Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pint at the brewery. Clear yellow beer, small stable head, good lacing. Grainy, bitter taste, oily palate, medium carbonation. Lager-y. Not my favorite beer of theirs but drinkable brew. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
on tap at the brewpub pours gold with a thin white head. Aroma is very grassy with thin earthen hops. Flavor is rich and the body is more substantial than I expected. Very grassy, a tad dry in the finish with clean hops. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
On tap @ Thunder Canyon - Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is light grain and herbal hops. Medium body. A decent light beer. FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Sampled on tap at Thunder Canyon, February 2011
The beer arrives with a fizzy, pale colored head that sits on top of a clear, Blonde colored beer. The aroma smells a bit green and beery at first, but then starts to pick up a crisp malt note, some herbal hop character and a sweet, almost corn-like grain note. After some time a big cracker like grain and pale biscuit maltiness starts to come out. There is a hint of buttery diacetyl noticeable in the nose too, which seems to be part of the greenness of the aroma.
The flavors tastes lightly buttery (maybe it is more of a subtle butterscotch flavor though), grassy grain, and some grain sweetness that evokes thoughts of corn. A fruit note influences the flavor without being particularly distinct enough to recognize a specific variety of fruit. A clean, though subtle bitterness gives a touch of a bite starting in the middle through to the finish of a sip. Much of the overall bite of this beer is contributed by a carbonic fizz. The beer has some body to it (light-medium); it is quaffable and textured enough to not seem thin.
I have no idea what an Irish Blonde actually is, but this tastes like a reasonable example. It is perhaps a touch green still (diacetyl), but this is subtle and I would expect that this will clean up shortly as it bulk ages in the serving tank.