First Tasting: Blonde Ale (Beer #37)

October 10, 2012 by Jack

I brewed a batch of Blonde Ale on Labor Day (9/3/12) as part of a double brew day with the American Rye Beer I posted tasting notes for a couple weeks ago. Here are some tasting notes for the Blonde:

Vital Stats:
Target OG: 1.052 Actual OG: 1.055
Target FG: 1.011 Actual FG: 1.012
ABV: 5.6%
Color: 5.6 SRMĀ (Calculated)
Bitterness: 21.7 IBU (Calculated)
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale

Appearance
Deep gold in color. Slightly hazy. Medium head that lasts for a couple minutes before falling to a thin layer of foam atop the beer. Bit of lacing.

Aroma
Soft biscuity malt. Slightly sweet. Light fruity hop aroma – touch of pineapple. Perhaps a hint of diacetyl. Might be confusing Maris Otter aroma for diacetyl.

Flavor
Soft malt with a bready, biscuity quality. Clean fermentation character- no esters, no phenols, no fusels, a wee bit of diaceyl. Moderate hop bitterness and light hop flavor – slightly earthy, slightly more fruity. Finishes medium-dry with hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. No astringency, no alcoholic heat.

Overall Impression
A clean, well-brewed easy-drinking ale. Not as clean as a light lager, but nearly as clean as an ale can be. Trace of diacetyl takes away from an otherwise perfectly boring beer. Balance is towards malt, but there’s enough hop bitterness & flavor to satisfy craft beer drinkers if the only other option is m/b/c.

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