But that’s where we are, so my appetite is whetted, and I’m eager to feel the droplets of condensation on my fingers. It’s blonde and hazy, with a thin layer of foam on the head, and a deep, intense flavor of graham cracker and butter. Have you ever prepared a homemade cheesecake with a graham cracker crust? It smells like that baking process. And the butter appears in the nose as well. Like, lots and lots and lots of butter - enough to coat a large bucket of popcorn and then supply a breakfast restaurant for a morning or two. There’s also a little sweet pear surfing on a mild carbonation, but I can’t get past the crushing, golden wave of popcorn flavor. Let me also add that I THINK this is considered an unwelcome flavor in this brew, in which case this is a massive mistake. But even if it isn’t, I’m not in love with the essence of butter that this beer reflects.

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