Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ska True Blonde Ale review

Ska True Blonde AleSeeing how the trend in Colorado is to put more and more craft beers into cans, I decided to pick up a canned 6-pack of a small Colorado brew who's brewery is starting to make waves in the local industry. Today's brew comes from Ska Brewing of Durango, Colorado and is called their Ska True Blonde Ale. Ska has been putting some of it's beers into cans for a while now but this is the first time I've seen this brew in a can.

Last weekend I attended a local home poker game and decided that this brew would fit the bill for the evening. True Blonde Ale is an American Blonde Ale and weighs in at 5.3% ABV and is decently hopped at 39 IBUs. I wanted something I could drink a few of without getting too over the top. This light colored blonde ale should do the trick.

Ska's True Blonde poured a lovely golden color with a huge 2 finger plus bright white head. The head stuck around just long enough to be noticeable and left a decent lacing when swirled. The can opened with just a slight hiss and was adequately carbonated. The laser etched glass gave a decent amount of nucleation with a steady stream of bubbles.

The aroma on this beer smelled like a combination of lightly sweet malts and grassy hops. Ska put some local Durango honey in this brew. It was just enough to be detected in the nose. There was also a tad bit of funkiness in the air about this brew, but it adds to the character of this beer.

True Blonde has a nice creamy taste. It's smooth and mildly bitter. I quickly knew this was going to be a good sessionable beer. It tastes a bit heavier than it looks. The honey in this brew was blended well with the pale malts and hops. It's a lighter weight brew with a medium body but that's exactly what I was looking for that night. The malts come through with a hint of the sweetness but the hops mixed well.

This brew has a refreshing yet dry finish. It certainly had more flavor than a pilsner. The aluminum can kept this beer brewery fresh and hidden from the light. I drank 3 of these beers during the evening and still felt fresh afterward. I'm definitely going to buy more of this brew during the warmer months of the year. Ska did a good job on this brew. They made me a fan of Blonde ales for the first time.

Related articles:
- Ska Ten Pin Porter review.
- Ska Decadent Imperial IPA review.
- Ska Modus Hoperandi Double IPA review.
- More Colorado beers heading to cans.

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