Monday, November 3, 2014

3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1209) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: blonde/golden ales might just be the most boring beers on the planet. It’s not that they’re inherently bad, they’re just deliberately bland. Considering St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale is made by a Florida brewery and is clearly targeting beach-goers and tourists, I can see the appeal. But I need more than a beer I can simply tolerate in my littoral libations.

I poured a 12oz can into a small lager glass. There was no freshness date (thanks to Jesse for the can!).

Appearance: Bright pale yellow color, crystal clear with some carbonation visible. Pours to a very small, bright white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and leaves only slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet with light malt notes, though mostly mild and neutral.

Taste: There isn’t much to describe about this beer because there literally isn’t much to it. Just four ingredients: two-row malt; crystal malt; and Hallertau and Saaz hops. There is a bit of a “beachy” quality to this palette, though, as is often the case in beers made in and for tropical regions. The hops create for a slight coconut taste, though it’s mostly dry bitterness. I do get a touch of lemony lollipop sweetness in the malt, as well. There’s absolutely nothing to dislike about the flavor here, but there isn’t much to genuinely enjoy, either. I can see it appealing to its target audience, though.

Drinkability: 3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale is only 5% ABV and has a light, crisp mouthfeel not unlike a lager. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and finishes mostly clean with just a slightly starchy aftertaste. No one is going to have difficulty getting through a can of this (or several of them, for that matter). 
Grade: 5/10

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