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Knotty Blonde

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This beer has a pleasant, slightly grainy malt aroma and no hop aroma at all. A hint of sulfur is also present, but not distracting. The color is a very bright pale straw. A white head persists on the beer as gaseous bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass. The flavor is mostly grainy malt – very singular and very clean. Some bitterness provides an added dimension towards and through the finish. The bitterness does not dominate the malt sweetness, but rather it balances well for the style. The finish has a little bite from carbonation, and the body is medium. This is a very drinkable beer without much fanfare, which is true to the style. This one does seem to be pushing the envelope a bit on the bitterness, hence making it a little less malt-oriented than is typical for a Blonde Ale. This is a very good warm weather beer to quench one's thirst after some outdoor activity.