RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
We’re bringing the Blonde back in a big way. A pale golden color with ample white head, the aroma is floral honey and spicy citrus. The flavor is a light and earthy with a touch of malt sweetness up front accented by a mild citrus tang and noble hop bitterness on the back. The finish is clean and bright. Altogether very drinkable, but be careful — At 8.25% ABV, this blonde is strong enough to make your head swim.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
I had this on tap at the brewery.As a blonde ale, this is right on target, tasty, straiight forward, with a nice touch of sweetness.

bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2017
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Honey and malt aroma. Honey and malt flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Honey and malt lingers.

thorongil2 (3488) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2017
(Tap) clear, bright amber colour with a small white head; aroma starts with light citrus, then toffee and jam; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish, well hidden alcohol

snoworsummer (6147) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2017
From a bomber. Pours hazy amber with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like honey, toffee malt, dried fruits, light booze, and floral hops. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like honey, toffee malt, dried fruits, light booze, and floral hops.

sonnycheeba (6439) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber. Aroma and flavor are honey, bready malts, caramel, booze, and soft floral notes. Medium body.

anders37 (27237) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2017
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy honey aroma. Fruity malty spicy floral honey flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy floral honey finish.

mcberko (19177) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
On tap at Latitude 33, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma brings out subdued honey sweetness and toasted bready malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with thin honey notes, cereal notes and bready malt. Tastes more like a thin braggot. Meh.

djd07 (15661) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange gold with small white head that lasts. The aroma is strong honey and floral. Medium body, honey, wheat, floral, nice sweetness, very good.

mjg74 (3191) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Bomber from K&B. Clear copper in color. Lightly sweet nose. Fairly malty with some honey as well. Pretty thick mouthfeel. Sweet and malty. Some hop bitterness towards the back. Pretty tasty. Nice strong ale on the brighter side of the flavor spectrum.

User134089 (1644) - - JUN 7, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: June 4, 2016
Consumed: June 4, 2016
Misc.: Reviewed as an American Strong Ale

Had this twice before, but first time actually reviewing it. Excited to review it, but I think it’s going to be hard to get Firestone Helldorado out of my head for some reason. I know it’s not the same style, but I don’t know if I can separate it.

Poured a yellow, deep gold to light, amber, clear color (est. 6-to-9 lovibonds) with two fingers of frothy, white head, which dissipated quickly. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad watery lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled honey, vanilla, floral hops, lemon zest, muted green apple and a hint of Citra hops (I think). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose nicely, getting honey, floral hops, vanilla, pear, green apple, grassy hops and some citrus zest. Not really tasting the 8.3 percent. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this once again. Definitely Helldorado adjace, but I could drink this all day. Give me a keg of this now. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 90 A-

BlackHaddock (7753) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
16 oz pour in the Biergarden, Encinitas on 8th May 2016. Light golden body, full white head which hung around. Fruity, spicy feel to the aroma and taste, honey traces too. Leaning towards sweet on the palate, but that restrained ’honey sweetness’ rather than sugar sweet. Decent.

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