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).