Poolside Blonde

California
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Poolside Blonde’s light maltiness is provided by the Pilsner and Vienna Malts. Light straw in color, it  has a moderately bitter finish. Saaz hops provide the aroma.  Truly, a palate cleansing ale. Taste The Sunshine!

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
Served at: 
38 - 40º F
Hops: 
Saaz
Malts: 
Pilsner, Vienna
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Poolside Blonde was evaluated as a Pale American Ale (BJCP 2015 Style 18A, Blonde Ale).  Pours a beautiful brilliant yellowish gold with a medium head of small and medium size bubbles that fades fairly quickly. The initial aroma is of light honey, somewhat grainy, very light bready character, medium light earthy hops with a smidge of black pepper, and hints of minerals and river rocks. Grainy malt and crackers start off the taste with earthy notes, minerality, and just a touch of garlic. The beer is more balanced to the bitter side - a bit high for the supporting malt. Medium low body and moderate carbonation brings the flavors on through. There is a somewhat coarse character to the beer, and slight sulfury notes - slight rough edges to it that might be from a traditional Pilsner type of malt, along with the slightly overbalanced bittering. This beer would go well with tacos and spicy guacamole.