I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $8.04 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright, lemon yellow hue over a hazy body. Large sediment
particles can be seen floating in suspension. Pours to a large, white,
foamy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Clean lemony scent plus some spicy/herbal character as well.
Taste: The golden ale/blonde ale style is probably my least favorite in
all of Beerdom. It’s a deliberately bland style, so it’s difficult to
find one that’s interesting and flavorful. And while Lawson’s Finest
Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale isn’t exactly a masterpiece, I will say it’s
probably the best blonde ale I’ve ever had.
This doesn’t truly seem to conform to the “blonde ale” style, anyway.
There’s a strong hop presence here (“copious amounts” of Columbus and
Centennial hops, according to the label). Much like the appearance and
aroma, there’s a lemony citrus zestiness to be found. Not juicy or tart
like lemon fruit, but drier and spicier like lemon peel. There’s an
underlying herbal flavor as well (green tea), not quite as intense as
Mosaic hops, but strong enough to notice. The malt component is, not
surprisingly, mild and nondescript. Reminds me of a pale wheat ale
(another boring style I dislike). Still, there’s nothing off-putting
about this palette whatsoever. The hops definitely make it an
Drinkability: At 5% ABV, Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale is
caught in the middle of two worlds. It’s got plenty of body and flavor
for a relatively “strong” beer, but at the same time it’s just a bit too
heavy for what it’s going for. A tad too bitter to be truly refreshing,
even though it finishes clean. I could see this recipe being reworked
well as a session IPA or a true pale ale. But as an easy-drinking blonde
it’s perfect for the summer.