Archive for the ‘Golden Ale/Blonde Ale’ Category

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Day #354 – Santa Fe Dirty Blonde

December 21, 2011

I’m on vacation! Right now I am on a ski trip to Taos, New Mexico. I was hoping to find a few local beers that I hadn’t seen before and I was in luck!

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After a hard morning of skiing, I stopped in the lodge cafe and stumbled across this beer from Santa Fe Brewing Company.

Santa Fe Dirty Blonde

You won’t need a second guess to figure out where this brewery is based out of. I’ve reviewed a few things from them that we get in Texas but this beer is apparently either very new or draught only as I’ve never seen it or heard of it before now. It is a blonde ale at 4.2% ABV.

Tap at the Sipapu Ski Lodge. This beer pours a super light straw color with a fairly foamy head. Lots of carbonation. I am already not liking what I am seeing here as this appears to be a super light beer similar to what the macro breweries push.

Aroma is straight corn and metal. Not very aromatic. I’m afraid I won’t like this already.

Yup. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Corn, metal, and bitterness. For a craft beer, this is too close to macro. Looks like they wanted to have a BudMillerCoors substitute and they have it. To each their own I suppose.

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Cheers!

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Day #293 – BridgePort Summer Squeeze Bright Ale

October 21, 2011

I’m headed out on a camping trip today. I’m hoping for summer temps for the campout, so here’s a throwback summer beer for today.

BridgePort Summer Squeeze Bright Ale

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This is the summer beer from Bridgeport. It is said to have been brewed with lemongrass and yuzu fruit juice. I’m guessing yuzu is something like a lemon? We shall see.

This pours a clear light gold color with a white foamy head.

It has a very grassy smell with a certain citrus aroma. Not quite lemony but strangely close.

Flavor is a mix of grass, citrus, lemon cleaner and bitter dry notes. Finishes dry. Slight honey nose and flavor as it warms too.

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Cheers!

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Day #268 – New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale

September 26, 2011

Well it’s the first day of my amazing WEEK OF OKTOBERFEST in which I had planned on trying a different Oktoberfest beer every day. Day 1 and I’ve already blown it. Haha, I picked up a beer which I thought was an Oktoberfest, then come to find out it is actually a Golden Ale! Bah…oh well, I have reviewed a crapload of Oktoberfest beers already, so let’s just pretend that this is one also. Or perhaps I’ll push back the start date of the amazing WEEK OF OKTOBERFEST to tomorrow. Yeah…that.

New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale

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I’ve reviewed several things from New Belgium thus far so there’s no need to remind you of their stats. This is a Golden Ale at 6% ABV and is their Autumn seasonal.

This beer pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head. The head lasts for just a bit before subsiding.

The aroma is hoppy and dry grains, with some sweet notes on the nose. Certainly hopped.

Flavor is dry, clay malts, some sweetness and an odd finish. Certainly not an Oktoberfest beer.

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Cheers!

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Day #221 – SKA True Blonde Ale

August 10, 2011

Sorry for the late post but I was out at the Rangers game till late and am just now getting around to drinking a beer. I’m sure this one will go down easy!

SKA True Blonde Ale

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SKA Brewing is based out of Durango, Colorado. This beer is classified as a Blonde Ale and has 5.3% ABV. Short review today.

Pretty cool label on this beer, but SKA is known for having creative labels. I’m using a shaker from another great Colorado brewery tonight.

This beer pours a clear light golden color with a white type head. The head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is grainy, bready and sweet. Pretty straightforward; definitely a grainy smell.

The flavor is dry and bready as well. The grainy flavor carries over from the smell. There is a slight sweetness that comes from the malts. Not really ant fruit flavors. Finishes dry with a bitter kick.

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Cheers!

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Day #126 – Real Ale Firemans #4

May 7, 2011

Sort of on the road today. Well, I guess I AM on the road as it would hard to be halfway on the road. I had a late change in plans and am headed to see the Rangers kick some New York butt! Stopped by a local pub for a drink beforehand and found a nice Texas beer on tap. Unfortunately I have a glass to go with this beer but do not have it with me tonight. I’ll just include a picture of my glass and we’ll drink it in spirit.

Real Ale Firemans #4

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I’ve done several Real Ale beers thus far and this is probably their best selling. Anytime I am at my local beer bar and someone comes up requesting a Bud Light, they usually try and push this beer instead. It is a nice craft substitute. This is classified as a Golden/Blonde Ale and has an ABV of 5.1%. The brewery partnered up with a local Austin bike shop to create this beer. The shop is aptly named “Fireman’s Texas Cruzer”.

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a very fizzy white head. The foam disappears after a bit leaving only a ring and a few bubbles as a reminder of what it previously was.

The beer is still pretty cold at this point so it is a little difficult to discern any aromas out of it. As an aside, most bars serve their beer WAY too cold and drinking out of a frosted glass is an absolute craft beer faux pas. If the beer is cold enough to have icebergs floating in it then you might as well be drinking water. Near freezing temperatures remove almost all taste and aroma. Ok now that I’m done with my tirade the beer in front of me has warmed enough to smell. The aroma is fairly fresh and grainy with a dry sort of scent.

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The flavor here is near expected; grain, bitter notes with a light malt. What I didn’t expect (or remember) was a faint presence of hops. This gives the beer just a little nudge on the finish and sets it apart from other light beers. Quite refreshing.

Alright on to the game!

Cheers!

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Day #54 – St. Sebastiaan Golden (Yeast Hoist)

February 24, 2011

Aliases.  It is sad that this happens but sometimes it does.  An aliased beer is an already existing beer that is renamed and sold under a new label.  So then you have 2 beers taking up shelf space that are in essence the exact same thing.  This is done for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes the already existing name or label is not acceptable for a target audience or a state with difficult label laws.

Other times an alias will be created for contract reasons.  If a local restaurant or business wants a beer brewed specifically for them, but don’t necessarily want to pay for the creation of a new recipe, a new label will be created and sold for this purpose.  (Rahr aliases the one I reviewed yesterday for sale at the Texas Rangers ballpark under the name “Texas Red”)

And then there’s my least favorite reason, for cheap monetary gain and to take up more shelf space.  The larger macrobreweries will often times do this to buy out more shelf space at a retailer.  More shelf space for them means less shelf space for the “little guys”.  It sucks, but it happens.

The beer today is a big maze of confusion.  Allow me to take a big breath before this run-on sentence.  It is labeled as “Yeast Hoist”, but the beer inside the bottle is actually the St. Sebastiaan Golden Ale,  and it is actually brewed by the same company that makes Duvel and Maredsous, Duvel Moortgat, but is marketed and sold through the Brouwerij Sterkens in Meer, Belgium, WHICH has actually ceased to exist as an operating brewery, but the product name is still in use at the Scheldebrouwerij.

In short, I don’t know what the Hell I am drinking tonight.

This is what I think is inside this bottle:

This beer was relabeled in honor of a design by American cartoonist Ron Rege Jr.  Yeast Hoist is Ron’s name for his sporadically published series of mini-comics, as well as being an expression for raising a bottle of brew.  Apparently he was commisioned by a Texas alcohol distributor to create the label.  I’m so beyond confused and just want to drink this.  Ugh.

St. Sebastiaan Golden

This beer is classified as a Golden Ale/Blonde Ale and rings in at an above average 7.4%.  It also comes in a bottle that is earthenware and is labeled as “1 pint, 0.9 ounces”.  I am glad to be enjoying that extra .9 of an ounce.

This beer opened as a gusher.  This means as soon as you open the bottle it foams up very quickly and begins to spill over the top.  I was going to take a picture but it was about to go everywhere so I saved it and poured it quickly.  Sometimes this can be a sign of infection, in which wild yeast have taken a hold of the beer and continue fermenting it in the bottle.  Several types of Belgian yeast can cause this too, so hopefully this beer has not been ruined.

It pours a cloudy golden orange color with a very tall, bubbly head.  The carbonation continues to emerge from the bottom of the glass, which I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass with laser etching in the bottom, so this is expected.

The aroma is nice, full of banana notes, yeasty character, some other fruit and dusty bread.

The flavor is spicy fruit, some citrus notes and clove, freeze dried banana and a lingering tingle over the palate.  It finishes dry with a bitterness that stems from the grainy elements of this beer.

Well it’s thankfully not infected and it’s an interesting beer for sure, but the aftertaste is a bit intense.  The sweet flavors that are in the aroma and immediate flavor are taken over by a lingering bitterness.  However if this beer were to accompany your dinner like mine is about to, then it would be just fine.  Hey at least I get to keep the bottle!

Cheers!