Beer Styles # 38 – Golden or Blonde Ale


    Golden or Blonde Ale

    (Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    One of the most approachable styles, a golden or Blonde Ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as “Golden Ale.” These beers can have honey, spices and fruit added, and may be fermented with lager or ale yeast.

    -Color – Straw to light amber

    -Clarity: Chill haze should not be present

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Light malt sweetness should be present in flavor

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma and flavor should be low to medium-low, present but not dominant.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Low to medium

    -Body: Low to medium with a crisp finish

    -ABV: 4.1%-5.1%

    -Glassware: Pint Glass

    -Examples (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company – Downingtown

    Victory Brewing Company – Downingtown
    Pennsylvania, United States

    Notes: ABV: 5.2%

    With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts, Summer Love Ale ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now.

    805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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    Style: American Blonde Ale | 4.70% ABV

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    California, United States

    Notes: A light, refreshing blonde ale created for the laid back California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops creating a versatile beer with a clean finish. 4.7% ABV and available wherever beer is sold if they don’t have it, demand it.

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