Rivertown Smash Series #1: Tom’s Smashing Blonde Ale

 
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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"Smash" stands for Single Malt and Single Hop. This American Blonde Ale features domestic floor malted pilsner malt for a smooth grain flavor. A new American hop, Belma, provides a mellow, fruity hop character. A touch of dry hopping allows the unique hop character to shine, alongside the subtle grain quality of the malt.

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3.5
rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy light amber with tiny bits of sediment, an over-ambitious 3" white head, sheets of lace. Taste is mouth-cleansing malt with good fruity overtones that yields to clean pilsner hops in a medium finish. A well-balanced, good-tasting brew.

2.6
tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle. Clear, medium gold color. Taste was balanced but very average. Aroma was weak, grass. Not a great beer, just average.

0.9
Clarkdvm (511) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle with cheesy pic on front. Moderately bitter. No aroma. Takes like spunked IPA. Seriously not good. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. Yates nothing like a blonde ale.

3.2
phaleslu (10275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased from Kroger. We bought it for friends visiting for the weekend, and they liked the beer a lot, but not the label. Plenty of comments on that. Anyway, this one pours a cloudy yellow-gold with an inch of white head. The pils malts provide notes of crackers, bread, and grains, along with hops that are subtle, with grass and citrus. Light-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Good blonde ale.

3.3
Chudwick (3218) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2014
12oz bottle into Le Listermann - nose is dandelion. Sip adds light lemon peel and some light honey. Refreshing and a little hoppy. Grassy.

3.9
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Hazy amber-gold pour with a small head that fades to a ring with big bubbles. Aroma is a nice mix of cereal grain and cocktail fruit juice. Taste is big and juicy which is a great surprise. Great juicy fruit cocktail-like taste is front. Big spicy and floral hop finish with a mild bitterness. Grainy malt is noticeable throughout as well. Smooth soft carbonation pairs well with the spicy hop bite. Really good beer but I’m thinking this should be labeled a pale ale. And I hope this new Belma hop gets more use at other breweries.

3.4
Dogbrick (13027) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2014
Sample at 101 Beer Kitchen. The beer pours a clear yellow-gold color with a medium white head that evaporates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of herbal hops, toasted malt and a touch of citrus. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering herbal hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.4
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle, courtesy b3shine, thanks! Pour is gold, big white head, decent retention/little lace. Aroma is grassy, light citrus, cracker, grainy. Taste is moderately bitter, citrus/grassy, cracker, light toast note. Palate is soft, creamy, light bitter finish.

3.3
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2014
Faintly hazy, with a foamy white had. Smells citrusy, like mango, I suppose and a little bit toasty,. Dry, woody flavor, with some piney, bitterness. Lingering finish

3.2
DialSquare (5032) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle from Craft Beer Cellar in Brandon, FL. Gold pour, large white head. Aroma is floral, citrus hops. Tastes are grain, herbal, citrus, grassy.


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