Thursday, June 17th 2010
True Blonde Ale
(Ska Brewing Company)
It's a hot and humid night so what better beer to relax with than a nice easy drinking blonde ale. If you put a couple of these on ice I think you've got the perfect accompaniment to summer.
From the Ska Brewing site:
"A crisp Blonde Ale. Golden in color, medium in body—she’s brewed with the help and the honey of Durango ’s Honeyville bees."
Here we go...
Pour - bright golden yellow, almost looks like a pilsner. A rather thin powdery head adorns this pour with some little bubbles streaming upwards adding a little excitement to the mix.
Aroma - a little grainy and corny along with a syrupy sweetness and some bread dough aromas.
Taste - sweet and tangy. Lots of malty sweetness is joined by the flavors of creamed corn, honey, caramel, biscuits and some slight but noticeable citrus flavors. Its a very pleasant mix of flavors that leads to a very easily consumed can of beer. Blonde Ales are known for being non-offensive and this one certainly fits the mold. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste is a nice way to finish this brew.
Overall - solid Blonde with a nice malty body and some nice citrusy crispness that makes it a great summertime brew. As the style goes I'd say this is spot on and sure to please the masses. If you get the chance definitely give it a try and share some with your friends be they beer geeks or not.
Would I buy more of it? - I hear they do a mixed pack of Ska cans and that would definitely be a worthy investment for any weekend of outdoor activities. This one would be the perfect beer to start with before going on to the others.
Note - Ska Brewing Company takes its name from the founders love of Ska music. Go figure. Bands like the Toasters play on theirs website so you can "skank" while learning more about the brewery. Ska currently cans four of their brews. Look for their ESB Special Ale, Modus Hoperandi IPA and Euphoria Pale Ale which are also in cans. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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