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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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American Blonde; a crisp, straw-colored ale with a unique malt and citrus hop balance. It works!

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2.6
Strangebrewer (1336) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2017
can. Poured hazy straw coloured with a settled white head. Grainy aroma, faint lemon note. Light body, flatter carbonation, tart finish. Grainy wheat flavour, lemon citrusy note, herbal bittnerness.

2.9
RobertDale (6762) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Sampled at Boulevardia 2017. Comes a somewhat hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is malt, grain, and some citrus. Average.

2.6
obguthr (6595) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2017
Can: Stale malt and grain, popcorn nose. Hazy golden, thin head. Unbuttered popcorn. Light body, moderate carbonation.

4.5
brown831 (2) - Burkesville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2017 does not count
Pours light yellow with a nice head. Wonderful aroma. Taste sweet with a strong beer taste. One of the best beers on the market. Drank this at a bar draft style and had no idea they started bottling/canning this wonderful concoction. Absolutely delicious. Will be a Country Boy fan for life.

3.3
willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Case of cans shared with family. Pours a clear gold with a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. LIght grain notes with a touch of lemon on the nose. Clean and crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. Not overly bitter. Standard, no frills blonde ale.

2
ehaak26 (680) - - OCT 22, 2016
I hate Lexington, KY, so maybe that’s why I’m harsh on this beer. Too many pitchers at Tin Roof, Two Keys, and whatever other bar in town I ended up at.

2.5
mejiajav (8) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
I picked up this awesomely-named brew on a road trip back from Illinois. I must admit, Blonde Ales (along with Golden and Cream Ales) are not a style I typically go for. But we didn’t really have time to explore Lexington, and this is the only local craft beer the gas station had. So, alas, Blonde Ale it is. Cougar Bait pours a very hazy yellow, with plenty of carbonation bubbles quickly escaping to the top. The head is only approximately half a finger and it dissipates very quickly, leaving nearly no trace behind. There is barely-noticeable lacing after every sip, but nothing else to speak of. With all that said, this is truly one “purdy” beer to look at! From the first whiff I get predominantly (and, for the style, out of place) “limey” citrus notes. This is followed with a huge wallop of grain and doughy sweetness. The nose is very reminiscent of a salty Gose for some odd reason. A lot of bread and biscuit towards the end round up the scents. This baby goes down very, very easy! A little too easy. I would certainly want to chug a few of these after mowing the lawn, or playing a grueling game of soccer (or some other grueling activity that makes you sweat profusely and gasp for air after you’ve finished). For such a boring style, Cougar Bait does present some unique flavors I typically wouldn’t associate with a Blonde Ale. Of course, you are going to find the grain, the bread, the biscuit, and the doughy notes. This beer does possess a strong malt backbone. But there is also a strong presence of the lemon-citrus hops I detected on the nose. Well, I am assuming it’s the hops. This also gives way to a very nice, and welcoming, spiciness I typically don’t associate with Blonde Ales. The bready and grainy notes make their presence very noticeable on the back. These same flavors, except for a faint sensation of orange rind, are almost the only thing that lingers for a very short time after every sip. I am still uncertain if the lemon/citrusy notes were intentional here or not, but if they weren’t, Country Boy Brewing should definitely make a note to keep them. It’s about the only unique thing this beer has going for itself. All in all, not a bad beer. https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com

3.2
kerenmk (5050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2016
On tap at Bourbon on Main, Frankfort, KY, 7.5.16. Clear gold. Apricot and tangerine aroma, mild bitterness with lots of fruit juice and apricot in the mouth. Full body, very carbonated, sweet, long, fruity finish.

2.3
screigh (756) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Pours a super hazy yellow. Almost looks like a white. Zero head. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Taste is sweet and grainy with a bit of spice in the finish.

3.6
GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
2 oz can pour at SAVOR 2016’s Country Boy/Red Hen beer and food pairing salon on Saturday. Paired with a smoked trout crostini with pickled onion and celery. Slightly hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of toast, biscuit, herbs, malt, wheat. Tastes of wheat, herbs, malt, citrus. Light body with a dry finish.


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