New Belgium Hoppy Blonde

Reviewed by on March 16, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing

  • Origin: Fort Collins, CO, US

  • Rated On: March 16, 2016

  • Best Before: July 10, 2016

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Hoppy Blonde is a new offering from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing, and is touted as a Mosaic-fueled ‘full-flavored free-fall’ for celebrating spring.  Ok, then.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy stratified lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, wet chalk, muddled domestic citrus and other more worldly tropical fruity esters, dry honey, and further leafy, piney, and floral hop bitters. The taste is lightly toasted graininess, white grapefruit and underripe navel orange pith, a twinge of sweeter caramel malt, ethereal clover honey, and more sassy earthy, piney, and wet grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes playful frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a wee bit of hoppy intransigence stepping on the daisies here. It finishes off-dry, the lingering fruitiness propping up the falling down malt.

Overall, a rather pleasant iteration of this oft-boring style – good and hoppy, the Mosaic a shower and a grower, it would appear, and more or less balanced, making this one heckuva Springtime quaffer, when thoughts turn to patio season (my better half is already scheduling mommies sans kids wine outings, FWIW).

Brady White

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