Category Archives: American Blonde Ale

Sagra Premium

Brewery: Daviyun S.L.
Country: Spain
ABV: 5.4%
Style: American Blonde Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Very aromatic, blond, full bodied. Due to its ale fermentation temperature it has distinct and unforgettable fruit flavors and aromas with a refreshing bitterness and floral finish.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 9th April 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller stemmed tasting glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy orange pale copper colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention.
Aroma: Fanta orange soda with some bready and caramel malts.
Taste: Orange sweetness mixed with some herbal and floral elements and biscuity malt.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: The fruitiness was quite nice, but the herbal elements I was getting, was not really my thing.

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Garage Project Hāpi Daze

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.6%
Style: American Blonde Ale
Other Notes: Hops – Motueka, Wai-iti, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin.

Brewer Description: (from can) Hāpi the Maori word for hop, inspires this truly Pacific pale ale. Brewed with New Zealand barley and the best of the Kiwi hop harvest, Motueka, Wai-iti, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin. Assertively hoppy – exceptionally drinkable.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 30th October 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear dark golden slightly copper colour with a two finger off white head that doesn’t stick around much but left nice stringy lacing.
Aroma: Strong tropical fruits of mango, pineapple, kiwi, guava, papaya and honeydew melon.
Taste: Bitter start with some stone fruit mango followed by a light bready grainy malt.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice refreshing light beer with interesting tropical notes. However unfortunately the taste doesn’t follow the impressive aroma as I prefer less malt character and I think a higher carbonation will go well with the lightness.

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Deschutes River Ale

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 3.9%
Style: American Blonde Ale
Other Notes: 28 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Munich, Carapils and Crystal. Hops – Cascade, Crystal and Nugget.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Crisp sessionable and undeniably refreshing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.57
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 19th April 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden copper colour with a one finger slightly off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a little lacing.
Aroma: Bready and biscuit malt with a hint of caramel, fruity pineapple and apricot.
Taste: A strong bready malt backbone with some nice light apricot, grapefruit, pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s easy to drink and nice and fruity. A decent beer but nothing spectacular.

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