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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beautiful Blonde Ale

Beautiful Blonde Ale is an American Blonde Ale by the Knee Deep Brewing Company in Lincoln, California.

I bought this Taylor's Market for $4.99 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 4.2%

It pours a golden honey color with a thin white head. The aroma is grassy, somewhat sour, almost like a burnt green tea. The mouthful is a light body with medium carbonation. The taste is fruit, but with a dominant sour and a grassy or hay taste. 

I'm really hoping I just got a bad bottle. While the Knee Deep website says this beer has a distinct taste, the sour grassy flavor that sticks with you is not good. As my friend put it, "I can't imagine a brewer wanting their beer to taste like this." However, other reviews don't mention the sourness so I'm hoping it was just a bad bottle.

Until I figure it out, Skip It.

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